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Oakland A’s DFA pitcher Zach Neal to make room for Trevor Plouffe signing

Oakland A’s DFA pitcher Zach Neal to make room for Trevor Plouffe signing

The Oakland A’s officially announced the signing of free agent 3B Trevor Plouffe on Wednesday, and to make room on the 40-man roster they designated RHP Zach Neal for assignment, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. Neal made his MLB debut in May and wound up throwing 70 innings for the A’s. He served as a swingman, working mostly as a multi-inning long man in the bullpen but also making a half dozen starts in emergency situations. Despite not being a prospect at all and striking out absolutely no one (3.5 K/9), he actually put up decent numbers for a backup depth guy. He even...
Athletics Nation 22 hours ago
Why the A’s recent signings make so much sense

Why the A’s recent signings make so much sense

On the surface, they’re not exciting. Below the surface, they’re not exciting. But this is exactly what the A’s should be doing. Over the past week and change, the A’s added two new players. First was former Athletic Santiago Casilla. If you don’t remember seeing that name on the back of a jersey, you’re forgiven. Casilla used to go by Jairo Garcia. The change in name and subsequent change in teams did him well, and he’s coming off seven excellent season in San Francisco. The A’s also added Trevor Plouffe, a third baseman coming off a bad and injured season in 2016. If...
Athletics Nation Jan 17, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #6: Frankie Montas is so hot right now

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #6: Frankie Montas is so hot right now

The Oakland A’s acquired an impressive haul of prospects last summer in exchange for their impending free agents, and two of them have already cracked the Top 5 of our Community Prospect List. The latest addition is flamethrower Frankie Montas, in our first somewhat close election so far. Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) Jharel Cotton, RHP (+60%) Frankie Montas, RHP (+12%) There are three things you need to know...
Athletics Nation Jan 17, 2017
Oakland A’s now have 4 closers in their 2017 bullpen

Oakland A’s now have 4 closers in their 2017 bullpen

And that doesn’t include their two best relievers. The Oakland A’s signed relief pitcher Santiago Casilla last week, adding another proven veteran arm to a bullpen that was already strong. Casilla wasn’t among my most preferred targets on the market — I listed him in this roundup in the “Meh” section. But he’s also far from a bad choice, considering he was a closer the last few seasons and he holds three championship rings. To put his contract into context, it’s the same as what Marc Rzepczynski got from the Mariners this winter to be a LOOGY. The most intriguing thing about...
Athletics Nation Jan 17, 2017
What role will Jesse Hahn and Raul Alcantara play on the 2017 A’s?

What role will Jesse Hahn and Raul Alcantara play on the 2017 A’s?

Finding room for two starting pitchers with upside but little consistency. Going into the 2016 season, the A’s pitching depth was an abject disaster. Jesse Hahn, a bright spot in a tough 2015 campaign was horrendous in Spring Training, and was optioned to AAA Nashville. That opened a spot for Felix Doubront, decent swing man but poor starting pitcher, who immediately went down with a torn UCL. He’d miss the season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, giving a rotation spot to the ever frustrating Eric Surkamp, and the A’s season went as expected with him in the rotation. We’re...
Athletics Nation Jan 16, 2017
The Weekly Bernie, 1/16/17: Oakland A’s add veterans Trevor Plouffe and Santiago Casilla in busy week

The Weekly Bernie, 1/16/17: Oakland A’s add veterans Trevor Plouffe and Santiago Casilla in busy week

The A’s continued to target discount free agents this past week, while the biggest bat on the market might be closing in on a new deal with his old team. Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie! It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling once more! The A’s struck twice in free agency this past week, signing third baseman Trevor Plouffe and reliever Santiago Casilla. Plouffe’s contract is a one year deal worth about $5 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The signing will likely push young stud Ryon Healy from third base to first base and designated hitter....
Athletics Nation Jan 15, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #5: Jharel Cotton is no longer a sleeper

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #5: Jharel Cotton is no longer a sleeper

The Oakland A’s acquired an impressive haul of prospects last summer in exchange for their impending free agents, just as they had in their similarly last-place 2015 campaign. The first of that group, Jharel Cotton, has already cracked our Community Prospect List. Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) Jharel Cotton, RHP (+60%) Cotton was one of three pitchers who came over in a blockbuster deal with the Dodgers, but...
Athletics Nation Jan 13, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #4: A.J. Puk was a first-round jackpot

