The A’s reshuffled their infield depth Thursday, acquiring Jake Elmore from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations and designating Andy Parrino for assignment.
Elmore, 26, primarily is a middle infielder, but last season he became the first Houston Astros player to appear at all nine positions in one season. Chicago had claimed him off waivers from the Astros in November. The right-handed hitting Elmore has batted .223 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 82 career big league games. He’s a .291 hitter over six minor league seasons.
Parrino spent most of last season at Triple-A Sacramento. He appeared in 14 games with Oakland and hit .118 with one RBI. Elmore is likely ticketed for Triple-A as well barring an injury in camp. The A’s appear set in the middle infield with shortstop Jed Lowrie and what looks to be a second-base platoon of Eric Sogard and Nick Punto.
Oakland has 10 days to trade Parrino, release him or send him to the minors if he clears waivers.