Posted By Jeff Fletcher on February 5, 2009 11:53 am
Yes, it’s a day old, but I was busy with all the site-moving stuff yesterday. Anyway, the A’s trade of Matt Murton to the Rockies for minor league infielder Corey Wimberly might not have made much of an impression you.
My first instinct was that this must have been a dump because Murton was out of options and the A’s already have plenty of outfielders. However, it turns out that Murton is not out of options, even though he had seemingly been on the Iowa-Chicago shuttle with the Cubs forever. It was just a “baseball trade,” which is industry lingo for a deal that has nothing to do with money or roster space.
As for Wimberly, here’s what A’s baseball operations analyst Farhan Zaidi had to say about him:
Wimberly’s one of the fastest guys in the minors and the Rockies moved him around a lot this year (he played 2B, SS, 3B, LF, and CF) to try to turn him into a Figgins-esque super-utility guy. He also had a really good Fall League in ’07 and we had a few scouts see him play well there. Kind of brings a dimension we don’t really have in the organization right now.
By the way, I have a feeling the A’s will end up with Orlando Cabrera, but I don’t think that’s necessarily why they made this deal. They didn’t have to open up a space in advance for a potential Cabrera signing. If they had signed Cabrera when the roster was 40, they could have simply designated someone else and then traded him.