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #4: A.J. Puk was a first-round jackpot

The Oakland A’s had the sixth overall selection in the draft last summer, which was their highest pick since 1998. They turned that pick into high-octane lefty A.J. Puk, who already clocks in as the No. 3 prospect on our CPL. Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) A.J. Puk, LHP (+38%) During the lead-up to the 2016 draft, Puk was commonly mentioned as a candidate to go first overall. There was never any kind of consensus, and some of that...
Athletics Nation Jan 13, 2017
Who should the Oakland A’s DFA for Trevor Plouffe and Santiago Casilla?

Who should the Oakland A’s DFA for Trevor Plouffe and Santiago Casilla?

The Oakland A’s signed two new players this week, 3B Trevor Plouffe and RHP Santiago Casilla. Before those additions can become official, though, space must be made on the 40-man roster. That means two current players have to be removed, so, unless there is a specific follow-up trade in the works, two guys will be designated for assignment. Here is the 40-man roster as it stands entering Friday: Pitchers Hitters Starters Sonny Gray (R) Sean Manaea (L) Kendall Graveman (R) Andrew Triggs (R) Jharel Cotton (R) Daniel Mengden (R) Raul Alcantara (R) Jesse Hahn...
Athletics Nation Jan 13, 2017
Oakland A’s rookies and their 2017 jersey numbers

Oakland A’s rookies and their 2017 jersey numbers

According to the Oakland A’s transaction logs on the team website, several of the prospects and rookies on the 40-man roster changed their jersey numbers on Dec. 20, just a few weeks ago. Many of these guys wore the “obvious rookie” numbers last season -- the higher ones in the 50s and 60s that are all that’s left for some late-season newcomers, the ones you usually only see in spring training. That they’ve changed to lower, more common numbers suggests to me that these are intentional picks they hope to keep for a while. Let’s have a look! It is your destiny Some of the new...
Athletics Nation Jan 13, 2017
Updating the Oakland A’s lineup with Trevor Plouffe

Updating the Oakland A’s lineup with Trevor Plouffe

The Oakland A’s are suddenly making moves at a rapid pace. After adding just one MLB player in the first two months of the offseason (Matt Joyce), they have now added three more in the last two weeks: OF Rajai Davis, 3B Trevor Plouffe, and RHP Santiago Casilla. We already talked about Rajai taking the leadoff spot, but let’s see how Plouffe fits into the lineup. Plouffe is likely to get the bulk of time at 3B, with Ryon Healy at DH and 1B (with Alonso).— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 11, 2017 That tells us a lot about the defensive positioning, which is half the story....
Athletics Nation Jan 12, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #3: Matt Chapman, the third baseman of the near future

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #3: Matt Chapman, the third baseman of the near future

The left side of Triple-A Nashville’s infield is well represented on our 2017 Community Prospect List, with Matt Chapman taking the No. 2 spot. Here’s the current list, including their winning margins (the difference between their % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%) There is a reasonable argument to be made that Chapman could be No. 1 on this list, as advocated by grover during the first CPL vote. He and Barreto could both turn out as good hitters in their own ways — the former via power and walks, the latter via high...
Athletics Nation Jan 12, 2017
Welcome back to the Oakland A’s, Rajai Davis!

Welcome back to the Oakland A’s, Rajai Davis!

All your base is belong to Rajai In Oakland, we’re used to the idea of watching young players develop, clinging to them for a few years (if we’re lucky), then waving a tearful goodbye as they head off into the real world like the good parents we are. It’s rare, though, that we get to see them come back to us. Seven years ago, Davis went off to Toronto, Detroit, then Cleveland, stealing bases, hearts, and almost a World Series from the Cubs. Now he’s back in green and gold, ready to jump back to the team where he kick-started his career in 2008, and probably share the...
Athletics Nation Jan 11, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #2: Franklin Barreto is the top prospect

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #2: Franklin Barreto is the top prospect

