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A's lineup: Plouffe moves up to hit second, Phegley starts behind dish

A's lineup: Plouffe moves up to hit second, Phegley starts behind dish

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The A's look to snap out of an offensive funk in Game 3 of their series against the Twins. Bob Melvin has issued his lineup:

Oakland A's:
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
3. Ryon Healy (R) DH
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Josh Phegley (R) C
6. Adam Rosales (R) SS
7. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
8. Chad Pinder (R) 2B
9. Matt Joyce (L) RF
Kendall Graveman -- RHP

Minnesota Twins:
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Max Kepler (L) RF
3. Miguel Sano (R) 3B
4. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
5. Kennys Vargas (S) DH
6. Jason Castro (L) C
7. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS
8. Eddie Rosario (L) LF
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF
Hector Santiago -- LHP
 

Kyler Murray recreates iconic Bo Jackson photo, A's react

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Kyler Murray recreates iconic Bo Jackson photo, A's react

Imagine being compared to Bo Jackson. Yes -- the Bo Jackson. The legend who dominated in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. He was drafted by the Royals in the 1986 MLB Draft and in the same year was the first overall pick in the NFL Draft -- no big deal.

Bo played for the Royals, White Sox and Angels across eight seasons, earning All-Star honors in 1989 and was even in MVP talks. When it came to the NFL, he spent four seasons on the Raiders and even led the league three different times in longest rushing attempts.

How can you mimic that? Well you can't, but you can pose like Bo. Just ask Kyler Murray. He was the ninth-overall pick in the MLB Draft this year and was the backup quarterback for Baker Mayfield as a Sooner. So, the correlation is rather similar, but watch the young dual athlete pose like the legendary Jackson to mirror an iconic photo:

It's like looking at a reflection, right?

The A's had some fun with it too bringing recently crowned AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin into the conversation. Because after all, BoMel knows:

Did Nathan Eovaldi's playoff heroics put him out of A's price range?

Did Nathan Eovaldi's playoff heroics put him out of A's price range?

No free agent made himself more money this postseason than right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

The 28-year-old had a respectable regular season, going 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.13 WHIP between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. His career numbers also are just decent: 44-53, 4.16 ERA, 1.35 WHIP.

But in 22 1/3 innings this postseason, Eovaldi allowed just four earned runs for an ERA of 1.61, helping the Red Sox win a World Series title.

Eovaldi's playoff heroics turned him into one of the hottest commodities of the offseason. He earned just $2 million in each of the last two seasons, but he's now projected to land a multiyear contract at around $15 million per season.

The A's obviously need starting pitching help -- executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane already has said as much. But spending big bucks on a sexy free agent target isn't exactly their MO.

Eovaldi would have been a shrewd signing for around $8 million per year, but $15 million is a pretty steep price to pay off one great month. Before this season, Eovaldi hadn't recorded an ERA under 4 since 2013. His high WHIP and low swing-and-miss rate also are concerns.

For the type of money Eovaldi is expected to get, the A's would be better off pursuing top-end starters such as Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel, both of whom are expected to earn around $20 million per year. And really, what's an extra $5 million at that point?

Otherwise, Oakland probably should use that $15 million to sign multiple pitchers, including their own free agents.

Editor's note: This week across the NBC Sports Regional Networks, we'll be taking an in-depth look at some of the top free agents in baseball. Thursday is dedicated to free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

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