Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The Chicago Cubs today acquired catcher Anthony Recker from the Oakland Athletics for catcher/first baseman Blake Lalli.  Recker has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Recker on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Scott Maine has been designated for assignment. Recker, who turns 29 on Wednesday, was originally selected by Oakland in the 18th round of the 2005 Draft and made his major league debut for the club last August.  Recker was a member of Oakland’s 2012 Opening Day roster but was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on May 27, where he was hitting .265 (53-for-200) with seven doubles, nine home runs, 29 RBI, a .358 on-base percentage and a .793 OPS before being designated for assignment on August 20.  In parts of two major league seasons, Recker has batted .146 (7-for-48) in 18 games. A right-handed batter and thrower, Recker entered the year having reached double figures in home runs in each of his last six minor league seasons and, into the 2012 campaign, had...
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