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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
HOU 103-59 8-2 L1
OAK 97-65 6-4 L1
SEA 89-73 5-5 W3
LAA 80-82 5-5 W1
TEX 67-95 3-7 L3

Top Athletics News

  • Athletics' Beau Taylor: Returns to Oakland on minors pact

    Taylor re-signed Monday with the Athletics on a minor-league contract, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The contract likely includes an invitation to big-league spring training, though the 28-year-old is a long shot to crack to the Opening Day roster. Taylor will most likely be destined for the Athletics' Pacific Coast League affiliate in Las Vegas after slashing .248/.360/.348 across 431 plate appearances at Triple-A Nashville in 2018.

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  • Athletics' Trey McNutt: Latches on with A's

    The Athletics purchased McNutt's contract from the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the independent American Association, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

    McNutt spent the past two seasons with the Redhawks, posting a combined 5.18 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 176:71 K:BB across 163.1 innings (58 appearances, 20 starts). The 29-year-old spent time with the Cubs and Padres from 2009-2016, though he never pitched above Double-A for either organization.

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  • Athletics' Beau Taylor: Booted off 40-man roster

    Taylor was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday.

    Taylor will be removed from the 40-man roster heading into the offseason. He spent seven games with the big-league squad in 2018, going 1-for-5 with a double and a walk over that stretch.

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  • Athletics' Fernando Rodney: Club option exercised

    The A's exercised Rodney's $4.25 million club option for 2019 on Wednesday.

    Rodney opened the 2018 season with Minnesota before being dealt to Oakland in August. Overall, the veteran reliever posted a combined 3.36 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 9.8 K/9 across 64.1 innings of relief. He also registered 25 saves and seven holds. With Blake Treinen expected to reprise his role as the team's closer in 2019, Rodney figures to settle in as one of Oakland's primary setup men.

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  • Athletics' Matt Chapman: Undergoes thumb surgery

    Chapman underwent successful left thumb surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday. The club failed to disclose a specific timetable but he's expected to be healthy prior to spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

    Specifically, Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb. It's unclear when Chapman suffered the left thumb injury -- though he dealt with various right hand/wrist injuries during the year -- especially since his production remained at a high level throughout the final few weeks of the 2018 season. He finished off the year with a slash line of .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI in 145 games.

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  • Athletics' Chris Hatcher: Sent outright to minors

    Hatcher was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.

    Hatcher was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to free up space for younger players in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The veteran right-hander posted a 4.95 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 30:17 K:BB across 36.1 innings of relief for the A's in 2018.

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  • Athletics' Dean Kiekhefer: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Kiekhefer was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

    Kiekhefer was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to make room for younger players who warrant protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The southpaw made just four appearances for the A's in 2018, allowing four runs across two innings of work. He posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 in 58.1 innings across multiple levels of the minors.

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  • Athletics' Jake Smolinski: Activated from DL and outrighted

    Smolinski (calf) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

    Smolinski missed the final two months of the 2018 season due to a blood clot in his left calf. When healthy, the outfielder struggled to a .128/.171/.205 slash line across 19 games with the Athletics. The move frees up space on the team's 40-man roster for prospects in need of protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.

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  • Athletics' Grant Holmes: Set for shoulder re-examination

    Holmes was shut down from all throwing activities late in the season and will have his shoulder re-evaluated in the near future, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

    Holmes suffered a rotator cuff injury during spring training and didn't make it back into action until late August at the High-A level. It doesn't appear as though he's out of the woods just yet, and the right-hander could be facing another long absence should tests reveal that he's dealing with a major injury.

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  • Athletics' James Kaprielian: In action with instructional league team

    Kaprielian (elbow) will pitch in an Instructional League game Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

    Kaprielian didn't take the mound during the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April, but he appears to have gradually progressed since starting to play catch back in June. Though Oakland will continue to take it easy with the 24-year-old, he should be fully ready to go by the time spring training rolls around.

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  • Athletics' Jesus Luzardo: Could fight for rotation spot in 2019

    Luzardo will be in the mix for a spot in Oakland's starting rotation during spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

    The top pitching prospect in the Athletics' system, Luzardo spent a majority of the 2018 campaign with Double-A Midland. During 16 starts with the club, he posted a 2.29 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with 86 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. Luzardo was called up to Triple-A Nashville in early August, and wound up making four starts with the Sounds before the end of the season. The 21-year-old left-hander pairs above-average command with a mid-90s fastball, but will need to further develop his curveball to become a top-line starter in the majors.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .252
(12th)
813
(4th)
227
(14th)
3.81
(11th)