Another year, another season of mediocrity for Yonder Alonso, who has long lost any semblance of hype from his prospect days. His biggest fantasy asset is playing time, and in 2016, he logged nearly a full season;s worth of at-bats after a few years of platoon play and injuries. The vet, who turns 30 in April, posts contact rates befitting a .300 hitter but has only hit above .280 in a full season twice. Not even his typically above-average plate-discipline indicators have helped him offer consistently great on-base percentages. And of course, fantasy players desire more power from a corner infielder than what he can give. He hasn't hit double-digit homers in a season yet, thanks to his underwhelming ability to hit flyballs. Maybe one year, he'll figure out how to leave the yard, but 2017 is not the season to bank on it without a major change to his approach.
Alonso agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the A's, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Alonso was considered a potential non-tender candidate, so this deal allows him to stay on in Oakland for a second season with the A's. The 29-year-old played in a career-high 156 games and posted a .253/.316/.367 line with seven home runs last season, and he figures to once again serve as the primary option at first base in 2017.
Alonso is not in the lineup Friday against the Rangers. The Rangers are trotting left-hander Cole Hamels out to pitch Friday night, so Alonso will retreat to the bench for a night off. Danny Valencia will slide over to first base to replace him.
Alonso finished 3-for-4, including a two-RBI double and a run scored in Wednesday night's 8-0 win over Kansas City. The bottom-half of the A's lineup hit the ball hard, churning out runs early and often, including Alonso's double off starter Yordano Ventura in the top of the first to begin the rout -- the two-run liner to left was the beginning of the end of a strong three-game series for the 29-year-old first baseman, as he tallied five hits (two doubles), five RBI and three runs scored while not recording a strikeout in 10 at-bats.
Alonso is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Royals. Alonso will take a seat as the A's go up against Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy. Danny Valencia will get the starting nod at first base, and he'll bat third in the order.
Alonso is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox. Alonso will be held out Friday with the A's facing Red Sox southpaw David Price. Danny Valencia will man first base Friday in Alonso's place.