For years, you knew the title Franklin Barreto was coming within the A’s pipeline.
And for the previous couple of seasons, it at all times felt just like the hard-swinging righty was yet one more showcase away from turning the nook and changing into an on a regular basis participant within the huge league lineup.
But for a large number of complicated causes and dangerous timing, sustained alternatives and that eventual breakthrough for Barreto by no means arrived.
Marcus Semien turned the unquestioned shortstop. Jed Lowrie was a mainstay at second base, adopted by Jurickson Profar, and now Tony Kemp with Chad Pinder.
Barreto understandably struggled with the tough, restricted and irregular roles in between. Especially on the plate. For perspective, since debuting in 2017, his longest stretch of video games began with Oakland was 10. That was in late June 2018.
Baretto finally ran out of choices, and was traded Friday to the Los Angeles Angels for veteran infielder Tommy La Stella.
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The deal additionally signifies the top of A’s lineage to the 2014 Josh Donaldson commerce with the Toronto Blue Jays. Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and Brett Lawrie every additionally by no means discovered endurance with the A’s and departed in prior seasons.
Donaldson gained the AL MVP in 2015, his first season after being dealt, and has hit 157 over the past six seasons with the Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins
Barreto ought to discover success with the change of surroundings alone in Southern California. Plus, the Angels doubtless have the persistence to present him Major League at bats in a hitter-friendly ballpark for the remainder of this season.
For Oakland, the outlook on buying La Stella is sort of optimistic. He’s one other lefty bat who hit 20 factors above his profession common final yr, and is getting on base 30 factors increased this season.
He was notably pesky in all 10 video games performed in opposition to the A’s this season.
La Stella primarily was hitting second for Angels supervisor Joe Maddon in Los Angeles, and likewise began a couple of video games as designated hitter. La Stella might discover himself in the same function in Oakland when going through right-handed pitching.
Although the A’s are fairly deep in place gamers, La Stella has sufficient versatility and expertise to right away discover his method right into a promising function.
La Stella is ready to turn out to be a free agent after the 2020 season.