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A’s deal reliever Scribner for pitching prospect

The A’s first trade of winter meetings didn’t include Brett Lawrie or even a starting pitcher, rather relief pitcher Evan Scribner will be playing for Seattle.

Oakland acquired relief pitching prospect Trey Cochran-Gill, who possesses a plus-sinking fastball, which is a departure from Scribner’s high home run to fly ball ratio — one in four Scribner fly balls went for home runs last season.

The official Mariners prospect report webpage says that “Cochran-Gill’s ceiling may be that of a middle reliever, but he could reach it relatively quickly.”

That could be a big deal for the A’s, who claim to not be rebuilding, yet are primed to contend better in 2017 than they are this upcoming season.

Cochran-Gill posted underwhelming numbers in double-A this last year, highlighted by a 1.71 WHIP — bad regardless of where a player is.

It’s reminiscent of a player the A’s brought in during last year’s winter meetings, Kendall Graveman, a sinker ball pitcher who hasn’t quite honed his craft well enough for long-term success in the big leagues.

The type of pitcher, though, is favorable to the Oakland coliseum, with a large outfield and foul ground aplenty, not to mention winds that often blow in at night.

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