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The Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen

Jan 19, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

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Apparently Billy Beane has realized that he has way too many first baseman on his 40-man roster. With Daric Barton, Chris Carter and possibly Kila Ka-aihue in the mix for roster spots during spring training, Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen.

Allen, who turns 26 in February, was acquired from the Diamondbacks last July in the Brad Ziegler trade. He has regularly mashed minor league pitching, including a .991 OPS in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League last season, but owns an underwhelming .210/.297/.383 batting line over 367 plate appearances at the major league level.

Allen is quickly running out of chances to prove that his minor league numbers can translate to big league success, but he’d make sense as a low-risk flier for several clubs. It’s not clear who the Athletics are talking to, but the Rays (hat-tip to R.J. Anderson of Baseball Prospectus) have been linked to Allen in the past. The Pirates, Orioles, Brewers and Indians are among other potential landing spots.

  1. l0yalr0yal - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I remember being SO excited for Kila when the Royals called him up before last year.

    And then, shortly after, I remember being SO angry for the Royals calling Kila up.

    • rambodiaz - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      Hey, I have a Pedro Alvarez story that follows basically the same premise.

      Sucks, don’t it?

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    What a 1B mess in Oakland. That roster is just…wow. Coco Crisp is your best known player.

  3. natstowngreg - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Too bad Brandon Allen is turning out to be your basic AAAA player.

  4. APBA Guy - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Watching Allen hit, or try to, is a lesson in why pro scouts are professionals while the rest of us sit on the couch. When Allen came up, he was torrid for a week or so then hit nothing. The A’s played him daily (Barton was injured) but he did not, could not adjust. I’m not sure what it was he couldn’t hit. But the whole league knew about it, all at once. And the A’s could never fix it.

    • ptfu - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Has he tried sacrificing a chicken to Jobu?

      • APBA Guy - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        It was probably tried. And failed.

  5. rambodiaz - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Pick up the phone, Neal Huntingdon. Pick up the phone.

  6. mojosmagic - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Mildred, get Ed Wade on the phone.

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