Jason Pridie may get an opportunity to play a regular season game as a member of the Oakland A's organization after all. The veteran outfielder signed a minor league free agent deal with the A's before the 2012 season, but he was suspended for 50 games for a second violation of the drugs-of-abuse policy. Pridie was granted his free agency after serving his suspension and never suited up in a regular season game with an A's affiliate. Three years later, Pridie will get another chance with the A's.
Oakland signed the 2002 second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays to a minor league deal for the 2015 season. Thus far, he has not been added to the A's non-roster invitation list to big league camp. Pridie has appeared in big-league games in parts of six seasons, including last year, when he had four at-bats in two games with the Colorado Rockies. Pridie has more than 1,200 minor league games under his belt in 14 minor league seasons. He has a career .275/.323/.426 minor-league line with 70 homers and 112 stolen bases.
Pridie began his career in the Tampa organization after being drafted out of a Phoenix-area high school. He was considered a decent prospect for the Rays when he was included in the deal that sent Delmon Young to Minnesota and Matt Garza to the Rays. Pridie made his major-league debut with the Twins in 2008. He appeared in a handful of games with the Twins in 2008 and 2009, but he missed significant time with injury in 2010.
Before the 2011 season, the New York Mets claimed Pridie off of waivers. Pridie appeared in 101 games with the Mets in 2011, by far his career-high in major-league games played. He hit .239/.309/.370 with four homers, seven stolen bases and three triples in 208 at-bats.
After serving his suspension the first half of the 2012 season with the A's, Pridie signed with the Philadelphia Phillies that June after the A's granted him his release. He would reach the big leagues with the Phillies, appearing in nine games. Pridie spent 2013 in the Baltimore Orioles' organization before signing on with Colorado for the 2014 season.
Pridie is a hard-nosed player with above-average speed, a good throwing arm and the ability to play all three outfield positions. He has some power and has reached double-digits in homeruns in each of the past two seasons. The left-handed hitter turned 31 this October. He is likely to serve as Triple-A depth for the A's in Nashville unless Oakland has injuries at the big-league level.