The Oakland Athletics entered tonight’s game 10 games over .500 and are in the thick of the wild card race. With the struggles offensively of short stop Cliff Pennington the A’s needed to make a move and that led to a the belief was that it was going to happen during the trade deadline. Yet, no moves came until tonight.
Stephen Drew has been acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Sean Jamieson a 17th round pick in the 2011 draft who was playing in Burlington the A’s Single A team. At the time of the trade he was hitting .234 with 105 hits, 25 doubles, 10 home runs, five triples, 49 rbi, 25 stolen bases, 64 walks and a OBP of .343.
As for Drew he has played 40 games this season after recovering from an ankle injury that ended his 2011 season after 86 games and with the bat so far hitting just .193, with 26 hits, eight doubles, a triple, two home runs, 12 rbi, 19 walks and aOBP of .290. His best offensive season came in 2008.
In seven seasons with the Diamondbacks he’s hit .266 has hit 72 home runs driven in 333, with 176 doubles and 52 triples. He also provides a solid glove at shortstop never committing more than 17 errors in a season and has a career fielding percentage of .978, which is a marked improvement from Pennington’s .967.
With a chance to upgrade the short stop position A’s general manager Billy Beane made a great move without having to give up a major prospect and with Brandon Inge expected back from the disabled list the left side of the infield makes for a marked improvement for the run at the wild card and for the playoffs. For his spot in the lineup he will be in the second spot.