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Saturday, June 1st: Ports & Snappers Win Behind Crocker’s & Robertson’s Big Bats while Cats & Hounds Both Fall

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports Outfielder Bobby Crocker (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

Stockton Ports Outfielder Bobby Crocker (2 Home Runs / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  3

Tacoma Rainiers               5

LP – Werner 4-8 / 5.69

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Andrew Werner

(6 1/3 IP / 7 H / 3 ER / 1 BB / 7 K)

 

Starter Andrew Werner did a good job on Saturday night, allowing 5 runs, just 3 earned, and striking out 7 over 6 1/3 innings, but he ended up taking his 8th loss. A throwing error in the 3rd inning by first baseman Daric Barton led to 2 unearned runs. Third baseman Scott Moore and shortstop Hiro Nakajima collected a pair of hits apiece, while outfielder Michael Choice doubled and drove in a run, and catcher Luke Montz when 1 for 4 in his return to the River Cats. With Montz’s addition to the roster, catcher Ryan Ortiz was assigned to Stockton.

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Monday, May 20th: It’s a Clean Sweep as All Four Affiliates Post Wins on Monday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ Third Baseman Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 7 RBIs)

Stockton Ports’ Third Baseman Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 7 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs        2

Sacramento River Cats  3

WP – Gordon 2-0 / 5.57

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Hiro Nakajima

(1 for 2 / 2 RBIs)

 

Hiro Nakajima got his first start at second base for Sacramento on Monday and ended up driving in the tying and winnings runs for the River Cats. Designated hitter Grant Green doubled and drove in Sacramento’s only other run of the night. Starter Travis Banwart allowed 2 runs in 4 innings of work, while RHP Paul Smyth, in his first appearance since being called up from Midland, struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief. RHP Brian Gordon followed with 2 more scoreless innings to pick up the win, and RHP Dan Otero got the final 3 outs for his 11th save.

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Tuesday, May 7th: Late Heroics Help Hounds & Ports Win while 2 Solo Shots Aren’t Enough for Cats on Tuesday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Second Baseman Darwin Perez (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

Midland RockHounds’ 2B Darwin Perez (Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  2

Memphis Redbirds             3

LP – Werner 2-5 / 8.54

HR – Horton (2), Weeks (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Josh Horton

(2 for 3 / Home Run)

 

Starter Andrew Werner allowed 3 runs on 9 hits over 6 2/3 innings to take his 5th loss on Tuesday. The River Cats scored their only runs of the game thanks to back-to-back solo home runs in the 3rd inning off the bats of third baseman Josh Horton and second baseman Jemile Weeks. Horton also collected 2 of Sacramento’s 6 hits on the night, while shortstop Hiro Nakajima went 0 for 4 in his return to the River Cats’ lineup.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Frisco RoughRiders        5

Midland RockHounds  8

WP – Newby 2-3 / 2.00

HR – Barfield (8), Perez (2)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Darwin Perez

(Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

After a couple of shaky starts, RHP Arnold Leon got back on track for Midland on Tuesday, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 5 in 5 innings of work and exited with the lead, but RHP Mike DeMark came on to give up 3 runs in an inning of relief. And with the game tied in the bottom of the 8th inning, second baseman Darwin Perez drilled a 3-run homer to hand the RockHounds back the lead. And RHP Kyler Newby picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports  4

Modesto Nuts      2

WP – Macias 1-1 / 3.38

HR – Robinson (5)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Antonio Lamas

(Double / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Jake Brown allowed just 1 run over 4 innings of work on Tuesday, while RHP Jose Macias picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Jonathan Joseph got the final 6 outs for his 2nd save. With Stockton down by a run in the 8th inning, second baseman Antonio Lamas doubled in a pair of runs to give the Ports the lead, and outfielder Dusty Robinson followed up with his 5th home run in the 9th inning to help seal the deal for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Beloit Snappers

(OFF DAY)

 

Wednesday’s Games:

Sacramento @ Memphis – 9:05am PT

Stockton @ Modesto – 3:30pm PT

Peoria @ Beloit – 4:30pm PT / 6:30pm CT

 

