A's agree to terms with Yonder Alonso on one-year contract

A's agree to terms with Yonder Alonso on one-year contract

The Oakland A’s avoided arbitration with first baseman Yonder Alonso when they agreed to terms with him on a one-year contract for the 2017 season, the club announced on Friday. 

The deal is worth a guaranteed $4 million.

The A’s also announced that they have tendered contracts to all remaining players on their roster.  In addition, infielder Rangel Ravelo was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville and will be a non-roster invitee with the A’s this spring.

Alonso batted .253 with 34 doubles, seven home runs and 56 RBI in 156 games in his first season with Oakland last year.  He ranked second among American League first baseman with a .9967 fielding percentage, which was the second best mark by a first baseman in Oakland history to Mark McGwire’s .9969 in 1991.  The 29-year-old left-handed hitter batted .302 with six of his seven home runs with runners on base and went 7-for-11 (.636) with 13 RBI with the bases loaded.  Alonso made 118 of his 133 starts against right-handed pitchers and batted .257 against righties compared to .227 against lefties.

Ravelo was designated for assignment Wednesday when the A’s signed Matt Joyce.  He spent the entire 2016 season at Triple-A Nashville, where he batted .262 with eight home runs and 54 RBI in 106 games.

The A’s have four remaining arbitration eligible players on their roster: Khris Davis, Sonny Gray, Liam Hendriks and Stephen Vogt.

Oakland A's media services contributed to this story

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.