The Oakland A’s have signed Jaff Decker

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 2:49 pm

The Oakland A’s have signed 26-year old outfielder Jaff Decker to a minor league deal.  Decker played in 19 games for the Rays last year and he was 8 for 52 (.154 avg, .384 OPS) with 1 run, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Decker also played in 99 games in AAA-ball for the Rays last year and he was 89 of 349 (.255 avg, .787 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 12 homers, 35 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  Decker has now played in 60 games in his first four years in the show and he is 18 of 111 (.162 avg, .477 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Decker will be a longshot to help the A’s at any point in 2017.

The Oakland A’s re-sign Aaron Kurcz

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 12:10 am

The Oakland A’s have re-signed 26-year old righty reliever Aaron Kurcz to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 46 games (1 start) in AA+AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 9-1 with 5 saves, a 3.03 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  He gave up 52 hits and 17 walks while whiffing 55 batters in 68 1/3 innings in the minors for the A’s last year.  Kurcz has now pitched in 216 games (13 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 28-16 with 28 saves, a 3.01 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  This was a good depth signing for the A’s.

The Oakland A’s deal Danny Valencia to the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 13 November 2016 at 7:22 am

The Oakland A’s have dealt 32-year old righty swinging 3B/1B/OF Danny Valencia to the Seattle Mariners for 22-year old righty starting pitcher Paul Blackburn.  Valencia’s days were numbered in Oakland due to the locker room fight in which he beat up Billy Butler.  He played in 130 games for the A’s last year and he was 135 of 471 (.287 avg, .792 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 17 homers, 51 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Valencia played in 177 games in his two years with the A’s and he was 187 of 654 (.286 avg, .818 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 28 homers, 88 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Blackburn came into the 2016 season as the Cubs’ #19 prospect (he was dealt to the Mariners last July) according to Baseball America.  Blackburn pitched in 26 games (25 starts) for the Cubs and Mariners last year and he was 9-5 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  He gave up 138 hits and 35 walks while whiffing 99 batters in his 143 innings in the minors last year.  Blackburn has now pitched in 90 games (85 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 29-17 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  The A’s were smart not to cut Valencia after his altercation with Butler, as he has netted them a solid starting pitcher prospect in Blackburn.

The Oakland A’s have claimed Josh Smith off waivers from the Reds

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Saturday 5 November 2016 at 3:37 pm

The Oakland A’s have claimed 29-year old righty reliever/starter Josh Smith off waivers from the Reds.  Smith pitched in 32 games (2 starts) for the Reds last year and he was 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He gave up 57 hits (11 homers) and 26 walks while whiffing 48 batters in his 59 2/3 innings last year.  Smith has now pitched in 41 games (9 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 3-7 with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  The A’s must have seen something they liked in Smith to put a waiver claim in on him, so he will get a shot in spring training to win a spot on the pitching staff.

The Oakland A’s claim Giovanni Soto off waivers from the Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 11:06 pm

The Oakland A’s have claimed 25-year old lefty reliever Giovanni Soto off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.  Soto pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs last year and he was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He gave up 51 hits and 31 walks while whiffing 55 batters in 49 innings in the minors last year for the Cubs.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in 2015 for the Indians in his only taste of the show so far in his career and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  Soto is a lefty and that is why the A’s are likely taking a flier on him.

UPDATE:  (11/7/2016) – The A’s have lost Giovanni Soto on waivers to the Chicago White Sox.

The Oakland A’s re-sign Ryan Brasier

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 9:59 am

The Oakland A’s have re-signed 29-year old righty reliever Ryan Brasier to a minor league deal.  Brasier pitched in 46 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 5-3 with 1 save, a 3.56 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  He gave up 50 hits (6 homers) and 19 walks while whiffing 70 batters in his 60 2/3 innings for the A’s in AAA-ball last year.  Brasier’s only experience in the show came back in 2013.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Angels in 2013 and he was 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Brasier might get a chance with the A’s in 2017 to get back to the show!

Three Starting Pitchers elect to leave the Oakland A’s as free agents

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 10 October 2016 at 10:15 pm

26-year old righty Henderson Alvarez, 27-year old righty Jarrod Parker and 28-year old lefty Felix Doubront all missed most, if not all of the 2016 season due to injury.  Yet, they have each rejected outright assignments to AAA by the Oakland A’s and will become free agents this winter.  Alvarez pitched in 11 games (all starts) in Rookie+A+AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his 33 innings in the minors for the A’s this year.  Alvarez has pitched in 92 games (all starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 27-34 with a 3.80 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Parker didn’t pitch at all this year for the A’s.  Parker pitched in 62 games (all starts) in his three years with the A’s and he was 25-16 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Doubront didn’t pitch at all this year.  He pitched in 11 games (8 starts) in his only year with the A’s in 2015 and he was 2-2 with 1 save, a 5.81 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Doubront has now pitched in 118 games (85 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 31-26 with 4 saves, a 4.89 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  The A’s shouldn’t miss any of these guys as they just can’t stay healthy.

UPDATE:  (11/17/2016) – The A’s have signed Felix Doubront to a minor league deal.

Matt McBride elects to leave the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 10 October 2016 at 10:09 pm

31-year old righty swinging C/1B Matt McBride has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Oakland A’s, so he will be a free agent this winter.  McBride played in 20 games for the A’s last year and he was 9 for 43 (.209 avg, .506 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBI.  He has now played in 92 games in his first four years in the show and he is 39 of 194 (.201 avg, .527 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers and 19 RBI.  The A’s should miss him too much moving forward.

UPDATE:  (11/17/2016) – The A’s have re-signed Matt McBride to a minor league deal.

Chris Smith rejects an outright assignment to AAA by the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 10 October 2016 at 10:06 pm

35-year old righty reliever Chris Smith has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Oakland A’s.  Smith pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 0-0 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  He gave up 14 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 29 batters in 24 2/3 innings for the A’s last year.  Smith has now pitched in 63 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Pitchers like Smith are a dime a dozen, so even though he pitched well for the A’s last year, they shouldn’t miss him too much moving forward.

Fernando Rodriguez elects to leave the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 10 October 2016 at 9:59 pm

32-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez has rejected an outright assignment to AAA by the Oakland A’s, thus he has become a free agent.  Rodriguez pitched in 34 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 2-0 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He gave up 30 hits and 17 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his 40 2/3 innings for the A’s last year.  Rodriguez pitched in 97 games (0 starts) in his three years with the A’s and he was 7-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Rodriguez shouldn’t have too hard of a time finding a new team to pitch for in 2017.

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