Player News - Athletics

Date: Team: Pos:

Jaff Decker has elected free agency.

The 27-year-old outfielder has struggled in his limited chances at the big league level, slashing .174/.274/.236 with a homer and five RBI in 191 plate appearances. He shouldn't have trouble securing a minor league deal.
Oct 21 - 2:13 PM

Ryan Lavarnway has elected free agency.

The former highly-touted prospect has fallen off considerably in recent years, seeing just 13 plate appearances at the big league level over the past two seasons. He still has intriguing power potential, but isn't likely to land anything more than a minor league deal.
Oct 21 - 2:10 PM

Zach Neal has elected free agency.

The 28-year-old struggled in his brief time with the Athletics in 2017, posting a 7.98 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 10/1 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal.
Oct 21 - 2:07 PM

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

The 36-year-old hurler got a real shot with the Athletics in 2017, but struggled to a 6.79 ERA and 1.47 WHIP across 55 2/3 innings in his 14 appearances (nine starts). He'll continue to function as organizational pitching depth.
Oct 21 - 8:59 AM

Athletics prospect Sheldon Neuse hit a grand slam and had two other hits on Wednesday for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.

Acquired in the deal that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington, Neuse showed off his power on Wednesday with the grand slam, but it's his above-average hit tool that makes him a potential starter at third base. His floor is platoon corner infielder who can hit left-handed pitching, and the ceiling is a regular at the hot corner who can hit in the .280 range with 20 or so homers.
Oct 11 - 6:12 PM

Blake Treinen had surgery last Friday to remove a cyst from his right middle finger.

Treinen didn't have any issues pitching with the cyst during the season, but he and the A's decided it would be best to go ahead and have it removed. He'll be fine for spring training.
Oct 9 - 4:39 PM

Blake Treinen will have surgery later this week to have a cyst removed from his right middle finger.

The operation is minor and Treinen wasn't affected by the cyst when he pitched. He'll have a relatively normal offseason. Treinen is the favorite at the moment to open 2018 as the A's closer, but obviously a lot can happen between now and Opening Day.
Oct 2 - 6:28 PM

The A's will pick up Jed Lowrie's option and plan to keep him as their second baseman next year.

One imagines they might change their mind if a strong trade offer comes in, but the $6 million option is a no-brainer. The 33-year-old Lowrie had the best season of his career this year, finishing with a .277/.360/.448 line in 153 games. It's just the third time in his career that he's played in as many as 100 games, so banking on an encore doesn't seem like a great idea.
Oct 2 - 2:20 PM

Daniel Mengden fired seven scoreless frames in Sunday’s season finale against the Rangers.

Mengden stumbled last time out, but he was back on his game in this one, allowing just four hits while walking one and striking out eight. The 24-year-old has been great down the stretch, posting a 1.54 ERA over five starts. He’s put himself back on the radar for the A’s going into 2018.
Oct 1 - 7:36 PM

Blake Treinen tossed a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Rangers for his 13th save.

Treinen struck out one in the frame and worked around a two-out double from Phil Gosselin. Acquired from the Nationals in the Sean Doolittle/Ryan Madson deal, the 29-year-old posted a strong 2.13 ERA and 42/12 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with Oakland. He should have a clear path to the closer role in 2018, which could lead to some sneaky upside in fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 7:35 PM

Jed Lowrie delivered a two-run double as the Athletics topped the Rangers 5-2 in the season finale on Sunday.

It’s fitting that Lowrie ends his season with yet another double. He’ll finish the year with 49 doubles, the most in Athletics history. He was hoping to get to 50 doubles, but he was left on deck in the ninth inning. The 33-year-old was largely forgotten as a fantasy option coming into 2017, but he arguably had his best season. He’ll finish with a .277/.360/.448 batting line with 14 homers and 69 RBI. It should be an easy call for the A’s to pick up his $6 million club option for 2018, though he could become trade bait.
Oct 1 - 7:34 PM

Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer to finish out the regular season Sunday against the Rangers.

Davis went deep off Yohander Mendez in the eighth inning to set a new career-high with 43 homers. Only Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge hit homers in the majors this season. The 29-year-old wraps up the year with a .247/.336/.528 batting line to go along with a career-high 110 RBI. The strikeouts are going to cap the batting average upside, but he’s one of the most bankable sluggers in the game right now.
Oct 1 - 7:34 PM

Matt Joyce finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss in Texas.

Joyce is finishing up strong in the final week, going 7-for-18 (.389) with three doubles, a home run and two RBI over his past six games to raise his average six points to .243. The left-handed hitting veteran is likely to land a platoon situation with a club again in 2018.
Oct 1 - 2:19 AM

Marcus Semien finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's game at Texas.

Semien reached double-digit homers on the penultimate day of the regular season after belting 27 bombs in 2016. His season was derailed by a fractured wrist, but he actually ended up coming back and posting a career-best .325 on-base percentage and .717 OPS, slightly lower than the .735 he posted in his breakout campaign last season.
Oct 1 - 2:16 AM

Daniel Gossett allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk while retiring just five batters and striking out zero in a loss Saturday at Texas.

Gossett wraps up the season with a 4-11 record, 6.11 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with 72 strikeouts over 89 2/3 innings across 17 starts in his first taste of the big leagues. The former Clemson standout has a bright future in Oakland, even though his 2017 campaign was mostly fraught with disasters.
Oct 1 - 2:12 AM


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