Aaron Cunningham

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Aaron Cunningham
Aaron Cunningham on June 30, 2012.jpg
Cunningham with the Cleveland Indians
Free agent
Born: (1986-04-24) April 24, 1986 (age 30)
Anchorage, Alaska
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 31, 2008, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2015 Season)
Batting average .219
Home runs 7
Runs batted in 51

Aaron Roe Ward Cunningham (born April 24, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians.

Major League Career[edit]

Cunningham was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the sixth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

After two years in the White Sox organization, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Danny Richar on June 16, 2007.[1]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On December 14, 2007, he was acquired by the Oakland Athletics in the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks.[2] He was called up from the minors for the first time on August 30, 2008.[2] Cunningham played in 22 games for Oakland in 2008 and 23 games in 2009, playing both left and right field.

San Diego Padres[edit]

On January 16, 2010, Cunningham and Scott Hairston were traded to the San Diego Padres for Kevin Kouzmanoff and Eric Sogard.[3] In Cunningham's first start as a Padres player on June 15 he hit a grand slam to center field in his first at bat. In 2010, Cunningham split time between the majors and the Triple-A club. While in the majors, he served as a reserve corner outfielder, starting 30 games and hitting a career high .288 in 132 at-bats. In 2011, Cunningham again split time between the minors and majors, making 20 starts with the Padres at the corner outfield positions. He hit .329 in 87 games with the Triple-A Tucson Padres, but only .178 in 90 at-bats with the big league club.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On December 16, 2011, Cunningham was traded to the Cleveland Indians for minor league pitcher Cory Burns.[4] Cunningham broke camp with the big league club in 2012 and played in a career high 72 games, starting 21 games across all three outfield positions. He was mostly used as a late-inning defensive replacement and batted .175 in 97 at-bats. On July 24 he laid down a successful suicide squeeze bunt to score the winning run in a game against Detroit.[5] Cunningham was designated for assignment on July 25 and he finished the year with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.

Texas Rangers[edit]

On November 12, 2012, Cunningham signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers with an invitation to spring training.[6]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

He signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs in November 2013.

2nd Stint With Arizona[edit]

Cunningham signed a minor league deal with Arizona in March 2014 but was released a few months later. He re-signed on September 2, 2014. On March 24, 2015, Cunningham was released by the Diamondbacks.


  1. ^ "Aaron Cunningham". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "A's announce five roster moves". MLB.com. August 30, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (January 16, 2010). "A's land Kouzmanoff in deal with Padres". MLB.com. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Indians Acquire Aaron Cunningham". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Rare bunt produces a win". The Chicago Tribune. July 25, 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (November 12, 2012). "Rangers sign five non-roster players". Postcards From Elysian Fields. 

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