 

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Saturday, April 27th: HRs from Taylor & Thompson Lead Cats & Ports to Victory while Hounds & Snappers Fall

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Stockton Ports’ DH Tony Thompson (2 Home Runs / 6 Runs)

Stockton Ports’ DH Tony Thompson     (2 Home Runs / 6 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Salt Lake Bees                  5

Sacramento River Cats  6

WP – Scribner 1-0 / 8.10

HR – Montz (5), Taylor (4)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Michael Taylor

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Travis Banwart allowed 4 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings of work, and after 7 ½ innings the River Cats were trailing 5-3. But in the bottom of the 8th inning, outfielder Michael Taylor blasted a 2-run homer to tie the game, and catcher Luke Montz followed up with a solo shot to provide the go-ahead run for the River Cats. RHP Evan Scribner tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, and LHP Hideki Okajima struck out the final 3 batters in the 9th to pick up his 1st save.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions     4

Midland RockHounds  3

LP – Newby 0-2 / 2.03

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Sean Murphy

(5 2/3 IP / 6 H / 2 ER / 1 BB / 6 K)

 

RHP Sean Murphy was solid again in his second outing for the RockHounds, allowing 2 runs while striking out 6 over 5 2/3 innings on Saturday. Third baseman Jefry Marte had 2 doubles, and shortstop Dusty Coleman had a pair of hits and doubled in a run. Midland was leading 3-2 headed into the 9th inning. But with the help of 2 errors from outfielder Jake Goebbert and shortstop Dusty Coleman, RHP Kyler Newby gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, in the 9th to take the loss.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Stockton Ports          17

High Desert Mavericks  7

WP – Frankoff 1-0 / 3.52

HR – Thompson 2 (4), Vollmuth (6), Robinson (4), Russell (1)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Tony Thompson

(2 Home Runs / 6 Runs)

 

The Ports’ lineup exploded for 17 runs on Saturday night. Designated hitter Tony Thompson clubbed a pair of home runs and drove in 6 runs, outfielder Dusty Robinson homered, tripled and drove in 4 runs, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth slugged a solo shot. Shortstop Addison Russell had a pair of hits, including his 1st home run for Stockton, and walked 3 times, while second baseman Antonio Lamas collected 5 hits on the night. RHP Deyvi Jimenez struggled in his second start for Stockton, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits over 4 innings of work, while RHP Seth Frankoff allowed 1 unearned in 2 innings of relief to pick up his 1st win for the Ports.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

South Bend Silver Hawks  13

Beloit Snappers               5

LP – DeYoung 1-1 / 4.60

HR – Wooten (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(2 Doubles / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Derek De Young allowed 4 runs on 9 hits over 4 innings to take the loss, and he was followed by RHP Vince Voiro, who gave up 7 runs, 5 earned, over 3 1/3 innings of relief. Outfielder John Wooten hit his 3rd home run, while first baseman Matt Olson had 2 doubles and drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Salt Lake @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

San Antonio @ Midland – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

Stockton @ High Desert – 2:05pm PT

West Michigan @ Beloit – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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Saturday, April 20th: Cats, Hounds & Ports All Win on Saturday while Snappers Sweep A Pair

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds’ Pitcher Murphy Smith (6 1/3 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

Midland RockHounds’ RHP Murphy Smith (6 1/3 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Reno Aces                         4

Sacramento River Cats  6

WP – Figueroa 1-0 / 9.39

HR – Vogt (5)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Travis Banwart

(3 2/3 IP / 3 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 3 K)

 

With Jesse Chavez’s recall by the A’s, RHP Travis Banwart got the surprise start on Saturday, his first of the season for the River Cats, and he ended up holding Reno to just 1 run over 3 2/3 innings of work. LHP Pedro Figueroa followed up by giving up 2 runs over 2 1/3 innings, but still picked up the win, while RHP Dan Otero got the final 3 outs for his 3rd save. Catcher Stephen Vogt hit his 5th home run, and first baseman Daric Barton and outfielder Michael Choice both doubled and drove in a run for the River Cats.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

