Player News - Athletics

Date: Team: Pos:

Athletics prospect Jorge Mateo is dealing with left knee soreness.

It doesn't sound like a major concern, but he'll be held out of the early Cactus League games. It's too bad, as the 22-year-old speedster likely would have seen a lot of playing time early on. Acquired as part of the Sonny Gray deal with the Yankees, Mateo batted .267/.322/.549 with 12 homers and 52 steals over 129 games between High-A and Double-A last year.
Feb 20 - 11:45 AM

Josh Phegley lost 12 pounds during the offseason.

More important than the weight loss to Phegley is that he lost seven percent of his body fat and is now down to 16 percent overall. He got there thanks to a disciplined offseason program. The hope is that the improved conditioning will help him stay on the field. Phegley dealt with knee issues in 2016 and was sidelined with a concussion and an oblique strain last year. As of now, Bruce Maxwell is expected to be the A's primary catcher in 2018.
Feb 19 - 10:59 AM

Jarrod Parker has announced his retirement from baseball at age 29.

Parker posted a promising 3.68 ERA in 62 starts (384 innings) for the Athletics between the 2011-2013 seasons, but serious and lingering elbow troubles derailed his career at age 25. He hadn't thrown a pitch in a professional game since the 2015 season, when he gave up 14 runs -- 12 earned -- in 18 2/3 innings between High-A Stockton and Triple-A Nashville.
Feb 13 - 4:53 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Daniel Mengden is positioned as the team's No. 3 starter leading into camp.

Mengden was exceptional down the stretch last season for Oakland, delivering a 1.54 ERA and 26/6 K/BB ratio over his final five starts covering 35 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander could carry sneaky deep-league fantasy value in 2018. Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea are also locked into rotation spots for the A's. Andrew Triggs and Paul Blackburn have strong cases too, though Jharel Cotton, Daniel Gossett, and Chris Bassitt will be in the mix as well this spring.
Feb 13 - 4:10 PM

Bruce Maxwell is scheduled to report to Athletics' spring training on Tuesday.

Maxwell attended a settlement conference on Monday regarding charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct, but nothing was decided and he'll have to attend another conference on April 13. This means that there won't be a resolution on the matter before Opening Day. The trial date was previously set for August 9, but a plea deal could be worked out. As of now, Maxwell is expected to go into the season as the A's primary catcher.
Feb 12 - 3:52 PM

Kendall Graveman lost his arbitration case against the Athletics and will make $2.36 million in 2018.

Graveman had filed for $2.6 million in mid-January, and the club offered $2.36 million. It was his first year of eligibility for arbitration. Graveman made 19 starts for the A's in 2017, going 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA.
Feb 10 - 5:21 PM

MLB.com's Jane Lee writes that Dustin Fowler (knee) "is the favorite to land the center field job" for the Athletics.

Fowler suffered a gruesome right patella tendon rupture in his major league debut last June when he was with the Yankees, but he's right on schedule with his recovery. The A's plan to ease him into things at the beginning of spring training, but all signs point to him being ready to roll come Opening Day. It's good to hear, but Oakland could ultimately decide to get by with Boog Powell and/or Jake Smolinski in center field for a while and let Fowler knock some rust off in the minors. The situation is worth watching closely in spring training, as Fowler is an interesting power/speed guy who hit .293/.329/.542 with 13 homers and 13 steals in 70 Triple-A games before being called up last season.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 9 - 4:26 PM

Athletics shortstop prospect Richie Martin won't be in big league camp while he recovers from right meniscus surgery.

The former first-round pick is expected to be recovered by mid-March, so he should be ready for the beginning of the minor league season. Martin, 23, batted only .234/.311/.332 with four homers between High- and Double-A in 2017.
Feb 9 - 11:44 AM

Athletics signed INF Nick Noonan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Noonan started the 2017 campaign in the Brewers' minor league system before getting traded to the Marlins in May for cash considerations. He didn't see any time at the MLB level with either team. The 28-year-old infielder last played in the bigs for the Padres in 2016 and holds a career line of .193/.239/.234 in 155 plate appearances. We wouldn't expect him to crack the A's roster out of camp.
Feb 7 - 11:31 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bruce Maxwell has a settlement conference scheduled for February 12 in Phoenix.

Slusser adds that Maxwell's trial date has been rescheduled from April 10 to August 9, but it sounds like a resolution will likely be reached before then. The A's catcher was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct after allegedly pointing a gun at a food delivery person back in October. It's unclear whether Maxwell might face discipline from MLB.
Feb 2 - 4:18 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Athletics "will try to find a taker" for Brandon Moss.

The A's acquired Moss from the Royals on Monday, but he doesn't look to have much of a path to playing time in Oakland, so they'll look to deal him elsewhere. It figures to prove difficult, as Moss batted an ugly .207/.279/.428 last season and there are still plenty of power bats available. He's owed $8.25 million, although the Royals are covering $3.25 million of that.
Jan 29 - 9:10 PM

Athletics acquired LHP Ryan Buchter, 1B/OF Brandon Moss and cash from the Royals for RHPs Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer.

Buchter was acquired by the Royals from the Padres in a trade last July and boasts a career 2.85 ERA across 139 relief appearances in the majors. He hasn't reached arbitration status yet and should be a nice lefty relief piece for the A's for a few years.
Jan 29 - 7:29 PM

Athletics acquired 1B/OF Brandon Moss, LHP Ryan Buchter and cash from the Royals for RHPs Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer.

The Royals are covering $3.25 million of the $8.25 million Moss is owed, per MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan. Moss popped 22 home runs for Kansas City last season but hit an ugly .207/.279/.428 overall. He doesn't look to be lined up for much playing time with the Athletics and they are expected to try to flip him elsewhere.
Jan 29 - 7:27 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Chris Bassitt will be stretched out as a starter during the spring, but that he's also a candidate to be utilized out of the bullpen.

Melvin also said the same about fellow right-hander Jesse Hahn. Both hurlers own high-velocity sinkers which could play well out of the bullpen. Bassitt did not appear in the big leagues during the 2017 season after returning from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 27 - 3:09 PM

Chad Pinder said Saturday that he's hoping to add more speed to his game during the upcoming season.

Pinder has dropped his body fat this winter while adding muscle to his legs in order to achieve this. He has also done a lot of running this offseason and presumably like many others around the league will report to spring training next month in the "best shape of his life". Pinder swiped two bases on three attempts in his 87 games with the A's in 2017.
Jan 27 - 1:53 PM


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