Found November 02, 2013 on
Bay Sports Report:
The Oakland Athletics have signed right-hander Phillip Humber to a minor league contract and it is expected he will have a chance to make the roster during spring training. He hasn’t had the greatest career thus far but has shown potential throwing the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball History for the Chicago White Sox in 2012. Hopefully with the A’s pitching staff and coaches can help him turn his potential into production.
Humber is 16-23 in his career and has an ERA over 5 but he has played for some bad teams and may not have gotten the guidance he needs yet. Oakland also decided to pick up Brett Anderson and Coco Crisp’s options for 2014, but declined to pick up outfielder Chris Young, and catcher Kurt Suzuki.
Anderson is another pitcher who shows some promise but he has experienced injury trouble almost every season with the Athletics since being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007. He will have what may be his last shot to prove that he can still hack it on the mound after going through Tommy John surgery, an oblique strain, a stress fracture, and forearm strains in recent seasons.
Crisp has been productive since joining the A’s in 2009 and has seemed to help change the culture of young guys to having more fun and sharing the wealth offensively. Next year he should surpass 300 career stolen bases and will hopefully be able to stay healthy all year to stay on the field for his range defensively and his big time hits on offense.
Oakland declined to keep Young who was either completely overpaid or completely underperformed in his time in Oakland. There was no way the team was going to keep his 11 million dollar salary. Suzuki played about as expected when signed but with Oakland already having other promising catchers, it was just not worth it to keep him around on the roster.
The Oakland front office is going to make some moves this offseason after the payroll is said to have jumped somewhere in the 60 million dollar range, and so far things seem to be going well.
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The Oakland A’s would probably not have had a strong 2013 campaign without the efforts of Coco Crisp. The outfielder was a catalyst for Bob Melvin’s offense and played typically sterling defense all season long and as a result the team picked up his $8.5M option for 2014 on Friday. After the end of the 2013 season, the 34-year old Crisp expressed interest in a long-term deal...
Coco Crisp makes the Oakland Athletics go from the top of the order, and figures to be doing so again in 2014.
The A's exercised their $7.5 million club option for the center fielder Friday, though general manager Billy Beane announced it as soon as the season ended with a five-game division series loss to the Detroit Tigers for the second straight year.
A switch-hitter and...
The A's made their first post-season move outside the organization Saturday with the signing to a minor league contract of right-handed pitcher Philip Humber, who was with the Astros last year.
Humber, who will come to spring training with the big league club, was 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA for Houston this season. But in April of 2012 he was at the other end of the baseball rainbow...
There was no need for a late rally in 2013. The A's took over the lead in the AL West for good on September 6th, and clinched the division on the second to last weekend of the season. Oakland took a 2-1 lead in the ALDS against the Tigers, and led 3-0 in Game 4 before getting outscored 11-3 over the final game and a half to end their season at the Coliseum once again.