In his ninth Major League season, appeared in 127 games with the Oakland Athletics and batted .223 (90-for-404) with 19 extra-base hits and 39 RBI...Made 108 total starts, including 41 at second base (46 appearances), 17 at first base (23 appearances) and 16 at third base (19 appearances)...Posted a .979 fielding percentage, as he committed eight errors in 374 total chances. He made four errors while playing second base and two each as a first and third baseman...Batted .238 (61-for-256) vs. right-handed pitchers, compared to .196 (29-for-148) vs. left-handers. Posted a .270 (48-for-178) batting average in 57 home games vs. a .186 (42-for-226) mark in 70 road contests. His on-base percentage at home was .328, compared to .261 on the road...In 18 interleague contests, posted a .295 (18-for-61) batting average with a .318 on-base percentage...Batting average by month: April, .269 (25-for-93); May, .194 (14-for-72); June, .259 (21-for-81); July, .182 (8-for-44); August, .209 (19-for-91); September, .130 (3-for-23)...Opened the season batting .321 (18-for-56) with four doubles, two home runs and a ..377 on-base percentage through his first 14 games played, 4/2-20. Over his next 69 contests, 4/21-7/11, batted .212 (48-for-226) with a .292 on-base percentage, while recording 26 walks compared to 27 strikeouts...Placed on the disabled list on 7/12 with a strained right hamstring. Made one rehabilitation start with Stockton (A), going 1-for-5 on 7/26 and was reinstated on 7/27...Was on the paternity leave list, 6/13-16...Signed by the Braves as a free agent to a one-year contract on December 16.
Was acquired by the A's from the Angels one day before the trading deadline and batted .270 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 50 games with Oakland…hit .252 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 86 games with Los Angeles and combined for a .258 batting average in 136 games overall…his 58 RBI were the second highest total of his career and his 10 home runs tied for second most…finished the season with more walks (53) than strikeouts (47) for the fourth time in his career … struck out 25 times in 50 games with the A's after fanning 22 times in 86 games with the Angels…his average of 11.0 plate appearances per strikeout was the best mark in the American League and fifth best in the majors…was fifth in the AL in fewest percentage of swings that missed (10.8%)…made all 82 of his starts on defense with Los Angeles at third base…also started five games at third with the A's but made most of his starts at second base (29)…prior to that, had not played second base since 2010…committed 16 errors (13 at third base, three at second base), which tied for fifth most among all AL fielders…his .952 fielding percentage was second lowest among AL players with 100 or more games (Gillaspie, CWS .949)…matched his career high in sacrifice flies (6) and sacrifice hits (3)…the switch-hitter batted .268 with five home runs in 149 at bats against left-handed pitching compared to .253 with five home runs in 304 at bats against righthanders… his career splits are .300 (254-for-848) against left-handers, .262 (543-for-2074) against righties … seven of his 10 home runs came with two outs and five were hit with runners on base (four two-run, one three-run) … went 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, two walks, two sacrifice flies and 13 RBI with the bases loaded…the batting average ranked third in the AL…went 5-for-33 (.152) as the designated hitter and 1-for-9 (.111) with a home run and two RBI as a pinch hitter…is a .162 (6-for-37) career hitter as the designated hitter and .217 (18-for-83) as a pinch hitter…hit .292 with nine walks (.485 on-base percentage) in seven games with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.
LOS ANGELES (AL): Was the Angels Opening Day starter at third base, his first career Opening Day start…started each of the first nine games at third and was batting .273 with a home run and three RBI when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 19 retroactive to April 12 with a strained right calf … was sent to Single-A Inland Empire April 30 and went 2-for-7 (.286) with a home run, three RBI and two walks in a three-game rehab assignment…was reinstated May 3 and started 73 of the Angels next 77 games at third base before the trade to Oakland…hit .290 with two home runs and 14 RBI over his first 20 games following his return, giving him a .284 batting average, three home runs and 17 RBI over his first 29 games through May 24…had five RBI May 18 against Chicago (AL), his second career game of five or more RBI (6, April 18, 2010 at Minnesota)…batted .148 over a 19-game stretch from May 25 to June 14…had a 27-game errorless streak snapped June 2 against Houston when he committed two errors…had six errors over a seven-game span from June 2 to 9…had a season-best 12-game hitting streak from June 15 to 27 … went 19 for 46 (.413) during the streak … including a career-high tying fourhit game June 17 against Seattle (also June 10, 2009 at Cleveland)…went 32 for 95 (.337) over his final 26 games before the All-Star Break…then went 4 for 36 (.111) over his first 12 games after the break before he was traded to Oakland July 30 for minor league infielder Grant Green.
OAKLAND: Reported to Oakland July 31 and went 0 for 2 that day against Toronto at second base… it was his first appearance at second base since Aug. 7, 2010 … combined to bat .197 in July with the A's and Angels…then hit .301 in 25 games in August … was batting .205 over his first 16 games with Oakland through Aug. 17 … then went 3-for-4 and hit his first home run as an Athletic Aug. 18 against Cleveland…that began a nine-game stretch where he hit .433…struck out twice Aug. 23 at Baltimore, his first multi-strikeout game of the season…hit his second career pinch hit home run Sept. 19 against Minnesota (also May 26, 2012 at Seattle)… had started the season 0-for-7 in the pinch…had his third career four-hit game Sept. 21 against Minnesota…hit four home runs in September, matching the best single month total of his career (April, 2010)…went 1-for-6 (.167) in four ALDS games against Detroit, including 0-for-3 in his only start in Game 5.