Keith Ginter - 2B - OAK
Athletics acquired infielder Keith Ginter from the Brewers for RHP Justin Lehr and outfielder Nelson Cruz.
A's GM Billy Beane hasn't had any luck getting a quality second baseman in the Tim Hudson trade talks, so he picked up some Mark Ellis insurance elsewhere. Ginter, 28, hit .262/.333/.479 in 386 AB last season. He lacks range at second base, but he hits enough to still be an adequate option at the position. Also, he gives the team a nice backup for Eric Chavez. It will be interesting to see what happens if Ellis does show up at 100 percent in the spring. His defense might result in Ginter remaining a part-time player. Dec. 15 - 4:44 pm et
Justin Lehr - R - MLW
Brewers acquired RHP Justin Lehr and outfielder Nelson Cruz from the Athletics in exchange for infielder Keith Ginter.
With Rickie Weeks available in case Junior Spivey gets hurt and Russell Branyan and Wes Helms at third base, Ginter was expendable, and GM Doug Melvin needed to rebuild his pen after trading Danny Kolb and Luis Vizcaino. This is a decent first step. Lehr, 27, needs a better second pitch if he's going to turn into a quality setup man, but with his 94 mph fastball, he can be adequate in the middle innings now. The Brewers will need to keep looking for a closer. Dec. 15 - 4:40 pm et
Nelson Cruz - OF - MLW
Outfielder Nelson Cruz was traded from Oakland to Milwaukee in a three-player deal.
Given his walk rate, it's no surprise that Cruz was trade bait. Still, he's a legitimate prospect. The 24-year-old hit .345/.407/.582 in 66 games at Single-A Modesto and .313/.377/.542 in 67 games at Double-A Midland last season. He has a chance to be a regular corner outfielder, but we see him as more of a reserve. Dec. 15 - 4:37 pm et