OAKLAND -- The A's bolstered their outfield depth on Wednesday, signing Jason Pridie to a Minor League contract.
Formerly a second-round pick by the Rays in the 2002 Draft, Pridie spent the 2011 season with the Mets, hitting .231 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 208 at-bats spanning 101 games before he was removed from their 40-man roster last week.
Pridie, who turned 28 in October, gives the A's yet another option in a depleted outfield that likely won't see the returns of free agents Josh Willingham, Coco Crisp and David DeJesus. He's widely regarded as an excellent defender and spent much of his time in New York manning center field, but his arm strength and versatility lend the A's the choice of playing him in left or right, as well.
Pridie enters an outfield mix that already includes familiar face Ryan Sweeney, along with youngsters Michael Taylor, Jai Miller, Chris Carter and Cedric Hunter, who was claimed off waivers by the A's in late October.
"The outfield is obviously an issue because of the fact that all our guys are potentially going away, including [Hideki] Matsui," manager Bob Melvin said this week. "That's an area we're going to have to take a hard look at. We'll see what we have internally and then look at possible other options."