The Athletics have signed corner outfielder Greg Deichmann to a minor league deal, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. He returns to the organization that initially drafted him in the second round back in 2017.
A left-handed hitter, Deichmann played four seasons in the Oakland minor league system. He worked his way to Triple-A Las Vegas by 2021, hitting .300/.433/.452 over 60 games there. As the trade deadline approached, the A’s dealt Deichmann alongside another minor leaguer to the Cubs for Andrew Chafin. Oakland remained firmly in playoff contention that summer, while the Cubs had fallen out of the mix in July and moved a number of players off the MLB roster.
That afforded Deichmann a chance for his initial big league action a couple weeks after the trade. The Cubs promoted him for his MLB debut in early August. He made it into only 14 games, collecting four hits in 30 at-bats. Deichmann spent the remainder of the season on optional assignment to their top affiliate in Iowa. He couldn’t replicate the solid numbers he’d posted during the Triple-A season’s first half, hitting .227/.298/.403 in 34 games.
The LSU product held his spot on Chicago’s 40-man roster last offseason but was designated for assignment shortly after Opening Day. He went unclaimed on waivers and spent the bulk of last year in Iowa after being outrighted. Deichmann limped to a .214/.271/.335 showing over 78 games there. He hit just seven homers while striking out at a huge 32.3% clip. The Cubs released him in August.
It was a season to forget, but Deichmann’s still just 27 years old and has drawn praise for his power potential at times. He’ll return to an environment in which he’s had prior success. He’s likely to open the upcoming season back in Las Vegas, adding upper level outfield depth to the organization. Deichmann owns a .239/.329/.410 line over parts of five minor league seasons.
Mostly a 3rd baseman in college who the A’s had hoped power would come along in the minors. Never happened. Good signing for both player and ORG. Good luck Greg.
Now this is a move all a’s fans can get excited about … both of them!!!
Sorry. Greg never played 3rd base in college. First base and outfield
The Big Yo
We shall take it. Leftie bat with shift he numbers should get better. Goooooo A’s
Bummer he did not work out with the Cubs, but if he can ever unlock that power potential he could have a career in the majors.
Talk about refusing to admit you missed on a draft pick! Wow!
What amazes me the most is the A’s traded away some very good players and is no more closer to having a better farm team than a year ago. Their GM is the worst in baseball. Never trading for quality good players but quantity of players that are long shots at the MLB level. Its like the front office has 0 clue how to run a team.
They A’s have had a decent record with that approach.
That was when Beane was still running things. Beane checked out a few years ago and things gone down hill since.
Beane checked out long before that, the current front office has had great success with minor trades and signings. Major trades, notsomuch
Meh, A’s prospects are consistently undervalued. Guys like Olson, Chapman, Murphy, Montas, Laureano, never made it into anyones top 100 lists and they turned out pretty good. A’s will be fine.
Everyone from that group, with the exception of Laureano, was on multiple top-100 prospect lists. (Minor league pages at B-Ref show the Top-100 rankings from Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus, for quick and easy reference).
Montas was traded twice before coming to the A’s. All 3 of the A’s prospects were traded in the last year and only Olson netted them a top prospect. Chapman netted them so far NOTHING of value.