Melhuse traded to Texas
Catcher hopes to find increased playing time with new team
SAN FRANCISCO -- Immediately following their victory over the Giants on Saturday afternoon, the A's announced that they had traded backup catcher Adam Melhuse to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," Melhuse said. "These things are part of the game. Hopefully, this will be an opportunity to play."
An opportunity to play was something Melhuse wasn't getting in Oakland, as he appeared in only 12 games this year and got just 26 at-bats. He was hitting .231 prior to the trade.
"I wish him well, and hopefully, he'll get an opportunity to play," manager Bob Geren said.
Melhuse obviously wasn't expecting to play ahead of starter Jason Kendall, but he was expecting to start more than six games.
"I wasn't asking to be a starting catcher, just a normal Major League backup who plays every five days or in a day game after a night game," he said. "Jason's a great player, and he's struggling a little bit this year, but it was evident [even] with his struggles there wasn't any room here for me."
Melhuse, who was in his fifth season with Oakland, will be reunited with former A's third-base coach Ron Washington, now the manager in Texas.
"It's weird, because I'm comfortable here, but playing time is tough to come by," Melhuse said. "I'm glad they gave me this opportunity to play, and I think Wash had something to do with it.
"I'll do whatever Wash wants me to do -- he's always been real good to me. I'm anxious to get over there and play my [behind] off. I'm 35, so I am not getting any younger, but I think I still have some things to offer."
The A's called up Kurt Suzuki from Triple-A Sacramento to take Melhuse's place on the roster. Suzuki was hitting .280 with three home runs with the Rivercats. He was drafted in the second round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal State-Fullerton.
"Hopefully, [Adam] will get an opportunity to play," A's assistant general manager David Forst said. "We'll give an opportunity for Kurt to play and get some experience."
Matt Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.