A's announce three players receiving spring training invite


The A’s announced three players who received an invite to spring training on Tuesday.

The A’s agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Deolis Guerra and veteran catcher Carlos Perez as well as minor league catcher Kyle McCann. 

Guerra, with the Philadelphia Phillies last season, finished with an 8.59 ERA and eight strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings of relief. He’s not one for a ton of velocity, but does have an above-average spin rate on his four-seamer that tops out at around 92 mph. 

Perez will take on a veteran role as well as provide some depth at the catcher position behind Sean Murphy and Jonah Heim in 2021. He also was signed as a free agent before the 2020 season and was part of the reasoning as to why the A’s weren’t more aggressive in looking for an experienced catcher.

McCann doesn’t have any major league experience, but he did play with the A’s rookie-ball team, Athletics Gold in 2019, where he slashed .400/.520/1.000 in 25 plate appearances. It appears he’s receiving glowing reviews with his power, specially mentioned by MLB Pipeline back in November

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For now, the A’s spring training roster features 60 players, with 39 on the 40-man roster. 

Spring training reportedly is scheduled to begin on Feb. 17.

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