Eric Berger dropped a bit of bombshell on twitter between the Astros' split-squad games.
Thanks for the opportunity Astros organization top to bottom. Great guys! Traded to the Oakland organization gonna keep chucking!— Eric Berger (@EBerger18) March 29, 2014
The beat writers shortly confirmed this fact.
LHP Eric Berger to A's for ptbnl— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 29, 2014
Confirmed that LH Eric Berger is going to @RiverCats for PTBNL. (No, not Michael Taylor, just a PTBNL.) #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 30, 2014
My first thought was the A's continue to collect players with interesting facial hair and hair in general.
Berger was in fact originally drafted 2007 by the A's, but decided to stay one more year at Arizona. In 2008, he was drafted by the Indians in the eighth round. He spent his final three seasons with the Indians bouncing between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. On April 15, 2013, the Astros traded catcher Chris Wallace for Berger.
Berger spent his entire time with the Astros organization in Triple-A Oklahoma City. He spent much his time as a reliever, making three starts in 44 total appearances. Berger posted a 3.06 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 32 walks, and 55 strikeouts.