Midland RockHounds  4

San Antonio Missions      1

WP – Smith 2-2 / 2.78

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Murphy Smith

(6 1/3 IP / 7 H / 1 ER / 1 BB / 6 K / Win)

 

Starter Murphy Smith had an impressive outing on Saturday, allowing just 1 run while striking out 6 over 6 1/3 innings to earn his 2nd win. RHP Paul Smyth came on to strike out 3 over 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and RHP Kyler Newby got the final 3 outs for his 3rd save. Outfielder D’Arby Myers had 2 hits, including a double, drove in a run and stole his 4th base for the RockHounds.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Modesto Nuts      2

Stockton Ports  5

WP – Hassebrock 1-1 / 6.88

HR – Muncy (8)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Max Muncy

(Home Run / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Blake Hassebrock allowed 2 runs over 5 1/3 innings to earn his 1st win of the season on Saturday. RHP Seth Frankoff followed up with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and RHP Jose Macias held Modesto scoreless over the final 2 innings to pick up his 2nd save. Hot-hitting first baseman Max Muncy, serving as the designated hitter for the night, his his 8th home run to put the Ports on the board in the 4th inning and drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the 5th.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

GAME #1

Beloit Snappers  7

Burlington Bees     3

WP – Tyson 1-0 / 0.00

HR – Nunez (3)

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Renato Nunez

(Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

Third baseman Renato Nunez continued his hot hitting of late, collecting 3 hits, including a home run and a double, and driving in 3 runs in the first game of Beloit’s doubleheader on Saturday. Starter Seth Streich allowed 3 runs over 4 1/3 innings for the Snappers, but RHP Drew Tyson came on to toss 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in his first appearance of the season.

 

GAME #2

Beloit Snappers  6

Burlington Bees     1

WP – De Young 1-0 / 3.09

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Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Aaron Shipman

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

Starter Vince Voiro struck out 6 over 3 2/3 scoreless innings, and RHP Derek De Young followed up by striking out 6 and allowing 1 run over 3 1/3 innings to pick up the win in Saturday’s second game for the Snappers. Designated hitter Aaron Shipman tripled in 2 runs in the top of the 5th inning to give Beloit the lead, which they never relinquished, and first baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Jacob Tanis each drove in a pair of runs for the Snappers.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Reno @ Sacramento – 5:05pm PT

Midland @ San Antonio – 12:05pm PT / 2:05pm CT

Modesto @ Stockton – 2:09pm PT

Beloit @ Clinton – Noon PT / 2:00pm CT

 

 

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Preview: Top Prospect Miles Head Set To Be Main Attraction at Midland in 2013

Miles Head is ready to make his mark at Midland!

Miles Head is ready to make his mark at Midland!

The opening day roster for the Midland RockHounds, the A’s Double-A affiliate in the Texas League, was announced this week. The RockHounds’ lineup will be led by one of the A’s top hitting prospects, third baseman Miles Head, who led all A’s minor leaguers in hits, RBIs, batting average and slugging percentage last season.

Along with Head, the RockHounds’ infield will also include Jefry Marte, Tommy Mendonca, Anthony Aliotti, Dusty Coleman, Darwin Perez and Tyler Ladendorf. Jeremy Barfield, Chad Oberacker and D’Arby Myers will man the outfield, while Ryan Lipkin and Nick Rickles will be behind the plate.

The RockHounds’ starting rotation will likely include Murphy Smith, Josh Bowman, Josh Stinson, Zach Neal, Carlos Hernandez and Arnold Leon as soon as he’s been stretched out enough to start. Left-handers Jeff Urlaub and Frank Gailey will join right-handers Carlos Fisher, Sergio Perez, Kyler Newby, Darren Byrd and Paul Smyth in the RockHounds’ bullpen.

