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Report: Shawn Kelley 'almost became physical' with Nationals GM after outburst that led to trade

Report: Shawn Kelley 'almost became physical' with Nationals GM after outburst that led to trade

In 3.1 innings over four appearances with the A's, reliever Shawn Kelley has allowed just one hit and one walk. He has yet to allow a run. He should likely still be pitching for the Washington Nationals. But he's not. He's putting up those numbers for the A's instead.

Kelley found himself on the A's earlier this month after the Nationals designated him for assignment due to an outburst on the field. With Washington up 25-1 against the Mets on July 31, Kelley was brought into the game and gave up a three-run homer. He slammed his glove down and starred into his dugout, in apparent anger over manager Dave Martinez not defending him against bad calls by the home plate umpire. The next day, Kelley was DFA'd. On August 5, Washington traded him to Oakland for international slot bonus money.

Two weeks later, new details surrounding the incident on July 31 have emerged.

According to the Washington Post, Kelley was confronted by Nationals GM Mike Rizzo in the team's clubhouse at Nationals Park. Fellow veteran pitchers Max Scherzer and Ryan Madson also had words with Kelley. The encounter with Rizzo "became heated, including raised voices, and eventually it almost became physical," according to the publication.

The Post was able to get ahold of Kelley for comment regarding the incident:

“I hate to be seen as a guy that was showing up his manager or selfish because I’ve played 10 years and I’ve never been that guy. So I don’t think I’d start now. It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances but it is what it is so I’ll move on and make the best of it," Kelley told The post's Chelsea Janes.

Source: A's unlikely to re-sign reliever Shawn Kelley in free agency

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Source: A's unlikely to re-sign reliever Shawn Kelley in free agency

Shawn Kelley played a significant role in the A's stellar bullpen last season, but NBC Sports California has learned the veteran right-hander is unlikely to re-sign with Oakland.

Kelley, 34, has reportedly been in talks with about 10 teams, and his agent Mike McCann confirmed to NBC Sports California that the A's are not among those clubs.

The two sides did have conversations earlier this offseason but have not spoken since Oakland signed right-hander Joakim Soria to a two-year, $15 million deal nearly a month ago.

Kelley earned $5.5 million last season and is projected to get a similar amount next year. As much as the A's would like to bring him back, they have identified starting pitching as a higher priority.

After joining the A's from the Washington Nationals last year, Kelley went 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 19 games. Overall, he finished the season 2-0 with a 2.94 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 54 appearances.

He has a career ERA of 3.67 in 10 big league seasons.

Even without Kelley, the A's will boast one of the strongest bullpens in baseball next season. Oakland will bring back All-Star closer Blake Treinen, as well as setup men Fernando Rodney, Lou Trivino, J.B. Wendelken, and Ryan Buchter.

The addition of Soria will add even more depth to the group.

The A's would ideally like to sign another left-handed reliever to join Buchter in the pen, but again, starting pitching is the top priority.

Veteran starters Edwin Jackson and Brett Anderson are both still in the mix to return, though nothing appears imminent.

2019 NFL Draft: Kyler Murray, Antonio Brown work out together in Texas

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2019 NFL Draft: Kyler Murray, Antonio Brown work out together in Texas

Two of 2019's most-talked-about football players are working out under one roof. 

Yes, will-he-or-won't-he all-stars Antonio Brown and Kyler Murray put in some offseason work together this weekend. The embattled Pittsburgh Steelers receiver posted a video of him catching a pass from the Heisman Trophy winner (and Oakland A's prospect ... for now). 

The two worked out at Allen High School in Allen, Texas, which is Murray's alma mater. Not to be confused with Murray's college alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, but you'd be forgiven after seeing the indoor field where the pair worked out. 

Also in attendance -- at least based on Brown's tweet -- was cousin Marquise Brown. Marquise played with Murray at Oklahoma, and was his favorite target. The younger Brown caught 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns, and is entering the 2019 NFL Draft alongside Murray.

Recent mock drafts have the junior receiver going in the mid- to late first round, and he offers plenty of intrigue himself for teams in need of a receiver. Two of those teams reside in the Bay Area, but the eyes of fans here surely are on the other guys in Allen.

A's fans probably are wondering why Murray isn't taking swings off a tee with spring training just over three weeks away, while 49ers fans (and Jon Gruden, reportedly) are salivating about that kind of speed running along the sideline. Of course, it's also possible neither Murray nor Brown will ply their trade in the Bay in 2019.

Marquise Brown wouldn't be a bad consolation prize, though.