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Athletics' Bruce Maxwell: Expected to be primary catcher
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A's GM David Forst said earlier in the week that Maxwell remains the team's primary catcher despite his legal issues, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "We're expecting Bruce to ready to go the first day of spring training and to be with us," Forst said. "I'm not getting involved in the legal side of this, but no one has said anything to me that makes me believe he won't be ready to go."

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault stemming from allegations that he waived a gun at a food delivery person. A trial date has not been set and the belief is that the case will ultimately end in a plea deal before spring training, with Maxwell serving no jail time. Major League Baseball could issue a suspension after the legal process plays out, but it doesn't sound like the A's expect a lengthy ban, if there is one at all. The soon-to-be 27-year-old will platoon with Josh Phegley or Dustin Garneau behind the plate in Oakland.

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Athletics' Stephen Piscotty: Headed to Oakland
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The Cardinals have agreed to trade Piscotty to the A's in exchange for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

Piscotty's mother was diagnosed with ALS last year, and the Cardinals had talked about sending him to Oakland to allow him to be closer to home should the opportunity arise. With the Cardinals acquiring outfielder Marcell Ozuna earlier Wednesday, the team was able to part ways with Piscotty while still holding onto Randal Grichuk as outfield depth. The 26-year-old struggled last season after swatting 22 homers and posting an .800 OPS in 2016, missing time with multiple injuries and even getting sent to Triple-A Memphis to work on his swing at one point. He finished the season with a .235/.342/.367 line to go along with nine homers in 107 games, but the California native will hopefully benefit from his new surroundings. Piscotty should step into a starting role in Oakland's outfield, though he could also wind up platooning with Matt Joyce if his 2017 struggles carry over into next season.

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Athletics' Chris Bassitt: Role remains uncertain
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The A's haven't decided if Bassitt will work as a starter or reliever in 2018, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Bassitt worked his way back last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2016. While he initially was looking to return as a starter, a setback in his recovery forced him to finish the season in a relief role. It's possible the A's keep him in the bullpen to help preserve his arm, though that will depend on how Bassitt feels when he reports to camp.

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Athletics' Eric Jokisch: Inks farm deal with A's
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Jokisch signed a minor-league deal with the Athletics on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Jokisch has been playing professional baseball since 2010 but has only logged 14.1 major-league innings during his eight-year career. He spent the 2017 season with Triple-A Reno of the Diamondbacks' organization, posting a pedestrian 4.21 ERA over 134.2 innings of work. Despite his lackluster resume, he'll get an opportunity to play his way onto an Athletics' roster that lacks reliable left-handed pitching depth.

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Athletics' Simon Castro: Re-ups with A's
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Castro agreed to a minor-league deal with the Athletics on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Simon signed a minor-league deal with the A's last offseason and split his time between Triple-A Nashville and the majors in 2017. He was effective in the minors (3.32 ERA over 38 innings) but less so in the bigs (4.38 ERA over 37 innings). He could work his way on to the Opening Day roster with a strong spring training performance.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGJed Lowrie , 2B.277
HRKhris Davis , LF43
RBIKhris Davis , LF110
OBPJed Lowrie , 2B.360
SLGKhris Davis , LF.528
RKhris Davis , LF91
SBMarcus Semien , SS12
WSean Manaea , SP12
KSean Manaea , SP140
SVBlake Treinen , RP16

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