Oakland Makes Eleven-Thousandth Trade With Washington
Billy Beane has again made a deal with Mike Rizzo. While it may seem like the eleven-thousandth trade between the two clubs in recent weeks/years, it is in fact the seventh trade between the two. And like A.J. Cole and Kurt Suzuki before him, Corey Brown again marks another guy who has gone from team to team and back again as today the A’s acquired Brown for cash considerations.
Brown originally dealt to Washington with Henry Rodriguez in exchange for Josh Willingham, returns to Oakland having recently been DFA’d by the Nats. Brown was originally a first round pick (59th overall) for the A’s out of Oklahoma State, a pick they had back in the Type A free-agent days as compensation for losing one probable Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. Brown has done little at the MLB level with Washington, with whom it he made his MLB debut in 2011, since participating in a total of 36 games with 45 plate appearances of .175/.250/.400 hitting with a .283 wOBA and 77 wRC+. He has been amazingly somehow worth 0.2 WAR in his career, during which Davey Johnson used him in all three outfield positions. He has suffered through a .217 BABIP at the MLB level which can be attributed to poor luck though his 33.3% K% can be fully attributed to a lack of understanding as to how to hit major league pitching.
Given that Brown has to stick on Oakland’s roster or be DFA’d and thrown to the waiver wire for all to pluck from, given that the A’s are no longer afraid of letting such guys go, he’ll get a fair shot in Phoenix this spring and should he fail to capitalize on that opportunity, he will again meet a fate of being DFA’d.
This move does nothing to move the A’s towards winning a third straight AL West crown as Brown doesn’t even offer the promise of “well he crushed MiLB pitching!” with a total mark of .267/.351/.484 with 123 home runs in 3,090 plate appearances, and a less than amazing total .254/.333/.461 batting line in Triple-A where he has hit 16 home runs in 1,602 trips to the plate.