What's the point of this trade? I can only guess. Both players were once prospects who showed some promise, but flopped at the major league level. Seems on the surface like a pointless shuffle of bodies.
Here's my guess. The A's have two players, Mark Kotsay and Esteban Loaiza, currently on the 60-day DL, who are likely to come off in June. When that happens, two players are going to have to be moved off the 40-man roster, and I'm guessing that one of them is going to be Jeremy Brown. Also, Brown is currently on the DL with a calf strain, so Closser provides catching depth, plus another healthy body in Sacramento.
Either that, or he just wants to give A's bloggers something to do besides complain about the lousy offense, Nick Swisher's game-winning home run today notwithstanding.
For completions sake, the Tim Hudson trade is now worth Closser, Brad Halsey, and Dan Meyer. Given that Halsey's probably gonna be out of here at some point from his recent whining, and Meyer is just now returning from the injury that has ruined the past two seasons for him, the jury on that trade is still out.
Mulder trade? See today's starting pitcher. Dan Haren is awesome.