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Travis Blackley Sent to Astros for Jake Goebbert

April 4, 2013

On the same day that the fate of Daric Barton was sealed (being outrighted to Sacramento), the other DFA victim of that day Travis Blackley learned his fate, a trade to the Houston Astros. The A’s traded the left-handed Australian following a rough spring to Houston in return they received outfielder Jake Goebbert. As I said when Blackley was DFA’d I was sad to see him go because I feel he is a valuable pitcher and seemed useful to the A’s, but the crowded bullpen and the fact that he did absolutely nothing to distinguish himself (well, in a positive way) this spring made him destined for greener pastures.

Goebbert is a product of Northwestern University, and a native of the Chicagoland area. The 25-year old is a left-handed hitting corner outfielder who spent 2012 split between the Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) and Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA). He combined to put up a .291/.388/.450 slash line though the bulk of that was done at Corpus Christi (433 of 468 plate appearances) where he hit .304/.399/.473 with nine home runs with a .390 wOBA and 144 wRC+. With a crowded outfield at the MLB level, and a fairly crowded outfield at AAA, maybe he is headed back for another stint in the Texas League? Who knows right now but it doesn’t seem like Goebbert is someone we ought to expect in Oakland any time in the near future and if he is there it should be cause for great concern because something truly bad has happened.

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