You’ll find the Midland RockHounds’ complete roster, along with profiles of some of the team’s top players, below…

 

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Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Drafted 2009 – 26th Round

Head was acquired, along with Josh Reddick and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara, from Boston last year in the deal that sent Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox. The big third baseman had an unbelievable first half at High-A Stockton, bashing 23 doubles and 18 home runs in just 267 at-bats while posting a truly impressive slash line of .382/.433/.715. The Georgia native spent the second half at Double-A Midland, where he put up a much more mortal .272/.338/.404 slash line in 234 at-bats. Head will get the chance to master the Texas League again in 2013. He played all but a handful of games at third base last year, and the team hopes that Head will stick at third, but he’ll probably spend just as much time at first base this season.

 

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Right-Handed Hitting Third Baseman

Age On Opening Day: 21

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

The A’s acquired Marte this off-season from the Mets in the Collin Cowgill trade. The third baseman had a .251/.322/.366 slash line last season at Binghamton in the Double-A Eastern League. Those numbers might not seem overly impressive, but it’s important to remember that he started the year as just a 20-year-old playing full-time at Double-A. And Marte looked good this spring, hitting .400 with a pair of doubles in a brief look with the A’s. Along with Miles Head, he’ll be splitting time between third base and first base at Midland this year and hoping to make his mark in his second year at Double-A.

 

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Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder

Age On Opening Day: 24

Drafted 2011 – 25th Round

Oberacker was a bit of a sleeper in the A’s system who’s now on the rise. He was drafted in the 25th round in 2011, but he’s quickly moved up the ladder and was the only one of Stockton’s regular outfielders from last season to earn a promotion to Midland to start the year. There might not be any one aspect of Oberacker’s game that really stands out, but he seems to do everything just well enough to succeed. He hits for a decent average, has a little pop in his bat, has good speed and can play center field. He’ll start the season flanked by Jeremy Barfield and D’Arby Myers in the RockHounds’ outfield and will rise as far as his talent will take him.

 

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Right-Handed Pitcher

Age On Opening Day: 24

Undrafted – Signed as International Free Agent

Leon is probably best known for his role in helping to precipitate the brawl between the Mexican national and Canadian national teams at this year’s WBC tournament. Besides that dubious distinction, Leon is a talented Mexican hurler whom the A’s signed as an international free agent back in 2008. Unfortunately, serious arm injuries caused him to miss most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons. But he came back strong, pitching out of the bullpen, in 2012. The A’s plan to stretch him out and see if he can get back on track as a starter this year at Midland.

 

–MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS 2013 ROSTER–

–HITTERS–

Ryan Lipkin C

Nick Rickles C

Anthony Aliotti 1B-DH

Tommy Mendonca 3B-DH

Miles Head 3B-1B

Jefry Marte 3B-1B

Dusty Coleman SS

Darwin Perez 2B-SS

Tyler Ladendorf 2B-SS-OF

Jeremy Barfield OF

Chad Oberacker OF

D’Arby Myers OF

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Murphy Smith RHP

Josh Bowman RHP

Zach Neal RHP

Carlos Hernandez LHP

Arnold Leon RHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Carlos Fisher RHP

Sergio Perez RHP

Kyler Newby RHP

Darren Byrd RHP

Paul Smyth RHP

Josh Stinson RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS—

Jeff Urlaub LHP

Frank Gailey LHP

 

 

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A’s, River Cats’ & RockHounds’ Roster Projections

Will Hiro have to be a hero in Sacramento?

Will Hiro still be smiling in Sacramento?

We’re now less than a week away from opening day, and Jemile Weeks has been optioned to Sacramento, Adam Rosales has been placed on the disabled list, and Hiro Nakajima has been struggling and is now dealing with a strained hamstring. And thanks to these recent developments, it looks like the A’s opening day roster may now be rounding into shape – and along with it, the Sacramento River Cats’ and Midland RockHounds’ rosters too. Of course, plenty can still change and nothing is etched in stone. There haven’t been any official announcements from the team yet and there probably won’t be until about 24 hours before opening day, but below are our projected opening day rosters for the A’s and their Triple-A and Double-A affiliates based on what we think we know at this point…

 

