The Oakland Athletics have acted as most suspected they would during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings. Their team is nearly set already for the 2014 season as they have addressed most of their concerns. Now GM Billy Beane just is sitting back and improving his farm system by trading players that he knows his team can do without. Such was the case in the trade of reliever Jerry Blevins.
In Blevins the Washington Nationals will get someone that they will probably get a lot of good innings out of. In return the A’s receive outfield prospect Billy Burns who participated in the California League vs Carolina League All-Star Game in 2013. He may have made greater strides in the 2013 minor league season than anyone in the minor leagues.
Burns had great numbers with a batting average of .315 with 37 RBIs, 96 runs scored, a .429 on-base percentage and 74 stolen bases. He has been said as recently as August as one who would probably overtake Nationals prospect Brian Goodwin as the leadoff man of the future.
You can clearly see the value that the A’s received in Burns as someone who has all of the skills to be a great outfielder and a tremendous leadoff man within the next couple of years. It’s yet another good move by the A’s.