Acquired: 2011 Spring Training
Andre Either was originally drafted by the Athletics in the 2nd Round of the 2003 Draft. I became a pretty big fan of his–he was an excellent hitter in the A’s system and was moving through the organization pretty quickly. In 2005 he really broke out, adding power to his already solid ability to get on base…so he was a pretty exciting prospect.
Than he was traded to the Dodgers. The A’s lost a top prospect, but gained veteran headcase Milton Brandley and infielder Antonio Perez. The A’s would get one decent season out of Brandley–.818 OPS, 114 OPS+–before trading him away for Andrew Brown and some cash. Brown was a forgettable middle of the pen arm for two seasons. I did not really get the trade then, and it does not look all that great in retrospect, but whatever. I am sure that Billy Beane has his reasons at the time.
Either has had some great seasons, and while he is on the backside of his career (he is 31), he is still a great outfielder. Bummer that his power fell off so much after his 31 HR campaign of 2009. Still, a good ballplayer and a really likable dude.
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