The Atlanta Braves announced their coaching staff for next season on Tuesday morning, revealing that former A's coach Ron Washington will head east to become the Braves third-base coach.
"This is a unique professional opportunity for Wash, which allows him to be closer to his family in New Orleans," A's executive vice president Billy Beane said in a statement. "His professionalism and enthusiasm have left an indelible mark on everyone in our organization. We are all excited for him and wish him the best."
"Sad to see Ron Wash go," Danny Valencia tweeted. "Wow. Honestly one of the hardest working coaches I've ever played for."
Washington, 64, spent the past two seasons with the A's after serving as manager of the Texas Rangers. He previously coached first and third base for the A's from 1996-2006.
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.
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.