A's Pick Up Another Outfielder




The Deal

The Athletics traded for their second outfielder in three days, acquiring Ryan Langerhans from the Braves on Sunday for a player to be named. That comes on the heels of a Friday deal with the Reds for the injured Chris Denorfia.

Update: Atlanta received cash considerations to complete the deal.

The Big Leaguers
Langerhans, 27, had been a semiregular for Atlanta since 2005, but he has been in the throes of a hideous slump this year. He was hitting just .068/.192/.091 with one RBI in 20 games, striking out in 16 of his 44 at-bats. He strikes out too much to hit for much of an average, but he has some power and speed and has the range and arm strength to play anywhere in the outfield. Langerhans, who will be arbitration-eligible after the season, is a career .243/.337/.379 hitter with 15 homers and 71 RBIs in 296 big league games.
Quick Take
Langerhans is a decent stopgap for the injury-riddle A's, who will start him in center field on Tuesday. They already have outfielders Milton Bradley and Mark Kotsay on the disabled list, and Bobby Kielty and NicK Swisher are hobbled by leg injuries.

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