Player News - Athletics

Date: Team: Pos:

Athletics sent 1B/OF Rangel Ravelo outright to Triple-A Nashville.

Ravelo lost his 40-man roster spot when the A's signed Matt Joyce, but he cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. He batted just .262/.334/.395 for Nashville in 2016.
Dec 2 - 3:02 PM

Athletics and 1B Yonder Alonso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Alonso looked like an obvious non-tender candidate after batting just .253/.316/.367 with seven home runs in his first season in Oakland, but the A's are apparently not ready to give up on him yet. He should be in line to again receive the bulk of the playing time at first base against right-handers.
Dec 2 - 2:41 PM

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

Curtis, 29, put up a .291/.404/.435 batting line with nine homers last season at Triple-A in the Reds organization. He'll battle for a bench job in spring training.
Dec 2 - 8:19 AM

Athletics signed RHP Simon Castro to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Castro spent all of last season at Triple-A in the Rockies organization, posting a 3.38 ERA and 58/12 K/BB ratio across 53 1/3 innings. He'll turn 29 just after Opening Day.
Dec 2 - 8:16 AM

Athletics signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lavarnway opened the 2016 campaign as a member of the Braves, saw his release in mid-May and was subsequently signed by the Blue Jays near the end of that month. He did not receive a major league at-bat with either Atlanta or Toronto. The 29-year-old backstop slashed a paltry .266/.351/.384 over 331 at-bats while splitting time between the Braves' Triple-A affiliate and the Blue Jays' Double-A one.
Nov 30 - 8:53 PM

Athletics signed 1B Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Most recently a part of the Yankees organization, Parmelee saw just eight major league at-bats this past season. He performed well in that minor, minor sample size, picking up four hits including a double and two home runs. The 28-year-old's career big league numbers are decidedly less impressive. In 917 at-bats, he owns a .248/.313/.405 triple-slash.
Nov 30 - 8:46 PM

Athletics designated 1B/OF Rangel Ravelo for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Matt Joyce on the 40-man roster. Ravelo, who was acquired from the White Sox in the Jeff Samardzija trade, put up a .262/.334/.395 batting line over 106 games at the Triple-A level this year. The 24-year-old could potentially pass through waivers.
Nov 30 - 1:03 PM

Athletics signed OF Matt Joyce to a two-year, $11 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the terms involved. Joyce, 32, batted .242/.403/.463 with 13 homers over 140 games with the Pirates this past season and owns an .803 OPS against right-handers in his career. The playing time figures to be there with Oakland, so he could make for a sneaky player in deeper fantasy leagues.
Nov 30 - 12:55 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics have signed Matt Joyce to a two-year, $11 million contract, pending a physical.

Joyce had to settle for a minor league deal last winter, but he bounced back with the Pirates in 2016 by slugging 13 homers and an .866 OPS (131 OPS+) over 293 plate appearances in a part-time role. He figures to see regular at-bats against right-handed pitching with Oakland, likely in right field.
Nov 30 - 10:52 AM

Athletics signed OF Kenny Wilson to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old speedster spent the 2016 season in the Marlins' organization, slashing .255/.346/.336 with three homers, 32 RBI and 30 stolen bases between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. He'll function as organizational depth for the A's.
Nov 26 - 9:56 AM

Athletics signed RHP Cesar Valdez to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old hurler hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010. He did a nice job at Triple-A Fresno in 2016 after being plucked from the Mexican League, going 12-1 with a 3.12 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 114/13 K/BB ratio over 138 1/3 innings. He's an intriguing low-risk signing for the A's.
Nov 26 - 9:52 AM

Athletics signed RHP Tyler Sturdevant to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 30-year-old was outrighted off of the Rays 40-man roster in September. Sturdevant did a decent job in 16 appearances for the Rays in 2016, posting a 3.93 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings. With a strong spring, he could compete for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
Nov 26 - 9:47 AM

Athletics signed RHP Michael Brady to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old right-hander spent the 2016 season in the Nationals' system where he registered a 2.89 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 72/13 K/BB ratio over 81 innings between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.
Nov 26 - 9:42 AM

Athletics signed OF Jaff Decker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Decker, who turns 27 in February, appeared in 19 games with the Rays this past season and batted .255/.366/.421 over 99 games in Triple-A. He'll provide outfield depth for his new team.
Nov 23 - 8:47 AM

Athletics re-signed INF Josh Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old hasn't appeared in the big leagues since a brief stint with the Pirates in 2011. He hit .263/.381/.420 with nine homers and 53 RBI in 88 games between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville in 2016. He'll continue to function as organizational depth for the A's.
Nov 19 - 11:37 AM


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