Highly-touted prospect Gossett to start Wednesday for A's in MLB debut

Highly-touted prospect Gossett to start Wednesday for A's in MLB debut

The A’s announced that right-hander Daniel Gossett will be called up to start Wednesday at Miami, marking the major league debut for one of the more highly touted pitching prospects in Oakland’s system.

Gossett will take the rotation spot of Andrew Triggs, who has struggled of late and went on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left hip. Triggs’ turn will come up twice in the rotation before he’s eligible to be activated June 20.

Gossett, ranked as the team’s No. 8 overall prospect by Baseball America, is 3-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 11 starts with Triple-A Nashville. He appeared in three spring training games with the A’s and gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings, receiving praise from manager Bob Melvin before he was sent to the minors.

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.