Roster technicalities can't stop Manny


Roster technicalities can't stop Manny

SACRAMENTO -- Manny Ramirez was all smiles as he worked out at Raley Field on Tuesday. He showed up early, ran in the outfield, stretched with his teammates, hit in the cage and even took time to give Yoenis Cespedes pointers in left field. He appeared comfortable with the fact he wasn't going to be joining the A's on Wednesday in Minnesota. He even seemed comfortable with the fact he wasn't technically on the team.When the gates opened to the fans, Ramirez had to leave. His 50-game suspension is over, and since his 10-game rehab stint is also over, he has to sit out until Wednesday when he can be added to the River Cats' 25-man roster. The veteran slugger who turns 40 on Wednesday, chose not to let a mere technicality get in the way of his work on the field. After all, he does have a comeback to complete. On Monday, hours before the A's announced he wouldn't be activated, Ramirez had the best game of his rehab stint. He went 2 for 4 with an RBI and nearly missed hitting a home run to the opposite field. His progress wasn't enough to get a call to the big leagues, but it did impress River Cats manager Darren Bush."Watching Manny anytime is impressive," Bush said. "He has a very nice swing. Watching him anytime is fun. He can hit, we all know that. It's just a matter of him feeling confident and feeling comfortable." In nine games with Sacramento, Ramirez has hit .250 (8-32), with three walks, and four RBIs. I had a chance to talk to him on Monday, he stressed the importance of getting in more at-bats. Bush agrees that the only was to get Ramirez ready, is a steady diet of pitches. "Talking to him he feels more comfortable every day that he goes out there," Bush said. "The more pitches he sees the better he feels." Ramirez is expected to be in the Sacramento lineup on Wednesday. The A's next day off comes on Thursday. It is a perfect time to take a travel day. We already know that Yoenis Cespedes is heading to Kansas City after Thursday's River Cats game if his hand holds up. Maybe he can bring Manny Ramirez with him.

A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017


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.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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