After several years in the A's farm system and a few more with the Washington Nationals organization, left-handed outfielder Corey Brown is coming back to Oakland. Brown was drafted 59th overall as the A's second-round pick in 2007, and was dealt to the Nats as part of the deal that brought Josh Willingham to Oakland.
It's yet another continuation in the love affair between Mike Rizzo and Billy Beane, as this is the eighth trade between the A's and Nationals in the last three years. The A's are giving up cash considerations in return for Brown, and he completes Oakland's current 40-man roster.
Brown only has 45 MLB plate appearances, but he's displayed solid power in AAA, with 58 home runs in 357 games, and he put up a wRC+ of 144 with AAA Syracuse in 2012.
Brown is out of options; as it stands now, he and Michael Taylor will be in competition for the fifth outfielder spot this spring training, if the A's even take a fifth outfielder. As of now, Craig Gentry, Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Josh Reddick are all locks for the 25-man roster, and Brandon Moss is capable of playing the corners. It might make more sense for Oakland to take John Jaso or Nate Freiman -- essentially, a bat that has little defensive value -- than for the A's to carry five outfielders. Taylor, too, is out of options.