It’s been a little over a week since the A’s played their final game of the season and Billy Beane has already started making moves. Today the A’s announced they have acquired outfielder Chris Young from the Arizona Diamondbacks for shortstops Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera.
Chris Young played in 101 games this season for the Diamondbacks and posted a .231/.311/.434 slash line with 14 HR and 41 RBI. Over 363 plate appearances he had a .325 wOBA, a 97 wRC+ and a 2.8 fWAR. He has a career .239/.318/.437 slash line with a career 16.3 fWAR over seven seasons.
Young missed a month at the beginning of the season with a hip injury and missed time in September due to a quad injury. He will be under team control through the 2013 season and has an $11 million team option for 2014.
Cliff Pennington shared time at second and short last season and played in 125 games for the A’s. Over 462 plate appearances he had a .215/.278/.311 slash line, a .263 wOBA and a 65 wRC+.
The A’s drafted Yordy Cabrera in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. In Single-A Stockton last season he played in 60 games and posted a .232/.293/.332 slash line with a .284 wOBA. The Diamondbacks have announced they flipped Yordy and traded him to the Miami Marlins for closer Heath Bell.
It is unclear if Chris Young will be here to stay or if he will be flipped for a middle infielder, but overall, this is a good trade for the A’s. The outfield has become even more crowded for the Athletics, who still have Seth Smith, Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick. Chris Young’s “natural” position is center field so most are speculating he will be the player that is moved. My guess is that Coco Crisp or Josh Reddick are the odd men out, but Billy Beane always has a way of surprising.