It’s Deja Vu [all over again] – Hughes dumped by the A’s

How things change! Two down and Balfour to go.

The Athletics announced that they have designated infielder Luke Hughes for assignment (Twitter link). The move creates roster space for Brandon Inge, whose deal with the A’s is now official.

By Susan Slusser

Brandon Inge, an All-Star third baseman in 2009, has agreed to sign with Oakland days after receiving his unconditional release from the Tigers. He will join the A’s in Boston today.

Inge, who will be 35 next month, hit 21 homers in the first half in 2009, but his numbers have tailed off since then. He was 2-for-20 with one homer and two RBIs with Detroit this season.

The A’s found their answer at third base with the Tigers last year, trading for second baseman Scott Sizemore and converting him to third with great success. Sizemore tore a knee ligament during the spring and is out for the season; A’s third basemen are batting a league-low .122 with two homers and six RBIs, plus a league-high eight errors.

Luke is 1 for 13 since the A’s claimed him on waivers Sunday.

*The A’s will be hoping that Luke clears waivers so they can park him in AAA in case the Inge experiment fails – there are many who say that Inge should just have retired and that dumping Luke for a “past it” veteran is too short sighted.   Still he did have his chances and produced little to encourage the A’s to persevere with him.

Luke Hughes ‏ @lukehughes38   Here we go again


Update from Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Fenway Park

Brandon Inge reported for duty today with the A’s, who made his signing official in the past half hour. He will make the pro-rated major-league minimum, and he’s in the lineup tonight, I’m told. (The clubhouse doesn’t open for another 30 minutes.)

Inge will be an upgrade defensively after the A’s other third basemen (Josh Donaldson, Eric Sogard, Luke Hughes) combined for eight errors, a league high. And the hope is a change will get Inge going at the plate – he’s had a few down years offensively since his 2009 All-Star season. Considering A’s third basemen were batting .122, he’s probably going to be an upgrade there, too, and his experience will be a nice boost, too, for a young team. He’s played in the league for 12 years, he’s played for winning teams, and he’s considered a top-notch guy.

“Everyone in the game will tell you that this is a first-class guy in every sense,” A’s assistant general manager David Forst told me by phone. “When you’re adding someone midseason, that’s certainly an important consideration. Everyone says Brandon is an outstanding individual.”

1 Comment

Poor Luke. He can’t get a break. I was rooting for him with the A’s.

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