The Cubs and Oakland A’s swapped minor league catchers on Monday. The Cubs traded Blake Lalli to the Oakland A’s for catcher Anthony Recker. The Cubs designated Lalli for assignment on August 23 to make room on the 40-man roster for RHP Miguel Socolovich. Lalli cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Iowa.
The A’s designated Anthony Recker for assignment on August 20. Recker played in 13 games for the A’s this season. The Cubs optioned Anthony Recker to Triple-A Iowa where he is expected to remain until rosters expand in September.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated LHP Scott Maine for assignment. The Athletics selected Anthony Recker in the 18th round of the 2005 draft. Recker (6-foot-2, 240) has played in 18 games stretched over two seasons at the big league level (.146/.281/.188 with two doubles). In 13 games this season, Recker hit .129/.250/.161 with a double.
Anthony Recker put up decent numbers at the Triple-A level. In 52 games this season, Recker hit .265/.358/.435 with seven doubles and nine home runs. Recker spent a majority of his time behind the plate (44) game but did see action at first base and in the outfield.
Anthony Recker turns 29 on August 29 (August 29, 1983).
The Cubs acquired Scott Maine from the Diamondbacks along with Ryne White in November of 2009 for Aaron Heilman.
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