Barton to the DL; Tommy Everidge called up to play first

With the A’s preparing to retire Rickey Henderson’s No. 24 on Aug. 1, the Red Sox will honor their own 2009 Hall of Fame inductee tonight. Jim Rice’s No. 14 will be retired in a pregame ceremony. Nice work by the Sox’s groundskeeping crew, as there’s a big “14” cut into the grass in left field, where Rice played for Boston.

As for A’s news, Daric Barton was placed on the DL as expected with a strained left hamstring, and first baseman Tommy Everidge was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento for his major league debut. He’s starting at first. A press release lists Everidge at 6-feet, 275 pounds. For you NFL fans, think of Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, the old Saints fullback. Now you’ve got your visual … This dude looks like he’s got some power.

And talk about paying your dues: Everidge is 26, and in his sixth year with the organization after being drafted in 2004. He’s never even been invited to major league spring training, and he’s only been inside a handful of major league parks as a fan. He’s a pretty soft-spoken guy, and is extremely grateful to be getting his chance. A Sonoma native, he grew up a Giants fan and loved Will Clark.

The A’s announced today that right-hander Sean Gallagher, as expected, was sent to San Diego as the third player to complete the Scott Hairston trade. Yes, it was just a year ago that Gallagher was obtained by Oakland as the centerpiece of the Rich Harden trade. Obviously he didn’t pan out like they hoped. Eric Patterson and minor league catcher Josh Donaldson are the only players remaining of the four the A’s received from the Cubs in that deal (outfielder Matt Murton was traded in the offseason for infielder Corey Wimberly).

My question for you readers: Do you still think the Harden deal can work out as a good one for the A’s??? Consider this as you ponder: A scout told me, at the time of the Dan Haren trade, that if two of the six players the A’s got from the Diamondbacks for Haren turned into impact players, the trade could be considered a success. The A’s got four players for Harden and Chad Gaudin, and unless Patterson blossoms at age 26, Donaldson is the last hope for that deal to produce an impact player. So how do you evaluate that trade a year later?

I was just watching Bobby Crosby take grounders at shortstop, and can’t help thinking if he’ll be playing his old position on a regular basis again. That might be the case if Orlando Cabrera gets traded before Friday’s deadline.

Scott Hairston’s left quad is still hurting, so he’s out of the lineup. Ryan Sweeney is in center, with Patterson playing left and Jack Cust in right. Bob Geren said he likes having Sweeney’s stronger arm in center because there’s so much room to cover out there at Fenway.

Enough of my rambling, here’s the rest of the lineups:

Kennedy 3B
Cabrera SS
Garciaparra DH
Cust RF
Suzuki C
Sweeney CF
Everidge 1B
Ellis 2B
Patterson LF

Mazzaro RHP

Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Bay LF
Drew RF
Lowell 3B
Kottaras C
Green SS

Buchholz RHP

Joe Stiglich

  • Raven

    Man, how quickly the A’s went from Playoff contenders to Irrelevant.

    I can’t see any potential stars in this team.
    from broken down players (over the hill) – Chavez, Nomar, Giambi
    from average to nothing special -sweeney, cust,ellis,Crosby.
    young busts – Buck, Barton or any money ball players
    5 young SP – only anderson looks good with promise and maybe cahill, mazarro and outman?
    i guess only kurt Z is the best player but not all-star

    Billy gots lots of work to do.

  • Bob

    need a new gm–new a new manager- need a new sense of direction because beane has completely lost his compass!

    this now is almost like an expansion team starting from scratch and beane made it this way.

  • Scott No2

    I wasn’t impressed with Sean Galleger before or after the trade. he only had 1 good outing that I can think of. Billy missed the ball with this one, that’s for sure.

  • jeff

    Incomplete argument. You can’t discount that the A’s used Gallager/Murton to aquire Hairston and Wimbley. In actuality in exchange for Harden/Gaudin the A’s still have Hairston, Donaldson, Wimbley and Patterson.

  • Bob

    In actuality in exchange for Harden/Gaudin the A’s still have Hairston, Donaldson, Wimbley and Patterson.

    say what? get hairston who is not a power hitter AND OVER A YEAR LATER? besides hairston’s contract ends after this season and he becomes a free agent. patterson is not a big leaguer. harden on sunday threw 6 innings for the cubs allowing 1 hit, striking out 8 in an easy win.

  • A’sGirl

    Not that I support the Harden trade, because I didn’t then and I don’t necessarily agree with the logic now, but I am not sure Harden would have been as successful here as he has been with the Cubs. By the end of his time here, he seemed so unhappy with the organization–based on comments to the press–that I don’t think he would have been productive for the A’s, or even healthy for the A’s for that matter. Both Blanton and Harden seem to be happier and therefore more productive on their new teams.

    Just a theory.

  • jeff

    Dear Bob,

    Nice emotion, but you are wrong about Hairston. He is not a free agent at the end of the year. A’s control him for a couple more years in arbitration. He did hit 17 hrs as a part-time player last year — I’d say that’s decent power. Better than all their other OFers (Cust doesn’t count).