Oakland has been a great place for Andrew Bailey to begin his all-star career, but if the frequency his name is being bandied about in trade rumors is any indication, he might not be pitching in Green and Gold much longer.
The A's are receiving multiple calls this offseason about the closer who has never blown a save in the second half of an MLB season.
The Rangers recently signed relief pitcher Joe Nathan, but they aren't done adding to their bullpen, FoxSports.com is reporting. After posting a 7.43 ERA in a losing effort in the World Series, the Rangers front office vowed to build a strength in the bullpen.
Bailey is a popular target. The Red Sox, Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Phillies have also been linked to the A's closer.
The A's have indicated they are interested in the Reds' 24-year-old utility prospect Yonder Alonso, but Alonso might be too high an asking price for Cincinnati.
The Phillies were primarily linked to Bailey before they signed relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon.
Bailey made 465K in 2011, and is entering his arbitration years in 2012.
After being named an All-Star in his first two seasons, Bailey struggled with injury in 2011, missing the beginning of the season with a forearm strain.
Bailey, 27, was Rookie of the Year in 2009 when he saved 26 games with a 1.84 ERA.
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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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.