MLB Rumors 2012: Oakland Athletics Shopping Brandon Allen?

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Brandon Allen #31 of the Oakland Athletics gets an RBI single, driving in Cliff Pennington #2 against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning during an MLB baseball game at O.co Coliseum on September 21, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics are shopping first baseman Brandon Allen to other teams, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Crasnick adds that the A's don't believe that they have room for Allen after acquiring numerous other young bats over the past couple months.

Allen was acquired by Oakland from the Arizona Diamondbacks last year. He's got 367 plate appearances in the majors over the past three seasons, posting a .210/.297/.383 line with 11 home runs. The intrigue in his potential comes from his dominance of minor league pitching, though, as he's hit .286/.401/.555 in 253 Triple-A games.

In Oakland, there simply wasn't room for the 25-year-old. The A's are set in the outfield with Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Seth Smith and Collin Cowgill, and they're set at first base with Daric Barton, Chris Carter and Kila Ka'aihue. At this point, Allen is still waiting for his extended playing time in the majors.

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