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

Hiro

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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Wednesday, August 1st: Cats, Hounds and Bees All Claim Clutch Wins on Wednesday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds designated hitter Matt Rizzotti (3 for 6 / 2 Doubles / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Memphis Redbirds           2

Sacramento River Cats  5

(WP – Leon 3-0 / 1.83)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Daric Barton

(2 for 3 / Home Run / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: With Sacramento down by a run, first baseman Daric Barton blasted his 7th home run for the River Cats to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. Outfielder Collin Cowgill later singled in the go-ahead run, and third baseman Josh Donaldson doubled in 2 insurance runs. Starter Graham Godfrey had another solid outing, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits while striking out 4 over 6 innings of work, but right-hander Arnold Leon picked up the win with 2 innings in relief.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  6

Frisco RoughRiders      5

(WP – McSwain 1-0 / 4.50)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Rizzotti

(3 for 6 / 2 Doubles / Home Run / 3 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Matt Rizzotti had a big night for Midland, blasting a home run and 2 doubles and driving in 3 runs, including the tying run in the 6th inning and the go-ahead run in the 8th inning. Frisco came back to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th against right-hander Jonathan Ortiz, but outfielder Eliezer Mesa drove in third baseman Leonardo Gil for the winning run in the 12th. Starter Shawn Haviland allowed 4 runs and struck out 5 over 5 innings of work on Wednesday.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

Lancaster JetHawks  15

Stockton Ports          2

(LP – Hassebrock 2-5 / 8.08)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher A.J. Huttenlocker

(3 IP / 0 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: After turning in one of his better outings since returning from the disabled list his last time out, right-hander Blake Hassebrock had a much rougher time of it on Wednesday. With the help of a 2-out error by first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones, Hassebrock surrendered 6 runs, 2 earned, on 4 hits over just 2/3 of an inning to take his 5th loss. Left-hander A.J. Huttenlocker struck out 4 in 3 scoreless innings of relief, and third baseman B.A. Vollmuth had 2 hits, including a double, and drove in a run but also committed 2 errors in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                3

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers  1

(WP – Frankoff 3-7 / 5.27)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Aaron Shipman

(Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: With the game tied 1-1, outfielder Aaron Shipman tripled in the winning run in the top of the 9th inning for the Bees, while first baseman Max Muncy doubled and homered earlier in the game. Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing just 1 run and striking out 8 over 6 innings of work, but right-hander Seth Frankoff picked up the win with 2 scorless innings in relief.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Mahoning Valley Scrappers  6

Vermont Lake Monsters     1

(LP – Ynoa 0-1 / 7.71)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder John Wooten

(Double / RBI)

 

 

Worth Noting: In his debut with Vermont, former top prospect Michael Ynoa had a rocky outing, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits and 2 walks over 2 1/3 innings to take the loss. Outfielder John Wooten doubled and drove in Vermont’s only run in the loss. The team’s lineup should be getting a bit of a boost with the arrival of this year’s top draft pick, shortstop Addison Russell.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  4

AZL Brewers    2

(WP – Paulino 4-2 / 4.19)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Gregory Paulino

(6 IP / 0 ER / 6 K / Win)

Worth Noting: Starter Gregory Paulino struck out 6 over 6 scoreless innings to earn his 4th win, while last night’s hero, catcher Phil Pohl, hit his 2nd homer in 2 nights and drove in a pair of runs in the win.

 

Thursday’s Games:

Memphis @ Sacramento – 7:05pm PT

Midland @ Frisco – 7:00pm CT

Lancaster @ Stockton – 7:05pm PT

Burlington @ Wisconsin – 12:05pm CT

Mahoning Valley @ Vermont – 7:05pm ET

AZL Brewers @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

 

 

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Saturday, July 21st: Hounds Win while All Others Fall on Saturday

 

A’s Farmhand Of The Day

Midland RockHounds designated hitter Matt Rizzotti (3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (TRIPLE-A)

Tucson Padres                 8

Sacramento River Cats  4

(LP – Godfrey 9-1 / 3.29)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Anthony Recker

(2 for 4 / Double / 1 RBI / 2 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Graham Godfrey allowed 6 runs over 5 1/3 innings to take his 1st loss of the season against 9 wins. Catcher Anthony Recker singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice, while second baseman Wes Timmons, in his first game back in over a month, collected 2 hits and drove in a pair of runs.

 

TEXAS LEAGUE (DOUBLE-A)

Midland RockHounds  8

San Antonio Missions   3

(WP – Smith 6-6 / 4.39)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Matt Rizzotti

(3 for 4 / Home Run / 2 RBIs / 3 Runs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Designated hitter Matt Rizzotti, who was recently signed by the A’s after being cut lose by Philadelphia, had his biggest game so far for the RockHounds, collecting 3 hits, including his 1st home run for the team, while driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 times. Starter Murphy Smith allowed 2 runs over 5 innings to earn his 6th win.

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE (HIGH-A)

High Desert Mavericks  8

Stockton Ports            3

(LP – Long 3-1 / 3.23)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Whitaker

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Left-hander Brett Anderson made his first rehab start on Saturday, and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits over 2 innings of work, while right-hander Nate Long gave up 3 runs, 2 earned, over 2 innings to take the loss. Outfielder Josh Whitaker homered in the 3rd inning to briefly give the Ports the lead, while outfielder Dusty Robinson collected 2 doubles, and first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones doubled and drove in a run in the loss.

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE (CLASS-A)

Burlington Bees                0

West Michigan Whitecaps  5

(LP – Granier 10-6 / 3.14)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Drew Granier

(7 IP / 1 ER / 4 K)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Drew Granier had another solid outing, allowing 1 run on just 3 hits over 7 innings but still took the loss. Burlington managed only 5 hits in the game, 2 off the bat of catcher Nick Rickles who doubled for the Bees only extra base hit of the night.

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE (CLASS-A SHORT-SEASON)

Vermont Lake Monsters  3

Tri-City ValleyCats            7

(LP – Avila 0-3 / 4.41)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Second Baseman Chris Bostick

(Home Run)

 

 

Worth Noting: Second baseman Chris Bostick homered in the top of the 1st inning to briefly give Vermont the lead, while shortstop Wilfredo Solano doubled in 2 runs in the 9th. Starter Andres Avila had a rough outing, allowing 7 runs, 5 earned, over 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE (ROOKIE SHORT-SEASON)

AZL Athletics  4

AZL Giants       8

(LP – Ynoa 0-1 / 7.71)

 

Farmhand Of The Game:

Third Baseman Daniel Robertson

(1 for 3 / 2 RBIs)

 

 

Worth Noting: Starter Michael Ynoa allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 2 innings of work to take the loss, while third baseman Daniel Robertson drove in 2 runs on the night.

 

Sunday’s Games:

Tucson @ Sacramento – 1:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Midland @ San Antonio – 6:05pm CT

(Gray vs. Beard)

HighDesert @ Stockton – 6:05pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Burlington @ West Michigan – 12:00pm CT

(TBD vs. TBD)

Vermont @ Tri-City – 5:00pm ET

(TBD vs. TBD)

AZL Mariners @ AZL Athletics – 7:00pm PT

(TBD vs. TBD)

 

 

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