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A’s Free Up 40-Man Room and Deal Cowgill

December 18, 2012

The A’s traded outfielder Collin Cowgill today to the New York Mets for MiLB infielder Jefry Marte. Cowgill who came to the A’s along with Ryan Cook and Jarrod Parker in the deal that sent Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow to the desert spent his lone season with the A’s organization split between Oakland and Sacramento (with two games in Stockton as well recuperating from injury). A 0.2 WAR player with the A’s, he had 116 plate appearances during which he hit .269/.336/.317 for a .295 wOBA and 87 wRC+. He stole three bases while getting caught stealing four times.

Yesterday, I supposed that the A’s might rid of an outfielder with the Hiroyuki Nakajima caused roster crunch, but I suspected that person to be Michael Taylor. Instead it is Billy Beane favorite, Cowgill who is sent packing and in return the A’s receive Marte, a third baseman from the Dominican Republic, who participated in the 2011 MLB All-Star Futures Game. Marte spent 2012 with the Mets’ Double-A club in Binghamton, NY where he hit .251/.322/.366 good for a .316 wOBA and 91 wRC+. His glove has been a question mark and in 2012 he had 15 errors in 107 games at the hot corner for a .939 fielding percentage.

Can’t really complain too much about this deal. The A’s need third basemen in the future, Marte looks to be a few years away from being ready to produce at the MLB level. Cowgill meanwhile looks like a good fourth outfielder type, whose utility would be in their ability to play anywhere in the field and provide a little speed on the basepaths, but overall that type of player is one readily available at a reasonable rate on the market. There wasn’t really any chance of him breaking into a starting role barring injury, and there were questions about whether he was capable of being a full time productive MLB outfielder anyhow. Surprised it was him over Taylor, means the A’s likely have yet to give up on the rapidly aging “prospect”.

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