OAKLAND -- The A’s traded left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley to the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Jake Goebbert, the team announced Thursday, but they could see him again very soon.
Oakland designated Blackley for assignment on March 29, allowing 10 days for another team to claim him or for the A's to negotiate a trade. Houston wanted him, and Blackley is expected to be with his new team Friday before to the Astros begin a three-game series against the A's at Minute Maid Park.
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Blackley went 1-1 with a 14.21 ERA in seven games, including two starts, for the A’s this spring before he was designated for assignment. He allowed 27 hits in 12.2 innings for a .450 opponents batting average. Blackley was claimed off waivers from San Francisco last year on May 15 and went 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 24 games, 15 starts, with the A’s. He is 7-7 with a 5.37 ERA in 36 career Major League appearances, including 23 starts.
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Goebbert spent most of the 2012 season at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he batted .304 with 23 doubles, six triples, nine home runs and 53 RBI in 114 games. He also walked 55 times for a .399 on-base percentage. The 25-year-old left-handed hitter also hit .133 in 16 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Goebbert is a .285 career hitter with 31 home runs and 237 RBI in 456 games over four seasons in the minors.
Oakland A's media services contributed to this report