Player News - Athletics

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Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Matt Williams has agreed to become the third base coach for the Athletics.

Williams replaces Chip Hale, who left to take over as bench coach of the Nationals. Williams managed the Nationals during the 2014-15 seasons and has served two stints as a base coach for the Diamondbacks. He spent the 2017 season as a broadcaster for the Giants. In his playing days Williams was a slugging third baseman who had a .268 batting average with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in a 17-year career. He is the only player to hit World Series home runs for three different teams (Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks).
Nov 17 - 8:15 PM

Athletics acquired INF Alexander Campos and RHP Emilio Pagan from Seattle for INF/DH Ryan Healy.

Campos was Seattle's big get from the 2016 international signing period, picking up a $575,000 bonus as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela. He hit .290/.413/.367 in the Dominican Summer League in 2017, and reports are that he's better with the glove than the bat. The young shortstop is obviously a long way away from being anything close to big-league ready, but there's significant upside because of his position and skill set.
Nov 15 - 9:06 PM

Athletics acquired RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alexander Campos from the Mariners for INF/DH Ryon Healy.

Pagan isn't a household name, but he was quietly one of the better relievers for Seattle during the 2017 season. He struck out 56 hitters with just eight walks in his 50 1/3 innings, and despite giving up seven homers in that time frame his ERA was still a solid 3.22. With a fastball that can get into the high-90s and an improving breaking ball, Pagan could be a high-leverage reliever for Oakland in 2018.
Nov 15 - 8:59 PM

Bruce Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

Maxwell was arrested on October 28 in Scottsdale, Arizona after allegedly pointing a gun at a delivery person. He was indicted by a grand jury on November 7. According to police reports, he appeared to be intoxicated at the time. His trial is not expected to be until next year, but a plea agreement is possible. He could be subject to punishment from the Athletics and MLB. As of now, Athletics general manager David Forst still expects Maxwell to be the team's primary catcher next season.
Nov 14 - 5:22 PM

Josh Smith has elected free agency.

The 30-year-old hurler compiled a 4.89 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 25/15 K/BB ratio in 35 innings out of the A's bullpen in 2017. He should be able to score another minor league contract this winter.
Nov 11 - 9:37 AM

Simon Castro has elected free agency.

Castro, 29, posted a 4.38 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 35/14 K/BB ratio over 37 innings with the A's. He should land on his feet this winter, though he may be forced to settle for a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Nov 11 - 9:35 AM

Michael Brady has elected free agency.

The 30-year-old right-hander saw his first big league action in 2017, registering a 5.68 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 24/6 K/BB ratio across 31 2/3 innings with the A's. He'll probably have to settle for a minor league deal this winter.
Nov 11 - 9:31 AM

Athletics prospect Sean Murphy went 2-for-4 with two walks for Mesa on Thursday in the Arizona Fall League.

A third-round pick in 2016, Murphy was drafted mostly for his defensive ability behind the plate. His improvement at the plate, however, is what has turned him into a potential start. There's solid raw power in his bat, and his hand-eye coordination keeps the strikeouts to a dull roar. There isn't elite upside here, but because of the power and his ability to stay at catcher, there's a pretty high floor.
Nov 10 - 3:40 PM

Mark Canha had surgery this week on his right wrist but is expected to be ready for spring training.

Canha played only 57 games for the Athletics this past season, hitting five homers and posting a rough .208/.262/.382 batting line in that time. If healthy, he should compete for a bench spot in Oakland in 2018.
Nov 8 - 6:26 PM

Athletics activated RHP Bobby Wahl from the 60-day disabled list.

Wahl underwent thoracic outlet surgery in August. His status for spring training is likely up in the air.
Nov 6 - 4:55 PM

Athletics activated RHP Andrew Triggs from the 60-day disabled list.

Triggs had surgery in July to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The hope is that he'll be ready for mound work come spring training.
Nov 6 - 4:54 PM

Athletics activated RHP Paul Blackburn from the 60-day disabled list.

Blackburn missed more than a month at the end of the season with a bone bruise in his throwing hand. He'll be ready to roll for spring training and will compete for a rotation spot.
Nov 6 - 4:52 PM

Athletics activated OF Dustin Fowler from the 60-day disabled list.

Acquired from the Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade, Fowler blew out his right knee in June. The A's are hopeful that he'll be 100 percent for spring training.
Nov 6 - 4:51 PM

Athletics sent RHP Josh Smith outright to Triple-A Nashville.

Smith posted a 4.89 ERA over 26 relief appearances with the A's this past season. The 30-year-old is now off the 40-man roster.
Nov 6 - 4:49 PM

Athletics sent RHP Simon Castro outright to Triple-A Nashville.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Castro put up a 4.38 ERA across 26 relief appearances for the A's this season.
Nov 6 - 4:47 PM


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