A's ship Overton to Mariners for minor league catcher

A's ship Overton to Mariners for minor league catcher

The A’s traded lefty Dillon Overton to Seattle on Thursday, one day after he was designated for assignment to clear roster space for Adam Rosales.

In return the Mariners sent Oakland minor league catcher Jason Goldstein, a ninth-round pick in last June’s draft out of the University of Illinois.

Overton began last season as the A’s No. 8 prospect as ranked by Baseball America. He enjoyed a strong season with Triple-A Nashville and made his major league debut in June. But Overton struggled over four stints with the big club, going 1-3 with an 11.47 ERA in seven games (five starts). He also allowed 12 home runs in 24 1/3 innings, a rate of 4.4 homers per nine innings that ranked as the highest in major league history for a pitcher with more than 20 innings pitched.

Goldstein hit .279 with no homers and six RBI in 19 games split between rookie ball and short-season Single A. His pro debut was delayed after the draft due to a torn hamstring.

Overton is headed to an AL West rival after it appeared at this time last year that he might be a future piece of the A’s rotation. But young starting pitching appears to be one of Oakland’s biggest strengths after they’ve built up that area through the draft and numerous trades.

Sean Manaea is expected to help anchor this year’s rotation in his second season. Jharel Cotton has a great shot at the rotation after a promising September. Another wave of prospects — including lefty A.J. Puk and right-handers Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas and Daniel Gossett — all dot the A’s most recent top-10 prospects list by Baseball America.

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.