A's trade Recker for left-handed-hitting catcher

A's trade Recker for left-handed-hitting catcher
August 27, 2012, 10:33 pm
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The A's completed a Minor League catcher swap with the Cubs on Monday. They sent Anthony Recker to Chicago in exchange for Blake Lalli. Recker had been designated for assignment on August 20 to make room on the 40-man roster for starting pitcher Brett Anderson. Lalli, 29, spent six games with the Cubs this season where he batted .133 (2 for 15) with two RBI. The left-handed hitter is batting .259 (79 for 301) with seven homers and 40 RBI in Triple-A this season. Lalli is the second left-handed-hitting catcher the A's have acquired recently. George Kottaras also bats left handed. Recker, 28, bats right handed and spent 13 games with the A's this season. He hit .129 (4 for 31) with four walks and 13 strikeouts while with Oakland. He was passed up by Derek Norris who seized the starting role with the A's. Recker hit .265 (53 for 200) with nine homers and 29 RBI in 52 games in Triple-A this season. On the surface Recker's numbers are slightly better than Lalli's, but the move provides the A's organization with another left-handed hitting catcher. Expect Lalli to added to the River Cats roster shortly where he will split time with Jason Jaramillo. The River Cats also added recently acquired relief pitcher Jesse Chavez to their active roster, as well as pitcher Tyson Ross who will pitch out of the bullpen now. Pitcher Brad Peacock and infielder Wes Timmons were both placed on the 7-day disabled list.

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