Athletics

A's sign former Giants catcher Nick Hundley to minor league contract

A's sign former Giants catcher Nick Hundley to minor league contract

Nick Hundley is coming back to the Bay ... kind of.

The 35-year-old catcher signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the A's announced on Monday:

This means he's in the running to be the starting catcher, along with Josh Phegley and Chris Herrmann -- who are expected to platoon at the position.

A's general manager David Forst spoke about the team's catchers in January, where he even mentioned Beau Taylor having some experience and as well as the young Sean Murphy, who is getting close to making his big league debut. But if it's one thing Hundley doesn't lack, it's the experience -- he has 11 seasons of big league catching under his belt. This makes him a very strong candidate to take over some playing time if it works out. 

The organization is not getting a star-studded player behind the dish, but one thing that is intriguing about Hundley is the fact that he always manages to get a job. 

He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2005 where he spent the majority of his career. He had short stints with the Baltimore Orioles and the Colorado Rockies before spending the last two seasons as Buster Posey's steady backup on the Giants, where he made his presence known.

You remember the "situation" with Yasiel Puig. And if you don't: 

Across 11 seasons, Hundley boasts a .248/.300/.406 slash line with 91 home runs and 371 RBIs.

Mark Canha's bat flip vs. Angels named best of 2019 by MLB Network

Mark Canha's bat flip vs. Angels named best of 2019 by MLB Network

There are two types of people in the world: Those who love bat flips in baseball, and those who are wrong to dislike them. This post is not for the latter.

A's outfielder Mark Canha received some very prestigious honors. He possessed the No. 1 bat flip of the 2019 season according to MLB Network.

During the bottom of the fourth on a 2-1 count against the Angels on March 30, Canha got ahold of a Felix Peña pitch and sent a ball over the fence at the Oakland Coliseum.

It was a beaut:

That's not the best part. It was what he mouthed following the homer that sealed the deal:

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It's bat flippin' season baby -- every season.

That was the best flip of the year which only means the next season brings more competition -- and if you're familiar with Canha's ways -- there will be more flips.

We look forward to that.

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Why blockbuster Corey Kluber trade from Indians to Rangers is bad for A's

Why blockbuster Corey Kluber trade from Indians to Rangers is bad for A's

Teams in the AL West continue to make moves this offseason, while the A's watch from afar. The latest is a two-time Cy Young award winner reportedly joining the Texas Rangers. 

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday that the Rangers have acquired starting pitcher Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase. Levi Weaver of The Athletic also reported there are expected to be more players sent to Cleveland. 

Kluber, who turns 34 years old in April, was limited to just seven games last season due to injuries and put up the worst numbers of his eight-year career in limited innings. But when healthy, the right-hander still is one of the best arms in all of baseball. 

Prior to Kluber's injury-riddled 2019, he had averaged 31 starts per year and 206 innings pitched from 2013 to '18. In that six-year span, he also averaged 227 strikeouts and only 43 walks. 

The Rangers now have added Kluber, Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson to their rotation this offseason. As they move into their new stadium, the Rangers are expected to continue making moves, too. 

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Adding Kluber clearly is a positive for the Rangers, but it's another negative for the A's. He has a 2.29 career ERA against Oakland in nine appearances -- eight starts -- but now will face them much more in 2020. 

While the A's are more focused on keeping their young core intact long-term, the Angels added star third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Rangers traded for Kluber. The AL West has been owned by the Astros and A's in recent seasons, but the rest of the division is coming for them.