Perry Dealt For Hannahan In Triple-A Swap

The Oakland A's have swapped Triple-A sluggers with the Detroit Tigers, sending outfielder Jason Perry to Detroit for infielder Jack Hannahan. Neither Perry nor Hannahan were on the teams' 40-man rosters and did not have to clear waivers.

Jason Perry was leading all Oakland A's minor leaguers in homeruns with 23 homeruns (five with Double-A Midland and 18 with Triple-A Sacramento) at the time of the trade. He has been one of the biggest homerun threats in the A's system since he was acquired back in 2003. The versatile outfielder has seen time at all three outfield positions for Tony DeFrancesco's River Cats this season. DeFrancesco praised Perry's work in the outfield and saw big things for Perry in the future when Scout.com spoke with the River Cats' skipper earlier in the season.

"I think Jason finally believes that he is a big league hitter again. I think that he is one of our better outfielders in our system and that he eventually is going to hit for some power and drive the ball [at the big league level] and he is showing a great arm in the outfield," DeFrancesco said.

Perry was acquired by the A's in exchange for prospect John-Ford Griffin of the Toronto Blue Jays in June 2003. Perry was originally a sixth round selection by the Blue Jays in 2002. He was added to the A's 40-man roster before the 2005 season, but was removed before the 2006 campaign after batting .257 with 22 homers and an 818 OPS for Double-A Midland in 2005.

For his career, Perry is a .288 hitter in 567 games. He has 96 career homeruns and an 881 career OPS. Despite some elbow problems early in his career, Perry has been a durable player for the A's. In three minor league seasons in the Oakland chain, Perry has appeared in more than 100 games during all three seasons and he was well on his way to appearing in 100 games this season.

Coming the A's way is infielder Jack Hannahan, who was a 2001 third round pick of the Detroit Tigers out of the University of Minnesota, where he was a teammate of A's farmhand Luke Appert. The 27-year-old Hannahan is in the middle of a strong season with Triple-A Toledo, where he was batting .295 with 13 homers and an 898 OPS for the Mud Hens at the time of the trade.

Hannahan is a natural third baseman and, according to TigsTown.com, is an above-average defensive third baseman. He has also played some second base and a little first base this season. Hannahan made his major league debut with Detroit last year and went 0-9 in the big leagues.

Hannahan is a line-drive hitter who sees a lot of pitches and has a career .363 OBP. He had not hit for much power during his career leading up to this season, but he has established career-highs in homers (13) and RBI (63) already this year.

Hannahan will help the A's with their depth at third base, as regular A's third baseman Eric Chavez is expected to be out with a back problem for an extended period of time. Neither Marco Scutaro (who has been seeing the bulk of the time at third with Chavez shelved) nor J.J. Furmaniak and Donnie Murphy are natural third basemen at the major league level and the only player in Triple-A with significant experience at third for the A's right now is Lou Merloni.


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