The A's decided not to tender a contract to 2018 All-Star reliever Blake Treinen, the team announced Monday at the non-tender deadline.
Treinen posted a career-worst 4.91 ERA and 1.619 WHIP in 2019, losing the closer role to Liam Hendriks in the process. This disappointing season was coming off a sensational All-Star selection in 2018, where he posted a 0.78 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 80.1 innings.
MLB Trade Rumors projected Treinen would be awarded $7.8 million in arbitration -- it appears that's not what the A's want to pay for.
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In additional moves, the A's announced they have non-tendered left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter and catcher Josh Phegley. Oakland also agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland on a one-year contract for the 2020 season, avoiding him of arbitration.
Treinen, Buchter and Phegley will now be free agents.
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).
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.