The A’s have traded 33-year old switch-hitting infielder Aaron Miles and either a player to be named later or cash to the Reds for 26-year old righty swinging 3B Adam Rosales and 28-year old righty swinging outfieler Willy Taveras. Miles was acquired from the Cubs earlier this off-season so he is no loss to the team. Rosales was the key to this deal for the A’s. He played in 87 games for the Reds last season and he was 49 for 230 (.213 avg, .620 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers and 19 RBIs. Rosales has now played in 105 games in his major league career and he is 55 for 259 (.212 avg, .605 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Willy Taveras played in 102 games for the Reds last season and he was 97 for 404 (.240 avg, .559 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 1 homer, 15 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Taveras has now played in 643 games in his major league career and he is 655 for 2,377 (.276 avg, .649 OPS) with 351 runs scored, 18 homers, 124 RBIs and 194 stolen bases. The A’s then designated Taveras for assignment to make room on the roster for Gabe Gross. They are hoping to find a trade partner for Taveras.
UPDATE: The A’s have released Taveras.