Rockies acquire infielder Ellis from Oakland
The Colorado Rockies have acquired infielderfrom the Oakland Athletics for right-handed pitcher and a player to be named later or cash.
Ellis is a second baseman who can bat second and, as such, could fill a pressing Rockies need.
In 62 games with the A’s in 2011, Ellis is hitting .217 a home run and 16 RBI. Ellis, 34, who was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1999, has spent his entire major-league career with the A’s. He has been almost exclusively a second baseman through his career, but has played a handful at all other infield positions. Ellis is earning $6 million this season after the A’s picked up the third-year option of a contract that began in 2009, and he is eligible to be a free agent after this season.
Billings, a 30th-round pick in 2007, made his major-league debut with the Rockies earlier this season with a relief appearance on May 27. He allowed one run on five hits in two innings. He has spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he is 6-2 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 appearances.
Ellis will join the Rockies on Friday as they begin a three-game series with the Royals. A corresponding move will be made with the active roster then to make room.