A's Acquire Hairston For Webb, Italiano
UPDATE (7/6): According to a member of the A's front office, Putnam was the player-to-be-named-later in the Chad Reineke deal the A's made with San Diego in April. According to another source, San Diego will be choosing between two pitchers sometime this month to complete the Hairston deal.
Hairston is in the middle of a fine season with San Diego. The right-handed hitting outfielder is batting .299 with 10 homeruns and 29 RBIs in 56 games. Hairston, who is the younger brother of Cincinnati Reds utilityman Jerry Hairston, hit a career-high 17 homeruns last season.
It isn't entirely clear where Hairston will fit into the A's immediate future. The A's are already trying to juggle an outfield that includes Travis Buck, Jack Cust, Ryan Sweeney, Matt Holliday and Rajai Davis, with Aaron Cunningham knocking on the door in Triple-A Sacramento. Hairston is a versatile outfielder who can play all three spots. Oakland will have to send down a player on Monday when Hairston officially joins the team in Boston.
The A's won't have to open up a spot on their 40-man roster for Hairston, however, as he will take Webb's spot on the A's 40-man roster. Webb, who was in his first year on the 40-man roster, was pitching well for Sacramento out of the bullpen. The 2004 fourth round pick had a 7-1 record with two saves and a 4.34 ERA in 45.2 innings. It is his first year in the bullpen after spending his entire career as a starting pitcher.
The 6'6'' right-hander has a solid 39:15 K:BB ratio and he has struck-out 10 and walked only one over his last nine innings. In his last five outings for Sacramento, the 23-year-old Webb had allowed two runs in four innings with five hits allowed and no walks with six strike-outs.
Italiano joins San Diego in the middle of his best streak of the season for the High-A Stockton Ports. The rangy right-hander has allowed only one run in his last three starts, a span of 16.2 innings. He has struck-out 18 and has walked only four over those three starts.
The hard-throwing Italiano has had a rough ride through the minor leagues since being drafted by Oakland in 2005 in the second round. He missed most of the 2006 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and missed much of the 2007 season after suffering a scary skull fracture after being struck by a line-drive. In 2008, Italiano went 8-4 with a 3.78 ERA in a career-high 100 innings with Low-A Kane County and High-A Stockton. He was a Midwest League All-Star with Kane County. This season, Italiano is 5-6 with a 5.63 ERA and 75 strike-outs in 76.2 innings for Stockton.
Putnam, the A's 2004 supplemental first round pick, was batting .264 with 11 homeruns and 44 RBIs in 72 games with Triple-A Sacramento, Double-A Midland and High-A Stockton at the time he was traded to the Padres. Putnam, who made his major league debut in 2007 with Oakland, had 16 homers and 63 RBIs in 93 games for Sacramento and Midland last season. Putnam helped the River Cats win Pacific Coast League and Triple-A titles in 2007 and 2008.
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