A's Acquire Ladendorf For Cabrera

It's deadline day. The Oakland A's were expected to be busy, and only half-way through the day, the team has already made one move. Oakland announced at 11:00am PST that they had sent shortstop Orlando Cabrera and cash to the Minnesota Twins for the Twins' 2008 second-round pick, Tyler Ladendorf.

With the team in last place and Orlando Cabrera signed only through this year, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the Oakland A's would deal Cabrera at the deadline. That deal was consummated on Friday, when Oakland sent their starting shortstop to the Minnesota Twins for minor league prospect Tyler Ladendorf.

Cabrera leaves the A's in the middle of his best stretch of baseball for the year. Overall, Cabrera was batting .280 with four homeruns and 41 RBIs for the A's, but much of that damage had come recently. Over his last 38 games, Cabrera was hitting .360 and his average for July is .373.

Cabrera signed with Oakland as a free agent on a one-year deal last March. His signing cost the A's a second-round pick in the 2009 draft because Cabrera was a Type B free agent and had been offered arbitration by his former club, the Chicago White Sox. Part of the A's contract with Cabrera was an agreement that the team not offer him arbitration at the end of this season, meaning that Oakland had no chance of regaining an extra pick in next year's draft for Cabrera.

So it makes sense that the team would target a trade for a player taken in the round that the A's missed out on this season. Tyler Ladendorf was a second-round pick of the Minnesota Twins just last year. At the time of the trade, he was playing for the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League and it is likely that Ladendorf will head to the A's Midwest League affiliate, the Kane County Cougars. The Cougars have been devastated by injuries of late, so they could use the reinforcements.

Ladendorf is a 21-year-old shortstop from Des Plaines, Illinois, near Chicago. He is an athletic player who has been on the radar of major league scouts for some time. Before finally signing with the Twins in 2008, Ladendorf had rejected offers from the New York Yankees in 2006 and the San Francisco Giants in 2007 when he was taken in the draft by those teams. It reportedly took an above-slot deal for the Twins to sign Ladendorf.

Ladendorf attended Howard College, a junior college in Texas, for two seasons before signing with Minnesota. He gained fame after his freshman season when he stole 65 bases in 65 chances. Ladendorf is a big-bodied shortstop at 6'2'', 200 pounds, but is considered very athletic. According to scouting reports, he has good tools across the board. He has had shoulder issues in the past but has been fully healthy in 2009.

Before the 2008, Scout.com's TwinsCitiesDugout ranked Ladendorf the Twins' 32nd best prospect and filed the following scouting report on the toolsy infielder: http://twins.scout.com/2/847572.html.

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