McBride has re-signed with the A's on a minor league contract, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. There was no word of a spring training invite. It seems like a near certainty that McBride will serve as organizational depth in the minors for most of the year, as he did in 2016. McBride was summoned to the big club on four separate occasions this past season but totaled just 44 plate appearances, compiling a dismal .209/.227/.279 batting line.
McBride was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. The A's are doing some offseason roster management, and will clear a spot on the 40-man roster by outrighting McBride to Triple-A. A 31-year-old utility player with just 202 career plate appearances in the big leagues, McBride will work in a minor organizational depth role in 2017.
The A's recalled McBride from Triple-A Nashville on Friday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. McBride posted a .781 OPS over 70 games with Nashville this season. He appeared in 15 games for the A's earlier in 2016 but posted just a .558 OPS in those contests. He will provide some catching depth behind starter Stephen Vogt, and could see some time in the outfield as well.
The A's optioned McBride to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. McBride was sent back to Nashville to clear a roster spot for the returning Stephen Vogt. He will garner consideration next time the A's need to bring up a catcher from the minors.
McBride was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. He'll start at catcher in the Athletics' game against the Pirates and bat eighth in the order. McBride will assume the 25-man roster spot of Josh Phegley (knee), who was placed on the DL in a corresponding move. Phegley is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his strained right knee, and if surgery is deemed necessary, McBride could be up with the big club for an extended period. However, don't look for McBride to see regular at-bats, as he'll only be getting the nod behind the plate Sunday over the lefty-hitting Stephen Vogt due to southpaw Francisco Liriano starting for the Pirates.