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Four Added including Michael Choice; Montz DFA’d

September 1, 2013

With the calendar turning to September the A’s did not make any big trades to add any missing pieces instead opting to hold tight with what they have. With it being September that means the A’s can seek some reinforcements from Triple-A and they did so today by adding four players to the MLB roster: outfielder Michael Choice, left-handed pitcher Pedro Figueroa, and infielders Andy Parrino and Jemile Weeks. Choice’s addition required his being put on the 40-man roster and in response the A’s opted to designate Luke Montz for assignment.

Montz is sort of your prototypical “4-A” player. He spent a little time with the A’s earlier this year hitting to a .179/.200/.393 slash line with a home run in 30 plate appearances where he struck out 26.7% of the time while walking just 3.3% of the time. For what it is worth that all added to a .249 wOBA and 55 wRC+ for a total of -0.2 WAR. In Sacramento he fared better hitting .246/.352/.541 with a .387 wOBA and 131 wRC+ and nine home runs in 145 plate appearances with a 13.1% BB% and 31.0% K%.

The additions give the A’s an extra option in the pen via Figueroa who has pitched to a 4.10 ERA and 5.29 FIP in his 59 1/3 innings of 7.4 K/9, 5.0 BB/9 and 1.4 HR/9 baseball, numbers that don’t inspire me in the least. I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Figueroa’s and hope that he is only used in blowout type appearances as opposed to times when anything lays in the balance. I anticipate he should only be used as such.

Parrino likewise hasn’t turned heads either in his brief stint with the A’s (.125/.192/.167, with a .170 wOBA and 0 wRC+ in 26 plate appearances) or with the River Cats where has hit .210/.300/.302 with a .283 wOBA and 62 wRC+ in 420 trips to the plate. Weeks meanwhile appears set to be used in a pinch-running role as his stock has dropped off the face of the earth with the A’s, though he put together a decent campaign in Sacramento hitting .271/.376/.369 in 614 plate appearances for a .347 wOBA and 105 wRC+. Perhaps most importantly given his anticipated role, he has been 17-for-19 in stolen bases on the year.

The big exciting call up is Michael Choice, who given the poor play of both Seth Smith and Chris Young could see some legitimate playing time with the A’s down the stretch. This year, spent entirely in Sacramento, Choice hit .302/.390/.445 with 14 home runs while walking 11.5% of the time, and striking out 19.2% of the time in his 600 plate appearances. He had a .378 wOBA and 125 wRC+  and should make for an exciting addition to the A’s at times inconsistent lineup.

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