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Jay Payton


Payton was hit by a fastball on the right hand Thursday.


On Monday, the Oakland Athletics exercised their $4 million option on Payton for the 2006 season. Acquired from Boston for reliever Chad Bradford in July, Payton hit .269 with 13 homers and 42 RBI in 69 games with Oakland. Before the trade, he batted .263 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 55 contests for Boston. His 2005 campaign also featured a dugout spat on July 6 with Red Sox manager Terry Francona, which sparked his trade to Oakland.


Payton walloped a three-run homer to lead the Athletics to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Saturday. Since his trade to the A's, he has hit eight round trippers for 23 RBI and a .566 slugging percentage in 24 games.


On Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox completed a trade that has been rumored for nearly a week, sending Payton and cash to the Oakland Athletics for reliever Chad Bradford. The veteran outfielder hit .263 with five homers and 21 RBI in 133 at-bats for Boston. The trade comes less than a week after Payton got into a shouting match with Boston manager Terry Francona and was designated for assignment.


Word from the Providence Journal is that Payton will be traded to the Oakland Athletics in return for reliever Chad Bradford, a deal that is to be consummated after the All-Star break, when Bradford is activated from the disabled list.


Payton has been designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox. Adam Stern, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, will take over as the team's fourth outfielder now that Payton is no longer in the mix. In 55 games this season, Payton has batted .263 with five home runs and 21 RBI.