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A's chasing big statistical milestones in final weekend of regular season

A's chasing big statistical milestones in final weekend of regular season

As the A's prepare to close out the regular season with three games against the Angels, several players have a chance to reach major milestones. Here are the numbers to keep an eye on this weekend.

50 - Khris Davis is three home runs away from the big 5-0. He would become just the third player in A's history to reach the mark, joining Jimmie Foxx and Mark McGwire. Davis is also trying to become the first A's player to lead the majors in homers since McGwire hit 52 in 1996. Davis leads Boston's J.D. Martinez by five home runs entering the weekend.

128 - KD could also potentially catch Martinez for the major league RBI lead. Davis has driven in a career-high 121 runs so far this season, second in MLB behind Martinez's 127.

100 - Jed Lowrie enters the weekend with a career-high 96 RBI, just four away from triple digits. If he can get there, he would become the seventh American League player to do so this season.

40 - Lowrie is also just three doubles away from reaching 40 for the second straight year and third time in his career. Last season, he notched a career-high 49 two-baggers.

30 - Matt Olson needs one more home run to reach 30 for the season. Stephen Piscotty, currently at 26, has a little more work to do. Both Olson and Piscotty's totals already represent career highs.

86 - Piscotty is one RBI away from a new career best. His 85 RBI match his previous high, set in 2016 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

76 - Marcus Semien also has an outside chance at a new RBI mark. He enters the weekend with 68, so he would need seven more to match his previous high and eight to break it.

100 - Davis and Matt Chapman both have a shot at 100 runs scored. Chapman enters the final series with 98, while Davis has 97. Both totals already represent career highs.

.300 - Rookies Nick Martini and Ramón Laureano have a chance to hit .300 for the season. Martini is already north of the mark at .306, while Laureano is batting .295.

.400 - Martini also has a chance at a .400 on-base percentage, an incredible achievement for any player, let alone a rookie. Martini enters the weekend at .401.

0.79 - Blake Treinen is having a historically great season. His 0.79 ERA would be the best in major league history among pitchers who threw at least 75 innings. Treinen also has an outside shot at reaching 40 saves, as he enters the weekend with 37, although it is highly unlikely Bob Melvin would use him three days in a row leading into the playoffs.

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

The A's aren't playing it safe with 2019 first-round draft pick Logan Davidson.

The No. 29 overall pick is among 10 non-roster players the A's invited to spring training Friday.

Davidson, a shortstop, isn't on the A's 40-man roster, but the invite will give him a chance to compete in big league camp. Barring an incredible showing in the Cactus League, the A's No. 7 prospect won't break camp with the A's. But this opportunity allows him to try to impress A's coaches.

In 54 games with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Davidson slashed .239/.345/.332 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

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The other invitee to keep an eye on in camp is A's No. 6 prospect Nick Allen. While small in stature, the middle infielder is an incredible defensive player and could find himself playing for the A's at some point in 2020. While Marcus Semien is blocking Allen's path at shortstop, the 21-year-old could get a look at second base if none of the other in-house options pan out for Oakland.

Three other top-30 prospects were invited to spring training: Outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (No. 22) and right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee (No. 24).

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

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MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

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Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.