Horton Traded to the O’s
Josh Horton has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles for the oft-traded cash considerations or a player to be named later. This is a big yawner, and obviously with nothing really of value coming back this trade in all likelihood will have a minimal to zero impact on the A’s future (now watch this guy become a David Ortiz or something). Horton who at one time was a 2nd round draft pick by the A’s in the 2007 draft out of UNC has failed to live up to expectations. Now 27, he first made it up to Triple A in 2011 but hasn’t cracked the big league club likely because in 183 plate appearances with Sacramento he has a .231/.279/.337 slash line. Primarily a shortstop he is now blocked by both Jed Lowrie and Hiroyuki Nakajima, and this season has struggled to find playing time appearing in 13 games for 69 plate appearances batting a meager .224/.246/.373 for a .272 wOBA and 53 wRC+. All said and done in parts of seven MiLB seasons in the A’s organization he hit .274/.349/.369 with 25 home runs in 2,533 trips to the plate. Horton really will not be missed.