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Kila Ka'aihue | First Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Kila Ka'aihue hit his third homer of the spring Thursday against the Astros.
Ka'aihue, Tyler Moore and Clint Robinson are all having great springs for the Nationals, but Moore is seemingly the only one with a real chance of making the club. On the other hand, the strong showings of Ka'aihue and Robinson give the Nats more flexibility to trade Moore, who is out of options, if they don't want to carry a lumbering backup. Ka'aihue and Robinson are both on minor league deals, so they can be sent down without incident. Mar 20 - 4:27 PM

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Nationals signed 1B Kila Ka'aihue to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. 30-year-old hasn't played in the big leagues since the 2012 season and has spent the past two years in Japan where he slashed .258/.358/.443 with 25 homers and 85 RBI in 154 games for the Hiroshima Carp. He'll compete for a spot on the Nationals bench.
Jan 18 - 7:47 PM

Japan's Hiroshima Carp have picked up their option on Kila Ka'aihue, according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo.

Ka'aihue was cut loose by the Diamondbacks this past June and landed in Japan. The 29-year-old may resurface with an MLB team before it's all said and done.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 08:19:00 PM

Diamondbacks released 1B Kila Ka'aihue.

The release was requested by Ka'aihue, who had an out clause in his contract. He batted .313/.426/.620 with 16 homers and 50 RBI at Triple-A Reno before asking to be cut loose. He won't have trouble catching on elsewhere.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Diamondbacks signed 1B Kila Ka'aihue to a minor league contract.

It's not clear whether he'll receive a spring training invitation. Ka'aihue has shown plenty of promise in the minors but has batted just .221/.305/.382 over 465 major league plate appearances.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 04:12:00 PM

Kila Ka'aihue has elected free agency.

The 28-year-old slugger hit .234/.295/.398 with four homers and 14 RBI in 39 games for the Athletics this season. His upside and power potential should generate plenty of interest and a spring training invitation.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 12:01:00 PM

Athletics sent 1B/DH Kila Ka'aihue outright to Triple-A Sacramento.

Ka'aihue went unclaimed on waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week and will accept an organizational depth role at Sacramento. He's replaced on the roster and at first base by Brandon Moss.
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 01:26:00 PM

Athletics designated 1B-DH Kila Ka'aihue for assignment.

It was originally speculated that Ka'aihue would be placed on paternity leave, as his wife is scheduled to deliver twins soon, but obviously that's not the case. He's been replaced on the roster and at first base by Brandon Moss. Ka'aihue figures to report to Triple-A Sacramento if he clears waivers.
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 04:43:00 PM

Kila Ka'aihue went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Monday's 12-1 rout of the Rangers.

Ka'aihue also reached base on an infield single. The effort boosts his batting average to .234 and his RBI total to 14.
Tue, Jun 5, 2012 03:22:00 AM

Kila Ka'aihue (hamstring) is back in the Athletics' starting lineup Tuesday as the designated hitter.

Ka'aihue hasn't played since Friday due to right hamstring soreness. The 28-year-old is hitting .292/.354/.431 with one homer, seven doubles and a .785 OPS over 79 plate appearances with the A's this season.
Tue, May 15, 2012 04:08:00 PM

Kila Ka'aihue (hamstring) is out of the A's starting lineup Monday against the Angels.

Ka'aihue hasn't played since Friday due to right hamstring soreness. Consider him day-to-day for now. Daric Barton will make the start at first base Monday while Jonny Gomes serves as the DH against right-hander Dan Haren.
Mon, May 14, 2012 06:19:00 PM

Kila Ka'aihue homered and doubled in a losing cause Thursday against the A's.

Ka'aihue was 1-for-13 in his previous three starts and he hadn't homered in 64 at-bats this season prior to tonight. The A's are waiting for either he or Daric Barton to step up and claim the starting job at first base. Ka'aihue helped his cause tonight.
Fri, May 11, 2012 01:57:00 AM

Kila Ka'aihue went 2-for-6 and drove in the game-winning run in the 14th against the White Sox on Wednesday.

The A's picked Ka'aihue over Brandon Allen earlier this month, and he's played well in limited action, going 12-for-36. If he can get his power stroke going, he could wrestle the first-base job away from the struggling Daric Barton.
Wed, Apr 25, 2012 07:44:00 PM

Susan Sussler of the San Francisco Chronicle suggests Kila Ka'aihue will be the ''odd man out'' when the Athletics call up their fifth starter Tuesday.

All signs point to Tyson Ross getting the call, so they'll have to make a corresponding move. Ka'aihue, 28, is out of options, and will need to be passed through waivers. He's batting .375 in three games this season.
Sun, Apr 15, 2012 08:45:00 AM

Kila Ka'aihue doubled and belted his third homer of the spring Tuesday against the Cubs.

Ka'aihue is hitting a pedestrian .258 this spring, but it's come along with a .939 OPS. The soon-to-be 28-year-old is out of options, so he'll need to be passed through waivers if he doesn't crack the Opening Day roster.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 07:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Yunel Escobar
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Jayson Werth
2Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Aaron Barrett
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Thornton
5Casey Janssen
6Tanner Roark
7Blake Treinen
8Rafael Martin
9Felipe Rivero
10Erik Davis