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A's trade for infielder La Stella from Angels for Barreto

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The A’s announced on Friday they have traded for infielder Tommy La Stella from the Los Angeles Angels for Franklin Barreto.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal was first on the original report

La Stella is having a solid season, slashing .273/.371/.475 with four home runs and 14 RBI. 

Barreto hasn't been getting a ton of playing time this season and was part of the already-crowded second base platoon with Tony Kemp, Vimael Machin and Chad Pinder.

However, there could be an extra designated hitter scenario where La Stella could fit in beautifully. With Khris Davis' recent struggles, there's an open spot there for La Stella who has dabbled at the position as well. Plus, his power has risen a bit this season. 

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La Stella earned an AL All-Star selection in 2019 when he slashed .295/.346/.486 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI in 80 games.

La Stella brings an additional lefty bat to the infield, and possibly elsewhere, that the A's were searching for heading into the season.