After the Gio Gonzalez trade the Oakland A's had to designate two players for assignment, two days before Christmas Laden Powell and Jai Miller found out they are no longer on Oakland's major league roster.
Powell is the least interesting of the two to me because of the signing of Rob Johnson, Powell is a 29 y/o right handed catcher who was a first round pick in 2004 by Oakland. After a tremendous NCAA carreer in which he was named to the NCAA College World Series Legends Team, in Oakland was in the shadow of Kurt Suzuki. Both catchers drafted in the same year. Suzuki got the bulk of the playing time and was therefore, promoted more aggressively. After two years of injury set backs in the minors ( 2007-2008) he became the back-up catcher in 2009 and served in that role since, appearing in about 40 games a season while hitting .207. Powell is another one of those weak hitting defensive catchers, he caught Branden Dallas' perfect game and has a 39% caught stealing rate. He can play some 1B and I wouldn't mind if the Mets claimed him but realistically he's an older duplication of Nickeas/Johnson while only having one more option left.
Jai Miller is the player I hope the Mets win a claim on, the 26 y/o right handed outfield has yet to break out in the majors but if his minor league numbers are any indication of what he can do, this is a kid who can play center, steal a base and hit for power. In four seasons at AAA he's averaged 21 HRs, 23 doubles, 11 stolen bases, 63 RBIs with a BA of .271. He's 523 minor league games in center field and 205 in right field, along with a hand full in left. Last season with Oakland's AAA affiliate he put up some impressive numbers, still has only played in 28 major league games between three organization ( Fla., KC, Oak.).
Miller, meanwhile, spent the majority of 2011 with Triple-A Sacramento, hitting .276 with 32 home runs and 88 RBIs in 110 games. As a September callup in Oakland, the outfielder went 3-for-12 with one homer and two RBIs in seven games and, by season's end, was expected to compete for a starting-outfield job come spring. source Athletics.com
Miller seems like a perfect fit for what the Mets need especially since he still has options left, I think the most vulnerable player on the 40 man roster would be Armando Rodriguez. The 23 y/o power pitcher is in his 5th season with the Mets, his second on the 40 man and is yet to pitch about A+ ball. Last season in St. Lucie he made 16 starts with a 3.96 ERA/ 1.18 WHIP and averaged almost a strike out per inning.
The Athletics will send Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals for A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock and Tom Milone, ESPN.com's Keith Law reports (on Twitter).
Gonzalez is under team control through 2015 and has reached the 200-inning plateau in each of the past two seasons without posting an ERA above 3.23. He'll join Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann atop an impressive...
WASHINGTON. (AP) - The Athletics and Nationals have completed a six-player trade that sends All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez from Oakland to Washington.The deal was announced Friday after the players involved passed physicals. A day earlier, Gonzalez said in a phone interview that the trade was just about done.The Nationals get ...
Gio Gonzalez is going to the Nationals, for prospects (!).Andrew Bailey rumors are still flying.Carlos Beltran will meet you in St. Louis. No pressure there.ST. LOUIS (AP) – Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert...
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The Red Sox were involved in trade talks with the Oakland A's for lefty starter Gio Gonzalez right until the end -- when the A's opted for the Washington Nationals' package of three pitching...
Among the players the A's acquired in today's Gio Gonzalez trade was Derek Norris, a power hitting catcher with an incredible ability to get on base. I got several good looks at Norris in this year's Arizona Fall League. Here are my notes and analysis of the big catcher...
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Billy Beane has increasingly taken a greater vocal stance on the stadium issue surrounding his club, but in recent weeks the most blaring noises from the A's general manager have been heard through trades, most recently dealing Gio Gonzalez to Washington for four prospects.
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