A’s Acquire Blake Lalli from Cubs
The trade between the Chicago Cubs is apparently complete and Anthony Recker is headed to Chicago’s North Side with Blake Lalli returning to the A’s. Lalli was recently DFA’d and outrighted by the Cubs to Iowa. In this trade basically the A’s have traded Recker for Recker. Lalli, like Recker is a 29 year old catcher and native of Pennsylvania. Lalli made his MLB debut this season with the Cubs where he played in six games, amassing 16 plate appearances and a .133/.188/.133 slash line with a .153 wOBA and -18 wRC+. Overall he did a bunch of damage to the Cubs totalling -0.4 WAR in his brief stint with the big league club. In Des Moines with the Iowa Cubs, he fared better putting together a .259/.293/.395 slash line with a .298 wOBA and 71 wRC+. In his 324 plate appearances he slugged seven home runs, walked just 5.2% of the time while going down on strikes 16.7% of the time he walked up to the plate.
The A’s clearly have lost this trade. Recker seems a far superior hitter to Lalli. But this isn’t a trade about getting something of equal value necessarily this was a trade about getting something over nothing and that is what Oakland has done here. It must have seemed apparent to the A’s brass that Recker wouldn’t pass through waivers, so why not secure some MiLB depth in the process? Can’t complain here, don’t expect much of anything, if anything at all from Lalli. A championship will not be won based on his inclusion in the lineup, nor will one be lost because he is sitting on the bench.