Healy fired up to receive his Texas League championship ring

Healy fired up to receive his Texas League championship ring

MESA, Ariz. — He may be firmly entrenched with the A’s now, but Ryon Healy doesn’t forget his roots.

No one will wear a bigger smile Monday night than Healy, when the A’s 2016 Double-A Midland squad will be honored with rings for winning last year’s Texas League championship. The corner infielder spent just 36 games with the Rockhounds before being promoted to Triple-A and, by the All-Star break, to the majors. But getting reunited with his Midland teammates and receiving the honor means a lot to him.

“I texted the entire coaching staff and even the GM after they won, when I was in the big leagues, and just said, ‘Congratulations, don’t forget about me though. I still want a ring,’” Healy said. “A lot of those guys are in the clubhouse today, and now a lot of them are good friends of mine.”

It’s a large group that will be honored at Hohokam Stadium before the A’s host the Arizona Diamondbacks. There are players currently in major league camp, such as Healy and third baseman Matt Chapman. Many others are being invited over from minor league camp for the ceremony. That includes infielder Franklin Barreto, starting pitcher Daniel Gossett and outfielder Danny Oh, who is actually in uniform for Oakland on Monday night as an extra providing depth on the bench.

“I’m proud of all the guys, and we played for a great manager and coaching staff,” said Oh, who played collegiately at Cal. “For me, it’s going to be my first professional ring, so it’s going to be pretty special for me. Just to do it with the guys I played with all year, it’s just a special thing for us. It’s gonna be a good night.”

A’s manager Bob Melvin does not downplay what Midland has accomplished. The Rockhounds have won three titles in a row, with Ryan Christenson managing the past two. Christenson was promoted to manage Triple-A Nashville this season.

“Three years in a row, that’s pretty good,” Melvin said. “We’ll be out here for that. They should be excited about it, as are we. They know that our organization celebrates the guys that have won, and not only do we look at it at the big league level, but certainly in development. We’ve had a lot of winning here recently, and those are guys we’re expecting to be in the big leagues soon as well.”

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.