The Texas Rangers wanted more power in the outfield and the Oakland Athletics wanted more defense, so the clubs swapped outfielders with speedster Craig Gentry going to the A's in exchange for Michael Choice as part of a four-player trade.
The deal also included pitcher Josh Lindblom heading to Oakland and infielder Chris Bostick coming to Texas.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY SportsCraig Gentry had 55 stolen bases with the Texas Rangers over the past three seasons.
Choice will be on the Rangers' major-league roster, and Bostick has been assigned to Class A Myrtle Beach.
The 24-year-old Choice, who will be on the Rangers' major-league roster, is a native of Fort Worth and played at nearby Mansfield (Texas) Timberview HS and the University of Texas-Arlington.
He was the 10th overall selection by the A's in the 2010 draft. The GM did not rule out signing another bat before the offseason is out, though he added that the club could take its time and didn't feel like it had to do anything.
Gentry, who turned 30 on Saturday, hit .280 with two homers, 22 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 106 games with the Rangers last season. He can play center field and the corner outfield spots and is a solid defender, to go along with his exceptional speed.
"Craig has been a big contributor and a big piece of our club, an underrated piece of our club," Daniels said.
But with Leonys Martin penciled in as the center fielder, the Rangers could afford to deal Gentry.
wn center field and that was a luxury."
Bostick, 20, hit .282 with 14 homers, 89 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in Class A Beloit. And that came a few months after he was dealt from the Dodgers to the Phillies at the trade deadline.
The trade puts the Rangers at 38 players on their major league roster.