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A’s acquire David DeJesus from Royals for two pitchers

Nov 10, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

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A major trade on November 10?  Good stuff.

According to the A’s official Twitter feed, Oakland has acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Royals in exchange for right-hander Vin Mazzaro and minor league left-hander Justin Marks.

DeJesus has been involved in trade rumors for a couple of seasons now and the Royals, aiming to form a younger big-league roster, finally pulled the trigger Wednesday.

The 30-year-old DeJesus turned in a solid .318/.384/.443 batting line, 23 doubles and five home runs over 352 at-bats for Kansas City this year while also playing solid outfield defense.  He should provide a noticeable improvement to Oakland’s batting order, which wasn’t very productive in 2010.

Mazzaro posted a pedestrian 4.27 ERA and 1.45 WHIP this year, striking out only 79 batters in 122-plus innings, but the 24-year-old sinkerballer projects as a fine No. 3 starter and will be of help to the Royals once they’re ready to compete a few years from now.  Marks, 22, registered 136 strikeouts over 129.1 minor-league frames in 2010 and also has a promising future as a big-league lefty.

The A’s could afford to dump some of their pitching surplus because they won the rights to Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma this fall and clearly expect to work out a deal.

Kansas City boasts one of baseball’s most talented farm systems and should be in the mix for the American League Central crown by 2014 assuming all goes right with their long list of prospects.  Mazzaro fits that long-term plan for success.  DeJesus, solely because of his age, did not.

  1. Ari Collins - Nov 10, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    Weird trade for the As. Yeah, DeJesus is a better hitter than your average A, but he’s still not a great hitter OR defender, and they have a crowded OF already. Seems like maybe they could have gotten more for Mazzaro, or at least at a position of need. Or am I wrong, is their OF less crowded than I remember?

    Solid trade for the Royals, either way. With the caveat that they probably could’ve gotten a lot more for DeJesus a couple years ago, when it should’ve been obvious they weren’t gonna compete with him.

    • Bochy's Head/Timmy's Bong - Nov 11, 2010 at 2:16 PM

      Yeah, DeJesus joins Crisp, Cust, Conor Jackson, Rajai Davis, Ryan Sweeney, Travis Buck, and Chris Carter. DeJesus is another of what they already have a ton of: useful, but not terribly exciting, OF parts. I imagine they’ll let a couple of those walk, maybe package others in trade talks.. should be interesting.

  2. sportsdrenched - Nov 10, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Gonna miss David DeJesus. However, Mazzaro’s numbers are already better than 3/5’s of the Royals rotation. Don’t know anything about the minor league guy.

    I’ll take it. The Royals sucked with DDJ, they might as well suck with a pitcher and prospect.

    My only concern is….that means Jeff Francour is landing at KCI right now.

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