From the Wire … Cubs Acquire Anthony Recker from A’s, DFA Scott Maine

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).

Anthony Recker’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs acquired Scott Maine from the Diamondbacks along with Ryne White in November of 2009 for Aaron Heilman.

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  • Aaron

    I’d be shocked if Maine doesn’t get picked up…even with his control issues. Lefty relievers that hit mid 90’s and rack up K’s don’t grow on trees.
    However, he’s been given plenty of chances and never put it together, so this is totally understandable from the Cubs perspective.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I agree with you. Scott Maine has swing and miss stuff. He has ML stuff. It is just too bad he hasn’t the control. But…he’s 27 yrs old, so I guess he’s out.

      Why roster Recker? He’s 29. He can’t hit a lick. He’s Koyie Hill, for crying out loud.

      I don’t get it.

      • Aaron

        Nearly 40% cs rate….that’s why

        • BosephHeyden

          You think they realize we aren’t losing games because teams are stealing too much on us?

      • Zonk

        He’s struggled in limited ABs at the ML level. In AAA, he’s been a pretty consistent hitter. Longer track record, and probably a better indication of where he stands.