OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - In one whirlwind stretch of less than 24 hours, Billy Beane pulled off a trio of trades with three different clubs - and the Oakland general manager believes his bullpen will be all the better for it heading into 2014.
First, the Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from Baltimore late Monday as the replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour. Then on Tuesday, the two-time defending AL West champions traded for San Diego right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson in a swap that sent outfielder Seth Smith to the Padres.
That move became a viable option after outfielder Craig Gentry was acquired from Texas earlier with outfielder Michael Choice going to the division rival Rangers.
Oakland also is waiting on lefty Scott Kazmir's physical to finalize a $22 million, two-year contract.
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