The Oakland A’s have acquired 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Chris Young and cash from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The A’s have sent 28-year old switch-hitting SS Cliff Pennington to the D-Backs and 22-year old righty swinging shortstop Yordy Cabrera as part of this deal. The Marlins have sent 35-year old righty reliever Heath Bell and cash to the D-Backs to complete this deal.
Chris Young has a good combination of speed and power, but he’s a hacker at the plate. Young played in 101 games for the D-Backs last year and he was 75 of 325 (.231 avg, .745 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 14 homers, 41 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 885 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 758 of 3,173 (.239 avg, .755 OPS) with 453 runs scored, 132 homers, 408 RBIs and 112 stolen bases. Young is a lock to be a 20/20 man if he can stay healthy in 2012. He could even be a 30/30 man if he adjusts well to American League pitching and a change of scenery.
Cliff Pennington played in 125 games for the A’s last year and he was 90 of 418 (.215 avg, .589 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 6 homers, 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He played in 525 games in his five years with the A’s and he was 435 of 1,738 (249 avg, .669 OPS) with 212 runs scored, 24 homers, 162 RBIs and 69 stolen bases. Pennington pretty much got forced out of the lineup last season due to a yearlong slump. I don’t think the A’s are going to miss him much, if at all, in 2013 and beyond. Yordy Cabrera came into the 2012 season as the A’s #15 prospect, but he took a big step backwards. He played in 60 games in A-ball last year and he was 51 of 220 (.232 avg, .625 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 3 homers, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Cabrera played in 166 games in three years in the minors for the A’s and he was 137 of 595 (.230 avg, .648 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 9 homers, 68 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. A’s GM Billy Beane has struck again as Chris Young has a nice upside and he didn’t give up much to get him.