A's grooming RHP Straily for majors


A's grooming RHP Straily for majors

SACRAMENTO -- Dan Straily is seeing the early success of his former River Cats roommate A.J. Griffin with the A's, and he knows he could be just around the corner from joining him. The right-handed pitcher appears to be a good find for the A's. He was drafted by Oakland in the 24th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.Straily was promoted from Double-A Midland -- where he was selected as a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star this year -- to Sacramento on June 21. He has made two starts for the River Cats totaling 13 innings, with just two earned runs, 16 strikeouts and five walks. He had a 3.38 ERA with Midland this season, and was 3-4 with 108 strikeouts and 23 walks at the time of his promotion.He hasn't been with Sacramento long, but he has already made a strong impression on his coaches."He has big league stuff without a doubt," River Cats pitching coach Scott Emerson said. "The guy has got four weapons that are major league caliber."Straily, 23, is listed at six-foot-two, 220-pounds but he doesn't look that big. What is large is his repertoire on the mound and his potential."When he's got his good fastball command going, the sky is the limit for this guy," Emerson said. "He's got a really good top-to-bottom curveball, late slider, and a devastating changeup."The River Cats coaches believe it is just a matter of getting him experience before he could be ready for the big leagues. He appears to be well on the way."So far, so good," River Cats manager Darren Bush said. "He is aggressive, he attacks the hitters, he's got a good pitch mix, so that's good."Straily may be able to join his good friend Griffin again some time in the near future -- this time in the big leagues.

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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