A's add Barreto, four others to 40-man roster

A's add Barreto, four others to 40-man roster

The A’s added five minor leaguers to their 40-man roster Friday to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, including shortstop and top prospect Franklin Barreto.

Friday was the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft, which takes place Dec. 8 and allows teams to pluck players from other organizations who aren’t on the 40-man roster. Infielder Yairo Munoz, ranked the A’s No. 7 prospect by, also was added to the roster along with outfielder Jaycob Brugman and pitchers Paul Blackburn and Bobby Wahl.

Oakland had 36 players on the 40-man leading into Friday, so pitcher Josh Smith was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville to clear a needed spot.

Players must be placed on the 40-man roster within four years of having signed their contract (if they were 19 or older upon signing) or within five years (if they were 18 or younger) in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

Barreto and Munoz, who alternated between shortstop and second base when both were with Double-A Midland last season, will play in the Arizona Fall League championship Saturday with the Mesa Solar Sox. Munoz, 21, also has played some third base. The 20-year-old Barreto is likely to be considered for a big league call-up sometime next season.

Brugman, 24, hit .285 with 12 homers and 87 RBI split between Midland and Nashville and could also be an option for Oakland in 2017. Blackburn, who turns 23 next month, was just acquired from Seattle on Saturday for Danny Valencia. The 24-year-old Wahl, a hard-throwing reliever, posted a 2.65 ERA with 14 saves last season while seeing time with Single-A Stockton, Midland and Nashville.

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.