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01/23/2007 3:17 PM ET
Athletics trade Kirk Saarloos to Reds for right-handed pitcher David Shafer
Each team also to receive a player to be named later
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics announced today the club has acquired right-handed pitcher David Shafer and a player to be named later from the Cincinnati Reds organization in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kirk Saarloos and a player to be named later.

Shafer, 25, was 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA (13er in 49.2ip) with 26 saves in 44 appearances for Double-A Chattanooga last season. He struck out 52 batters in his 49.2 innings of work, issued just 16 walks, allowed just two home runs and limited hitters to a .204 batting average. His 26 saves were tied for second in the Southern League. Over the past two seasons, he has limited hitters to a .207 average (77-207). Originally selected in the 32nd round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Shafer has posted a 14-16 record and a 2.59 ERA (71er in 246.1ip) to go along with 63 saves in 169 minor league appearances, including seven career starts. He has struck out 269 batters in his 246.1 innings of work while walking 74 batters and limiting opponents to a .219 (200-915) batting average. A native of Flagstaff, Ariz., Shafer attended Central Arizona Community College. He will be placed on Oakland's 40-man roster.

Saarloos posted a 7-7 record and a 4.75 ERA last season, splitting his time between the starting rotation and bullpen. He was 6-6 with a 4.88 ERA (49er in 90.1ip) in his 16 starting assignments and 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA (15er in 31.0ip) in 19 relief appearances. He was just the second Oakland pitcher since 1985 to make at least 15 starts and 15 relief appearances in the same season, joining Doug Johns, who made 23 starts and 17 relief appearances in 1996. In his 70 career appearances with Oakland, Saarloos posted a 19-17 record with two saves and a 4.42 ERA (150er in 305.1ip). Saarloos is 27-25 with two saves and a 4.79 ERA in his 123 Major League appearances.

A's pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Friday, February 16 with the first workout scheduled for the next day. The remainder of the squad will report on Wednesday, February 21 with the first full squad workout set for February 22. The A's will open Cactus League play on Thursday, March 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale. The team's annual FanFest is set for Saturday, January 27 at McAfee Coliseum from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
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