Athletics Acquire Kila Ka’aihue

The Athletics acquired first baseman Kila Ka'aihue from the Royals for minor league pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth, according to press releases from the teams.  The A's recalled and transferred Joey Devine to the 60-day DL to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Ka'aihue.

Ka'aihue was designated for assignment by the Royals last Wednesday.  The 27-year-old had a crack at the Royals' first base job coming into the season but was benched before the end of April.  In four separate Triple-A stints, Ka'aihue has proven his ability to draw a walk in 15-20% of his plate appearances.  His power has seemed to come and go, however.  The A's had penciled in another walk-happy first baseman before the season in Daric Barton, but he was optioned to Triple-A in June and went down with a torn labrum the following month.

Hollingsworth, 24, posted a 3.76 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, and 0.9 HR/9 in 105 1/3 innings this year between Double and Triple-A.  The A's had acquired him in January from Colorado for Clayton Mortensen.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star first reported the trade on Twitter.


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35 Comments on "Athletics Acquire Kila Ka’aihue"


JST1331
3 years 11 months ago

Ill be the first to say that there were a lot of people that called this trade.

3 years 11 months ago

A match made in heaven.

3 years 10 months ago

and this is why the As and Mets will not go anywhere this year we will spend 5 milion in wastebags. I do admit though nice job by Sandy to get Wheeler

NathanielS
3 years 11 months ago

I am going to scrutinize the hell out of this because I watched Moneyball on Saturday. 

Smrtbusnisman04
3 years 11 months ago

Anything to boost their sales….

tiduss
3 years 11 months ago

Oh, you would know…..

3 years 11 months ago

Not surprising, but Kila does deserve another shot.

Otis26
3 years 11 months ago

Not really. He’s a stiff.

3 years 11 months ago

We’ll see. The guy is 27–not 32–so he might just be a late-bloomer.

Otis26
3 years 11 months ago

Not really. He’s a stiff.

3 years 11 months ago

I’m honestly surprised the Royals were able to get someone with some upside and under the age of 25… at first look I like Hollingsworth’s career MiL numbers. Decent K, BB, and HR rates.

j6takish
3 years 11 months ago

Getting traded to Oakland is a great way to boost your offensive numbers and revive a career! Oh wait…

3 years 11 months ago

Seem to work well for Frank Thomas, Milton Bradley, Scott Hatteberg, Josh Willingham, Jack Cust, Erubiel Durazo, and Jermaine Dye. But I see your point.

jwsox
3 years 11 months ago

Considering dye and Thomas were already established hitters in the bigs. Your
Logic is flawed.

bomberj11
3 years 11 months ago

Kila was born wearing an A’s uniform.

woodmember
3 years 11 months ago

A “Kila” in Oakland? You don’t say…

RepOak
3 years 11 months ago

So what about bradon Allen???!!

3 years 11 months ago

Most likely in RF? or DH?

3 years 11 months ago

The better question is between Kila, Allen, Barton, and Michael Taylor – who ends up playing where? All have experience at first, while Allen and Taylor have seen some time in the outfield. 

RepOak
3 years 11 months ago

I think Barton is a none factor. Allen could possible go to outfield and kila at first, and Taylor will probably also stay in outfield. With willingham, crisp, matsui and dejesus probably not coming back

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 10 months ago

Matsui is likely to return next year,according to reports

dbreer23
3 years 11 months ago

Throw Chris Vernon Carter into that mix, as well…

dbreer23
3 years 11 months ago

Throw Chris Vernon Carter into that mix, as well…

3 years 11 months ago

Chris Carter, Michael Taylor, Brandon Allen and Kila Ka’aihue.

I think I see Beane’s new undervalued commodity:  Aging top prospects.

Smart move in my opinion.

Otis26
3 years 11 months ago

Ka’aihue was never a top prospect. Ever.

3 years 11 months ago

Baseball Prospectus predicted he’d be a top 20 contributor at the MLB level this season.  Not really sure how else to define “top prospect.”

Otis26
3 years 11 months ago

Ka’aihue was never a top prospect. Ever.

3 years 11 months ago

Taylor and Carter weren’t aging top prospects when Beane got them. Nice try spinning that to look like Beane got an ‘undervalued commodity’ in them. What he got were players who have disappointed and not made much if any progress in two years, which is WHY they’re now aging.

3 years 11 months ago

Of course not.  But he’s built a stable of aging top prospects around the same stage in their “development.”  The thinking is that at least one of them will pan out.

3 years 11 months ago

Chris Carter, Michael Taylor, Brandon Allen and Kila Ka’aihue.

I think I see Beane’s new undervalued commodity:  Aging top prospects.

Smart move in my opinion.

jeffmcduffie
3 years 11 months ago

Kila monster is a welcome addition to a team of never-haves and never-wills.  He’ll fit right in.

Pete
3 years 10 months ago

He’s a backup plan for if Carter flops completely. This should be the A’s lineup next year:

1B: Barton
2B: Weeks
SS: Pennington
3B: Sizemore
C: Suzuki
LF: Allen
CF: 
RF: Taylor
DH: Carter

FamousGrouse
3 years 10 months ago

Random guess: Kila will be flipped to the White Sox.

3 years 10 months ago

Hahaha. Who do we get in return, your new manager?

Chioakcisco
3 years 10 months ago

So can we trade/release Barton now?