Player News - Athletics

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have "remained in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray."

Houston has been looking to add a front-line starter via trade since the offseason began. Gray did not pitch like a front-line guy in 2016 (5.69 ERA in 22 starts), but he was a legitimate ace from 2013-2015 and the 27-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2019. It's going to take a significant package of young talent to pluck him away from Oakland. Houston does have the talent to give, and an obvious rotation need.
Jan 16 - 1:09 PM

Khris Davis requested $5 million and was offered $4.65 million by the Athletics when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Davis, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time, is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5 million in arbitration, which is the exact amount that the 29-year-old filed for. He's coming off a tremendous offensive season where he slashed .247/.307/.524 with career-bests of 42 homers and 102 RBI. Davis earned just $524,500 in 2016.
Jan 13 - 6:56 PM

Athletics and RHP Liam Hendriks avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

Hendricks was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He's become a weapon out of the bullpen the last two seasons, boasting a 3.34 ERA and nifty 142/25 K/BB ratio across 111 relief appearances.
Jan 13 - 2:49 PM

Athletics and C Stephen Vogt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.965 million contract.

Vogt made the All-Star team for the second straight season in 2016, hitting .251/.305/.406 with 14 dingers for the A's. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Jan 13 - 2:47 PM

Athletics and RHP Sonny Gray avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.575 million contract.

It's a large raise for Gray in his first year of arbitration eligibility even after he held an ugly 5.69 ERA across 22 starts last season. The right-hander is a good bet to bounce back in 2017 if he can stay healthy.
Jan 13 - 1:10 PM

Athletics sent INF/OF Max Muncy outright to Triple-A Nashville.

Muncy cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 26-year-old owns a lowly .195/.290/.321 batting line over 245 plate appearances in the majors and will stick around to give the A's some depth in the minors.
Jan 10 - 3:31 PM

Athletics general manager David Forst said Wednesday that Rajai Davis will be the team's primary center fielder and will likely serve as the team's leadoff man in 2017.

It's no surprise that the A's view him as their center fielder, but he's an imperfect fit for the leadoff role. While the speed is still there, Davis owns a .314 on-base percentage in his career. This includes a .306 on-base percentage over the past two seasons. It's not an ideal situation for Oakland, but batting leadoff will at least be a positive for Davis' fantasy value.
Jan 4 - 2:29 PM

Athletics designated INF/OF Max Muncy for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Rajai Davis on the 40-man roster. Muncy, 26, owns a lowly .195/.290/.321 batting line over 245 plate appearances in the majors.
Jan 4 - 8:45 AM

Athletics signed OF Rajai Davis to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the contract terms. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Davis could earn an additional $100,000 if he reaches 500 plate appearances, $150,000 for 550 plate appearances, and $200,000 for 600 plate appearances. The 36-year-old led the American League with 43 steals in 2016 while batting .249/.306/.388 with 12 homers and 48 RBI over 134 games. He's probably better off in a part-time role, but the playing time should be there in Oakland's outfield, so he remains a player of interest in most fantasy leagues.
Jan 4 - 8:42 AM

According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians are interested in re-signing free agent Rajai Davis but have "exhausted their budget" after signing Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal.

Davis' home run off Aroldis Chapman in the World Series was the stuff of legends, but the Indians aren't going to break the bank for him. Pluto considers his return "doubtful" and we tend to agree. Assuming Davis goes elsewhere, the Tribe would likely employ a center-field platoon featuring Abraham Almonte and Tyler Naquin. Davis hasn't drawn much interest this offseason but he'll find a home sooner or later. He led the American League with 43 steals in 2016.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 05:15:00 PM

Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Athletics have "at least gauged trade interest" in Jed Lowrie.

Finding a taker could prove difficult, as Lowrie is coming off foot surgery and hit just .263/.314/.322 with two homers and 27 RBI over 87 games in 2016. He's turning 33 in April and is owed $6.5 million in 2017 with a $1 million buyout on his $6 million club option for 2018. If the A's were able to unload Lowrie, Joey Wendle and Chad Pinder would likely see time at second base in the short-term. Top prospect Franklin Barreto could be in the mix at some point before the end of 2017.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 09:14:00 AM

Athletics signed RHP Norge Ruiz to a minor league contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Cuban defector will receive a $2 million signing bonus. Ranked by MLB.com as the No. 3 international prospect, Ruiz works in the low-90s and is a groundball pitcher who will turn 23 in March. The right-hander is viewed as nearly big league-ready and should push to be part of the A's rotation at some point next season.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 12:46:00 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have interest in Rajai Davis.

The O's have also been connected to Angel Pagan in their quest for outfield help, but Encina says their interest level in Davis has "surpassed" the level of interest in Pagan. Davis would potentially be in line for regular playing time in right field for Baltimore but could also play some left against left-handers. He turned 36 in October but is coming off a season where he hit a career-high 12 homers and led the American League with 43 steals.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 10:41:00 AM

A's trainer Nick Paparesta said that Chris Bassitt (elbow) is on track in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May and subsequently missed the entire 2016 season. While Paparesta said that the 27-year-old right-hander is currently in great shape, he probably won't be ready for a return to the mound until some point in the summer of 2017.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 06:01:00 PM

Athletics sent 1B/OF Rangel Ravelo outright to Triple-A Nashville.

Ravelo lost his 40-man roster spot when the A's signed Matt Joyce, but he cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. He batted just .262/.334/.395 for Nashville in 2016.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 03:02:00 PM


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