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New Acquisition Q&A: Donnie Murphy, IF

Donnie Murphy had 14 HRs for Wichita in 2006.

Last season, the Oakland A's completed a trade in early December for a player who had just recently been designated for assignment. While the transaction didn't garner much press at the time, the move for Chad Gaudin turned out to be an important piece of the puzzle for the A's in 2006. Oakland is hoping that history repeats itself this year with the acquisition of Donnie Murphy from Kansas City.

Donnie Murphy actually has a lot in common with Chad Gaudin. Murphy is a middle infielder and Gaudin is a pitcher, but both have had similar career paths. Both Gaudin and Murphy made their professional debuts as 19-year olds. Gaudin was in the major leagues by age 20 and Murphy was a big leaguer by age 21. Both were given chances to stick at the major league level, but neither were able to grab...

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