A's demote Weeks, obtain Drew

Aug. 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Oakland Athletics demoted one-time rookie star second baseman Jemile Weeks Tuesday after obtaining Arizona infielder Stephen Drew in a trade.

Weeks, who last year batted .303 with 26 doubles over 97 games, was sent to Class AAA Sacramento following Oakland's acquisition of Drew from the Diamondbacks.

The A's sent a minor leaguer to Arizona in exchange for the former first-round draft pick, who is hitting .193 over 40 games.

Weeks was considered a fixture in the future of the Athletics, who are in contention for an American League wild-card spot. But he could manage only a .220 average through 113 games this season.

"For some reason, I feel like I was prepared for this news," Weeks told the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News.

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