A's trade Purcey to ready bullpen for Bailey

May 28, 2011, 12:52 am
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As he packed his bag late Thursday afternoon in the Angel Stadium visitors clubhouse, there seemed to be a sense of finality to David Purcey that went beyond the A's finishing up a four-game series with the SoCal rivals.There was a sense the the left-handed reliever was soon to be gone from the A's plans, that he would be the one headed to the chopping block when two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey was ready to join the big club.Friday, the notion of Purcey leaving Oakland became reality as he was sent to Detroit for infielder Scott Sizemore in a move that is more about clearing space in the bullpen for Bailey's eventual return than it is for adding infield depth at triple-A Sacramento, which is where Sizemore is headed, or giving right-hander Bobby Cramer another shot at the big leagues, since he was the one called up to take Purcey's place on the A's 25-man roster.
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Plus, it's just as easy to send Cramer, who has been stretched out as a starter with the River Cats but just came off the disabled list with a stained oblique, back to Sacramento when Bailey is ready. And the A's received some value for Purcey in a trade, rather than losing him in waivers with nothing to show for it, which they most likely would have.The A's already have a second baseman of the future in Jemile Weeks (.322, eight stolen bases) and while Adrian Cardenas (.351, 78 total bases) would seemingly be a fit at third base, he's been playing in left field and as the Cats' DH.So yes, the Purcey-for-Sizemore deal is about getting the bullpen ready for Bailey.