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Top Billy McKinney News

  • Yankees' Billy McKinney: Moving to minor-league camp

    McKinney was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday.

    McKinney signed with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee in December, and it's hardly a surprise he won't be included on the Opening Day roster. The 28-year-old had a .476 OPS in 14 spring games and is coming off a 2022 campaign during which he went 5-for-52 in 23 contests for the Athletics.

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  • Billy McKinney: Inks minor-league deal with Yankees

    McKinney signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees on Saturday, Max Goodman of reports.

    McKinney's big-league debut came as a Yankee back in 2018, but he's failed to make much of an impact there or elsewhere across parts of five seasons. In 263 career games, he's hit just .206/.277/.387. Things went even worse for him last season, as he played 23 games for Oakland and hit .096/.158/.173. It's hard to envision him playing a major role at the big-league level this season.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Thriving with Aviators

    McKinney owns a .306/.387/.533 slash line with 21 extra-base hits (nine doubles, four triples, eight home runs) and 37 RBI across 48 games with Triple-A Las Vegas since May 15.

    McKinney was booted off the 40-man roster back on May 9 after furnishing an abysmal .096/.158/.173 slash line across 57 plate appearances with the Athletics. However, the 27-year-old has found new life in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, where he's also posted a pair of stolen bases and 31 runs over his 48-game stint with the Aviators in addition to the numbers previously cited. McKinney has only marginally cut down his strikeout rate to 27.0 percent from the 28.1 percent figure he'd posted against big-league arms, but he has upped his walk rate to 10.8 percent after drawing free passes at a 7.0 percent clip in Oakland.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Moved off 40-man roster

    The Athletics designated McKinney for assignment Monday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    He'll be pushed off the 40-man roster in favor of Luis Barrera, who was also called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take McKinney's spot on the 26-man active roster. McKinney had managed a lowly .096/.158/.173 slash line while striking out in 28.1 percent of his plate appearances through the first month of the season, so he could have a tough time earning a spot on another organization's 40-man roster. If he goes unclaimed off waivers, McKinney will be assigned to Las Vegas.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Won't start Sunday

    McKinney is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Guardians.

    McKinney will head to the bench after going 0-for-7 while starting in both of the Athletics' last two contests. Ramon Laureano (suspension) is one week away from being cleared to make his season debut with Oakland, and McKinney looks like one of the top candidates to lose out on at-bats in the outfield once that happens. McKinney is sitting on a miserable .111/.180/.200 slash line through 50 plate appearances this season.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Doubles as pinch hitter

    McKinney entered Wednesday's win over the Giants as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and laced a double in his one plate appearance.

    McKinney was on the bench for the second straight night, but he came through nicely with his second extra-base hit of the season. The 27-year-old has found success at the plate elusive since the start of the season, and despite Wednesday's productive plate appearance, McKinney could find playing time increasingly sparse, especially once the switch-hitting Jed Lowrie returns from the COVID-19 injured list.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Not in Friday's lineup

    McKinney will sit Friday against the Rangers.

    McKinney has done very little with his chances thus far this season, hitting .118/.189/.206 in 37 trips to the plate. Mickey McDonald will be the right fielder Friday.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Sits versus righty

    McKinney is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.

    McKinney has typically been a fixture in Oakland's lineup versus right-handed pitching to begin the season, but he'll take a seat in the series finale against Toronto righty Alek Manoah. With Chad Pinder and Seth Brown manning the corner-outfield spots, the recently recalled Christian Bethancourt will be replacing McKinney in the starting nine at first base.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: On bench against southpaw

    McKinney isn't starting Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

    McKinney went 0-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts in his last two starts, but he'll retreat to the bench with lefty Hyun Jin Ryu on the mound for Toronto. Jed Lowrie will serve as the designated hitter and bat third.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Not starting against lefty

    McKinney isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Rays.

    McKinney started four of the first five games of the season and went 2-for-14 with a homer, two runs, two RBI and two walks. Seth Brown will serve as the designated hitter while Jed Lowrie starts at first base against left-hander Shane McClanahan.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Knocks solo shot

    McKinney went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a win over the Phillies on Sunday.

