OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's traded outfielder Matt Murton to the Colorado Rockies for infielder Corey Wimberly, the club announced today. Wimberly will be a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.
Wimberly batted .291 with no home runs and 26 RBI in 108 games with Double-A Tulsa last year. He also stole 59 bases, which led the Texas League and was seventh most in all the minor leagues. The 25-year old infielder appeared in 43 games at second base, 33 at shortstop, 15 at third base, 10 in center field and three in left field. Wimberly was originally drafted by the Rockies in the sixth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and is a .312 career hitter with 181 stolen bases in 354 games in the minors. He has stolen at least 36 bases in each of his four professional seasons.
Murton was one of four players acquired by Oakland from Chicago in the Rich Harden trade last July and hit .100 in nine games with the A's. He also hit .250 in 19 games with the Cubs for a .186 batting average overall. Murton has a .288 career average with 28 home runs and 106 RBI in 317 games in four seasons in the majors.