PROJECTED 2013 OAKLAND A’S ROSTER

Derek Norris

Derek Norris

–CATCHERS–

John Jaso C

Derek Norris C

–INFIELDERS–

Brandon Moss 1B

Nate Freiman 1B

Eric Sogard 2B

Scott Sizemore 2B

Jed Lowrie SS

Josh Donaldson 3B

–OUTFIELDERS–

Yoenis Cespedes OF

Coco Crisp OF

Josh Reddick OF

Chris Young OF

Seth Smith OF

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Brett Anderson LHP

Jarrod Parker RHP

Tommy Milone LHP

A.J. Griffin RHP

Dan Straily RHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Grant Balfour RHP

Ryan Cook RHP

Pat Neshek RHP

Chris Resop RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Sean Doolittle LHP

Jerry Blevins LHP

Travis Blackley LHP

 

(Bartolo Colon – SUSPENDED)

(Fernando Rodriguez – DL)

(Adam Rosales – DL)

 

PROJECTED 2013 SACRAMENTO RIVER CATS ROSTER

Michael Choice

Michael Choice

–HITTERS–

Luke Montz C

David Freitas C

Hiro Nakajima SS

Jemile Weeks 2B

Andy Parrino SS-3B-OF

Grant Green 2B-3B-OF

Josh Horton 3B-SS-2B

Scott Moore 1B-3B-DH

Shane Peterson OF-1B

Conner Crumbliss OF-2B

Michael Choice OF

Michael Taylor OF

Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Sonny Gray RHP

Andrew Werner LHP

Jesse Chavez RHP

Bruce Billings RHP

Travis Banwart RHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Evan Scribner RHP

Mike Ekstrom RHP

James Simmons RHP

Arnold Leon RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Hideki Okajima LHP

Jordan Norberto LHP

Pedro Figueroa LHP

Justin Thomas LHP

 

PROJECTED 2013 MIDLAND ROCKHOUNDS ROSTER

Miles Head

Miles Head

–HITTERS–

Beau Taylor C

Ryan Ortiz C

Anthony Aliotti 1B-DH

Tommy Mendonca 3B-DH

Miles Head 3B-1B

Jefry Marte 3B-1B

Dusty Coleman SS

Darwin Perez 2B-SS

Tyler Ladendorf 2B-SS-OF

Jeremy Barfield OF

Chad Oberacker OF

D’Arby Myers OF

Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy

–STARTING PITCHERS–

Carlos Hernandez LHP

Murphy Smith RHP

Josh Bowman RHP

Sean Murphy RHP

Jacob Brown LHP

–RIGHT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Brian Gordon RHP

Carlos Fisher RHP

Kyler Newby RHP

Darren Byrd RHP

Paul Smyth RHP

Nate Long RHP

Sergio Perez RHP

–LEFT-HANDED RELIEVERS–

Frank Gailey LHP

 

***UPDATE: In something of a surprise, the A’s have designated LHP Travis Blackley for assignment. This opens a spot in the A’s bullpen for either Evan Scribner, Pedro Figueroa, Mike Ekstrom or Hideki Okajima. Their spot in the River Cats bullpen will be filled by RHP Danny Otero, who was claimed off waivers.

 

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A’s Major & Minor League Off-Season Transactions – Dec. 18 Update: A’s Find A Hiro To Play SS

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Hiro: Better than Godzilla?

Well, the biggest story to break for A’s fans in the weeks before the holidays was the news that A’s free agent shortstop Stephen Drew had agreed to a $9.5 million/1-year deal with the Red Sox, followed quickly by the news that Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima had agreed to a $6.5 million/2-year deal (plus incentives and a $5.5 million 1-year option) with the A’s. The 30-year-old right-handed hitter has a career .310/.381/.474 slash line plus 104 home runs and 97 stolen bases over the last 6 seasons in Japan. His signing seems to settle the A’s starting shortstop question and makes arbitration-eligible Adam Rosales the likely backup at the position.

A’s free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy also decided to leave the team for a $15.5 million/2-year deal with Arizona. It doesn’t look like the A’s are planning on signing a major league pitcher to replace McCarthy, but will instead count on a full season of availability from major-league ready RHP Dan Straily to make up for McCarthy’s loss.

