Chris Young a shrewd pickup for A's

Updated: October 22, 2012, 5:43 PM ET
By Keith Law

I did think we'd see a major deal involving an Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder this offseason, but I certainly didn't think it'd be Chris Young, and I was surprised to see him headed to Oakland and to see Heath Bell headed to any team without a similarly bad contract headed back to Miami's Boondoggle Park.

The A's look like the winners here in this three-team deal, at least on paper, as they sent infielders Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera to Arizona for Young, with the D-backs subsequently sending Cabrera to Miami for Bell.

In simple terms, Oakland traded a surplus infielder (thanks to the presence of Stephen Drew) and a marginal prospect for a center fielder who still has the raw tools to play at the level of an All-Star but needs to stay healthy to achieve it.