ARLINGTON -- In 2004, Travis Blackley dressed up as a Hooter's girl for the Seattle Mariners' rookie dress-up day. In 2012 when the A's were deliberating about who was to dress up for rookie hazing, of course, Blackley's name didn't come up. He wasn't a rookie.
Or so we thought.
Then Wednesday, Elias Sports Bureau announced that Blackley's service time mistakenly included a full year from when he was on the disabled list -- in 2005. He entered this season with 34 and two-third innings, and one year and 42 days of time -- making him a rookie. As he walked around the clubhouse he was ribbed by his teammates. He won't be forced to dress up in the green wrestling singlets that 17 other A's players had to wear on the trip to New York, though it was up for debate briefly. "When we were talking about it in the outfield I was saying 'If you need me to do it I'll do it.' I would have done it with everybody but by myself, that's a bit wrong." Blackley, 29, took the news in stride. He doesn't think it's worth making a big deal about. He was far more concerned with his Thursday start against the Rangers in Arlington. "I don't see what the big deal is we are here to play playoff baseball. I'm not really caring too much." Now 12 of Oakland's 19 pitchers are rookies which ties an Oakland record set in 2009. The A's have used 19 rookies overall which is the second most in Oakland history (21 in 2008). Rookie pitchers have now combined to set an Oakland record with 49 wins, and rookies have combined for 94 starts which is second-most in Oakland history.
OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.
Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.
Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
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In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.
Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.
Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.
During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.
The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.
Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.
Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.
The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.