On the minor league front, since our last update, the A’s traded RHP Graham Godfrey to the Red Sox as the player to be named in the deal to acquire RHP Sandy Rosario, who was later designated for assignment by the A’s and re-claimed by the Red Sox who then designated him for assignment again. So the A’s basically gave Godfrey to the Red Sox for the privilege of having Rosario on the roster for a few days. Minor league outfielder Jermaine Mitchell, who cleared waivers and elected free agency, ended up signing a minor league deal with the Phillies.

The most significant minor league addition the A’s made since our last update was the acquisition of 27-year-old minor league free agent catcher/first baseman Steven Hill, who’s played in 10 major league games for the Cardinals and spent most of last season at Triple-A Memphis, where he had a .266/.326/.488 slash line. The right-handed hitter figures to share the catching duties at Sacramento in 2013 with fellow minor league free agent signee Luke Montz.

You’ll find all new transactions since our last update noted below with italics and an asterisk. Any players who’ve recently been taking up space on the 40-man roster are listed below under Major League transactions, while all other players are listed under Minor League transactions. For all the minor league players, I’ve listed their primary positions as well as the level they spent the most time at in 2012. Just click on any player’s name to see their Baseball-Reference stats page…

 

MAJOR LEAGUE CHANGES

-Jonny Gomes OF / +Chris Young OF

-Pennington/Drew SS / +Hiroyuki Nakajima SS *

-Brandon Hicks IF / +Andy Parrino IF

-Brandon McCarthy RHP / +NONE *

-Jim Miller RHP / +Chris Resop RHP

-Tyson Ross RHP / +Andrew Werner LHP

 

Hiroyuki Nakajima

Hiroyuki Nakajima

+ MAJOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Chris Young OF (traded from AZ)

Hiroyuki Nakajima SS (signed from Japan) *

Andy Parrino IF (traded from SD)

Chris Resop RHP (traded from PITT)

Andrew Werner LHP (traded from SD)

 

- MAJOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Jonny Gomes OF (FA signed with BOS)

Stephen Drew SS (FA signed with BOS) *

Cliff Pennington SS (traded to AZ)

Brandon Hicks IF (traded to NYM)

Brandon McCarthy RHP (FA signed with AZ) *

Jim Miller RHP (claimed by NYY)

Tyson Ross RHP (traded to SD)

 

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

+ MINOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Scott Moore 3B-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Luke Montz C-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Steven Hill C-1B AAA (minor league Rule 5 draftee) *

Tom Mendonca 3B AA (minor league rule 5 draftee) *

Darwin Perez SS-2B AA (minor league FA)

D’Arby Myers OF AA (minor league FA) *

Garrett Olson LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Thomas LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Mike Ekstrom RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Kyler Newby RHP AA (minor league FA)

Yeiper Castillo RHP A (minor league FA) *

 

Jermaine Mitchell

Jermaine Mitchell

- MINOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Kila Ka’aihue 1B AAA (minor league FA signed with AZ)

Jermaine Mitchell OF AAA (minor league FA signed with PHI) *

Blake Lalli C AAA (minor league FA signed with MIL)

Jason Jaramillo C AAA (minor league FA)

Wes Timmons IF AAA (minor league FA)

Matt Rizzotti 1B AA (minor league FA)

Leonardo Gil 3B AA (minor league FA)

A.J. Kirby-Jones 1B A (traded to SD)

Yordy Cabrera SS A (traded to MIA)

Michael Gilmartin SS-2B A (minor league Rule 5 draftee by CIN) *

Eliezer Mesa OF A (minor league Rule 5 draftee by DET) *

Graham Godfrey RHP AAA (traded to BOS) *

Rich Thompson RHP AAA (minor league FA signed with TOR) *

Jeremy Accardo RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Merkin Valdez RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Souza RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Fabio Castro LHP AA (minor league FA)

Beau Jones LHP AA (minor league FA)

