In an effort to keep Coco Crisp healthier after missing at least 25 games in each of the past four seasons, the A’s announced that the longtime center fielder is moving to left field.
Crisp is 35 years old, which is past the point when most center fielders shift to corner spots. He graded out very poorly in advanced defensive metrics last year, rating -14 runs in Ultimate Zone Rating and -17 runs in Defensive Runs Saved. So there’s more to the move than health considerations.
The move leaves Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld to platoon in center field, which figures to be a large upgrade defensively but ensures the A’s will have a lineup spot with very little pop offensively. In the short term it doesn’t change much, since Gentry and Fuld were going to play in left field anyway, but it does cut down on potential lineup options later.
In a move that has shaken the foundations of the Winter Meetings and caused hundreds of writers to cancel their lunch plans, the Pirates have claimed righty Josh Lindblom from the Athletics.
Lindblom was DFA’d by the A’s at the end of November. He’s 27 and joined the A’s last December in the Craig Gentry deal. He made only one start at the big league level for the A’s, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. In 84 innings over 16 starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Sacramento, he posted a 5.79 ERA with a 60/26 K/BB ratio.
Take a moment to remember where you were when you heard that Lindblom was claimed by Pittsburgh. You’ll want to tell your grandkids about it someday.
The trade between the Athletics and Blue Jays involving Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie has been made official. MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the A’s have made a couple of additional roster maneuvers, designating outfielder Kyle Blanks and pitcher Josh Lindblom for assignment.
The Athletics acquired Blanks, 28, in a trade with the Padres in May, sending Jake Goebbert and Ronald Herrera to San Diego. In 56 plate appearances with the A’s, Blanks hit .333/.446/.489 but suffered from tendinitis in his left Achilles, keeping him out between late June and mid-August. He returned for seven games with Triple-A Sacramento before ending his season.
Lindblom, 27, joined the A’s last December in a trade with the Rangers involving Craig Gentry. Lindblom made only one start at the big league level for the A’s, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. In 84 innings over 16 starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Sacramento, the right-hander posted a 5.79 ERA with a 60/26 K/BB ratio.
A’s outfielder Craig Gentry suffered a concussion Tuesday night when he collided with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez while trying to beat out a bunt single.
Gentry walked off the field under his own power, but not before staying down on the ground for several minutes and being looked at by trainers.
Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that there’s no timetable yet for how long the A’s expect Gentry to be sidelined, but with just three weeks remaining on the schedule he may be done for the season.