Oakland Athletics Roundup: Updates on Coco Crisp, Ben Zobrist and More


The Oakland Athletics have had a busy week, including plenty of transactions and a series win against the Padres. Catch up with the weekend edition of the Swingin’ A’s roundup:

In Case You Missed it:
In our most popular article of the week, Andrew Dambrauskas looked at the A’s pickup of Dayan Viciedo and analyzed the ramifications of that move for Coco Crisp.

Casey Witt talked about a few potential trades that could happen as the deadline approaches, and why the A’s deserve more than the Nationals can give them for Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard.

Meanwhile, Andrew explained why the A’s are better than their record, and dissected why Billy Butler is just not a good fit for Oakland.

Transactions and Trades:
On Friday, the Athletics designated Andy Parrino for assignment to make room on the roster for first baseman Ike Davis. Parrino had just eight plate appearances in 17 games, with a pair of walks and five strikeouts.

Davis, who had been on the disabled listed with a left quad strain since May 13, played five rehab games with Triple-A Nashville before returning to the majors. Davis had five hits in 21 at-bats, with a double and five RBIs.

Reliever Edward Mujica gave up a grand slam in his first appearance after returning from the DL on Friday. Previously, Mujica had pitched two games with the Stockton Ports on his rehab assignment, striking out four in two perfect innings of work. To make room for Mujica, reliever Arnold Leon was optioned to the Sounds again.

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Around the Minors
Last week, Oakland activated A.J. Griffin and optioned him to Nashville to begin his return to the major leagues. Griffin, who had been on the 60-day disabled list after having Tommy John surgery last season, has not pitched well so far. In two outings, he’s allowed seven runs – including an astonishing five home runs in less than eight innings.

Double-A Midland will send eight future Athletics to the Texas League All-Star Game, including top prospect Matt Olson. Five of the players were originally voted in, while three others will serve as alternates for players who have already been called up and can no longer participate.

Elsewhere in Baseball
Halo Hangout looks at who the Angels might target at the trade deadline, including former Giants’ outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Over at Climbing Tal’s Hill, they analyzed how former-Athletic Jed Lowrie fits in after the debut of Carlos Correa.

The Giants’ recent struggles are documented on Around the Foghorn, as they search for answers to their recent slump.

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