The Oakland A’s have dealt 34-year old righty swinging 2B Mark Ellis and cash considerations to the Colorado Rockies for 25-year old righty reliever/starter Bruce Billings and a player to be named later. Ellis played in 62 games for the A’s this year and he was 47 for 217 (.217 avg, .544 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He played in 1,056 games in 9 years with the A’s and he was 1,015 for 3,828 (.265 avg, .729 OPS) with 533 runs scored, 86 homers, 434 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. Rookie 2B Jemile Weeks bumped Ellis out of his starting job with the A’s while he was on the D.L., which made him expendable.
Bruce Billings made his major league debut by working 2 innings for the Rockies in which he gave up 5 hits and 1 run (it was earned). It was his only appearance in the majors this year before getting sent back to the minors. Billings also has pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 6-2 with 1 save, a 4.47 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. Billings has now pitched in 126 games (76 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 36-31 with 2 saves, a 3.80 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has whiffed 503 batters in only 499 1/3 innings in the minors, so he does have a good arm.