OAKLAND, Calif. – For the second time in as many days, a former VCU Ram is changing addresses.
The Detroit Tigers announced that second baseman Scott Sizemore has been traded to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for reliever David Purcey.
Sizemore will have a chance to compete for time at both second and third base in Oakland. In the short term though, he's expected to report to Triple-A Sacramento where he'll likely take over as the River Cats' starting third baseman. Sizemore started 11 games at third base with Triple-A Toledo last year, while starting four at the hot corner in Detroit in 2010.
The Chesapeake, Va., native had a successful start to the 2011 campaign batting .408 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 23 games at Toledo. He was recalled by Detroit on May 3 but hit .222 with 10 walks in 17 starts with the Tigers. Prior to his arrival in Detroit, Sizemore was leading the International League in batting and on-base percentage (.495).
Sizemore, who was drafted by the Tigers in the fifth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, was named the organization's Minor League Player of the Year in 2009 when he hit a combined .308 with 88 runs, 35 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs, 66 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 130 games with Double-A Erie and Toledo.
He made his Major League debut as Detroit's opening day starter at second base last season, and hit .223 with three homers and 18 RBI in 65 games during his time with the Tigers.