Oakland A’s shuffle roster ahead of offseason

Apr 13, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks Yonny Hernandez (19) hits his helmet after swinging at strike two against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic
Apr 13, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks Yonny Hernandez (19) hits his helmet after swinging at strike two against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic /
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The Oakland A’s are moving pieces around on the 40 man roster.

The A’s announced a series of moves on Thursday. First, they claimed Yonny Hernandez on waivers from the Diamondbacks. Then, they outrighted Nate Mondou, Sam Selman, Austin Pruitt, Norge Ruiz, and Collin Wiles off the 40 man roster to Las Vegas.

Oakland A’s turning over bottom of 40 man roster

Chances are, more players will be shuffled off the roster. Players on the 60 day Injured List need to be added to the active roster. The deadline to add minor leaguers to the 40 man roster to protect them from the Rule V Draft is coming up on November 15 as well, necessitating those roster spots.

It is possible that Hernandez ends up being a victim of the 40 man roster crunch as well. He is yet another infielder without any power who makes contact and can draw a walk, someone else in the Ernie Clement/Sheldon Neuse/Tyler Wade mold. At some point, the A’s will run out of those types of players to add or space on the 40 man roster.

Hernandez has not fared well at the major league level. He has posted a .198/.293/.228 batting line in his 194 plate appearances with five doubles as his only extra base hits. While he has stolen 13 bases in 15 attempts and has a solid minor league track record, that impressive lack of power limits his upside.

For now, he will have a new organization to attempt to impress. The A’s do need help throughout the diamond and are looking for bench pieces, so he does have a chance. As Hernandez has options available as well, he could be stashed in Triple-A as a depth piece. Just like Neuse, Wade, and Clement.

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The Oakland A’s have made a series of roster moves and brought in Yonny Hernandez. He is yet another piece that they already have.

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