The Rangers and A’s put together an intra-divison trade on Tuesday, sending outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom to Oakland, while the A’s sent minor leaguers Michael Choice and Chris Bostick to Texas.
Gentry hit .280 with two home runs, 22 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 106 games with the Rangers last year, his second full season with the club. Lindblom was 1-3, with a 5.46 ERA in eight games (five starts) with the Rangers and 8-4 record and 3.08 ERA in 20 games (18 starts) with Triple-A Round Rock.
Choice, Oakland’s No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com, will join the Texas major league roster. He made his Major League debut with Oakland in September, going 5-for-18 with a double and a walk in nine games. With Triple-A Sacramento, he hit .302 with 14 home runs and 89 RBI in 132 games. Bostick, who has been assigned to Single-A Myrtle Beach, spent all of last year with Single-A Beloit, where he hit .282 with 14 home runs and 89 RBIs in 129 games.
– Joey Nowak