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How much impact will A's public stadium survey really have?

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How much impact will A's public stadium survey really have?

In their tireless (or maybe tiresome, depending on how you view it) pursuit to keep their mythical new stadium in the news, the A’s announced a new ballpark website and survey to give fans a chance to help determine their geographical fate.

This comes with an immediate warning, namely, they had better make the result as transparent as the privacy laws allow. We don’t want any of that “Name The Stadium/On Second Thought We’ll Name The Stadium” jiggery-pokery.
 
This is a common okey-doke among nascent franchises – give the fans a say only to reveal later that the decision had long ago been made for something the fans didn’t want but that the owner did.
 
But let’s give the boys the benefit of the doubt and say they’re on the up-and-up. We’ll still need to verify their up-and-up-ness because these are not trusting times, and if president Dave Kaval was keen on opening his office on Tuesdays for anyone to walk in and blow the breeze, he can’t suddenly become Secret McNoneOfYourBusinesston on the key franchise decision of the next two decades.

Also, we'll need to know how much this survey counts toward a decision. If 50 percent want a park in a place owner John Fisher doesn’t, then how do you think being told all their votes didn’t weigh a single ounce will play with the customer base?
 
You see, nothing is worse than fake democracy, because even the most downtrodden and cynical of people take a dim view of being lied to, or perceiving same. These are mean-spirited times, and in the world of sport, an angry fan base is an absentee fan base. The A’s are all in on the stadium being the Benadryl for their skin rash, and it can never been looked upon as a a scam or a ripoff, the way the one in Arizona is.
 
So this survey better be good. And open. And meaningful. Otherwise, you wasted a perfectly good press release that could have been used on the Josh Phegley trade.

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

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A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

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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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.