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The Oakland A’s have acquired John Jaso from the Mariners in a three team deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by chinmusic on Wednesday 23 January 2013 at 3:52 pm

The Oakland A’s have acquired 29-year old lefty swinging catcher John Jaso from the Mariners in a three team deal also involving the Washington Nationals. The A’s have sent 21-year old righty starting pitcher A.J. Cole, 24-year old righty starter/reliever Blake Treinen and a player to be named later to the Nationals for Jaso. The Nationals dealt outfielder Mike Morse to the Nationals to complete this deal.

Jaso played in 108 games for the Mariners last year and he was 81 of 294 (.276 avg, .850 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 10 homers, 50 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Jaso has now played in 311 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 227 of 889 (.255 avg, .754 OPS) with 126 runs scored, 20 homers, 121 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Jaso played in 43 games (39 starts) behind the plate for the Mariners last year and he didn’t have any errors, but he did have five passed balls. He also threw out 6 of 33 (18.2%) base runners trying to steal on him last year and Mariners’ pitchers had a 3.41 ERA with him behind the dish. Jaso will platoon with Derek Norris behind the plate in 2013.

A.J. Cole came to the A’s in the big Gio Gonzalez deal with the Nationals last winter. Cole pitched in 27 games (all starts) in his only year with the A’s in A-ball and he was 6-10 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Blake Treinen pitched in 24 games (15 starts) in A-ball for the A’s last year and he was 7-7 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He pitched in 45 games (15 starts) in his two years in the minors for the A’s and he was 8-8 with 2 saves, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. The A’s gave up a lot of talent for a platoon catcher.

The Oakland A’s DFA George Kottaras

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 23 January 2013 at 3:43 pm

The A’s have designated 29-year old lefty swinging catcher George Kottaras. Kottaras played in 27 games for the A’s last year and he was 18 of 85 (.212 avg, .750 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 homers and 19 RBIs. He played in 85 games overall last year for the Brewers and A’s in which he was 36 of 171 (.211 avg, .766 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 9 homers and 31 RBIs. He has now played in 249 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 130 of 592 (.220 avg, .732 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 24 homers, 84 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Kottaras played in 54 games (49 starts) behind the plate for the A’s and Brewers in which he only threw out 2 of 40 (5%) base stealers last year and pitchers had a 4.50 ERA with him behind the plate. The recent acquisition of John Jaso from the Mariners made Kottaras expendable.

Catcher will likely be a timeshare position for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 9:18 am

The A’s aren’t likely going to go with a straight platoon at catcher in 2013, as they think 23-year old righty swinging Derek Norris is their possible catcher of the future. Norris played in 60 games for the A’s last year and he was 42 of 209 (.201 avg, .625 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 7 homers, 34 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He whiffed 66 times last year for the A’s too, so he had a lot of trouble making contact, despite showing pretty good power. Norris also played in 58 games in AAA-ball for the A’s last year in which he was 59 of 218 (.271 avg, .806 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 9 homers, 38 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Norris played in 58 games (53 starts) behind the plate for the A’s last year and he had 5 errors and 4 passed balls. Norris only threw out 6 of 40 (15%) runners trying to steal against him last year, but A’s pitchers had a 3.10 ERA with him behind the dish. 29-year old lefty swinging George Kottaras will share time with Norris behind the plate. Kottaras played in 27 games for the A’s last year and he was 18 of 85 (.212 avg, .750 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 homers and 19 RBIs. He played in 85 games overall last year for the Brewers and A’s in which he was 36 of 171 (.211 avg, .766 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 9 homers and 31 RBIs. He has now played in 249 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 130 of 592 (.220 avg, .732 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 24 homers, 84 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Kottaras played in 54 games (49 starts) behind the plate for the A’s and Brewers in which he only threw out 2 of 40 (5%) base stealers last year and pitchers had a 4.50 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013: C-

The Oakland A’s have signed Brian Gordon

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 22 December 2012 at 10:22 pm

The A’s have signed 34-year old righty starter/reliever Brian Gordon to a minor league deal. Gordon pitched in South Korea last year. Gordon last pitched in the majors in 2011 for the Yankees. He started 2 games for the Yankees in 2011 and he was 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Gordon has now pitched in 5 games (2 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Gordon will have to likely start the 2013 in the minors and work his way back to the show.

The Oakland A’s sign Frank Gailey

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 22 December 2012 at 10:19 pm

The A’s have signed 27-year old lefty reliever Frank Gailey to a minor league deal. Gailey pitched in 39 games (3 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 5-3 with 1 save, a 3.51 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has now pitched in 214 games (4 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 28-18 with 6 saves, a 2.63 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Gailey will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the A’s.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Jefry Marte from the Mets

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 December 2012 at 8:20 am

The A’s have acquired 21-year old righty swinging 3B Jefry Marte from the Mets for 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Collin Cowgill. Marte played in 129 games in AA-ball for the Mets last year and he was 116 of 462 (.251 avg, .687 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 9 homers, 58 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 509 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 486 of 1,913 (.254 avg, .690 OPS) with 244 runs scored, 32 homers, 222 RBIs and 34 stolen bases. Marte will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the A’s. Cowgill played in 38 games for the A’s last year and he was 28 of 104 (.269 avg, .654 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The A’s have a ton of depth in the outfield right now, so they shouldn’t miss Cowgill moving forward.

The Oakland A’s sign SS Hiroyuki Nakajima

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 18 December 2012 at 9:22 am

The A’s have signed 30-year old righty swinging SS Hiroyuki Nakajima. Nakajima played in 136 games for the A’s last year and he was 155 of 499 (.311 avg, .833 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 13 homers, 74 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. In his last six years in Japan, Nakajima played in 821 games in which he was 975 of 3,147 (.310 avg, .856 OPS) with 474 runs scored, 104 homers, 514 RBIs and 97 stolen bases. Nakajima will likely be the starting SS for the A’s in 2013.

The Oakland A’s have signed outfielder D’Arby Myers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 10 December 2012 at 9:07 am

The A’s have signed 24-year old righty swinging outfielder D’Arby Myers to a minor league deal. Myers played in 67 games in A+AA-ball ball for the Phillies last year and he was 58 of 190 (.305 avg, .770 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 4 homers, 19 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He has now played in 453 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 401 of 1,557 (.258 avg, .653 OPS) with 221 runs scored, 15 homers, 134 RBIs and 86 stolen bases. He will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball.

The Oakland A’s took catcher Steve Hill in the Rule 5 Draft

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 6:07 pm

The A’s selected 27-year old righty swinging catcher Steve Hill in the AAA-phase of the Rule 5 Draft away from the Cardinals. Hill played in 9 games for the Cardinals last year and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 run scored. He also played in 87 games in AAA-ball for the Cardinals last year in which he was 80 for 301 (.266 avg, .815 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 17 homers and 52 RBIs. Hill has played in 10 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 3 for 13 (.231 avg, .769 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. Hill will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball and be the first catcher the A’s call up if the need arises.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Chris Resop from the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 1 December 2012 at 1:35 pm

The A’s have acquired 30-year old righty reliever Chris Resop from the Pirates for 24-year old righty reliever Zach Thornton. Resop pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Pirates last year and he was 1-4 with 1 save, a 3.91 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He has now pitched in 217 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 9-11 with 2 saves, a 4.51 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Zach Thornton pitched in 48 games (0 starts) in A-ball for the A’s last year and he was 4-0 with 16 saves, a 4.53 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. This was a really good deal for the A’s as Resop should be able to help the bullpen in 2013 and beyond.

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