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A’s and Brewers Swap Parker for Byrd

March 20, 2013

The A’s dealt Stephen Parker (no rest assured Jarrod Parker remains an Athletic despite Milwaukee’s pitching needs) a MiLB third baseman who spent 2012 with Sacramento to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for MiLB right-handed reliever Darren Byrd. A fifth round pick in 2009, third baseman Parker hit .256/.327/.390 with the River Cats in 2012 in 375 plate appearances. He had seven home runs to go with his .321 wOBA and 86 wRC+. In other words, there is a reason he wasn’t being added to any 40-man rosters. There is a reason he wasn’t being discussed at all as coming up to the MLB club and so on. The Brigham Young University alum, leaves the organization with 1,906 plate appearances and of course none with the parent club Oakland, and a .277/.361/.429 slash line. At 24 he could potentially help out Milwaukee with their vacancy at first base, but it isn’t entirely clear what his role going forward would’ve been with the A’s. I’ll leave it to a Brewers dedicated blog to talk up how he could help them out.

In Byrd, Oakland doesn’t really get much to write home about either. Byrd, an 18th round pick in the 2005 draft (by Philadelphia), spent 2012 with the Huntsville Stars of the Southern League, Double-A being the highest level of professional baseball he has achieved in his 26 years. Last year he posted a 2.59 ERA in 50 relief appearances throwing 73 innings. He had a good 3.17 FIP, to go with 8.8 K/9, a high 4.4 BB/9 and 0.3 HR/9. In his MiLB career he has thrown 692 innings of 6.5 K/9, 3.6 BB/9 and 0.4 HR/9 basbeall to the tune of a 3.69 ERA. He has a 27.00 ERA this spring after one appearance. I’m sure Byrd is a nice enough fella, a decent guy, but a pitcher who will make an impact on this team he is not. And in Parker, a third baseman who will make an impact on this team, he is not either so the fact that they are being traded for one another makes absolutely zero difference in the grand scheme of things.

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