by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) The Astros traded minor-league outfielder Jake Goebbert to the Athletics for Travis Blackley Thursday, according to MLB.com.
Goebbert hit .291/.388/.450 with nine home runs and 54 RBI in the minors last season, including .304/.399/.473 in 111 games at Double-A Corpus Christi.
Astros cut down roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) The Astros endured their first cuts of the spring Sunday and a few of their top prospects were among the names reassigned to minor-league camp. Players reassigned Sunday were Delino DeShields Jr., Jake Goebbert, Marc Krauss, George Springer, Chris Wallace, Rudy Owens and Sam Demel. Owens is one player on the Astros' radar for a potential promotion in 2013. The important thing for players like DeShields and Springer, who are a part of our future, was to come up here and make a good impression with a new staff and both of them absolutely did that, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said, per MLB.com. Goebbert has been a part of our minor league system for a while and made a good impression, and Krauss had some big hits for us. The message to all those guys basically is you accomplished what your goal was this spring, you came up here and made a good impression on the staff. For all those guys, they did exactly what we wanted them to do.