SAN DIEGO -- The A’s finalized a deal to send right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox this morning, also trading right-hander Michael Ynoa to Chicago in exchange for four players.
The A’s receive right-hander Chris Bassitt, infielders Marcus Semien and Rangel Ravelo and catcher Josh Phegley in the deal.
Bassitt, 25, made six appearances for the White Sox last season -- including five starts -- and went 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA. He missed part of the season with a broken right finger, but also pitched in nine games in the minors and recorded a 2.08 ERA.
Semien, 24, is the other key name coming to Oakland, which has been in the market for young middle infielders. Semien, who went to Cal and was a sixth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2011, is a .240 hitter in 85 major-league games.
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Most of those came at third base, but Semien has also played second base and shortstop, and was primarily a shortstop in the White Sox minor-league system. Shortstop is a key position of need for the A’s this offseason.
To get them, the A’s traded yet another 2014 All Star. Samardiza made the National League All-Star team after starting the season with the Chicago Cubs; he joined the A’s via trade in early July and went 5-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 16 games. Overall, Samardzija was 7-13 with a 2.83 ERA last season.
Ynoa was an intriguing prospect when the A’s signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 2008. But the move has not paid off -- Ynoa made just three starts in his first three seasons due to elbow problems and, in 70 career games in the minors (36 starts), he is 8-10 with a 4.81 ERA.
Phegley, a 24-year-old catcher, played most of last season at Triple-A Charlotte, where his power numbers were impressive: a .274 average with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs in 107 games. Ravelo, a corner infielder, played 133 games at Double-A Birmingham in 2014, and batted .309 with 11 homers and 66 RBIs.
The A’s designated Jorge de Leon for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.