A's deal Bailey to Boston


A's deal Bailey to Boston

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The A's have traded closer Andrew Bailey to the Red Sox. In addition to Bailey, outfielder Ryan Sweeney is headed for Boston.

The deal was first reported by ESPN's Buster Olney. The A's made a formal announcement via press release at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. Oakland will get outfielder Josh Reddick, 20-year-old infielder Miles Head and and Raul Alcantera, a 19-year-old pitcher.

Bailey, 27, is the third member of their pitching staff to depart via trade this offseason. Earlier this month, Oakland parted ways with Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez as part of a cost-cutting effort. Bailey reacts to the trade

Bailey missed two months of the 2011 season wtih a forearm strain and elbow inflammation but the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star still finished with 24 saves, including converting his final 15 opportunities.

Reddick posted a .280 batting average in 87 games for Boston in 2011. He had 18 doubles and seven homers. He was drafted by Boston in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB Draft and made his big-league debut on July 31, 2009.

Reddick started 2011 in Triple-A Pawtucket, but was recalled in May 26, 2011 after Darnell McDonald was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad. The 24-year-old was able to stay in the majors after the Red Sox designated Cameron for assignment on June 29, 2011.

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Head hit .299 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI in 129 games with the Red Sox two Single-A affiliates at Greenville and Salem. He ranked seventh among all Single-A hitters in total bases (255) and tied for 10th in doubles (37) and extra base hits (61). The 20-year old right-handed hitter was originally selected by Boston in the 26th round of the 2009 draft.

Alcantara combined for a 1-4 record and a 2.20 ERA in 13 starts with Single-A Lowell and the Red Sox affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. He struck out 50 and walked just 12 while holding the opposition to a .208 batting average. The right-hander did not allow a home run in 65.1 innings. Alcantara was originally signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2009.

Bailey is from New Jersey but spends his offseasons in New England. He lives outside of New Haven, Conn., where his wife grew up.

He has 75 saves and a 2.07 ERA over the past three seasons. He is scheduled to earn 465,000 this year.

A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017


A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

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.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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