Matt McSwain RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jonathan Ortiz RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jose Guzman RHP AA (minor league FA)

Zach Thornton RHP A (traded to PITT)

 

Adam Rosales

Adam Rosales

RETURNING FREE AGENTS/ARB ELIGIBLES/OPTIONS

Daric Barton 1B (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Adam Rosales IF (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Pat Neshek RHP (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Bartolo Colon RHP (Free Agent Re-Signed)

Grant Balfour RHP (Option Renewed)

 

RETURNING ARB ELIGIBLES

Seth Smith OF (Arb Eligible)

Brandon Moss 1B (Arb Eligible)

George Kottaras C (Arb Eligible)

Jerry Blevins LHP (Arb Eligible)

Chris Resop RHP (Arb Eligible)

 

UNSIGNED MLB FREE AGENTS

Brandon Inge 3B (MLB Free Agent)

Dallas Braden LHP (MLB Free Agent)

Joey Devine RHP (MLB Free Agent)

 

COMING & GOING

Sandy Rosario RHP (traded from BOS – designated for assignment)

 

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A’s Major & Minor League Off-Season Transactions – Dec. 1 Update

Jonny Gomes - All dressed up, with somewhere to go

Jonny Gomes: All dressed up, with somewhere to go.

With a flurry of activity on Friday just ahead of Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline and with the Winter Meetings starting on Monday in Nashville, it seems like a good time to recap all the A’s major and minor league transactions from the end of the season through the non-tender deadline of November 30th. The most significant changes to affect the major league roster so far this off-season have been Jonny Gomes signing with Boston, the Chris Young/Cliff Pennington trade with Arizona, as well as the Tyson Ross trade with San Diego. These deals, along with a few other minor moves, have basically resulted in Chris Young replacing Jonny Gomes in the lineup and Chris Resop replacing Jim Miller in the bullpen, with Andy Parrino replacing Brandon Hicks and Andrew Werner replacing Tyson Ross as guys who’ll probably end up spending most of their time at Sacramento while filling in in Oakland as needed.

The biggest remaining question mark for the A’s is who will replace Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew as the team’s starting shortstop in 2013. The two combined to start 129 games at shortstop for the A’s in 2012. Right now, with Pennington having been traded to Arizona and Drew a free agent, the position’s a bit of a black hole. But the assumption is that the A’s will either make a deal for a shortstop (possibly at the Winter Meetings), sign one on the free agent market (Marco Scutaro, Ronny Cedeno, Cesar Izturis, Jason Bartlett, Alex Gonzalez), or possibly even re-sign Drew if the market for him doesn’t end up getting too hot.

Of course, the team has already picked up closer Grant Balfour’s option, re-signed free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon, and re-signed arbitration eligible players Pat Neshek, Adam Rosales and Daric Barton. For those about to panic, don’t worry, Barton’s contract is not guaranteed, so he can be cut anytime and the A’s won’t owe him another dime. As of Friday night, there was no official word as to whether or not the team had offered contracts to their five remaining arbitration eligible players – outfielder Seth Smith, first baseman Brandon Moss, catcher George Kottaras, left-hander Jerry Blevins and recently-acquired right-hander Chris Resop – but the assumption is that no news is good news and the fact that we didn’t hear anything probably means that the A’s made offers to all these players and thus will retain the rights to them all.

Brandon McCarthy - To leave or not to leave, that is the question

Brandon McCarthy: To leave or not to leave, that is the question.

Of the team’s five remaining major league free agents, two – third baseman Brandon Inge and right-hander Joey Devine – can be expected to move on, while the jury is still out on the remaining three. As mentioned, shortstop Stephen Drew could return if he doesn’t find too many other tempting offers out there. There seems to be some mutual interest in a return engagement for Brandon McCarthy, but other teams are said to be sniffing around the right-hander as well. Oft-injured left-hander Dallas Braden is also on the market, and it’s possible that the northern California boy could sign an incentive-laden deal to stick around the old neighborhood.

