|A scuttled deadline deal that would have sent 29-year-old shortstop Stephen Drew from the Diamondbacks to the Athletics finally came to pass three weeks later. Arizona traded Drew, in the midst of a career-worst performance as he recovers from ankle surgery, to Oakland for 23-year-old shortstop Sean Jamieson, a 2011 draft pick who has spent all season in low Class A.|
|Sean Jamieson, ss
Age: 23. Born: Mar 2, 1989 in Kitchener, Ontario.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 193.
Bats: R. Throws: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Athletics in 17th round of 2011 draft; signed June 9, 2011.
Though no one will confuse him with a future all-star, Jameison has a few tools and skills at his disposal that could allow him to play his way up the ladder. He’s an average runner, defender and thrower who gets the most out of his tools with good decision-making and instincts. Jamieson ranked fifth in the Midwest League with 66 walks at the time of the trade, and that knowledge of the strike zone could allow him to grow into a .260-type hitter with gap power and a modest stolen-base potential. A best-case scenario would seem to be second-division regular or quality utility infielder.
|Stephen Drew, ss
Age: 29. Bats: L. Contract Terms: Signed two-year, $15.75 million deal for 2011-12 seasons; includes mutual option for 2013.
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
Remaining Commitment: Athletics assume the approximate $1.7 million left on Drew’s contract for this season, then can exercise their half of mutual option for $10 million for 2013 or buy out the option for $1.35 million.
Impact On Athletics Depth Chart: Arizona general manager Kevin Towers made a point last offseason to re-sign utility infielders Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald to cover for the projected absence of Drew following ankle surgery. Drew returned on June 7, but his bat remained on the disabled list. So despite typically-meager offensive production from Bloomquist and McDonald this season, both managed to out-hit Drew. (Even a DL trip for Bloomquist could not stay Towers’ hand—he simply called up middle infielder Jake Elmore from Triple-A Reno on Aug. 11.) As poorly as things have gone for Drew in Arizona, he represents at least a mild upgrade for the Athletics, who have endured a .198/.265/.284 batting line from regular shortstop Cliff Pennington this season. That works out to an OPS+ of 53, which ranks dead last among big league shortstops with at least 150 plate appearances. Drew ranks fifth from the bottom with a 59 OPS+.