The A’s added middle infielder Tyler Ladendorf to their 40-man roster Friday, and they claimed outfielder Andrew Brown off waivers from the New York Mets.
Ladendorf, 26, has made a slow climb through Oakland’s farm system since 2009, when he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins in a trade deadline deal for shortstop Orlando Cabrera. Adding him to the 40-man roster protects Ladendorf from being available to other teams in December’s Rule 5 draft.
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The right-handed hitter is just a .253 career batter through seven minor league seasons, but he’s known as a very strong defender.
This past season, Ladendorf appeared in 38 games each at second base and shortstop, plus two in center field. He batted a career-high .297 (including .395 against left-handers) with two homers and 43 RBI. He played in just 78 games because he was suspended for 50 games in June after a second positive test for a “drug of abuse,” according to a press release from Minor League Baseball at the time.
Ladendorf figures to get a decent look in spring training considering the A’s need at shortstop, where Jed Lowrie is a free agent.
Brown, a 30-year-old right-handed hitter, was on the Mets’ Opening Day roster and hit .182 with two home runs and seven RBI in 19 games over two stints with New York. He spent the rest of the season in Triple-A. Brown is a .220 career hitter with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 144 major league games.