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Athletics' Ross Stripling: Excited about new pitch
Stripling has begun unveiling a new "Deathball" pitch that he worked on this offseason, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The veteran right-hander was just acquired from the Giants on Feb. 2 and has already been deploying the pitch in front of his new coaches and teammates. Stripling admits he's still perfecting his use of the offering, which he's primarily used in bullpen sessions thus far and is described as a modified version of a slider that drops straight down late. Stripling plans to use his Cactus League appearances to experiment with it in game situations and decide if he'll be utilizing it in his arsenal when he opens the season as the Athletics' projected No. 3 starter.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Mason Miller: Velocity on display early
Miller, who's projected to open the season in the bullpen, was already "lighting up the radar gun" in his first official bullpen session of spring Thursday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Miller averaged 98.3 mph on his fastball as a rookie last season, but he was limited to just 10 appearances (six starts) due to a UCL sprain on his throwing elbow and posted a solid 3.78 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 33.1 total innings. Miller was managed carefully upon returning from a four-month absence in September while working as a multi-inning reliever, posting a 12.0 K/9 and 0.8 HR/9 across the 12 frames he logged over the final month of the campaign. With a four-pitch arsenal that also includes a slider, cutter and changeup in addition to his elite fastball, Miller could well earn some closing opportunities and will be limited to two innings per outing at most during spring training, per manager Mark Kotsay.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Freddy Tarnok: Behind after hip surgery
Tarnok (hip) is a bit behind schedule at the beginning of Athletics camp, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Tarnok needed surgery on his right hip last August and will be eased into things this spring. The 25-year-old will be in the mix for a spot in Oakland's rotation once he's ready to roll, although a trip back to Triple-A Las Vegas to knock some rust off at the start of 2024 seems likely.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Sean Newcomb: Slightly behind schedule
Newcomb (knee) is slightly behind schedule at the start of Athletics camp, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Newcomb had surgery on his left knee in September and on his right knee in December and is still working his way back into shape from those procedures. At this point, he should not be at risk of being unavailable for Opening Day. Newcomb is likely pegged for a long relief role.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Francisco Perez: Back in Oakland
Perez re-signed Thursday with the Athletics on a minor-league contract.
Just one day after he elected free agency upon being outrighted off Oakland's 40-man roster, Perez opted to stick with the organization on a new deal. The 26-year-old lefty made 17 appearances at the big-league level in 2023, logging a 5.94 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 16.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Aaron Brooks: Catches on with Oakland
Brooks signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Friday.
Brooks will begin his third stint with the Athletics organization, after previously seeing big-league action with the club in the 2015 season and during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He spent the entire 2023 season in the minors with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, logging a 4.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 51:20 K:BB in 63.2 innings. Brooks will likely open the 2024 campaign as a member of Triple-A Las Vegas' bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Ken Waldichuk: Opens season on 60-day IL
The Athletics placed Waldichuk (elbow) on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.
Though Waldichuk has been cleared to play catch at the outset of spring training, he'll need at least two months to complete his throwing progression and get stretched out over a multi-start rehab assignment before he's ready to make his 2024 debut for Oakland. The southpaw was shut down for most of the offseason after he underwent surgery in October to address a UCL sprain as well as flexor tendon damage in his throwing arm.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Ken Waldichuk: Ready to throw
Waldichuk (elbow) was cleared to play catch Wednesday and could be throwing bullpen sessions by the end of spring training, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander is not expected to be ready for the start of the season, but ramping up his throwing program during spring training would be encouraging after he underwent surgery to repair UCL damage in his left elbow in October. Assuming there are no further complications, Waldichuk could theoretically be ready for game action by late April or early May.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Scott Alexander: Receives contract from Oakland
Alexander signed a one-year contract with the Athletics on Wednesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Alexander is coming off a down 2023 campaign, having posted a 4.66 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 31:11 K:BB in 48.1 innings for the Giants. He entered last year with a career 3.00 ERA over parts of eight major-league seasons, however, so the A's will be hoping for something closer to that version. The sinkerballer will provide Oakland with a lefty relief option.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Stephen Piscotty: Rejoins Oakland
Piscotty signed a minor-league deal with the Athletics on Feb. 3 that includes an invitation to spring training.
Piscotty enjoyed his best season in the majors with the Athletics in 2018, but his performance has precipitously ever since. He didn't appear in the majors at any point in 2023 and had been a free agent ever since the White Sox released him from his minor-league deal in August. Even though Oakland projects to field one of MLB's weaker lineups in 2024, Piscotty will likely face long odds to break camp with the big club coming out of spring training.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Joe Boyle: Could garner No. 5 spot
Boyle, who impressed in a trio of late-season starts in 2023, could have an edge for the No. 5 role in the Athletics' rotation to open the season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Gallegos reports general manager David Forst has already strongly implied that Paul Blackburn, JP Sears, Alex Wood and Ross Stripling -- the latter two veteran offseason additions -- will unsurprisingly slot into the top four spots in the rotation. Southpaw Ken Waldichuk (elbow) may eventually join that group when healthy, but he's not expected to be ready for the start of the season; therefore, Boyle, who went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 0.81 WHIP across his first three major-league starts last September, could slot into that No. 5 role coming out of spring training. However, he'll have some reasonably experienced competition, including holdovers Luis Medina, Freddy Tarnok (hip) and Adrian Martinez,... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Brett Harris: Chance to land Opening Day spot
Harris, who finished the 2023 minor-league season at Triple-A Las Vegas, has a chance to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster with an impressive spring training, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Gallegos notes Harris is clearly behind Jordan Diaz and the switch-hitting Abraham Toro in the hierarchy at the position as spring camp approaches, but the 25-year-old has shown solid upside during his rise through the organizational ranks. Harris earned his promotion to the highest level of the minors with a .283 average and .825 OPS across 69 games with Double-A Midland in 2023, and he more than held his own against Triple-A arms in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League by generating a .271/.347/.419 slash line across 36 games to close out the minor-league campaign. Harris has impressed with his ability to make solid contact -- he's posted a sub-18.5 percent strikeout rate in four professional stops since the beginning of the 2022 season -- and has shown some welcome plate discipline at times with double-digit walk rates at both High-A Lansing and Midland.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Trevor Gott: Could vie for save chances
Gott is viewed by general manager David Forst as a potential candidate for save chances this coming season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Forst notes the team and Gott had discussed the right-handed journeyman getting closing opportunities when he signed a one-year deal in December. The 31-year-old is just 6-for-17 in save chances during a big-league career that dates back to 2015, but he does have 255 regular-season appearances on his resume and boasts a mid-90s fastball. Forst added that Dany Jimenez and Mason Miller are also firmly in the mix for the closer's role, and he didn't rule out the possibility of another free-agent signing before the start of the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Athletics' Dany Jimenez: Most experienced closing candidate
Jimenez is viewed by A's general manager David Forst as the most experienced late-inning candidate vying for the team's closer role this spring, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Jimenez will enter 2024 with 61 major-league appearances, which have encompassed 59 innings. The right-hander has converted 12 of 16 save chances and also recorded 11 holds in that span, generating a solid 3.43 ERA and 1.14 WHIP overall in the process. Forst adds that journeyman Trevor Gott, who signed a one-year deal in December, is also under consideration for some ninth-inning opportunities, while Mason Miller, who's worked almost exclusively as a starter in his three-year professional career thus far, is considered to have excellent stuff for the role and therefore firmly in contention for it as well.... See More ... See Less
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