Dec. 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball alumnus Josh Lindblom is on the move again after being involved in a third Major League Baseball trade in the last 18 months, getting dealt to the Oakland Athletics Tuesday in a four-player swap.
The A's acquired Lindblom (2007-08), a right-handed pitcher, and outfielder Craig Gentry from the Texas Rangers for minor leaguers Michael Choice and Chris Bostick. Oakland has also acquired veteran pitchers Jim Johnson and Scott Kazmir in the last 36 hours as the organization seems to be setting itself up to make a run at a third straight American League West division title.
Lindblom compiled a 1-3 record and 5.46 ERA while pitching in eight games (five starts) for the Rangers in 2013, making two of his five starts against the A's. He was called up to the big leagues on three different occasions after starting the year at the Triple-A level. He went 8-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts) for the Triple-A Round Rock Express. He could get an opportunity to compete for a spot in the A's rotation or may be asked to bolster the bullpen.
In July 2012, Lindblom was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies in a trade deadline deal centered around Shane Victorino. In December 2012, the Rangers acquired the Lafayette native in a trade that sent Michael Young to the Phillies. He spent the entire 2012 season at the big league level, recording three wins, a save and 22 holds while pitching in relief for the Dodgers and Phillies.
Oakland has compiled a 190-134 record the last two seasons. The A's home field, O.co Coliseum, is a much more pitcher-friendly park than the home stadiums where Lindblom pitched with Phillies and Rangers. Assuming he can earn a spot on the A's big league roster, he could have an opportunity to duplicate the success he enjoyed with the Dodgers in 2012 before being traded.
Lindblom and his wife, Aurielle, continue to reside in the Lafayette area. He hosted his third-annual Charity Game Night at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds on Nov. 16. Event proceeds were donated to United Way of Greater Lafayette and the Food Finders Backpack Program. He also led the Ross-Ade Stadium crowd in the singing of "Shout" at the Nov. 9 football game against Iowa. Josh and Aurielle welcomed baby, Presley, to their family in August.