David Freitas will be playing for his third professional baseball organization in five years in 2014. The former Elk Grove High School and Cosumnes River College catcher was traded Wednesday to the Baltimore Orioles as the "player to be named later" when the Oakland A's shipped second baseman Jemile Weeks to the Orioles for closer Jim Johnson.
Freitas split time between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento last year. But, a logjam of catchers in the A's organization made Freitas available in the trade market. At the major league level Oakland has a pair of good young catchers in Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt.
With Baltimore, Freitas may have the opportunity to play at the top level of the organization.
Freitas, 24, is a career .276 hitter in 373 minor league games.
Johnson was acquired by Oakland on Dec. 3 for Weeks, who spent much of his 2013 season with the River Cats.