Our 2017 Community Prospect List officially has its first member, as infielder Franklin Barreto earned the top spot in a landslide. The virtual consensus is a departure from last year’s tight vote for No. 1, when Barreto fell short against pitcher Sean Manaea in a razor-thin decision. Here’s the current (somewhat lonely) list, including his winning margin (the difference between his % of the vote, and the % of the runner-up): Franklin Barreto, SS (+67%) In addition to leading off our CPL, Barreto will also rank high on national Top 100 lists when they’re released in the coming weeks....
Athletics Nation Jan 10, 2017
Oakland A’s sign 3B Trevor Plouffe, per Ken Rosenthal

Oakland A’s sign 3B Trevor Plouffe, per Ken Rosenthal

The infielder’s spot on the 2017 Athletics isn’t clear, but welcome Trevor Plouffe to Oakland! We got news! Sources: Free-agent infielder Trevor Plouffe to Athletics. Agreement in place. Deal pending a physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2017 And that news is fairly meh, though there are reasons Plouffe makes sense. Welcome to 2017, where dingers are the new norm, bad defense is the old, and strikeouts will run rampant. ***This article is updating. Stay tuned for more details and analysis.***
Athletics Nation Jan 10, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #1: Who is the top prospect in the organization?

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List #1: Who is the top prospect in the organization?

Who is the top minor league prospect in the Oakland A's organization? There’s probably going to be a near-consensus answer to that question this winter, which isn’t always the case, and we’re here to find out once and for all. Let’s get started on the 2017 Community Prospect List! Here is the process (please read, there are minor changes): Five candidates will be listed on the ballot. The voting will take place in the comments section. I will start with a comment listing all five players, and then I will respond to that with five new comments in the style of "Vote: Player Name" for...
Athletics Nation Jan 9, 2017
Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List intro: Nominations before our first vote!

Oakland A's 2017 Community Prospect List intro: Nominations before our first vote!

Welcome to the beginning of our 2017 Oakland A's Community Prospect List! We've been creating our CPL via crowdsource vote for years, and it's time to get started on the next edition. In this intro post, we'll simply be nominating players for our initial ballot, which we'll vote on next time. Here is the nomination process (we’ll add in the full voting process next time when we have a ballot to vote on): In the comments, you may nominate a player to be put onto the ballot for the next round. The format for the comment should be "Nomination: Player Name". After the first nomination for a...
Athletics Nation Jan 9, 2017
The Weekly Bernie, 1/9/17: Oakland A’s not done yet after adding Rajai Davis

The Weekly Bernie, 1/9/17: Oakland A’s not done yet after adding Rajai Davis

The A’s have found their new centerfielder in old friend Rajai Davis, and have also shown some interest in other free agents, among other news. Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie! It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling once more! On Tuesday evening the A’s signed 36 year-old outfielder Rajai Davis to a one year, $6 million contract. Rajai, who played for the A’s from 2008 through 2010, had a nice bounceback campaign with the American League Champion Cleveland Indians in 2016. He hit a career-high 12 home runs and stole an AL-leading 43 bases. He will likely be the...
Athletics Nation Jan 8, 2017
Oakland A’s all-time dinger lineup

Oakland A’s all-time dinger lineup

DON’T SCROLL DOWN TOO FAR OR YOU’LL SEE THE ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ! Over the last week, home run power has become a big topic of discussion on Athletics Nation. The skill seems to be dropping in price on the open market, which led us to consider a fictional 2017 Beer League Oakland A’s lineup, constructed to maximize pure dinger potential. Looking forward eventually got me thinking in the other direction, about past A’s power hitters. What would be the most powerful lineup you could make out of former A’s players? Specifically, I decided to consider the largest single-season outputs,...
Athletics Nation Jan 7, 2017
Arguably The Right Idea, Wrong Players

Arguably The Right Idea, Wrong Players

This past week the A’s have been linked to Mark Trumbo and Trevor Plouffe, causing much of the east bay to throw up in its collective mouths. It’s important to note that being linked to players, and actually pursuing those players, are not one and the same. The A’s were linked to Jarrod Dyson and confirmed their interest in him; then they ultimately signed Rajai Davis, to whom they were never linked. "Why Trumbo? Why Plouffe?" agonizing A’s fans have bellowed to anyone who will listen. (Note: random people in line at the post office do not appear to appreciate these bellowings.)...

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