OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 19: Craig Gentry #3 of the Oakland Athletics steals third base in the third inning of their game against the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum on April 19, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Michael Choice-Craig Gentry trade has two vastly different dynamics as the Texas Rangers and Oakland A's meet for the first time this season on Monday when they begin a three-game set in Oakland.
Choice will be playing against a bunch of guys he barely knew and played just a couple of handfuls of games with last season as a top prospect in the A's organization. Gentry, on the other hand, will be playing guys (the ones that are left, anyway) that he spent a few years with in the Rangers organizations.
The Rangers are catching the speedy Gentry, who was affectionately known as "Kitten Face", on a hot streak. The former fourth outfielder for the Rangers is hitting .389 this season in his eight games since coming off the disabled list. He's also sporting a .476 on-base percentage and is a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
Gentry said he is excited to try to make the Rangers regret dealing him.
"I want to beat every team, but coming from there, it kind of gives you a little more incentive," Gentry told the Athletics' official MLB.com website.