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A's Lineup: Cespedes in LF, 'Shreddick' time?

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A's Lineup: Cespedes in LF, 'Shreddick' time?

The LineupJemile Weeks, 2B
Seth Smith, DH
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B
Brandon Inge, 3B
Coco Crisp, CF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Cliff Pennington, SS
Instant AnalysisAs predicted, Yoenis Cespedes makes his left field debut for the Oakland Athletics. His arm plays much better in left. He played all three of his games with the River Cats in left, and threw out a baserunner at second in his third game in that position. Cespedes has a much stronger throwing arm than Crisp, and he will have more chances to gun down runners in left, which improves the A's defense. Crisp also has better range than Cespedes in center field. It is a win-win. It is worth noting that Daric Barton hasn't been receiving much playing time lately. The A's already sent down pitcher Tyson Ross, so they will probably have to send down a position player when they clear roster space for Brandon McCarthy. Barton is a candidate to be sent down because he has one option left. He is hitting .198, with one homer and four RBIs in 37 games. Those numbers don't cut it in a corner infield position, or really any position for that matter. The other option could be Collin Cowgill, who manager Bob Melvin has been impressed with. Top of the Order Seth Smith moves up to the second spot in the batting order. He hasn't started a game there all season. Smith is a patient hitter and could work well in that spot. Smith is good at getting on-base, he walks in 14.56 percent of his plate appearances, ranking him eighth in the American League. Heart of the OrderJosh Reddick seems motivated for the game tonight. Tweeting the following: Let's end this losing streak TONIGHT. SHREDDICKTIME josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) June 1, 2012Reddick who has 14 homers, could benefit greatly with Cespedes returning to the fourth spot in the lineup. A's clean up hitters batted just .185 in Cespedes' absence. Bottom of the OrderCoco Crisp moves up to the seventh spot in the lineup. He batted eighth in the previous game. Crisp is starting to swing the bat a little better, he has three hits and a stolen base in his last two games.

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.