Oakland Athletics Roundup: Eric Chavez to Angels; Sean Manaea Struggles; Prospect Rangel Ravelo

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Oakland Athletics Roundup: Monday, November 2


Eric Chavez has long been a fan-favorite in Oakland. Despite some struggles as a fill-in broadcaster last season, the former Oakland Athletics infielder has maintained his popularity among A’s fans. But that might all change in 2016, because the Los Angeles Angels have hired the perennial All-Star as a special assistant.

Chavez has always been regarded as a player who would be an asset to any organization, and it’s a surprise that the A’s didn’t try to snag him this winter, given that they’ve made several changes to their coaching staff already. The Angels, however, are lucky to pick up the former third baseman.

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Chavez is expected to help in a variety of ways, including scouting and on-field coaching. He will be present at Spring Training, and he’ll help with the minor league organization. With his experience and knowledge, he should be a valuable piece of the Angels’ from office, and that’s hardly a good thing for the division-rival Oakland A’s.

In Case You Missed It:

Could Rangel Ravelo Assume Max Muncy’s Role in 2016? – Will Rangel Ravelo have an impact on the major league level next season? Samatha Riley looks at whether he could replace Max Muncy.

A’s Prospect Sean Manaea is Struggling in Arizona Fall League Sean Manaea may be the Athletics top prospect, but he’s struggled in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League environment. Is this a sign of things to come, or are his minor league numbers more predictive of his success? Andrew Dambrauskas explains.

Should the A’s Pursue Free Agent Marco Estrada? – Could the A’s use veteran pitching on their staff? Felix Doubrant wasn’t necessarily what the team was looking for last season, but perhaps veteran starter and current free agent Marco Estrada is the answer. Casey Witt analyzes Estrada’s fit with the Athletics.

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Next: A's Prospects Who Could Make an Impact Next Year

Around the Web:

Halo Hangout: Angels Hire Eric Chavez As Special Assistant – Halo Hangout analyzes the Chavez hire, and what it means to the Angels – and what Los Angeles needs to do next.

Climbing Tal’s Hill: Could Astros Target Alex Gordon? – As the postseason ends, CTH looks at whether the Astros could be a good fit for the Royals’ Alex Gordon, who has been an All-Star ever since his move from third base to the outfield.

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