Results tagged ‘ Athletics ’

A’s acquire De La Rosa from D-backs

Oakland has acquired left-hander Eury De La Rosa from Arizona in exchange for cash considerations, the A’s announced Thursday.

De La Rosa, 24, finished the season with the D-backs after beginning the year with Triple-A Reno. In 25 games with Arizona, he went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA. Over parts two seasons with the D-backs since his big league debut in 2013, De La Rosa has a 4.21 ERA in 44 appearances.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Oakland designated right-hander Fernando Rodriguez for assignment. The A’s also announced that right-hander Jorge De Leon has been released.

Rodriguez appeared in seven games over two stints with the A’s this year after missing the 2013 season following Tommy John surgery. He had a 1.00 ERA and .129 opponents batting average.

–Austin Laymance

Rangers sign Fujikawa

The Rangers have signed free-agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016, the club announced on Tuesday.

Texas also signed first baseman Kyle Blanks and infielder Tommy Field to Minor League deals with invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Fujikawa, 34, made his big league debut with the Cubs in 2013. Over two seasons in Chicago, he was limited to 27 total appearances due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2013. He’s been effective when healthy, though, striking out 31 in 25 career innings.

Blanks, 28, split time with the Padres and A’s last season. He hit a combined .309 with two home runs in 26 games. In 260 career games in the big leauges, Blanks has a .234 average with 30 homers.

Field was in Triple-A in 2014 with both the Angels and Pirates organizations. The 27-year-old appeared in 33 games with the Rockies and Angels from 2011-12.

–Austin Laymance

Royals nearing deal with Morales

The Royals appear to have found their replacement for Billy Butler.

Kansas City is closing in on a two-year contract worth $17 million with free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, according to multiple reports. The deal was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The Royals have been looking for a designated hitter since Butler signed a three-year, $30 million deal with Oakland in November.

Morales is coming off a bit of a down year in 2014, during which he combined to hit .218 with eight home runs and 20 doubles over 98 games between the Twins and Mariners. He missed all of Spring Training after turning down a qualifying offer from Seattle and eventually signed with Minnesota in June, then was dealt to the Mariners in July. In 2013, his last full season, Morales hit .277 with 23 homers, 34 doubles and 80 RBIs.

–Austin Laymance

Drew garnering broad interest

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing varying amounts of interest from at least 10 teams, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The list of teams that have tossed around the idea of signing Drew reportedly includes the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A’s, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins. The lack of shortstop depth on the free agent market this offseason has certainly played a part in the vast amount of interested teams.

Despite his struggles this past season, Drew is garnering significantly more interest this offseason than he did a year ago due to the fact that he is not tied to a compensatory draft pick this time around. He went unsigned last winter after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Red Sox before ultimately returning to Boston in late May.

– Paul Casella

Athletics not looking to move Kazmir

Despite the ongoing firesale in Oakland this offseason, Joel Sherman of the New York post reports that the A’s are not only planning to keep left-hander Scott Kazmir, but that the club is now looking to start adding some pieces.

It’s anyone’s guess what the A’s next move might be, but general manager Billy Beane is apparently trying to piece together a roster that is built for future success, while still being competitive in 2015. The latter explains the potential reason for holding onto Kazmir, who is owed $13 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent at season’s end.

The 30-year-old lefty continued his impressive comeback this year, going 15-9 with a 3.55 ERA over 32 starts. Kazmir is now 25-18 with a 3.77 ERA in 61 starts over the past two seasons after making just one big league start in 2011-12 combined due to ongoing struggles.

– Paul Casella

Indians, A’s still on the verge of Moss deal

The Indians and A’s are reportedly “inching close” to completing a deal that would send Brandon Moss to Cleveland, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The deal was rumored to be in the works since last week and Sherman now expects it to get done at this week’s Winter Meetings. Oakland would likely want a young middle infielder in return, with Indians prospect Joe Wendle being a potential target.

