Craig Gentry has been traded by the Texas Rangers to the Oakland A's for Michael Choice, according to Jeff Passan.
Gentry, 30, is an elite defender in the outfield, but the Rangers have not felt comfortable using him as an everyday player because of concerns about his durability and his bat. In addition, Gentry brings the most value in center field, a position that the Rangers want Leonys Martin to fill on a full-time basis.
Choice, who turned 24 last month, is an Arlington native who attended the University of Texas at Arlington, and who went 10th overall in the 2010 draft to Oakland. Choice only had 19 plate appearances in 2013 in the majors, but here are his minor league numbers:
He's more of a corner outfielder with power potential, rather than the speed and defense guy Gentry is.
This is the Rangers looking to move one of their excess center fielders -- and they still have Engel Beltre hanging around -- to look to fill a hole in a corner slot with a younger player.
There are reportedly other "minor" pieces involved in the deal.
More on this as it comes available.
UPDATE -- The full deal is apparently Gentry and Josh Lindblom for Choice and 20 year old minor league second baseman Chris Bostick.