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Travis Blackley was a key part late in the season for the Oakland A’s helping the team win the AL West. His reward was failing to make the squad out of spring training.
On Thursday the A’s traded the 30-year-old Australian born pitcher to the Houston Astros for light hitting outfielder Jake Goebbert. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com says Blackley is expected to join the active roster tomorrow.
Blackley was once a top prospect in the Mariners organization before suffering arm trouble. He has a 5.37 ERA in the majors but last season provided a spark to the A’s after being claimed off waivers from San Francisco.
With Oakland Blackley pitched 102 2/3 innings over 15 starts and nine relief appearances.
The Astros will likely start Blackley in the bullpen but with the current roster in Houston there is a great chance that he could find himself in the starting rotation quickly.
Goebbert, a 25-year-old corner outfielder, owns a .285/.363/.431 batting line over four seasons in the minors.
stros acquired LHP Travis Blackley from the Athletics in exchanged for OF Jake Goebbert.
Blackley was designated for assignment last week after failing to crack the Opening Day roster, but he’s now found himself back in the majors. The left-hander will work in long relief initially, but he could be an option for the Astros’ rotation eventually. Blackley posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 20 appearances — 15 starts — with the A’s in 2012.
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The A’s traded left-handed pitcher and huge Deez Nuts fan to the Astros on Thursday, just in time for him to potentially pitch against his former team.
The A’s begin a three-game series in Houston on Friday.
In return, Oakland receives 25-year-old minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert, who has batted .285 with 31 home runs and 237 RBI four minor league seasons.
The Oakland Athletics have traded lefty Travis Blackley to the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert.
The A's announced the deal Thursday before heading to Houston to begin a three-game series with the Astros. Blackley is expected to be on the Astros' roster for the series beginning Friday.
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