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Anthony Recker Designated for Assignment

August 20, 2012

Anthony Recker was designated for assignment today by the A’s. Recker, who made the club out of spring training participated in 13 games with the A’s, hitting .129/.250/.161 in only 37 plate appearances. For his career with Oakland he played in a total of 18 games, accumulating 58 plate appearances and hitting .146/.281/.188 with a .231 wOBA and 42 wRC+ for a total value of -0.1 WAR. Recker spent most of 2012 in Sacramento where he had 229 plate appearances putting up a .265/.358/.435 slash line with a .355 wOBA and 108 wRC+ in 52 contests.

With the good hitting as of late of Josh Donaldson (who can also play backstop) the emergence of Derek Norris and the acquisition of George Kottaras, Recker’s spot on the club was more tenuous. Still it is a surprise to see him go when there are other candidates who I would have thought were more likely to be removed from the 40-man roster. This move likely the initial move in a series of moves to get Brett Anderson onto the MLB squad for what is expected to be his 2012 debut tomorrow against Minnesota. The other anticipated move is that Dan Straily will be optioned to Sacramento, but I have yet to see formal confirmation that that is occurring.

I don’t know if Recker, who will be 29 next week and isn’t a traditional prospect, draws interest like a typical catcher may but I don’t have trouble seeing another team making a waiver claim on him. For four seasons he has been pretty consistent at Sacramento, sporting a .276/.358/.474 slash line with 47 home runs in 1,223 plate appearances. I have to think another team might give him a shot, though I’d love to see him stay in the A’s system as I think he is probably better organizational filler than he has shown at the MLB level. Regardless, Recker is a good guy who has always been an accommodating autograph and general nice guy at ballgames, so I am sad to see him go if this is the end of the line.

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