The Indians are known to be in the market for a power bat this offseason and Moss, who has 76 home runs over the last three seasons, would certainly seem to be a fit. Though Moss hit just .234 this past season, he still chipped in 25 home runs and 81 RBIs, all while battling a right hip injury that he had surgically repaired in October.

Acquiring Moss would also likely ramp up the Indians’ efforts to move Nick Swisher. The Indians were reportedly gauging the market earlier this offseason for Swisher, who is coming off surgery on both knees and is owed $30 million through 2016.

Moss primarily split his time last season between first base and the two corner outfield positions. The Indians, meanwhile, currently have Carlos Santana penciled in at first base (and part-time designated hitter), while Swisher, Ryan Raburn and David Murphy are all potential options for the corner outfield spots.

In other words, if a deal for Moss indeed comes to fruition, the Indians will likely look to make another move involving an outfielder afterwards.

– Paul Casella

Braves sign Jim Johnson to one-year deal

The Braves added to their bullpen mix on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with free-agent right-hander Jim Johnson on a one-year deal, the club announced.

Johnson, 31, split last season between the A’s and Tigers. He made 54 appearances and went 5-2, but had a 7.09 ERA. However, last season was more of an outlier, as he had a 3.11 ERA with the Orioles from 2006-13.

With Atlanta, Johnson projects to share set-up duties with David Carpenter, tweets MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

A nine-year veteran and former All-Star, Johnson led the Majors with back-to-back 50-save seasons in 2012 (51) and ’13 (50) with the O’s.

–Austin Laymance

7/8 A’s wanted Cubs’ Valbuena, too

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Athletics tried to get the Cubs to include Luis Valbuena in the deal that eventually netted Oakland both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A’s wanted Valbuena as a potential upgrade at second base. But Rosenthal says the Cubs are reluctant to trade him because he’s controlled through 2016. Valbuena is earning $1.7 million this season.

Valbuena has a slash line of .256/.339/.420, and has hit five home runs with 22 RBIs. He’s started 44 games at third, 17 at second.

– Carrie Muskat

Angels sign Mulder to Minors deal …

The Angels have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite with veteran starter Mark Mulder, the two-time All-Star who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2008, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday.

The agreement – first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com – will pay Mulder up to $6 million if he reaches all incentives, according to several reports.

Mulder, 36 and previously working as an ESPN analyst, was one of the game’s top left-handers from 2001-05, averaging 18 wins and posting a 3.65 ERA for the A’s and Cardinals. But he pitched only 12 2/3 Major League innings from 2007-08 and retired in ’09 after struggling to bounce back from two shoulder surgeries.

This past October, though, he started emulating the delivery of Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez and found something that worked for him, according to an ESPN.com story. That prompted Mulder to spend the month of November working himself back into shape in Arizona, before throwing off the mound near his home in Scottsdale and reportedly sitting between 89-90 mph with his fastball.

The Angels were one of the teams who saw Mulder throw that day. Now, they’ll give him a chance to compete for a spot in their rotation this spring.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am,” Mulder told ESPN in early December. “To be honest with you, I never anticipated this five or six weeks ago. It was just a flat-out fluke that came from me trying to imitate Paco Rodriguez in my living room.”

– Alden Gonzalez

Gregerson, Smith traded in ever-busy day for A’s

The A’s are pulling off yet another deal on Tuesday afternoon, with outfielder Seth Smith heading to San Diego in exchange for reliever Luke Gregerson. Chris Kusiolek reported it first, and the teams made it official around 4:45 p.m. ET. 

This move certainly strengthens the A’s already-sturdy bullpen ahead of newly-acquired closer Jim Johnson. Gregerson has held an ERA under 3.00 each of the last three seasons with the Padres. Smith hit .246 with 22 homers and 92 RBIs over the last two seasons (242 games) with the A’s. The Oakland outfield was becoming crowded after the acquisition of Craig Gentry from Texas today. 

– Joey Nowak

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