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Yoenis Cespedes is back

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Yoenis Cespedes is back

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The A's have activated Yoenis Cespedes from the disabled list. He takes the spot on the roster vacated by Tyson Ross on Thursday. Cespedes has been out since May 7 with a strain in his left hand. Cespedes played in three games with the River Cats as part of a rehab assignment. He played left field in every game in Sacramento, after playing center field in 28 games with the A's. During his rehab stint, he went 3 for 9, with one run, and one walk. He was robbed of a double in his second game with the River Cats, after an umpire said he didn't touch first base. Replays showed he did in fact touch the bag.
REWIND: Cespedes playing LF for River Cats
With the River Cats, Cespedes suffered no ill-effects from a strain in his left hand. The A's hope he will make an immediate impact offensively. He returns to a team that has struggled mightily without him. Since Cespedes vacated the cleanup spot in the batting order, A's hitters have hit just .185 while batting fourth. With Cespedes the A's are 15-13, without him they have gone 7-15. When Cespedes went on the DL, he was leading all American League rookies in homers (5), RBIs (21).
A big question is where Cespedes will play in the outfield. When the A's signed him to a four-year 36M contract, he was expected to be the everyday center fielder in Oakland. The fact that he played left field exclusively on his rehab stint came as a bit of a surprise. He told me on Tuesday that he has some experience in left field."I played some time there in the National Cuban team and in Cuba too in the regular series," Cespedes said through translator Ariel Prieto. "It's OK, but I want to help the team. Whatever position they want me to play I will play."Coco Crisp has played center field for the A's in nine games since coming off a the DL.

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.