The Athletics landed their vet shortstop in Stephen Drew.
Current shortstop Cliff Pennington and the remainder of the A’s players found out by ballpark statement late in the game.
The A’s acquired Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for junior league infielder Sean Jamieson.
The trade, declared by Oakland before the 7th inning of Monday night’s game with the Twins, reunites Drew with former D-backs manager Bob Melvin – in his 1st full season as A’s skipper.
“It’ll be refreshing and a new start,” Drew said. “It’s a good feeling to go over there and still be competing (for the postseason).”
Drew lately returned after being sidelined for nearly a year with a fractured right ankle. He sat out 137 games in all.
The 29-year-old Drew is batting .193 with 2 home runs and 12 RBIs in 40 games since coming back June 26.
“Coming back, I’ve been hitting the ball well but haven’t been finding any holes,” he revealed.
Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers said last month it was “highly improbable” the team would trade Drew this season, saying he hadn’t received an offer for either Drew or Justin Upton that would improve the Arizona club.
A’s General Manager Billy Beane must have changed his mind.
“We must be terribly persuasive,” Oakland assistant General Manager David Forst said, noting the A’s will see how the remainder of the season goes with Drew before proceeding to make any decisions about his standing with the club for 2013. Odds
“It was quite likely he’d have tested free agency so we probably would have only had his services for another 6 weeks,” Towers recounted. “I have no doubt in my mind that he’ll make the A’s a much better ballclub.”
Oakland, a surprise playoff contender this season with a cast of moving parts and new faces, had been searching for a consistent regular in the middle of the infield given the tussles and injuries of Pennington and Adam Rosales.
Pennington is hitting .198 with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs in 92 games. That includes batting 6 for 29 (.207) in 10 games since returning from the DL August 7 after missing time with elbow tendinitis — his 1st career disabled list stint.
“He plays the same position, so I assume we’ll see what happens,” Pennington expounded. “I was sitting there in the dugout and they announced it. I haven’t any idea what those guys (in the front office) think. I am going to try and pretend I do.”
During the 2007 postseason playing for Melvin and the National League West champions, Drew batted .387 with 2 home runs and four RBIs in 7 games, including .294 (5 for 17) against the Rockies in the National League championship series.
Drew is coming off the severe ankle injury and has a $10 million mutual option for next season. If the option is not picked up, Drew receives a $1.35 million buyout.
The 23-year-old Jamieson, Oakland’s 17th-round draft pick out of Canisius College in 2011, was batting .234 with 10 home runs, 49 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 118 games for Single-A Burlington.