Player News - Athletics

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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

Athletics and 3B Danny Valencia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.15 million contract.

Valencia quietly enjoyed a productive 2015 season, batting .290/.345/.519 while splitting time between the Blue Jays and A's. He finished with 18 homers and 66 RBI. Valencia is likely to enter this season as the Athletics' starting third baseman.
Jan 14 - 6:45 PM

Athletics and 1B Yonder Alonso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.65 million contract.

Alonso was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and gets a raise from the $1.65 million he made in 2015. The 28-year-old was acquired from the Padres last month after batting .282/.361/.381 with five home runs and 31 RBI over 103 games in 2015. He's expected to serve as Oakland's regular first baseman this year.
Jan 13 - 3:42 PM

Athletics signed 1B/OF Matt McBride to a minor league contract.

McBride, 30, has hit only .199/.228/.305 across 158 plate appearances at the big league level. He's nothing more than a depth add.
Jan 11 - 10:00 PM

Athletics executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said during an interview with MLB Network radio that he has turned away many aggressive bidders in pursuit of Sonny Gray.

Beane has remained adamant that the club will not deal their ace right-hander this winter, despite his sky-high trade value at the moment. The 26-year-old hurler posted a 2.73 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 169/59 K/BB ratio over 208 innings in 2015 and is under team control through the 2019 season.
Jan 10 - 10:33 PM

Athletics signed RHP Henderson Alvarez to a one-year, $4.25 million contract.

He can earn an additional $1.6 million in games started incentives. Alvarez is an obvious health risk as he makes his way back from shoulder surgery, but this is a nice low-risk gamble by the A's, especially since they'll retain his control in 2017. Alvarez holds a career 3.80 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 296/129 K/BB ratio over 563 big league innings. The right-hander will be throwing off a mound in early March and could be ready to join the A's rotation by May.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 06:19:00 PM

Athletics released C Seong-Min Kim.

Kim, a native of South Korea, was the A's top international signing in 2011 (for $510,000) but he never made it past Low-A ball. The 22-year-old catcher hit .226/.303/.380 in 327 total plate appearances between the rookie-level Arizona League and the New York-Penn League.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 12:30:00 PM


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