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Athletics' Darell Hernaiz: Sent to Oakland
Hernaiz and minor-league pitcher Kyle Virbitsky were traded from the Orioles to the Athletics on Thursday in exchange for left-hander Cole Irvin, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Hernaiz was one of Baltimore's top prospects and headlines the return for Irvin, who should slot in near the top of the rotation. Hernaiz opened the 2022 campaign at the Single-A level but finished the year with a brief run at Double-A. The 21-year-old had a .273/.341/.438 slash line with 12 home runs and 32 stolen bases across the three levels, and he could make his way to Triple-A at some point in 2023 for Oakland.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Jesus Aguilar: Signing deal with A's
Aguilar is set to sign a contract with the Athletics, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
It's a one-year, $3 million deal, adds USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Aguilar largely struggled at the dish for both the Marlins and Orioles in 2022, ultimately finishing with a .235/.281/.379 slash line over 507 plate appearances. The 32-year-old first baseman/DH has some pop left in his bat, however, and appears to have picked the right spot in Oakland to maximize his potential for playing time in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Joe Wieland: Gets deal from Athletics
Wieland signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Thursday.
We have to go all the way back to 2016 for the last big-league action for Wieland, who turns 33 years old this weekend. He pitched in Japan and an independent ball for a few years before appearing in eight games in the minors with the Rays in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Austin Pruitt: Rejoins Oakland on MiLB deal
Pruitt signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Sunday.
Pruitt hit free agency after being outrighted off Oakland's 40-man roster in November, but he's back with the organization on a minor-league deal. The 33-year-old appeared in 39 big-league games last season and had a 4.23 ERA across 55.1 innings, and he will likely receive an invitation to major-league spring training.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Receives $1.9 million for 2023
Blackburn (finger) agreed to a one-year, $1.9 million contract with the A's on Friday to avoid arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Blackburn enjoyed a breakout early in 2022 with a 2.26 ERA through his first 13 starts, but he struggled after he suffered a finger injury in July before being shut down for the season. The 29-year-old should be healthy for the start of spring training and will open 2023 as a key piece in Oakland's rotation.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Tony Kemp: Reaches deal for 2023
Kemp agreed to a one-year, $3.725 million contract with the A's on Friday to avoid arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 31-year-old made just over $1 million last season, and he'll more than triple that figure in 2023, which is his final year of arbitration eligibility. Kemp played in a career-high 147 games last year and had a .235/.307/.334 slash line with seven home runs, 46 RBI and 11 stolen bases.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Ramon Laureano: Settles with Oakland
Laureano agreed to a one-year, $3.55 million contract with the Athletics on Friday to avoid arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Laureano missed the early part of last season while serving a PED suspension and missed the final couple weeks of the campaign with hamstring and hip issues. The 28-year-old struggled when healthy with a .211/.287/.376 slash line in 94 games, but he'll nonetheless receive a raise for his first year of arbitration eligibility.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Shintaro Fujinami: Lands in Oakland
Fujinami agreed Wednesday with the Athletics on a one-year contract, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
According to Passan, the 28-year-old right-hander is expected to slot into the Oakland rotation while he makes the jump to MLB after spending the past 10 seasons in his native Japan with Nippon Professional Baseball's Hanshin Tigers. Fujinami stands at imposing 6-foot-6 and sports an upper-90s fastball that can touch the triple digits, but he didn't dominate against NPB competition to the extent his skill set might suggest. While moving between the rotation and bullpen in 2022 for Hanshin, he turned in a 3.38 ERA and struck out 23.6 percent of the batters he faced. He was able to trim his walk rate to a palatable 7.5 percent after often struggling with his control in his prior seasons with Japan, but the move to MLB could make it difficult to maintain that improvement while he faces higher-caliber hitters.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Zach Logue: Designated for assignment
Logue was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Wednesday.
Logue made his major-league debut in 2022 and posted a 6.79 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 57 innings over 14 appearances (10 starts) with the Athletics. He was sent down in September and will be cast off the 40-man roster after Oakland signed Drew Rucinski.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Jake Fishman: Receives camp invite
Fishman signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Tuesday and has been invited to big-league spring training.
The 27-year-old made seven appearances for the Marlins in his first taste of the big leagues in 2022, and he allowed five earned runs with 6:0 K:BB over 11 innings. Fishman faces long odds to make Oakland's Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Drew Rucinski: Heading to Oakland
Rucinski agreed to a one-year contract with the Athletics on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, Rucinski's deal is for $3 million in 2023 and contains a $5 million club option for 2024.
Rucinski hasn't pitched in affiliated ball since 2018 and spent the past four years in the Korea Baseball Organization, where he had a 3.06 ERA across 121 starts. He'll turn 34 years old Dec. 30 and should have a chance to slot into the back end of Oakland's rotation to open 2023.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Garrett Williams: Joins Oakland on MiLB deal
Williams signed a minor-league contract with the A's on Friday, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.
Williams spent the past couple seasons in the Cardinals organization and elected free agency after he posted a 6.52 ERA at the Triple-A level in 2022. The 28-year-old will provide organizational pitching depth for Oakland.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Cody Thomas: Designated for assignment
Thomas was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Friday, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.
As a result of the Athletics signing Trevor May to a contract Friday, Thomas was removed from the 40-man roster. The 28-year-old will now be subject to waivers. Thomas produced a .267 batting average with one run scored over 30 at-bats in 10 games with Oakland in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Trevor May: Inks deal with Oakland
May agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the A's on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
May missed a chunk of last season with an arm injury and had a 5.04 ERA across 25 innings, but he was still able to secure a solid deal for 2023. The 33-year-old was a dependable bullpen piece over the previous four campaigns with a 3.33 ERA and 32.3 percent strikeout rate, plus 11 saves and 46 holds.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Deolis Guerra: Returns to Oakland
Guerra (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Monday.
Guerra was a fairly prominent contributor out of the Oakland bullpen in 2021, maintaining a 4.11 ERA and 1.11 WHIP across 65.2 innings. However, Guerra underwent Tommy John surgery in April and missed the entire 2022 season. He was non-tendered by the club earlier in the offseason and will now have to earn back his spot on the 40-man roster once healthy.... See More ... See Less
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