As for the A’s minor league transactions, the most significant loss has probably been the signing of minor league free agent first baseman Kila Ka’aihue by Arizona. The most significant minor league addition by the A’s so far has probably been the signing of third baseman/first baseman Scott Moore who signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. The left-handed hitter made it into 72 games with the Astros in 2012, playing mainly at third base and first base, but he also got in some time at second base and in the outfield. The A’s are likely to make many more minor league signings as the off-season unfolds, though re-signing any of their own remaining minor league free agents is probably unlikely.

Any players who’ve recently been taking up space on the 40-man roster are listed below under Major League transactions, while all other players are listed under Minor League transactions. For all the minor league players, I’ve listed their primary positions as well as the level they spent the most time at in 2012. Just click on any player’s name to see their Baseball-Reference stats page…

 

Cliff Pennington

Cliff Pennington

MAJOR LEAGUE CHANGES

-Jonny Gomes OF / +Chris Young OF

-Cliff Pennington SS / +TBD SS

-Brandon Hicks IF / +Andy Parrino IF

-Jim Miller RHP / +Chris Resop RHP

-Tyson Ross RHP / +Andrew Werner LHP

 

Chris Young

Chris Young

+ MAJOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Chris Young OF (traded from AZ)

Andy Parrino IF (traded from SD)

Chris Resop RHP (traded from PITT)

Andrew Werner LHP (traded from SD)

 

- MAJOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes OF (FA signed with BOS)

Cliff Pennington SS (traded to AZ)

Brandon Hicks IF (traded to NYM)

Jim Miller RHP (claimed by NYY)

Tyson Ross RHP (traded to SD)

 

+ MINOR LEAGUE ADDITIONS

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Scott Moore 3B-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Luke Montz C-1B AAA (minor league FA)

Darwin Perez SS-2B AA (minor league FA)

Garrett Olson LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Thomas LHP AAA (minor league FA)

Mike Ekstrom RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Kyler Newby RHP AA (minor league FA)

 

- MINOR LEAGUE SUBTRACTIONS

Kila Ka'aihue

Kila Ka’aihue

Kila Ka’aihue 1B AAA (minor league FA signed with AZ)

Jermaine Mitchell OF AAA (minor league FA)

Wes Timmons IF AAA (minor league FA)

Jason Jaramillo C AAA (minor league FA)

Blake Lalli C AAA (minor league FA signed with MIL)

Matt Rizzotti 1B AA (minor league FA)

Leonardo Gil 3B AA (minor league FA)

A.J. Kirby-Jones 1B A (traded to SD)

Yordy Cabrera SS A (traded to MIA)

Yordy Cabrera

Yordy Cabrera

Jeremy Accardo RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Rich Thompson RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Merkin Valdez RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Justin Souza RHP AAA (minor league FA)

Fabio Castro LHP AA (minor league FA)

Beau Jones LHP AA (minor league FA)

Matt McSwain RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jonathan Ortiz RHP AA (minor league FA)

Jose Guzman RHP AA (minor league FA)

Zach Thornton RHP A (traded to PITT)

Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour

 

RETURNING FREE AGENTS/ARB ELIGIBLES/OPTIONS

Daric Barton 1B (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Adam Rosales IF (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Pat Neshek RHP (Arb Eligible Re-Signed)

Bartolo Colon RHP (Free Agent Re-Signed)

Grant Balfour RHP (Option Renewed)

 

Seth Smith

Seth Smith

LIKELY RETURNING ARB ELIGIBLES

Seth Smith OF (Arb Eligible)

Brandon Moss 1B (Arb Eligible)

George Kottaras C (Arb Eligible)

Jerry Blevins LHP (Arb Eligible)

Chris Resop RHP (Arb Eligible)

 

UNSIGNED MLB FREE AGENTS

Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew

Stephen Drew SS (MLB Free Agent)

Brandon Inge 3B (MLB Free Agent)

Brandon McCarthy RHP (MLB Free Agent)

Dallas Braden LHP (MLB Free Agent)

Joey Devine RHP (MLB Free Agent)

 

COMING & GOING

Sandy Rosario RHP (traded from BOS – designated for assignment)

 

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