Player News - Athletics

Date: Team: Pos:

Athletics re-signed C Beau Taylor to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Taylor elected free agency after being removed from the A's 40-man roster earlier this month, but he's ultimately elected to return. He spent nearly all of 2018 at Triple-A, hitting .248/.360/.348 with three homers.
Nov 12 - 8:29 PM

The Athletics' top offseason priorities are to re-sign their own free agents and to fill out their starting rotation.

General Manager David Forst said the team's payroll will be "a little more next year than in the past but I don't think we're going to shock anyone with huge deals." The team is losing several key players to free agency -- unless the team can re-sign them, which is their goal. Second baseman Jed Lowry, catcher Jonathan Lucroy, starting pitchers Edwin Jackson, Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson, and relievers Jeurys Familia and Shawn Kelley were all key components of a 97-win team that earned a Wild Card slot this year.
Nov 10 - 10:15 AM

Matt Chapman was named as the winner of the Platinum Glove in the American League on Friday, recognizing the top overall defender in the league.

This certainly doesn't come as a surprise, after Chapman registered 29 defensive runs saved at the position during the 2018 season, which was 19 more than any other third baseman in the American League. What's crazy, is that he and Nolan Arenado (the National League winner of the award), were teammates at El Toro High School in California.
Nov 9 - 11:04 PM

Sources told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that the A's are interested in re-signing free agent Edwin Jackson.

Jackson was a pleasant surprise for the A's over the final four months of the 2018 season, going 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 17 starts. Baseball-Reference put him at 1.6 WAR for his effort, making it easily his best season since 2012. He was at -4.3 the previous five seasons combined.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 7 - 2:55 PM

Jed Lowrie has switched agents from CAA to Casey Close and Excel Sports Management.

Lowrie was previously represented by Brodie Van Wagenen, who is now the general manager of the Mets. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic speculates that switching agents will likely slow down the A's efforts to re-sign Lowrie. The 34-year-old is coming off a strong season in which he batted .267/.353/.448 while setting new career-highs with 23 homers and 99 RBI.
Nov 5 - 12:19 PM

Matt Chapman was named the Gold Glove Award winner at third base in the American League for the first time in his career.

He's certainly deserving, as Chapman racked up a jaw-dropping 29 defensive runs saved at the position in 2018, which is 19 more than any other third baseman in the league. Chapman's teammate on the other corner of the infield, Matt Olson, also won his first Gold Glove. Here's the full list of winners in the American League: C - Salvador Perez, 1B - Matt Olson, 2B - Ian Kinsler, SS - Andrelton Simmons, 3B - Matt Chapman, LF - Alex Gordon, CF - Jackie Bradley Jr. , RF - Mookie Betts , P - Dallas Keuchel.
Nov 4 - 9:52 PM

Athletics sent C Beau Taylor outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Taylor spent nearly all of 2018 at Triple-A, hitting .248/.360/.348 with three homers.
Nov 4 - 9:07 AM

Athletics activated LHP Sean Manaea off the 10-day disabled list.

Manaea would have been placed on the 60-day disabled list if it was necessary, but because he suffered his shoulder injury in September, it wasn't necessary. Its been widely reported that the 26-year-old southpaw will miss a large portion of the 2019 season after he underwent surgery, and it's possible we won't see him again until 2020.
Nov 1 - 5:21 PM

Athletics activated RHP Kendall Graveman from the 60-day disabled list.

Graveman underwent Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow this July. He'll miss at last a large portion of the 2019 season, and there's a strong chance the 27-year-old won't be ready until 2020.
Nov 1 - 5:19 PM

Athletics exercised their $5.25 million club option on Fernando Rodney for 2019.

Rodney registered a sharp 3.36 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings between the Twins and A's in 2018. The veteran right-hander will reprise his role as a setup man with Oakland in 2019. It'll be his age-42 campaign.
Oct 31 - 6:09 PM

The A's will make a bid to retain free agent Jed Lowrie, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

2019 was supposed to be Franklin Barreto's time to shine, but Lowrie was outstanding last season and now that the A's see themselves as contenders, they'll see if they can bring him back for a year or two. If that happens, perhaps they'll be open to trading Barreto for pitching help. Lowrie will likely be looking for a two- or three-year deal worth in excess of $12 million per season on the open market.
Oct 31 - 1:23 PM

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

He's been restored to the 40-man roster. Blackburn missed a big chunk of 2018 with an elbow injury, but he didn't need surgery and will hope to be better with rest.
Oct 29 - 7:48 PM

Athletics activated RHP Jharel Cotton from the 60-day disabled list.

Cotton missed all of 2018 following Tommy John surgery. He probably won't be an option for the Oakland rotation until around midseason next year.
Oct 29 - 7:46 PM

Athletics activated RHP Daniel Gossett from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move that puts him back on the 40-man roster. Gossett had Tommy John surgery in early August and won't be back until late in the 2019 season at the earliest.
Oct 29 - 7:45 PM

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

His status on the 40-man roster has been restored. Triggs had thoracic outlet surgery last month and has to be considered a question mark for the start of spring training.
Oct 29 - 7:44 PM


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