Gentry is one of the top defensive outfielders in the MLB, but struggles offensively against right-handed pitching. As Steve Adams notes, “Gentry has thrived against left-handed pitching throughout his career, compiling a solid .288/.376/.399 slash line. He’s serviceable against right-handed pitchers as well, though his OBP (.334) and slugging (.335) are significantly lower against same-handed pitching.” The A’s are planning to use Lindblom as a starter, according to Jeff Passan, and was a fly-ball pitcher as a reliever, with a 3.82 ERA in 132.0 MLB innings with three different teams. That tendency will play out better in Oakland.
Chris Bostick is not a name I was familiar with — but he was Oakland’s 20th ranked prospect, a second baseman, with some pop. He banged out 14 home runs with a .282/.354/.452 line in 2013.
The big name in this trade, however, has to be Michael Choice for me — and if he was available for so little, I’m a little surprised the Mets didn’t go after him. Choice looks like he’ll be a solid player in the MLB as a corner outfielder, as a real power threat. He has a mature approach at the plate, and although he does strike out often, he draws walks and demonstrates enough selection at the plate. Choice’s best year was in 2010, in Single-A Advanced ball, where he hit 30 home runs with a .285/.376/.542 slash line in 542 plate appearances. He also hit 28 doubles, and posted a 61:134 BB:K ratio. He was called up the Athletics to make his debut last year, and at the time, he was batting .302/.390/.445 in Triple-A Sacramento with 14 home runs.
If we were going by direct comparisons, a package from the Mets would have had to include Juan Lagares and perhaps Jacob DeGrom. However, since I’m not interested in Chris Bostick, I wonder if the Mets could have put together a similar package to acquire Choice centered around the young pitching that we have… it just gets me thinking is all.