Player News - Athletics

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Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed Friday that Khris Davis will be the club's everyday left fielder in 2016.

That means that Mark Canha and the oft-injured Coco Crisp are going to see their playing time reduced. Davis has gargantuan power that will play well in any park, though he could witness a small decline in his home run total moving away from Miller Park. The 28-year-old slashed .247/.323/.505 with 27 homers and 66 RBI in 121 games for the Brewers in 2015.
Feb 12 - 7:31 PM

Athletics designated LHP Sean Nolin for assignment.

The 26-year-old southpaw was a part of the package that the A's received from the Blue Jays in exchange for Josh Donaldson last season. He struggled in six starts with the big league club in 2015, posting a 5.28 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 15/12 K/BB ratio over 29 frames. The move comes as a slight surprise as Nolin was expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He should attract interest on waivers and could very well be on the move again soon.
Feb 12 - 6:59 PM

Athletics acquired OF Khris Davis from the Brewers for C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby.

The Brewers have been looking to deal Davis for awhile now and appear to have received a decent return. Nottingham gives them a legitimate catching prospect whose path could soon be cleared if the club is also successful in dealing Jonathan Lucroy. Davis will provide plenty of power in the middle of the A's lineup, though his fantasy value may take a slight hit with the move away from Miller Park.
Feb 12 - 6:50 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics and Brewers are discussing a potential trade, with Khris Davis believed to be the target for the Athletics.

The Brewers have had Davis, perhaps their best trade chip, on the block for some time now and are expected to move him at some point before the trade deadline. The Brewers are in full rebuilding mode at this point and are likely seeking controllable young talent in return.
Feb 12 - 6:11 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics discussed Billy Butler in a potential trade that didn't come to fruition.

It's hard to see any club eager to deal for Butler, as he's owed $10 million each of the next two seasons, has hit only .261/.323/.385 since the beginning of 2014 and is limited to designated hitter duty. The A's would surely have to pick up a large chunk of his contract in order to move him.
Feb 12 - 4:21 PM

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Ike Davis is expected to sign a minor league deal soon.

The Yankees are among the teams in the mix. Davis was non-tendered by the Athletics in December after batting just .229/.301/.350 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 239 plate appearances last season. He's going to have to earn his way on a major league roster in the spring.
Feb 10 - 1:31 PM

The Athletics announced Friday that catcher Stephen Vogt underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.

Prior to this announcement, there had been no rumblings that surgery was even an option for the All-Star catcher. The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Jon Dickinson, removed a bone chip and performed a debridement of his elbow joint. Vogt will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks while recovering, but should be ready in time for Opening Day.
Jan 29 - 6:17 PM

Sean Doolittle announced at Athletics' Fan Fest on Sunday that he's fully healthy and will enter spring training without any restrictions.

The hard-throwing southpaw has already been given a vote of confidence for the A's ninth-inning role despite the offseason acquisitions of Ryan Madson and John Axford. Doolittle owns a stellar 3.04 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 224/37 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 career major league innings.
Jan 24 - 10:48 PM

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Coco Crisp (hip, ankle) has begun hitting but his status for the start of the 2016 season remains uncertain.

Crisp has seemingly dealt with a multitude of injuries during each of his professional seasons, and 2016 isn't likely to be much different. When he's on the field, he provides a nice blend of power and speed, unfortunately the injury risk makes him an extremely risky fantasy proposition.
Jan 24 - 10:44 PM

Athletics general manager David Frost said Sunday that Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is unlikely to debut with the club before May.

The 25-year-old hurler, who was signed to a $4.25 million contract this winter, is in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery. Upon his return, he'll have to battle Sean Nolin or Chris Bassitt for a spot at the back end of the A's rotation.
Jan 24 - 10:40 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Ryan Madson will be utilized in the eighth inning as the primary set-up man for Sean Doolittle.

The announcement doesn't come as a huge surprise, but makes Madson the handcuff candidate behind the oft-injured Doolittle. He's certainly worth a late round pick in drafts where speculating on saves.
Jan 24 - 6:29 PM

Jesse Hahn (elbow) said Sunday that he's thrown "with no pain" this offseason.

Hahn missed the second half with a forearm/elbow issue, but he resumed a throwing program last September and it appears he's continued to progress with no setbacks. The right-hander has dealt with multiple injuries in his career and remains a health risk going into 2016, but it sounds like he'll enter spring training without any limitations.
Jan 24 - 2:02 PM

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports that the Athletics and Josh Reddick are expected to discuss a contract extension.

The A's mentioned early on in the offseason that they'd like to talk to Reddick about a long-term deal, and Hickey says the outfielder is now ready to listen with arbitration behind them. Reddick hit .272/.333/.449 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI for Oakland last season and will turn 29 next month. He's currently slated to hit free agency after the 2016 campaign.
Jan 24 - 1:57 PM

Athletics and RHP Fernando Rodriguez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

The 31-year-old hurler earns a nice raise over the $635,000 that he took home in 2015. He's coming off a season in which he compiled a 3.84 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 65/24 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings.
Jan 16 - 9:14 AM

Athletics and OF Josh Reddick avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.575 million contract.

It was Reddick's final year of arbitration eligibility. The veteran outfielder hit .272/.333/.449 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI last season.
Jan 15 - 5:13 PM


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