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Oakland Athletics Trade Travis Blackley to Houston Astros for Jake Goebbert

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Less than a week after designating him for assignment, the Oakland Athletics traded pitcher Travis Blackley to the Houston Astros. In return, Oakland picked up minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert.

The team made the announcement shortly after the conclusion of Thursday’s 6-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Blackley, who came up big for the A’s during the final few weeks of the 2012 season, had an inconsistent spring and found himself DFA’d after not making the A’s Opening Day roster, along with first baseman Daric Barton, who cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.

Blackley had become something of a fan favorite in Oakland, so much so that after he was DFA’d last week he hung around the O.Co Coliseum during last weekend’s exhibition games with the San Francisco Giants, sitting with fans and generally taking in the game as any non-player would.

A career journeyman who had been cut by the Giants in 2012 before the A’s picked him up, Blackley ended up going 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA for Oakland last season as a spot starter and occasional member of the bullpen.

Frankly, I wish this trade wouldn’t have happened, as I was a bit disappointed to see the A’s DFA Blackley last week. He was a big part of last season’s playoff surge, and his charisma and attitude was, by all accounts, a key to the easygoing-yet-efficient clubhouse atmosphere that the A’s put together.

Appropriately, the A’s head to Houston for a three-game series this weekend. There’s a good chance Blackley will end up pitching against his ex-teammates soon, and considering how young and experienced their roster is, I bet he becomes a big part of the Astros’ pitching staff as well.

Adrian Garro is an Oakland Athletics writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and/ or add him to your network on Google.