After talking to a majority of the players leading up the spring training, the A's feel pretty confident going into the upcoming 2020 MLB season. Manager Bob Melvin himself said it's the most excited he has ever been since being with the A's.
One of the main questions that still remains, however, is who will have an everyday or platoon role at second base.
MLB.com's Martín Gallegos reported Tuesday Oakland has been in contact with infielder Jason Kipnis, citing a source.
Kipnis, a free agent, not only is a left-handed hitter the team has been searching for, but always has been an intriguing fit.
However, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported later Tuesday that Kipnis has agreed to a deal with the Cubs.
Jason Kipnis to Cubs. Minors deal for the Glenbrook North product. 1M plus incentives.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 11, 2020
The 32-year-old has spent the entirety of his nine-year career playing for the Cleveland Indians, and now will face National League pitching for the first time.
Kipnis has .261/.333/.417 career slash line with a 103 wRC+.
The A's have some young talent as possible options at second base, but they're still craving a daily option. As of right now, Sheldon Neuse, Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder are their internal options.