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MLB rumors: A's to call up Corban Joseph from Triple-A Las Vegas

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MLB rumors: A's to call up Corban Joseph from Triple-A Las Vegas

SAN FRANCISCO -- The A's are expected to select the contract of second baseman Corban Joseph from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Joseph was pulled from Tuesday's Triple-A game against the Omaha Storm Chasers and received hugs and handshakes from his teammates.

Joseph is having a phenomenal season for Las Vegas. The 30-year-old is slashing .371/.421/.585 with 13 home runs, 35 doubles, and 73 RBI in 97 games. He ranks third in the Pacific Coast League in batting average, second in doubles, and fifth in OPS.

Joseph has previously spent a little time in the big leagues, most recently last year with Baltimore. The left-handed hitter went 4-for-18 with a double and three RBI. He has five career hits in 24 at-bats.

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Joseph figures to get an opportunity at second base, especially if Jurickson Profar continues to struggle offensively and defensively. The A's will have to make a corresponding move to make room for Joseph on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.
 

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.