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Krol Sent to Washington as PBTNL

March 20, 2013

The deal that landed the A’s catcher John Jaso from Seattle also shuttled A.J. Cole and Blake Treinen to Washington along with a player to be named later. Today, we learned that player to be named later is none other than Ian Krol. Krol spent most of 2012 with the Cal League’s Stockton Ports where I got to see him, chart pitches in Inland Empire and at Lake Elsinore. I never got to see any of his 86 1/3 innings pitched, during which he posted a 4.27 FIP and 5.16 ERA backed by 8.2 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and a gaudy 1.4 HR/9. Somehow this earned him some time with Midland where he threw 10 2/3 innings of 5.06 ERA, 1.89 FIP 8.4 K/9, 1.7 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9 baseball.

Krol, drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 draft, has pitched 244 2/3 innings of 3.75 ERA of 7.7 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9 baseball in his A’s minor league career. Only 21, Krol was considered a decently ranked prospect within the A’s system but was perhaps best known for his homophobic remark on Twitter that earned him a suspension. I thought the priced paid to acquire Jaso was too high with Cole alone, so the addition of Treinen to me was superfluous and the added addition of Krol is even more displeasing. That said if the A’s win in 2013 all is forgiven and the trade is a winner. Just seems like we gave an awful lot of talent back to Washington to get a guy who a year ago was traded for rapist Josh Lueke.

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