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Kendall Graveman requested $2.6 million and was offered $2.36 million by the Athletics when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

This is his first year of eligibility for arbitration. He went 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA and just 70 strikeouts in 105 1/3 innings in 19 starts last year.
Jan 12 - 7:05 PM

Athletics and C Josh Phegley avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financial terms aren't available. Phegley was arbitration-eligible for the first time.
Jan 12 - 2:53 PM

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

The financials aren't available. Hendriks was eligible for arbitration for the second time.
Jan 12 - 2:52 PM

Athletics and SS Marcus Semien avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.125 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Semien played in just 85 games last season due to injury.
Jan 12 - 2:25 PM

Athletics and RHP Blake Treinen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.15 million contract.

It's a nice salary bump for Treinen in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll be the A's closer in 2018.
Jan 12 - 1:29 PM

Athletics and RHP Chris Hatcher avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.15 million contract.

Hatcher was acquired from the Dodgers last August and posted a 3.52 ERA in 23 innings with the Athletics down the stretch. The 32-year-old right-hander will continue to work in a middle relief role for Oakland in 2018.
Jan 11 - 3:27 PM

Athletics and OF Khris Davis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.5 million contract.

Davis is coming off a 2017 season in which he slugged 43 homers with 110 RBI and posted an .864 OPS. Assuming he doesn't work out a long-term deal with the Athletics -- or maybe a team trades for his services -- he'll be eligible for arbitration again in 2019 before hitting the open market in 2020.
Jan 10 - 5:52 PM

Athletics signed OF Slade Heathcott to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

A former first-round pick, Heathcott is now 27 and his career has stalled out in recent years. The outfielder batted .267/.350/.435 with 14 homers and 11 steals between Double- and Triple-A in the Giants organization last season.
Jan 8 - 4:24 PM

Athletics signed INF/OF Steve Lombardozzi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lombardozzi, 29, is a career .260/.292/.333 hitter over parts of six seasons in the majors and spent nearly all of 2017 at Triple-A in the Marlins organization. He'll give the A's some versatile depth.
Jan 8 - 4:21 PM

Bruce Maxwell's trial for his aggravated assault charges has been scheduled for April 10.

Maxwell was arrested on felony charges in October. It appears likely that he'll do a plea deal rather than go to trial, and the A's are still looking at him as their starting catcher next season.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 05:57:00 PM

Athletics acquired C Jonah Heim from the Rays to complete the Joey Wendle trade.

Wendle was dealt to Tampa Bay on December 11 for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Heim is that player to be named. The 22-year-old catcher batted .260/.317/.402 with nine home runs and 61 RBI in 93 games this past season between Low-A Bowling Green and High-A Charlotte.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 04:38:00 PM

Athletics acquired RHP Jacob Bray from the Orioles to complete November's Jaycob Brugman trade.

Bray, 25, put up a 3.88 ERA with 18 saves and a 82/14 K/BB ratio over 51 innings this past season with Low-A Delmarva. It's probably time that he gets tested against tougher competition given his age. Oakland will hope that he can turn into a useful bullpen arm at some point.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Athletics selected INF Brallan Perez from the Orioles in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Baltimore got Perez from the Rangers this past August for international pool money but opted not to protect him. The 21-year-old infielder owns a .297/.392/.359 career batting line in the minor leagues. He made it to Triple-A for a spell in 2017.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:39:00 PM

Athletics acquired OF Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals for SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock.

The framework of the trade was agreed to on Wednesday night and then officially announced Thursday after Piscotty passed his physical. The 26-year-old outfielder struggled with injuries throughout 2017 and his mother was diagnosed with ALS in the middle of the summer. He heads home to the Bay Area as a strong bounceback candidate for 2018. St. Louis signed Piscotty to a relatively team-friendly six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last April after watching him put up an .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 11:31:00 AM

A's infield prospects Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock would head to the Cardinals in the pending Stephen Piscotty trade, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle was first to float those two names. Official announcement of this trade is pending a physical and that could take another day or so given that Piscotty dealt with multiple injuries in 2017. Munoz, 22, batted .300/.330/.464 with 13 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 112 games this past season between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He's played all over the field, but most of his defensive innings have come at shortstop. Schrock, a 23-year-old second baseman, put up an impressive .321/.379/.422 batting line in 106 games at the Double-A level in 2017.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 10:58:00 AM


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