Arizona Diamondbacks Trade Stephen Drew to Athletics for Sean Jamieson

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IAugust 21, 2012

Late Monday night, news broke that the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks struck a deal that will send shortstop Stephen Drew to Oakland, in exchange for young prospect Sean Jamieson.

From Janie McCauley and the Associated Press:

The A's announced the trade in the seventh inning of Monday night's game against the Minnesota Twins, and  Drew is expected to join Oakland in time to play the middle game of the series on Tuesday. He recently returned after being sidelined for nearly a year with a fractured right ankle.

Let's take a look at what this move means for both teams.


Oakland Athletics

The A's sit five-and-a-half games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, but with their fourth win in a row on Sunday, they climbed into a tie for the wild-card lead with Tampa Bay and Baltimore. 

It's clear that the next month is going to be an absolute dog fight, and Oakland is adding a capable major-league bat at a position that has been held down by the inconsistent Cliff Pennington.

Still, for as solid as Drew has been in the past, he has been just as bad this season, having just recovered from a devastating ankle injury.

In 40 games for the D-Backs, the 29-year-old hit .193 with more strikeouts (35) than hits (26). If he returns to his 2010 form, Oakland is that much better. If not, well, the A's are in the same place with this swap.

This is a low-risk, high-reward move.


Arizona Diamondbacks

It's clear the D-Backs were just fed up with Drew's inability to do anything. 

Drew, who has a $1.35 million buyout option in 2013, was likely on his way out of Arizona sooner rather than later, so the Diamondbacks just got whatever they could for him. 

That came in the form of 23-year-old Sean Jamieson. 

The young shortstop was drafted in the 17th round of the 2011 draft and was hitting .234 with 10 home runs and 25 stolen bases at Class-A Burlington. It's nothing sexy, but Arizona fans are likely just happy Drew is gone.