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A’s players don’t like the timing of Kila Ka’aihue’s DFA

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Kila Ka’aihue #25 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates and coaches after scoring on a two-run double by Cliff Pennington #2 in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Coliseum on June 4, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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The Oakland Athletics designated Kila Ka’aihue for assignment before yesterday’s game and called up Brandon Moss. Oakland A’s players told Susan Slusser, however, that they weren’t happy with the timing of the move. Why? Because Ka’aihue’s wife is due to give birth to twins any day:

“Everyone is in shock,” one player said.

“Total horse” manure, said another.

I suppose that sucks. But it’s also the case that if they had waited a week or even a month then the story would have been “A’s DFA Ka’aihue right after his twins were born!” It’s not possible for there to be good timing for this.

It’s also worth noting that Ka’aihue has never played more than 52 games or had more than 180 major league at bats in a season, so when he and the missus set out to start their family, it probably wasn’t reasonable for him to expect that he was going to spend six months in the majors.

Now, we can argue over whether Brandon Moss is actually an upgrade, but twins on the way has no bearing on that.