Player News - Athletics

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Jed Lowrie "could be on the move sooner rather than later."

The A's were originally planning on keeping Lowrie through at least the trade deadline last year after picking up his $6 million club option for 2018, but Slusser notes that second basemen are in demand this offseason. The 33-year-old quietly put together his best season in 2017, batting .277/.360/.448 batting line with 14 home runs, 69 RBI, and 86 runs scored in 153 games.
Dec 11 - 2:54 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes that it's "highly unlikely" that the Athletics will trade slugger Khris Davis.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network wrote late last week that he expects teams to inquire on Davis during the Winter Meetings, but Rosenthal notes that the A's just cleared the DH spot by trading Ryon Healy to the Mariners. Meanwhile, Davis is projected to make just north of $10 million via arbitration, which isn't going to break the bank for Oakland. The A's would be wise to at least listen, but they aren't desperate to move him.
Dec 11 - 9:54 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network believes that teams will inquire about Khris Davis during the winter meetings.

Morosi also says he doesn't expect Davis to be made available, but that won't stop teams from inquiring, especially when you consider that Oakland is still likely a couple seasons away from contention. As Morosi points out, only Giancarlo Stanton has hit more homers the last two years than Davis, and right-handed power is something that is never going to go out of style. The teams who can't afford a J.D. Martinez or Stanton contract would do well to pursue the 29-year-old outfielder.
Dec 8 - 11:33 AM

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

Castro was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville in November, and elected free agency before choosing to come back to the Oakland organization. He pitched in 26 games for the A's in 2017, striking out 35 batters in 37 innings with a 4.38 ERA.
Dec 8 - 8:31 AM

Athletics signed LHP Erik Jokisch to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jokisch spent 2017 with the Diamondbacks' organization, and pitched 140 2/3 innings with a 4.09 ERA and 97 strikeouts and 42 walks in that time frame. The 28-year-old last pitched in the majors in 2014 for the Cubs, and will serve as roster fodder for the Athletics in 2018.
Dec 8 - 8:26 AM

Athletics signed RHP Yusmeiro Petit, who had been with the Angels, to a two-year, $10 million contract with an option for 2020.

Confirmation of the agreement that was reached over a week ago now. It's the first multiyear deal of the soon-to-be 33-year-old's Petit's career, and he'll make about twice as much annually as ever before. The A's are planning on using him as a middle reliever, but he could be plugged into the rotation if the need arises.
Dec 7 - 6:57 PM

The Athletics have hired Al Pedrique as their new first base coach.

Pedrique has been the Yankees' Triple-A manager for the past two seasons, though he wasn't considered for an interview for the manager job at the major league level. The A's have also named Mike Aldrete as assistant hitting coach and Marcus Jensen as bullpen coach.
Dec 4 - 3:03 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the A's are signing Yusmeiro Petit to a two-year, $10 million deal with a club option for 2020.

The club option is reportedly for $5.5 million. Rosenthal also reports that the deal is pending a physical. The 33-year-old right-hander was one of the few consistent bullpen options for the Angels this past season, posting a 2.76 ERA in 90 1/3 innings over 60 appearances. His versatility is valuable, as he's shown the ability to be effective in both high-leverage and multi-inning roles. He should be a key contributor to the Oakland staff in 2018.
Nov 29 - 8:39 PM

Athletics signed OF Nick Martini to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Martini, a seventh-round pick of the Cardinals in 2011, batted .294/.382/.423 with eight home runs and 70 RBI in 121 games this past season between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. The 27-year-old left-handed-hitter will be looking to make his MLB debut with Oakland.
Nov 28 - 6:04 PM

Athletics signed LHP Jarret Martin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Martin put up a promising 2.04 ERA across 37 relief appearances this past season with the Double-A affiliate of the Giants, though he did walk 30 batters in 39 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old left-hander seems doubtful to crack Oakland's bullpen out of camp next spring.
Nov 28 - 5:58 PM

Athletics signed OF Anthony Garcia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Garcia slashed .282/.359/.466 with 16 home runs and 72 RBI in 115 games this past season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Cardinals. The soon-to-be 26-year-old has never appeared in a major league game, but he could have a good shot of changing that next summer in Oakland.
Nov 28 - 5:53 PM

Athletics and OF Jake Smolinski avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $775,000 contract.

Smolinski was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The 28-year-old appeared in 16 games with the A's down the stretch after missing most of the year from shoulder surgery. He's a .243/.307/.374 hitter in the majors, with experience between all three outfield spots.
Nov 27 - 2:41 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of OF Ramon Laureano from Double-A Midland.

Laureano was added to the big league roster on Monday after he was acquired from the Athletics, to protect him from the Rule-5 draft. He'll function as organizational depth in the outfield for the A's.
Nov 25 - 8:55 AM

Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Lou Trivino from Triple-A Nashville.

Trivino, 26, posted a 3.03 ERA and 65/21 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 frames between Double- and Triple-A in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 8:37 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Heath Fillmyer from Double-A Midland.

Fillmyer, 23, held a 3.49 ERA and 115/51 K/BB ratio across 149 2/3 innings for Midland this past season. He now cannot be taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 8:35 PM


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