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Athletics released INF Nick Punto.

Punto, 37, batted just .207/.296/.293 this season for the A's while battling some injuries. The A's will still be responsible for his $2.75 million salary next season. Someone will get Punto a shot due to his versatility, but he might have to settle for a minor league deal.
Dec 19 - 2:49 PM

Athletics acquired RHP R.J. Alvarez from the Padres in the Derek Norris trade.

Alvarez has now been traded twice in five months, as he went from the Angels to the Padres in the Huston Street deal. The 23-year-old allowed just one run in eight innings with the Padres and posted a 1.25 ERA and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 Double-A frames last season. Sean Doolittle is locked in as the A's closer, but Alvarez has the upside to eventually pitch in the ninth inning.
Dec 19 - 12:00 AM

Athletics acquired RHPs Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from the Padres in exchange for C Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117.

Hahn had a breakout showing with the Padres in 2014, posting a 3.07 ERA while striking out 70 over 73 1/3 innings. He's had past arm issues, but if he can stay healthy he should maintain plenty of fantasy upside pitching half his games at O.co Coliseum.
Dec 18 - 11:56 PM

Stephen Vogt had the walking boot removed from his surgically-repaired right foot Thursday.

Vogt had surgery in October to repair the plantar plates in his foot. It's an injury he dealt with throughout the second half of the season and he noted Thursday that it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without any pain. Vogt will be fine for the start of spring training.
Dec 18 - 6:26 PM

Athletics designated RHP Fernando Rodriguez for assignment.

Oakland signed Rodriguez to a one-year deal on December 2, avoiding arbitration, but it was only worth around $100,000 more than the major league minimum. He got bumped from the A's 40-man roster Thursday to clear a spot for new left-hander Eury de la Rosa.
Dec 18 - 1:11 PM

Athletics acquired LHP Eury de la Rosa from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

The 24-year-old left-hander was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week to clear a spot for one of the players Arizona brought back in the Wade Miley trade. He owns a 4.21 ERA in 51 1/3 major league innings but had promising numbers in 2014.
Dec 18 - 1:07 PM

Athletics released RHP Jorge De Leon.

De Leon was designated for assignment last week to make room on the Athletics' 40-man roster. The 27-year-old reached the majors with the Astros in 2014 and should catch on somewhere as bullpen depth.
Dec 17 - 8:46 PM

Diamondbacks designated LHP Eury de la Rosa for assignment.

With the Wade Miley deal bringing back three players from the Red Sox, the D'Backs needed to clear room on the 40-man roster and de la Rosa was the casualty. The 24-year-old did a nice job out of the bullpen for the Snakes in 2014, posting a 2.95 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. He shouldn't be looking for work for long.
Dec 12 - 8:10 PM

Rockies selected first baseman Mark Canha from the Marlins with the second pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the A's for RHP Austin House and cash.

Canha, 25, hit .303/.384/.505 with 20 homers for Triple-A New Orleans last season, but he never got a shot with the Marlins. The A's evidently think he can contribute, maybe as a right-handed platoon partner for Ike Davis at first base. In Austin House, the Rockies are getting a minor league reliever who struck out 79 in 54 2/3 innings in high-A ball last season.
Dec 11 - 12:48 PM

The Cubs would like to sign free agent Jonny Gomes, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com.

The Cubs make sense as a destination, as Gomes played under new manager Joe Maddon in Tampa. Gomes batted just .234/.327/.330 this past season, but he's a good clubhouse guy and would help a young Cubs roster as it develops.
Dec 10 - 9:52 PM

Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Padres are willing to trade Jesse Hahn in order to add offense.

Hahn was terrific in his first go-round in the majors last season, holding a 3.07 ERA while striking out 70 over 73 1/3 innings. He's under team control for many more years, so the cost wouldn't be cheap. The Padres are also shopping Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross.
Dec 9 - 9:56 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in free agent Jonny Gomes.

Gomes batted just .234/.327/.330 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 321 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Athletics, but he has a history of mashing left-handed pitching and could be valuable in a part-time role. He has also been linked to the Cubs, Rangers, and Mariners this offseason.
Dec 9 - 5:30 PM

Athletics designated RHP Jorge De Leon for assignment.

Oakland needed to clear room on its 40-man roster after acquiring four players in Tuesday's Jeff Samardzija trade. De Leon was claimed off waivers from the Astros in October. He allowed four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings of relief this past season in Houston.
Dec 9 - 1:09 PM

Athletics acquired INF Marcus Semien, C Josh Phegley, RHP Chris Bassitt, 1B Rangel Ravelo from the White Sox for RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Michael Ynoa.

Semien is expected to take over as the A's starting shortstop with Jed Lowrie departing as a free agent. Semien has batted just .240/.293/.380 in 326 career plate appearances at the major league level, but he put up some very good minor league numbers. The 25-year-old boasts that rare combination of power and speed, and will be worth a flier in some mixed fantasy leagues for 2015.
Dec 9 - 12:59 PM

Athletics acquired C Josh Phegley, RHP Chris Bassitt, 1B Rangel Ravelo, and INF Marcus Semien from the White Sox for RHP Jeff Samardzija and RHP Michael Ynoa.

The White Sox have a long depth chart at catcher, so they felt comfortable throwing Phegley into this deal. The 26-year-old has not performed well at the major league level, though it could be argued he was never given much of a shot in Chicago. Phegley did bat .274/.331/.530 with 23 home runs and 75 RBI in 107 games this past season at Triple-A.
Dec 9 - 12:55 PM


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