Fuld bringing immediate depth to Oakland's outfield

Fuld bringing immediate depth to Oakland's outfield

OAKLAND -- Sam Fuld was in Kansas City late Wednesday night when he learned he had been traded from the Twins to the A's. On Thursday, Fuld and his family drove six hours to Minneapolis to collect his things. When he arrived in Oakland on Friday, he found himself batting leadoff and playing center field in the A's series opener against the Royals

The A's received Fuld in exchange for left-hander Tommy Milone, who had been pitching in Triple-A. Fuld began the season with Oakland and played seven games before Minnesota claimed him off waivers.

With Craig Gentry on the disabled list and Coco Crisp battling ongoing neck issues, Fuld softens the blow with speed and strong center field defense.

"That was a 'right now' trade, because we were playing some guys out of position in center field," A's manager Bob Melvin said Friday. "He's been here with us, he understands the program here, he's excited about being back, he's been having a good year to this point -- so he's another great fit."

Fuld entered Friday batting .263 with a .356 on-base percentage. For his career, he is a .255 hitter against lefties, 20 points higher than his mark against righties.

The 32-year-old played on two playoff teams with Tampa Bay in 2011 and '13, though he didn't see much postseason action. He hopes to play a bigger role in Oakland.

"I've had two playoff experiences and there's nothing that compares to that," Fuld said. "Every player's dream is to be in a playoff race like this."

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.