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A’s get Craig Gentry from Rangers for Michael Choice

Dec 3, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

Craig Gentry, Leonys Martin AP

Not afraid to trade within the division the A’s and Rangers have agreed to a deal that sends 30-year-old center fielder Craig Gentry to Oakland and outfield prospect Michael Choice to Texas, according to Ken Rosenthal of

Gentry is incredibly fast and a fantastic defensive center fielder with a .280 batting average and .355 on-base percentage in 323 career games, although those totals likely overstate his offensive ability because he’s typically been platooned a lot.

Choice was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect coming into this year, and hit .302 with 14 homers and an .835 OPS in 132 games at Triple-A as a 23-year-old.

Between this deal and adding a $10 million closer in Jim Johnson the A’s are clearly in win-now mode.

UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the A’s will also get right-hander Josh Lindblom and the Rangers will also get minor league infielder Chris Bostick.

  1. dashman33 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Wow, Oakland is going all in. Obviously they’re not done either. At least one big trade is forthcoming, possibly involving Anderson and an outfielder?

    • billybawl - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      It feels like they replaced Chris Young in the OF rotation. Giving up some power, saving a lot of coin. Hopefully, this works out better for the A’s.

  2. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    I’m shocked on this one

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    This pretty much has to mean Texas is signing Ellsbury, right?

    • felser - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      No, they have Martin for CF.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        But they also lost Cruz and Murphy. They kinda need some solid OFs.

      • bendover09 - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Cruz lost his spot to Alex Rios … The Rangers only need a LF which should be Shoo

      • paperlions - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        Martin is all glove and Rios isn’t actually any good. That is not a lot of offense from 2/3 of the OF….and they don’t have a 3rd one yet.

    • miketreedy - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      They have several options with Choice. One could be to include him in another deal. He has more trade value than Gentry. If the Rangers keep him I still see them getting another OF. But it won’t be Ellsbury. It will be someone they can also use as a DH to get Choice time. So I am thinking either Cruz or Beltran. There are also trade options to fill the OF hole.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        Apparently I need to pay attention closer to home when prognosticating.

  4. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I said it three times before and I’m going say it again ; Oakland needs better second basemen

    • clydeserra - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      maybe, but a shortstop would be better. Lowrie is not a good SS

    • scatterbrian - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      A platoon of Sogard and Callaspo or Punto is perfectly acceptable.

  5. felser - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Good point for sure, though I think they would do better to go after corner OF’s.

    • felser - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      this was in response to sabathia… on the loss of Cruz and Murphy.

  6. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Trading gentry leaves an outfield spot open for Texas . Maybe they bring back Cruz ? Or sign shin-soo choo ? Or Moreland moves to left field . Idk but this should interesting

    • dhar77 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      I like the idea of Moreland in the outfield

  7. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Rios is the RF, Choice is the LF and Martin is the CF.

  8. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Platoon of sogard , punto , callaspo is perfectly acceptable ? Your going platoon 3 switch hitters , and a lefty ? Their offense production is not acceptable over the last couple of years . I say sign infante .
    Yea I figure choice will be in left , but did they say he’s ready for the big leagues ?

    • scatterbrian - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      A 32 year-old second baseman coming off a career year? No thanks.

      Besides, he will be going to whichever team loses the Cano sweepstakes, and will therefore be overpaid.

  9. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    *2 switch hitters .

  10. sparty0n - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Gentry is EXACTLY the type of player I was hoping the Tigers would land. He’s affordable, a great defender with speed. Too bad we didnt expand the Fielder/Kinsler trade to include him.

  11. jb8588 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Great move for Texas. Choice wasn’t going anywhere given Oakland’s deep OF. Considering that Choice is a Dallas-area native, he has to be loving this.

  12. phillysports1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Oakland needs to get rid of these guys : Seth smith , John jason , Eric sogard.

    • billybawl - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Sogard? He had over 2 WAR in a part time role and was paid under $500k. Maybe the A’s should sign Cano?

  13. APBA Guy - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    This is beginning to remind me of Arsenal’s offseason, in which the Gunners landed nobody and the North London mob was howling for the head of Arsene Wenger. Then at the last second Arsenal got Mesut Ozil and now, a third of the way into the season, they are top of the table.

    The G & P Beane is shedding minor league parts who have failed to impress in call-ups. In exchange he is getting major league players who have utility if properly spotted. Gentry is a good example of that, someone who can platoon with CoCo or fill in when CoCo or Reddick is injured, pinch run, or play defensive outfield late in the game. So he’s kind of in the Chris Young fourth outfield role but with probably better value than the A’s got from Young last year.

    The A’s also got Josh Lindblom in the deal, another serviceable reliever to add to the collection. I say serviceable because his record in pitcher’s parks (ie, Dodger Stadium) is pretty good, and that’s more comparable to Oakland than is Texas, where he was shelled.

    So while the A’s haven’t made a big plunge offensively, and they still need more offense, the “inefficiency” Beane seems to be exploiting is the relatively inexpensive cost of role players. How he sets the 25 man roster will be interesting.

  14. ptfu - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Now that the A’s landed Gentry, it’s time for the G & P Beane to drive the commoners into building him a new stadium.

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