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Athletics release INF Nick Punto.

Not much rhyme or reason to this move, considering that the A's had to eat nearly $3 million of his salary with this move, but it is always easy to question Billy Beane's moves yet they somehow always seem to make sense in the end. Punto will land somewhere with a bench rotational role and salary.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

19 Dec, 04:53 PMSource

Fernando Rodriguez was designated for assignment.

Rodriguez's is being DFA'd to make room for Jesse Hahn who was acquired in a deal that sent Derek Norris to San Diego. He should have no trouble getting a minor league deal with another team.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

18 Dec, 10:37 PM

A's acquire Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from Padres in Derek Norris deal.

The A's received two starting pitchers from the Padres in a deal that sent catcher Derek Norris to Oakland. Hahn found success at the major league level last season for the Padres and will now move to another pitcher friendly ballpark in Oakland. Alvarez projects to be a hard throwing relief, but is still a few year away from the major leagues.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

18 Dec, 09:06 PMSource

Stephen Vogt got his walking boot off Thursday. He said it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without pain.

This is good news for Vogt as there's a strong chance he'll come into the 2015 season fully healthy. When healthy last year, Vogt was fairly productive, but saw his numbers tail off towards the end of the season. Vogt will likely see time at first base, in right field, and at DH next season for the A's.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

18 Dec, 06:13 PMSource

Jorge De Leon has been released.

The A's grabbed De Leon to give him a look, despite his struggles with the Astros last year. Unfortunately, his stay didn't last long as the team needed to open up a roster spot for Eury De La Rosa who was recently acquired from the Diamondbacks.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

18 Dec, 01:00 PMSource

Arizona trade pitcher Eury De La Rosa to the Athletics for cash considerations.

The 26-year old lefty seemed to pitch well in his 36.2 innings of work last year, posting a 2.95 ERA with a 7.85 K/9. It had taken him a little while to work his way through the Diamondbacks system, so perhaps the team felt that they had seen his ceiling and opted for a little cash money while they could. He should get a chance to compete for a bullpen spot this spring.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

18 Dec, 12:59 PMSource

The Athletics designate OF Shane Peterson for assignment.

The A's needed a spot on the 40-man roster after picking up Mark Canha from Colorado, so Peterson was the casualty. He's been toiling at Triple-A for some time without much hope for a regular call-up, so they'll simply leave him down there.. He'll probably accept the assignment rather than try out free agency.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

11 Dec, 01:10 PMSource

Marcus Semien will get every opportunity to win the Athletics everyday shortstop job.

Well, the A's didn't trade for Semien just to keep him down in the minors. He got his feet wet on the South Side of Chicago last season and while he hit just .234 over 231 at-bats before heading back to the minors, he did hit six home runs with 28 RBI. He's a work in progress but has a little bit of power potential, especially for a shortstop.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

10 Dec, 08:43 AMSource

Athletics have designated Jorge De Leon for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

The A's need to make room after acquiring three players in the Jeff Samardzija deal. De Leon will, more than likely, accept the assignment and report to one of the team's affiliates.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

9 Dec, 04:17 PMSource

Athletics officially acquired infielder Marcus Semien and RHP Chris Bassitt from the White Sox in exchange for RHPJeff Samardzija.

There is supposed to be a third name going from Chicago to Oakland, but Semien and Bassitt are the two more important names to watch. Semien could make an immediate impact and play the infield if/when Jed Lowrie leaves the team but Bassitt might be another year away. Samardzija to the South Side should be a big move this year though.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

9 Dec, 10:48 AMSource

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