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December 03, 2013

Rangers trade Craig Gentry to A's for Michael Choice

Outfielder Craig Gentry has been shipped to Oakland in exchange for outfielder Michael Choice, a local product and former first-round pick, in a four-player deal between Rangers and A's.

Also going to Oakland is right-hander Josh Lindblom, who spent most of 2013 at Triple A Round Rock as a starting pitcher after being acquired last December in the Michael Young trade. The Rangers get minor-league infielder Chris Bostick from the A's.

Gentry emerged in September as one of the Rangers' hottest hitters. He played every day down the stretch, and was named the Rangers' Player of the Month for September with a .354 average in 23 games. He stole 24 bases last season.

Choice made his major-league debut in September against the Rangers and got his first big-league hit Sept. 3 with an infield single against Martin Perez. Choice was born in Fort Worth, starred at Mansfield Timberview High School and was the 10th select in the 2010 draft after three seasons at UT-Arlington.

"I've been to ton of Rangers games," Choice said. "To be able to say that I'm going to play in front of this home crowd is awesome feeling."

-- Jeff Wilson



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