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Oakland Athletics Acquire Center Fielder Chris Young From The Arizona Diamondbacks

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David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Today the Oakland Athletics acquired center fielder Chris Young and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for short stops Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera who was then traded to the Miami Marlins for Heath Bell and cash considerations.

Young’s best season came in 2010 when he hit .257, with 150 hits, 94 runs scored, 33 doubles, 27 home runs, 91 rbi, 28 stolen bases and a .341 obp. Over the past two seasons he has struggled with the bat and in 2012 missed 61 games due to injury. Defensively he has great range and possesses a strong throwing arm.

Overall in his seven seasons with the Diamondbacks his average was .239, he collected 758 hits, 198 doubles, 17 triples, 132 home runs, 408 rbi, 112 stolen bases and a .318 obp. He is under contract for $8.5 million in 2013 and in 2014 that increases to $11 million and is a team option with a $1.5 million buyout.

With the move it means that Coco Crisp will likely be on his way out as Young is better defensively in center field and isn’t injury prone. If he gets moved the question becomes who will be the A’s lead off hitter for 2013?

By moving Pennington it means that the $10 million option of Stephen Drew will get picked up and he does have experience as a lead off hitter. The other option would be Jemile Weeks who struggled the entire 2012 season before being sent to Sacramento.

There is a slight possibility that Crisp is kept as general manager Billy Beane said “he does not intend to move any outfielders on current roster, even with Young in tow now.” It’s important to note that the word is intend, not won’t.

Having the starting outfield of Yoenis CespedesJosh Reddick and Young is one of the best defensive outfields in the MLB and is another example of a great move by Beane.

 

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