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A's trade Collin Cowgill to Mets

After signing Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima to a free agent contract, the A's freed up a roster spot by trading the 26-year-old Cowgill to the Mets for a minor leaguer.

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The Oakland A's have traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the New York Mets for minor-league third baseman Jefry Marte, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The move was made to free up a roster spot for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who the A's signed to a two-year deal worth $6.5 million with a third-year club option for $5.5 million.

With Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick and Chris Young firmly entrenched as the A's four outfielders and designated hitter/outfielder Seth Smith and catcher/outfielder Brandon Moss on the roster, it was unlikely that Cowgill would get a legitimate shot at making the club out of spring training.

Cowgill hit .269 with one home run and nine RBI in 38 games for the A's last season after hitting .254 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 61 games for Triple-A Sacramento. He should have an opportunity to contribute off the bench for the Mets next season.