A’s give up Mazzaro in exchange for DeJesus

More on this to come soon at the A’s site. Billy Beane is slated to talk about his new outfielder on a conference call shortly

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The A’s continued
quite the busy week Wednesday by acquiring outfielder David DeJesus from Kansas
City in exchange for young hurlers Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks.

The move
came just two days after it was announced Oakland won bidding rights to
negotiate with Japanese right-hander Hisoshi Iwakuma, with whom the A’s must feel
pretty confident regarding a contract if willing to let go of Mazzaro.

By packaging
the pair of pitchers, Oakland received a speedy outfielder who hit .318 with
five home runs and 37 RBIs for the Royals before missing the final two months
of the season due to a right thumb injury.

DeJesus, 30,
spent time in all three outfield slots — the most coming in right field — and
did not commit an error in 188 games. The left-handed hitter, who will make $6 million in 2011, has a 241-game
errorless streak dating back to Sept. 15, 2008 — numbers that speak volumes to
an A’s team that heavily focuses on defense.

He figures
to join an outfield that already boasts fellow speedster and former Royals
teammate Coco Crisp. Also in the outfield mix for Oakland are arbitration-eligible
players Ryan Sweeney, Rajai Davis and Conor Jackson, yet Wednesday’s move
signals thinking that one of them could be elsewhere by the start of the 2011
season.

In
bolstering their lineup, the A’s sacrificed one of their promising young
starters in Mazzaro, who showed flashes of brilliance in the midst of an
up-and-down season this year. He enjoyed a 5-2 mark and 2.86 ERA over his first
nine starts but witnessed a 0-6 record and 5.60 ERA over his next eight — the
latter results which landed him at Triple-A Sacramento on Sept. 6. Mazzaro
returned to the club later in the month but only in a relief role.

Overall, the
24-year-old righty was 6-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 24 games — 18 starts — during
three stints with Oakland this year and was expected to be the frontrunner for
the fifth rotation spot in Spring Training if still around.

However,
Mazzaro’s name was usually the first mentioned whenever trade talks surrounding
Oakland emerged. After all, the A’s are already proud owners of starters Trevor
Cahill, Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden and the rehabbing Josh
Outman. With Iwakuma also possibly in the fold soon, the club seemed pretty set
on using its surplus of pitching to upgrade a rather weak offense.

Marks, the
other name in the deal, spent the 2010 season with Class-A Kane County and
Class-A Stockton and combined for a 6-13 record and 4.87 ERA in 25 games, 24 of
them starts. The 22-year-old southpaw was originally drafted by the A’s in the
third round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

1 Comment

Not really a speedy outfielder.

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