The A's continued their pre-winter meetings roster overhaul Tuesday with the trade of former first-round pick Michael Choice to the Texas Rangers in exchange for veteran outfielder Craig Gentry, a career .280 hitter who is a stolen-base threat, and pitcher Josh Lindblom.

Oakland is also sending minor league infielder Chris Bostick to Texas.

The A's, who are also reportedly sending other minor leaguers to the Rangers in the deal, brought up Choice toward the end of last season, and the feeling was that the club might ease him into the outfield rotation in 2014.

But when the A's opted to tender a contract to veteran outfielder Seth Smith, it became clear that Choice was either going to languish at Triple-A in 2014 or be traded, and a day later he was headed to Texas.

Gentry, a well above-average defender with a strong arm who can play any outfield spot, will fit in well for manager Bob Melvin and his penchant for moving players around in a never-ending quest for the perfect lineup. Gentry, one of the fastest players in the majors, has spent five years in the big leagues, all with the Rangers. He hit .304 in 2012 and came back with a .280 season in 2013.