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The Oakland Athletics have DFA’d Hideki Okajima

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 September 2013 at 2:50 pm

The A’s have designated 37-year old lefty reliever Hideki Okajima for assignment.  Okajima pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year and he was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  He also pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-3 with 1 save, a 4.22 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the A’s moving forward.

UPDATE:  (9/7/2013) - The A’s have outrighted Hideki Okajima to AAA.

The Oakland A’s have DFA’d Luke Montz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 2 September 2013 at 1:47 pm

The A’s have designated 30-year old righty swinging C/1B Luke Montz for assignment.  Montz played in 13 games earlier this year for the A’s and he was 5 for 28 (.179 avg, .593 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  Montz also played in 33 games for the A’s in AAA-ball this year in which he was 30 for 122 (.246 avg, .893 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 9 homers and 29 RBIs.  The A’s should be o.k. without Montz the rest of the way in 2013.

UPDATE:  (9/3/2013) - The A’s have released Luke Montz.

The Oakland A’s DFA Pat Neshek

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 August 2013 at 7:36 am

The A’s have designated 32-year old righty reliever Pat Neshek for assignment.  Neshek pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year and he was 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  He pitched in 65 games (0 starts) in his two years with the A’s and he is 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  I think some team could claim Neshek off waivers as he has pitched pretty decent ball the last couple of years in Oakland.

UPDATE:  (8/28/2013) - Pat Neshek has been outrighted to AAA.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Kurt Suzuki from the Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Friday 23 August 2013 at 12:56 pm

The A’s have acquired 29-year old righty swinging catcher Kurt Suzuki and cash from the Washington Nationals for 22-year old righty starter/reliever Dakota Bacus.  Suzuki played in 79 games for the Nationals this year and he was 56 of 252 (.222 avg, .593 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 3 homers, 25 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Suzuki has now played in 825 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 738 of 2,928 (.252 avg, .682 OPS) with 319 runs scored, 65 homers, 352 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  Suzuki played his first 5 1/2 years in the majors with the A’s.  Suzuki has played in 703 games in his career with the A’s so far and he is 643 of 2,530 (.254 avg, .689 OPS) with 283 runs scored, 57 homers, 302 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Bacus pitched in 26 games (16 starts) in A-ball for the A’s this year and he was 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Bacus pitched in 44 games (17 starts) in his two years in the minors for the A’s and he was 12-5 with 7 saves, a 3.09 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  With the recent injuries to John Jaso and Derek Norris, getting Suzuki from the Nationals makes perfect sense.

The Oakland A’s have signed Mike Zagurski

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 19 August 2013 at 1:28 pm

The A’s have signed 30-year old lefty reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal.  Zagurski pitched in 6 games (0 starts) earlier this year with the Pirates and he was 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He also has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Pirates and Yankees in which he is 6-3 with 2 saves, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Zagurski has now pitched in 88 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 1-0 with a 6.84 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  Zagurski will start his career in AAA-ball for the A’s and he has a September 1st opt out clause in his deal.

UPDATE:  (9/2/2013) - The A’s have released Mike Zagurski, at his request.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s and he was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s send Tommy Milone to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Sunday 4 August 2013 at 6:10 am

The A’s have sent 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Tommy Milone to AAA.  Milone has pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 9-9 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Milone has given up 139 hits (22 homers), 33 walks and he whiffed 100 batters in his 133 1/3 innings so far this year for the A’s, so he has had trouble with the longball.  But his biggest issues have come against the division rival Texas Rangers.  Milone has started 2 games against the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.  Against everyone else, Milone has pitched in 20 games (all starts) in which he is 9-7 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  The A’s could bring Milone back up when they need another starter on August 13th.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Fernando Nieve from the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Saturday 3 August 2013 at 5:06 pm

The A’s have acquired 31-year old righty reliever/starter Fernando Nieve from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.  Nieve pitched in 22 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 5-3 with a 1.81 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  Nieve gave up 34 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 44 2/3 innings in the minors this year, which are very impressive numbers.  Nieve last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the New York Mets.  Nieve has pitched in 99 games (19 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-11 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  I think Nieve might help the A’s later on in 2013.

The Oakland A’s have DFA’d Adam Rosales again

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 1:46 pm

The A’s have designated 30-year old righty swinging infielder Adam Rosales for assignment for the second time this year.  Rosales played in 50 games for the A’s this year and he was 26 of 135 (.193 avg, .587 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs.  Rosales played in 196 games in his four years with the A’s and he is 123 of 550 (.224 avg, .631 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  It will be interesting to see if Rosales clears waivers again.

UPDATE:  (8/2/2013) - The A’s have lost Adam Rosales on waivers to the rival Texas Rangers.

UPDATE:  (8/8/2013) - The A’s have claimed Adam Rosales off waivers from the Rangers.  He didn’t get to play in any games in his time with the Rangers.

UPDATE:  (8/11/2013) - The A’s have designated Adam Rosales for assignment for the third time this year.  He has played in 51 games for the A’s this year and he is 26 of 136 (.191 avg, .583 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs.

UPDATE IV:  (8/12/2013) - The A’s have lost Adam Rosales on waivers to the Texas Rangers for the second time this year.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Alberto Callaspo from the Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 6:24 am

The A’s have acquired 30-year old switch-hitting 3B/2B Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for 25-year old righty swinging 2B/OF Grant Green.  Callaspo played in 85 games for the Angels this year and he is 74 of 293 (.253 avg, .671 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers and 36 RBIs.  Callaspo has now played in 818 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 754 of 2,762 (.273 avg, .714 OPS) with 314 runs scored, 42 homers, 293 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  Green came into this season as the A’s #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 87 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 123 of 378 (.325 avg, .879 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 11 homers, 50 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Green also played in 5 games for the A’s this year and he was 0 for 15 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Callaspo will probably play 2B for the A’s and bump Eric Sogard to the bench.  I like this pickup for the A’s, as Callaspo is a solid player, but he didn’t come cheaply as Green is a nice prospect.

The Oakland A’s designate Vinnie Catricala for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 July 2013 at 12:14 pm

The A’s have designated 24-year old righty swinging 3B/OF Vinnie Catricala for assignment.  He came into this season as the Mariners’ #26 prospect according to Baseball America.  Catricala has played in 81 games in AA-ball for the A’s and Mariners in 2013 in which he is 72 of 302 (.238 avg, .635 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 530 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 576 of 2,001 (.288 avg, .821 OPS) with 318 runs scored, 64 homers, 324 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.  The A’s need Catricala’s roster spot for Adam Rosales.

UPDATE:  (7/26/2013) - Vinnie Catricala has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AA.

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