    McKinney drew the start in left field and knocked a 390-foot shot to right field in the seventh inning to expand the Athletics' lead to 2-0 at the time. The 27-year-old drew two starts overall in the weekend series against the Phillies, but Sunday's blast was his first hit of the season.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Remains out of lineup

    McKinney isn't starting Saturday's game against the Phillies, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    McKinney will be out of the lineup for a second straight game to begin the regular season. Jed Lowrie will serve as the designated hitter and bat second.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Makes Opening Day roster

    The Athletics selected McKinney's contract Thursday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    In addition to representing a lefty-hitting option in the corner outfield, McKinney is one of a slew of players who will likely be part of the Athletics' patchwork approach to the first base position following the trade of Matt Olson to Atlanta earlier in the spring. McKinney possesses decent on-base skills and a modicum of pop, but a dearth of speed and a career .215 average in the big leagues make him a rather low-ceiling fantasy option even if he were to find his way into a full-time role.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Candidate for first base job

    McKinney, who's currently signed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, is a candidate for the Athletics' open first base job, Martin Gallegos of reports.

    McKinney made his Cactus League debut Sunday and went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run, starting that game at first base. The 27-year-old was in right field Tuesday against the Royals while fellow candidate Dalton Kelly took his turn at the position, but the lefty-swinging McKinney, who's flashed some pop in a pair of big-league stints thus far in his career, could make a case for the strong side of a platoon with an impressive enough spring at the plate.

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  • Athletics' Billy McKinney: Joins A's on MiLB deal

    McKinney signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Wednesday that includes an invite to major-league camp.

    McKinney bounced around in 2021 as he spent time with five different teams, though he only saw game action with the Brewers, Mets and Dodgers. The 27-year-old hit .192/.280/.358 with nine home runs, 32 runs and 27 RBI in 300 plate appearances, and he could be in the Opening Day mix for Oakland, especially if the team continues offloading its top talent.

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  • Billy McKinney: Parts ways with Rangers

    McKinney was non-tendered by the Rangers on Tuesday.

    McKinney was only acquired from the Dodgers last week, but the Rangers aren't tendering him a contract for 2022. Given the recency of the trade, the team could be attempting to bring him back via a minor-league deal. McKinney appeared in 116 games last season and hit .192/.280/.358 between stints with the Brewers, Mets and Dodgers.

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  • Rangers' Billy McKinney: Traded to Texas

    McKinney was sent from the Dodgers to the Rangers along with Zach Reks in exchange for cash considerations Monday.

    The 27-year-old has played for five different teams across his four years in the league. It's no surprise that he hasn't been able to stick around anywhere for long, as his career .215/.286/.404 slash line isn't nearly good enough for a corner outfielder despite his decent power. While he's landed in an organization where at-bats should be comparatively easy to come by, it's still tough to see him carving out an everyday role.

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  • Dodgers' Billy McKinney: Designated for assignment

    McKinney was designated for assignment Friday, Eric Stephen of reports.

    The Dodgers opted to use his 40-man roster spot on a prospect. McKinney could be looking for an NRI deal after hitting .192 last season.

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  • Dodgers' Billy McKinney: Not on NLCS roster

    McKinney isn't on the Dodgers' roster for the NLCS against Atlanta, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

    Although the Dodgers will be shorthanded at first base with Max Muncy (elbow) unavailable for the NLCS, McKinney will be left off the roster. He went 0-for-1 while serving as a depth option to begin the postseason.

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  • Dodgers' Billy McKinney: Joins wild-card roster

    McKinney (hip) was added to the roster for Wednesday's NL Wild Card Game against the Cardinals.

    McKinney had been sidelined since mid-September due to a left hip injury, but he began a rehab assignment last week and went 4-for-15 with three doubles, a run and six strikeouts across four appearances with the minor-league club. He'll likely serve in a depth capacity in Wednesday's wild-card matchup.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Age: 28
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, L