Player News - Athletics

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that he's yet to decide who will be his closer this season.

The A's officially signed Santiago Casilla on Friday, and he'll be in the mix for saves along with Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle and perhaps others. Madson led the club with 30 saves last season and might have the initial leg up for the role going into 2017, but he would figure to have a short leash in that instance. The A's have a deep bullpen, but it might be a headache-inducing one for fantasy owners as they try to figure out who will get the most chances in the ninth inning.
Jan 20 - 2:35 PM

Athletics signed OF Alejandro De Aza to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

De Aza hit only .205/.297/.321 last season with the Mets and will turn 33 just after Opening Day, but he's been plenty useful in a part-time role before. He should have a pretty decent chance to win a bench job with Oakland.
Jan 20 - 1:13 PM

Athletics designated OF Brett Eibner for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Santiago Casilla. Eibner hit only .193/.266/.353 in 208 plate appearances last season for the A's and Royals and turned 28 last month. He could clear waivers.
Jan 20 - 1:09 PM

Athletics signed RHP Santiago Casilla to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The deal, which also includes a possible $3 million more in incentives, was reported earlier this month and is now official. Casilla lost his closer job last season with the Giants but actually had a nice year overall with a 3.57 ERA and a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 58 innings. He should work in a setup role initially but could potentially find his way into some saves.
Jan 20 - 1:06 PM

Athletics re-signed LHP Ross Detwiler to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Detwiler opened the 2016 season as a member of the Indians, but was traded to the A's in mid-July. Between the two teams, the 30-year-old southpaw pitched to a rough 6.10 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 26/19 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings. Detwiler has not posted an ERA under 4.00 since 2012 and should be considered a fringe possibility for the Opening Day roster.
Jan 18 - 7:07 PM

Athletics designated RHP Zach Neal for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-added Trevor Plouffe on the 40-man roster. Neal, 28, compiled a 4.24 ERA and 27/6 K/BB ratio over 70 innings in a swingman role last season. He posted a groundball rate of 53 percent. There's a chance he'll be scooped up on waivers.
Jan 18 - 12:23 PM

Athletics signed INF Trevor Plouffe to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the deal includes plate appearance incentives worth $750,000 and there's a $250,000 assignment bonus if he's traded. The Twins cut ties with Plouffe back in November following an injury-plagued year where he batted .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI over 84 games. He figures to see most of his playing time at third base with Oakland, likely pushing Ryon Healy to designated hitter and first base duties.
Jan 18 - 12:08 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have "remained in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray."

Houston has been looking to add a front-line starter via trade since the offseason began. Gray did not pitch like a front-line guy in 2016 (5.69 ERA in 22 starts), but he was a legitimate ace from 2013-2015 and the 27-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2019. It's going to take a significant package of young talent to pluck him away from Oakland. Houston does have the talent to give, and an obvious rotation need.
Jan 16 - 1:09 PM

Khris Davis requested $5 million and was offered $4.65 million by the Athletics when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Davis, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time, is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5 million in arbitration, which is the exact amount that the 29-year-old filed for. He's coming off a tremendous offensive season where he slashed .247/.307/.524 with career-bests of 42 homers and 102 RBI. Davis earned just $524,500 in 2016.
Jan 13 - 6:56 PM

Athletics and RHP Liam Hendriks avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

Hendricks was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He's become a weapon out of the bullpen the last two seasons, boasting a 3.34 ERA and nifty 142/25 K/BB ratio across 111 relief appearances.
Jan 13 - 2:49 PM

Athletics and C Stephen Vogt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.965 million contract.

Vogt made the All-Star team for the second straight season in 2016, hitting .251/.305/.406 with 14 dingers for the A's. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Jan 13 - 2:47 PM

Athletics and RHP Sonny Gray avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.575 million contract.

It's a large raise for Gray in his first year of arbitration eligibility even after he held an ugly 5.69 ERA across 22 starts last season. The right-hander is a good bet to bounce back in 2017 if he can stay healthy.
Jan 13 - 1:10 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A's have agreed to a two-year contract with Santiago Casilla.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez is reporting that Casilla's two-year deal will be worth $11 million and include a potential $3 million additionally in the form of performance bonuses. Call it a homecoming. The veteran reliever began his career with the A's, playing for the team from 2004-2009 before scooting on over to the Giants. Casilla posted a 3.57 ERA and a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season, but the wheels fell off the bus down the stretch and he lost his gig as closer in September. The 36-year-old finished the season having converted 31-of-40 save opportunities. With Casilla's signing, the A's have pieced together a nice little bullpen behind closer Ryan Madson.
Jan 11 - 7:38 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the A's are nearing a two-year contract agreement with Santiago Casilla.

Casilla started out the 2016 season as the Giants' closer, but he lost that job in the closing weeks of the campaign. For the year as a whole, the 36-year-old reliever held a 3.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 65/19 K/BB ratio across 58 innings. He closed a respectable 31 games, though he also blew nine save opportunities along the way (hence why he lost his job). With the A's, he would likely serve as a set-up option behind closer Ryan Madson.
Jan 11 - 5:58 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, free agent infielder Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a one-year deal with the Athletics.

There are no financial terms available yet, but Rosenthal says the one-year contract is only pending a physical. Plouffe was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster in November after batting .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI over 84 games in 2016. He missed time with a fractured rib and an intercostal strain. The 30-year-old Plouffe figures to see regular starts at third base against lefties in Oakland, but he's doubtful to hold relevance in standard fantasy leagues.
Jan 10 - 11:18 PM


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