Report: A's one of five teams to make offer to Encarnacion

Report: A's one of five teams to make offer to Encarnacion

The A's are on the lake and they are hoping to reel in a big fish.

As rumors swirl about their interest in Edwin Encarnacion, they are one of five teams to have reportedly made an offer to the free agent first baseman.

The A's, Indians, Rangers, Astros and Blue Jays have all made multi-year offers to Encarnacion, and Oakland, Texas and Cleveland are the teams most likely to land the slugger, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Per the report, a few of the offers feature an opt-out clause after the first year. It's not clear which teams have offered this clause.

The 33-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit 42 home runs and was tied with the American League lead with 127 RBI. He split time between first base and designated hitter in 2016.

Over the last five season, Encarnacion has averaged 29 doubles, 39 home runs and 110 RBI for the Blue Jays.

Encarnacion made $10 million each of the last two seasons and reportedly turned down a four-year, $80 million offer from Toronto before free agency began.

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.