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Arismendy Alcantara claimed off waivers by Cincinnati Reds

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Arismendy Alcantara claimed off waivers by Cincinnati Reds

OAKLAND  – The Oakland A’s announced today that infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara has been claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.

Alcantara was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on June 9 for Chris Coghlan and batted .211 with a double and two RBI in 16 games over four stints with the A’s. 

He missed the final 10 games of the season with a sprained left thumb. 

Alcantara spent the balance of the season with Triple-A Iowa, Triple-A Nashville and Single-A Stockton, and hit a combined .278 with 22 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs, 56 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 108 games.

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MLB Hot Stove: James Paxton acquired by Yankees for three prospects

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MLB Hot Stove: James Paxton acquired by Yankees for three prospects

The Hot Stove is lighting up.

The Yankees have acquired starting pitcher James Paxton from the Mariners for three prospects: Yankees No. 1 pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, outfielder Don-Thompson Williams and right-handed pitcher and Erik Swanson.

He will join a rotation that includes Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Not bad.

And what does that mean for Bay Area teams? Well -- the A's get a slight confidence boost knowing Seattle has one less threat in the American League West. Which is good considering the lefty was throwing his career-best 11.68 K/9 rating in 2018 . His ERA spiked slightly, but he had an insane amount of power he was throwing to last season. But that didn't stop him from tossing a no-hitter on May 8, becoming the first Canadian pitcher to do so.

Oh, and an eagle landed on him, too:

Pretty sure no other pitcher can say that.

Report: Pursued by A's, Kurt Suzuki agrees to contract with Nationals

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Report: Pursued by A's, Kurt Suzuki agrees to contract with Nationals

It appears the original report on former A's catcher Kurt Suzuki possibly making a return to Oakland will not come to fruition.

According to MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand, the 12-year veteran catcher has agreed to a two-year contract with the Nationals.

The details of the deal, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal:

Suzuki spent two seasons with the Nats, where he slashed .239/.297/.344 with eight home runs and 50 RBI in 122 games in 2012 and 2013. He was acquired from the A's by Washington in 2012.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser originally reported the 35-year-old was approached by the A's about a possible one-year deal next season after he recently was granted free agency by the Braves.