The A's traded utility man Chris Coghlan back to the Cubs on Thursday in exchange for another utility player in Arismendy Alcantara.
Alcantara, a 24-year-old switch hitter who's played parts of two seasons in the majors, will report to Triple-A Nashville.
Coghlan was viewed by the A's as an important addition when he was acquired from Chicago in February for right-hander Aaron Brooks. But his first season in Green and Gold got off to a miserable start. He hit .146 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 51 games for Oakland this year. Though Coghlan bounced all around the diamond, he'd recently been serving as the everyday right fielder with Josh Reddick on the disabled list.
Alcantara has spent all season at Triple-A Iowa and has played primarily second base. But he also has professional experience at shortstop, third base and all three outfield spots. He was hitting .264 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 53 games for Iowa and led the Pacific Coast League with 21 stolen bases (in 21 attempts). He was originally signed by the Cubs out of the Dominican Republic in 2008.
As the major league roster currently stands, the A's could use Jake Smolinski in right field more or shift Billy Burns over there and play Coco Crisp in center.