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The A's traded Choice to the rival Texas Rangers.
Michael Choice and Chris Bostick for Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom
This move is on the honorable mentions slide rather than on a stand-alone slide (and ranked) because it's not a great one for the short term or in the long term.
Choice was a top-five prospect in Oakland.
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo ranks Choice as Texas' third-best prospect:
Even if he does settle in a corner position -- likely left field because of his below-average arm strength -- his bat should get him to the big leagues. Once he's there, Choice has the chance to be a better all-around hitter than perhaps people give him credit for.
Choice might even start for the Rangers in 2014, whereas Gentry—six years older than Choice—will be Oakland's fourth outfielder.
If you throw in Bostick, who has a bright future at second base, for Lindblom, who might not even make the roster, it makes it that much worse.
Chris Gimenez Claimed
The move above is bad. This move is basically a non-factor.
Gimenez hit .333 in four September games after being called up. Yet the A's make the 30-year-old's fourth team in six seasons. Catcher is looking mighty crowded, too, with Derek Norris, John Jaso and Stephen Vogt.
Gimenez is not a long-term factor in Oakland's plans.
To make room, the A's released Pedro Figueroa, which will not have dire long-term consequences. His spot has already been more than filled with other, stronger relievers.
Fernando Abad for John Wooten
The A's gave up a Single-A outfielder who was years away from the big leagues. It's difficult to know his long-term impact, but he was by no means a top-20 prospect. That, and the A's have already traded for another outfield prospect, so the loss of Wooten isn't bad.
Abad is the question mark.
Initially, it appeared Abad would head straight to Oakland's bullpen. But after acquisitions of Lindblom, Drew Pomeranz, Chris Jensen, Luke Gregerson and Jim Johnson, Abad either won't make the squad or he'll be the last-ditch option.
Long-term, Abad won't make or break the A's. Neither will Wooten.