The A's designated for assignment two-time All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt, possibly ending the Oakland career of one of their most tenured players.
Also Thursday morning, the A's placed third baseman Matt Chapman on the 10-day disabled list with left knee cellulitis and recalled catcher Bruce Maxwell and first baseman Matt Olson.
"Talking with (GM) David (Forst) and Bob (Melvin) yesterday, it's just one of those things I kind of felt coming for a while but obviously it's never easy," Vogt said on a media conference call. " It's something I understand. I don't like it, but I understand how the game works."
The A's have 10 days to trade or release Vogt or send him to the minors, though it's possible he gets claimed on waivers too.
Vogt is one of the A's most popular players and a clubhouse leader, but has lost playing time recently to Josh Phegley.