Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane believes Michael Choice has a bright, long career in the big leagues ahead of him. The opportunity to add a player like Craig Gentry, though, was too good to pass up this off-season.
Beane and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels completed a four-player trade that sent Gentry to Oakland and Choice to Texas.
“Technically, you’d call Craig a role player but I think he might be the best role player in the game,” Beane said earlier this week at the Cactus League Media Day at Chase Field. “Nobody does his role better than him and he really fit our club perfectly.
“There was such a need for what Craig did that we had to be very aggressive in what we were giving up. So we’re pleased and I know Jon is pleased to have Michael Choice, who was a very highly thought of player for us.”
Beane had no reservations trading with a division opponent, either, saying: “There are only so many people you can trade with and we’re just trying to make ourselves better.”
Another former Rangers outfielder, David Murphy, is making a similar impression on the Indians. Murphy struggled mightily at the plate last season, batting a career-low .220 with a .282 on-base percentage and .374 slugging percentage. He began the season as the everyday left fielder and finished it as a platoon player.
But Murphy landed a two-year deal from the Indians this off-season.
“He’s got a track record of hitting right-handed pitchers and he’s a good outfielder,” said Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti. “He’s versatile and can play either of the corners. And the makeup, David as a person and a player, it was just a great fit for us.”