OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s selected outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A Nashville and optioned outfielder Mark Canha to Nashville, the club announced Saturday. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s transferred Jake Smolinski to the 60-day disabled list.
Decker was batting .387 over his first eight games with Nashville and added five walks for a .472 on-base percentage. He went 4-for-4 on April 7 at Round Rock and 3-for-5 against the Express the next day. The 27-year-old left-handed hitter was a non-roster invitee with the A’s this spring and hit .333 in 22 games while tying for the team lead in doubles (6). Decker has spent parts of each of the previous four seasons in the majors with San Diego (2013), Pittsburgh (2014-15) and Tampa Bay (2016) and is a .162 career hitter with one home run and four RBI in 60 games.
Canha was 2-for-19 (.105) with a double in six games with the A’s. He started four games in right field and one at designated hitter. Canha also batted .186 with no home runs and three RBI in 22 games this spring.
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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.