In the middle of a very tumultuous season filled with rumors about a potential relocation to Las Vegas and an exit from the East Bay, the Oakland Athletics are perhaps acclimating to moving around by doing so with different players belonging to their organization.
After completing a bunch of roster moves on the last day of June and heading into Saturday's second game of their series against the White Sox inside the Oakland Coliseum, the A's announced two more roster moves right before that game, one they would end up winning 7-6 in the 10th inning.
The most fascinating thing about these two moves, of course, is that they enabled Oakland to win back-to-back games since they last did it in mid-June when they put together a seven-game winning streak that ended following the matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays the day after the Reverse Boycott took place.
The A's recalled left-handed pitcher Kyle Muller from Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators and instantly threw the hurler to the White Sox wolves on Saturday in what was Muller's 11 start of the season at Oakland.
Muller, prior to Saturday, had yet to win a game boasting a paltry 0-4 record while keeping up a horrid 7.79 ERA. Ah, how things changed in a brief span of five innings, didn't they?
The LHP threw five innings of pure excitement and while he still allowed three runs on three hits, and conceded four walks, he also stroke out four batters on Chicago's side and earned his first win of the season in Oakland's 7-6 victory over the weekend's visitors.
Going the other way was Kirby Snead, who the A's optioned to AAA Las Vegas ahead of Saturday's game in order to make room for Muller to start against the Sox.
Snead was reinstated from IL just one day before in the conglomerate of moves completed by the A's at the end of June. Snead returned from the 60-day IL to the main roster of the A's, but he was ultimately sent down to Las Vegas following the necessity of calling Muller up.
As long as the A's jigsaw and mix-matching keeps yielding results, we'd gladly keep trying to make sense of all of the moves.