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Reddick deserves Gold Glove recognition

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Reddick deserves Gold Glove recognition

ANAHEIM -- The A's may have much more on their minds than individual achievements, but as a member of the media, we get the luxury of narrowing our focus. Allow me to be the first to officially write it: Josh Reddick needs to be in the Gold Glove conversation. It seems like every game Reddick does something that impresses defensively. Two such occasions stuck out on Tuesday night. With Albert Pujols batting with runners on the corners and two outs in the second inning, Reddick made a sliding catch in foul territory to take the bat out of Pujols' hands. Reddick had to range very far to make the grab. He was in a full sprint as he slid into the barrier to make the snag. In the first inning Pujols also came up with runners on the corners. He hit a shallow fly ball to right field that Reddick caught cleanly. Mike Trout, arguably the fastest runner in baseball, was on third base and he didn't even think to challenge Reddick's throwing arm. If the fastest runner in baseball isn't going to challenge Reddick than you know the league is taking notice. He is second in the major leagues with 14 outfield assists, and currently has the fifth-highest single season total in Oakland history since Dwayne Murphy in 1985. You'd think that is a good thing, but in Reddick's mind it is sort of a problem."It's a great feeling that nobody does want to run on me," Reddick said. "But at the same time it kind of stinks because I want people to run, I want to throw people out."Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur leads Major League Baseball with 18 outfield assists. Reddick is surprised people keep challenging his fellow right fielder. He might be a little envious. "I've come out of no where in throwing people out and you have a guy like Francoeur that's been doing it for years and people are still running on him," Reddick said. "He's still leading the league in outfield assists no matter what." The outfield assists stick out because they are easy to track statistically. Reddick is getting it done in a myriad of ways though, not just with his howitzer for a throwing arm. On July 25 in a 16-0 defeat of the Blue Jays, Reddick scaled the outfield wall and hung there to make a catch and earn himself the "Spider-Man" nickname. Two days later he plowed full speed into a wall in Camden Yards making a game-ending (and potential saving) catch in a 14-9 win over the Orioles. He lays out for the ball, he crashes into the wall, he slides, he leaps ... he takes a WWE style approach to defense. "I've just always been somebody that will do whatever it takes to catch the ball," Reddick said. "It doesn't matter if there's a brick wall or a padded wall there, as long as I catch it then it doesn't matter how much pain I'm going through."Reddick leads the A's with 28 home runs and 75 RBIs, but he is in a bit of a slump at the plate. He is hitting .077 (3-for-39) over his last 10 games, but he isn't taking his issues at the plate onto the field on defense. According to manager Bob Melvin and his teammates, that is a true testament to his character. "What he continues to do is not get down on himself offensively and contribute on the defensive end," Melvin said. "I've said he is playing Gold Glove right field and he has all year."
"Just like any young guy, your season is going to be up and down offensively and you can't take that into defense," Jonny Gomes said. "That is one thing he hasn't done. There isn't a stat for that. The guy could go 0-for-4 but save two runs, so he's definitely contributed with his defense and with offense." For Reddick, saving a run is just as important as putting one on the scoreboard. He believes if he can keep contributing in the outfield, the offense will pick back up again. "You never know what play is going to help out your team and change the outcome of the game," Reddick said. "If it's not working out on one side, then I'll just worry about the other side and take my mind off the hitting part right now." Reddick's year-long contributions in the field have done wonders for an A's pitching staff that is stacked with rookies. Starting pitcher Tommy Milone agrees that Reddick is a Gold Glove-caliber defender. As a guy that thrives on pitching to contact he can be confident knowing Reddick has his back. "It's what we've seen all year," Milone said. "He hustles to anything that's close to him. He lays out gives it his full effort and usually he'll come up with the ball."

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.