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Astros trade LHP Eric Berger to Oakland for a PTBNL


Left-handed pitcher Eric Berger, who pitched in 44 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City and posted a 3.06 ERA last season, has been traded to the Oakland A’s according to Berger’s official twitter account.

Berger started three games for the RedHawks in 2013, but was mainly used as a reliever. He struck out 55 batters and walked 32 in 70.2 innings pitched.

Berger was drafted in the 8th Round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians and spent five years in their minor league system before being acquired by the Astros in 2013.

According to Evan Drellich, Berger was traded for a player to be named later.

Oakland A’s beat writer Susan Slusser is reporting that long time A’s Triple-A outfielder Michael Taylor has been designated for assignment.

Taylor hit .281 with 18 home runs for the Triple-A Sacramento in 2013, but has yet to have success at the major league level — batting just .135 in 81 plate appearances for the A’s. He posted a .274 batting average for Oakland during Spring Training this year.

It is not official, but it looks like Taylor will come to Houston if he clears waivers.