OAKLAND -- The A's had already alluded to the fact Bartolo Colon was good to start on Tuesday, A's manager Bob Melvin wasn't shy about it, it was even in the game notes on Monday. That news is now official. The right-handed veteran has been out since June 18 with a strained right oblique muscle.What was kept secret however, is who the A's were going to ship out to make room for Colon. What we now know is that player will be relief pitcher Brian Fuentes. The A's have designated the left-handed veteran for assignment. He has only pitched twice in the team's last fifteen games. He was 0-2 with a 19.50 ERA over his past seven appearances. Fuentes was signed to a two-year contract worth 10.5M prior to the 2011 season. The team had a 6.5M club option for 2013 with a 500,000 buyout. Fuentes, 36, was 2-2 in 2012 with a 6.84 ERA. He had three blown saves. Colon is 6-7 with 4.22 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 16 walks this season. He is 8-11 with a 4.08 ERA in 24 career starts against the Red Sox.
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.