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A's trade RHP Jesse Chavez to Blue Jays

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A's trade RHP Jesse Chavez to Blue Jays

Editor's note: The above video is from Billy Beane's media availability on Oct. 5.

A busy Friday got busier for the A’s after they finalized a trade to send right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Liam Hendriks.

Chavez appeared a possible trade candidate after the A’s signed free agent Rich Hill to add to their rotation, a move that was finalized earlier Friday. Chavez, who was 17-27 with a 3.98 ERA over four seasons in Oakland, holds appeal because of his versatility.

He’s proven to be effective in stretches as a starter and has filled just about every bullpen role capable at one time or another.

In Hendriks, the A’s get a hard-throwing 26-year-old who began his career as a starter but excelled last season as a reliever. He posted a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances and averaged 9.9 strikeouts (against 1.5 walks) per nine innings. The native of Perth, Australia, also comes with four years of team control, whereas Chavez is a free agent after the upcoming season.

A’s general manager David Forst said rebuilding the bullpen was a top priority, and Oakland moved quick to begin that process.

Closer Sean Doolittle said that it makes sense to restock the bullpen after the unit struggled last season. But Doolittle added, after news of Chavez’s trade broke but before it became official:

“It’s weird. I was talking to him earlier today. We were both hoping he was gonna stay in Oakland. I hope we didn’t jinx it.”

Earlier Friday, the A’s also designated for assignment reliever Fernando Abad, outfielder Craig Gentry and starter A.J. Griffin to clear out needed 40-man roster space.

MLB rumors: A's talking to former catcher Kurt Suzuki about possible reunion

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MLB rumors: A's talking to former catcher Kurt Suzuki about possible reunion

A familiar name recently has been mentioned with the A's.

Catcher Kurt Suzuki, who spent seven seasons with the team, reportedly has been approached by the organization about a possible reunion.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, the 12-year veteran has interest from the green and gold about a deal next season.

Suzuki was granted free agency this offseason after finishing his 2018 campaign with the Braves slashing .271/.332/.444 with 94 hits and 12 home runs in 105 games. His resume includes an All-Star selection in 2015 with the Twins and two postseason appearances.

The A's traded Suzuki to the Nationals in 2012, then was reacquired by the A's in 2013 for a short stint.

MLB Rumors: A's talking to former catcher Kurt Suzuki about possible reunion

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MLB Rumors: A's talking to former catcher Kurt Suzuki about possible reunion

A familiar name has been mentioned with the A's recently. Catcher Kurt Suzuki, who spent seven seasons with the team, has been approached by the organization about a possible reunion.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, the 12-year veteran has interest from the green and gold about a deal next season.

Suzuki was granted free agency this offseason after finishing his 2018 campaign with the Braves slashing .271/.332/.444 with 94 hits and 12 home runs in 105 games. His resume includes an All-Star selection in 2015 with the Twins and two postseason appearances.

The A's traded Suzuki to the Nationals in 2012 then was reaquired by the A's in 2013 for a short stint.