In what figures to be a busy off-season, the Oakland A's made their first trade of the off-season, acquiring outfielder David DeJesus for pitchers Vince Mazzaro and Justin Marks.
In DeJesus, the A's get a player who is coming off his best major league season, albeit a season that was truncated by injury. DeJesus hit .318 in 91 games for Kansas City in 2010, but he missed the final two months of the season with a thumb injury. He is an eight-year veteran and a career .289 hitter. A fourth-round pick in 2000, DeJesus has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Royals. DeJesus is signed through the 2011 season.
In exchange for DeJesus, the A's sent pitchers Vince Mazzaro and Justin Marks to Kansas City. Mazzaro has spent the past two seasons shuttling between Triple-A Sacramento and the major leagues. In 2010, he made 24 appearances for the A's, posting a 6-8 record with a 4.27 ERA in 122.1 innings. Mazzaro, a third-round pick of the A's in 2005, went 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA in 37.1 innings for the River Cats.
Marks was the A's second pick (third round) in 2009 out of the University of Louisville. After signing with the A's, a groin injury limited him to only one appearance in 2009, so for all intents and purposes, the 2010 season was his professional debut. Marks split the season between Low-A Kane County and High-A Stockton and he had a 6-13 record with a 4.87 ERA. He struck-out 136 and walked 49 while giving up 15 homers.
We will have more analysis of this trade in the coming days, so stay tuned...