Landon Powell Released
Not entirely sure what the A’s line of thinking was here, not today, but a few months ago when they kept Landon Powell around and when Powell and his agent decided to stick with the A’s. Back when he made that decision, I wrote,
“Powell and his agent have to be concerned that the A’s won’t want to have Triple-A’s best compensated backstop and will release him prior to the start of the 2012 season thereby forgoing that $620K in a non-guaranteed contract that he has earned himself. Why not test the market to go somewhere we you have a better opportunity to play at the MLB level without four guys ahead of you on the depth chart?”
Seems the concern, I had for them was warranted as today the A’s cut Powell loose after spending his entire career with the Athletics organization. The former University of South Carolina Gamecock, was drafted in the 1st round of the 2004 draft, 24th overall. In his three seasons with Oakland Powell amassed a .207/.284/.328 line in 406 plate appearances. To go with that he has a .276 wOBA and a microscopic 68 wRC+. Furthermore, year-after-year he has gotten worse as this chart I’ve used before illustrates:
In very limited action this spring he went 2-for-6 with a double and a strikeout across three games. I wish Powell luck, he seems a good guy, will forever be a part of A’s history for being the backstop during Dallas Braden‘s perfect game. But from a baseball standpoint there wasn’t much of value having Powell on the roster. Big winners today seems to be Anthony Recker who I think has just earned himself a spot on this club no matter what happens this spring. Josh Donaldson, I imagine also wins a spot though more for his hot corner abilities than his backstopping abilities though I am sure he could be used there in a pinch.