The A’s have designated 27-year old lefty swinging 2B/OF Eric Patterson for assignment. Patterson played in 45 games for the A’s this year and he was 21 of 103 (.204 avg, .662 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 4 homers, 9 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He has played in 114 games in his three years with the A’s in which he is 64 of 289 (.221 avg, .638 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 5 homers, 28 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. The A’s DFA’d Patterson to make room on the roster for Coco Crisp who has come off the D.L. Crisp was 1 for 4 with a run scored, homer and 2 RBIs last season in the 4-2 loss to the Reds. Crisp has played in 3 games for the A’s this season and he is 3 for 10 (.300 avg, .950 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. The A’s hope Crisp can stay healthy this time around.
UPDATE: (6/27/2010) – The A’s have traded Eric Patterson to the Boston Red Sox for 21-year old lefty starter Fabian Williamson. Williamson has pitched in 14 games (all starts) in A-ball this season and he is 4-3 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has now pitched in 68 games (50 starts) in his four years in the minors and he is 24-13 with 5 saves, a 3.17 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. This was a pretty good return for Patterson as talented lefty pitchers are hard to come by.