Brugman cleared waivers Sunday and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Brugman was designated for assignment last week following the team's re-signing of Chris Tillman. No other teams showed any interest in the outfielder, so he'll kick off the 2018 campaign in Triple-A. He will report back to major-league spring training in the meantime, though.
Brugman lost his spot on the 40-man roster after the Orioles made their re-signing of starting pitcher Chris Tillman official Wednesday. After announcing the Tillman transaction, Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette revealed that the team considers adding a left-handed outfield bat its top priority, according to Encina, but the lefty-hitting Brugman apparently wasn't viewed as a solution on that front. Though he showed respectable contact and on-base skills in his first taste of the majors with the Athletics last season, slashing .266/.346/.343 in 162 plate appearances, Brugman's dearth of power and lack of high-end speed will limit his fantasy appeal if he resurfaces in the big leagues with the Orioles or another team down the line.
Brugman was recently designated for assignment by Oakland on Monday, and will now head to the East Coast after playing in 48 games with the A's last season. During that time, he slashed .266/.346/.343 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He will serve as outfield depth for Baltimore moving forward, and could latch onto the big-league roster as a fourth or fifth outfielder in 2018.
Brugman was designated for assignment Monday.
In a corresponding move, the A's added Heath Fillmyer to the 40-man roster. Brugman appeared in the majors for the first time in his career last season. Over 48 games, he hit .266/.346/.343 and played each outfield position.
Brugman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
Brugman will head back down to Nashville after earning his first major-league promotion in early June, while Boog Powell gets the opportunity to show off his skills with the A's. Throughout the course of 48 games, Brugman slashed .266/.346/.343 with three home runs and 12 RBI. Although he's shown the ability to hold his own in the batter's box, the 25-year-old has only collected three hits in 17 at-bats this month, and will look to work things out at the Triple-A level before rejoining the A's in a couple weeks.
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