A’s get Scott Hairston from the Padres

A’s just sent over a release detailing their trade for Padres outfielder Scott Hairston, who will likely become Oakland’s new leadoff hitter. The A’s gave up a pair of pretty decent pitching prospects in Ryan Webb and Craig Italiano.

Here’s the release:

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s acquired outfielder Scott Hairston from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league pitchers Ryan Webb and Craig Italiano plus a player to be named later, the club announced today. Hairston is expected to join the A’s Monday in Boston.

Hairston was batting .299 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 56 games with San Diego, including today’s game against Los Angeles. He also has a career high eight stolen bases in nine attempts. The 29-year old right-handed hitter has made 34 starts in center field and 14 in left field. Hairston was batting .327 in 43 games before going on the disabled list on June 2 with a strained left biceps. He was reinstated from the DL on June 23 and is batting .220 (11 for 50) with two home runs and six RBI in 13 games since his return.

Hairston made his Major League debut with Arizona in 2004 and spent parts of four seasons with the Diamondbacks before he was traded to San Diego on July 27, 2007. He hit a career high 17 home runs last year and is a .255 career hitter with 51 home runs and 127 RBI in 400 games. Hairston’s father, Jerry, played 14 seasons with the White Sox and Pirates, and his older brother, Jerry Jr., is currently playing for Cincinnati.

Webb was 7-1 with two saves and a 4.34 ERA in 31 games, two starts, at Triple-A Sacramento. He allowed a .313 opponents batting average and had 15 walks and 39 strikeouts in 45.2 innings. The 23-year old right-handed pitcher was originally drafted by the A’s in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Italiano was 5-6 with a 5.63 ERA in 16 starts at Single-A Stockton. He had 75 strikeouts and 40 walks in 76.2 innings and allowed a .280 opponents batting average. The 22-year old right-handed pitcher was the A’s second round selection in the 2005 draft.

Jon Becker

  • Nodaclu

    An interesting deal that probably was made in anticipation of Matt Holliday being moved to the Cardinals (or elsewhere) in the coming days.

    My only hope for that potential deal is that they are able to pry away a top flight 3B prospect who is blocked at the major league level. The A’s have no MLB-ready 3B prospects for next season, and as much as I hate to say it, counting on Chavez to come back next year would be pure folly.

  • crister

    somewhere in a dark and quiet room, travis buck is crying to himself.

  • Jan K Oski

    Hairston has a 3:1 K to BB ratio for the year. That’s ugly for a leadoff hitter, but his .360 OBP is what attracted Beane. Too bad, it is hovering above .310 for his career! I guess Beane is going to unload someone else from the top of the lineup. Kennedy is on my very short list. Who else would anyone want?

    Can anyone tell me why Cust was batting 5th? 7 LOB! Would someone put him out of his misery? Larry, are you up for the job? Maybe, you could write him a list of reasons why he can’t play anymore and include a garbage bag in the post with 2 eye holes. Perhaps, that would keep Geren from putting him in the lineup.

  • John R. Grout

    BB has said that the deal had nothing to do with the current situation… they’ve been after Hairston for quite a while. According to MLB.com, Padres GM Towers was about to pull the trigger on a different trade but BB offered him enough pitching to change his mind. That same article reported that Towers was given a list of two pitchers for the PTBNL and must choose later this month between them (and that one of them has MLB service time). If one or both of the pitchers is on the DL, that would explain the delay… Sean Gallagher, for example… as a player on the DL cannot normally be named in a trade (a waiver of this rule is possible… Chris Denorfia was traded from the Reds 60-day DL to the A’s 60-day DL… but it is rare).

  • John R. Grout

    If anyone is crying in a dark room, it’d be Rajai Davis. With Hairston a righty whom Geren has already announced will be the regular CF starting Monday in Boston, he may be DFA’ed tomorrow (he has to clear waivers to be sent to Sacramento and a DFA would give the A’s ten days to try to work a deal before putting him on the waiver wire).

  • F. Baugher

    David Forst said Sweeney is being moved to right field so Buck is history…again. I believe the 2 pitchers Towers has to choose from is Gallagher and Eveland. If Gallagher isn’t healthy in time they take Eveland and Beane throws in another Class A level pitcher.

  • Oski once again you have it all wrong. I’ll take Cust, Giambi,Normar and of course Bobby C on my team anyday. The three would bring a lot of power on a slow pitch softball team. I take your boy Bobby C to pinch run for Normar and use him for his glove.

  • I trying to understand why we got Hairston a 255 lifetime hitter. He may be a fair player and he is young but that’s about it. Can he play third?

  • Jan K Oski

    Could Hairston be trade bait for getting back Scutaro? His .381 OBP must be driving Beane nuts.

    Larry, have you joined the SBNation, yet? There’s a funny article almost as funny as your slow pitch response. Here’s a link for those who are overwhelmed by the challenges of the internet.


  • Marco was my man in Oakland a solid pro. Two much water under the bridge Marco can’t help Oakland anymore. I think Beane is paying Carbera about 10 mil this year Beane didn’t get his money worth with this guy.