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Despite numbers, A's pulling Cespedes from DH duty

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Despite numbers, A's pulling Cespedes from DH duty

OAKLAND -- Despite the splits suggesting A's manager to do otherwise, Bob Melvin has Yoenis Cespedes tabbed as Wednesday's starting left fielder and Seth Smith as the designated hitter.

"He is quite the athlete," Bob Melvin said of Cespedes. "You don't want to just limit him to DHing."

Unless, of course, he's hitting .095 points better when he doesn't have to play defense.

Cespedes is batting .357 as the designated hitter this year, and he earned A.L. Player of the Week honors after an 8-for-14 series in Minnesota when he hit two home runs, a double, scored five times and knocked in six runs in the three-game sweep. He's batting .262 in 44 games as an outfielder.

"We have plenty of guys that can play out there," Melvin acknowledged of his fluid outfield.

One such guy is Seth Smith, who is batting .294 as an outfielder this year, but hasn't produced as the DH, hitting .185 in 25 games there this season.

"There are times when Seth is DHing, and he's just going to have to deal with it," Melvin said.

If that's the case, the A's will deal with the .185 hitting version of Smith, and the .262 version of Cespedes. When switched, the pair is batting a combined .204 points higher.

One thing is certain. Cespedes needs to be in the lineup somewhere. The A's are 34-24 when he plays, and 12-20 with a lineup bereft of their Cuban.

Cespedes had a few troubles early in the season navigating the vacuous Oakland outfield, and was switched from center field to left field as a result.

Not known for his defensive ability to track deep balls, and after strains to muscles in his hamstring and hand this year, Cespedes could be better suited on this A's roster to remain the designated hitter.

Where are you playing him?

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

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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

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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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