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A's claim RHP Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Angels

The Oakland A's claimed right-handed pitcher Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels, the club announced Tuesday.

Bridwell went 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA in five games with the Angels and 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Salt Lake last year. He had two stints on the Bees disabled list with an inflamed right elbow, missing time from April 19 to May 17 and June 8 to Sept. 10. The 27-year-old right-hander has been claimed off waivers three times since the end of the season, going to the New York Yankees on Nov. 26 and returning to the Angels Dec. 21. He was designated for assignment a week ago today.

The Oakland A's claimed right-handed pitcher Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels, the club announced Tuesday.

Bridwell went 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA in five games with the Angels and 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Salt Lake last year. He had two stints on the Bees disabled list with an inflamed right elbow, missing time from April 19 to May 17 and June 8 to Sept. 10. The 27-year-old right-hander has been claimed off waivers three times since the end of the season, going to the New York Yankees on Nov. 26 and returning to the Angels Dec. 21. He was designated for assignment a week ago today.

Bridwell was originally selected by Baltimore in the ninth round of the 2010 draft and made his Major League debut in 2016, appearing in two games for the Orioles. He was traded to the Angels for cash or a player to be named later April 17, 2017 and went 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 21 games, including 20 starts, for the Angels in 2017. Bridwell is 11-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 28 career appearances, including 21 starts, in three seasons in the majors.
 

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A's agree to terms with five arbitration eligible players

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea, infielders Jurickson Profar and Marcus Semien and outfielders Mark Canha and Khris Davis on one-year contracts for the 2019 season, avoiding arbitration.

Canha started games at five different positions for the A's last year and batted .249 with a career-high 17 home runs and 52 RBI in 122 games. He also had career bests in on-base percentage (.328), slugging percentage (.449), OPS (.778) and walks (34). The 29-year-old right-handed hitter belted 13 of his 17 home runs against left-handed pitchers and tied for second in the American League in home runs against lefties.

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea, infielders Jurickson Profar and Marcus Semien and outfielders Mark Canha and Khris Davis on one-year contracts for the 2019 season, avoiding arbitration.

Canha started games at five different positions for the A's last year and batted .249 with a career-high 17 home runs and 52 RBI in 122 games. He also had career bests in on-base percentage (.328), slugging percentage (.449), OPS (.778) and walks (34). The 29-year-old right-handed hitter belted 13 of his 17 home runs against left-handed pitchers and tied for second in the American League in home runs against lefties.

Davis hit a Major League leading and career-high 48 home runs and ranked second with a career-high 123 RBI last year. It was his third straight season with 40 home runs and 100 RBI, making him the 22nd player in ML history with at least three straight seasons of 40 home runs and 100 RBI. The 31-year-old right-handed hitter leads the majors with 133 home runs over the last three years and is second with 335 RBI.

Manaea was 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA and .232 opponents batting average in 27 starts last year before going on the disabled list Aug. 26 with a shoulder injury. He underwent surgery Sept. 19 and missed the remainder of the season. The 26-year-old left-hander authored the seventh no-hitter in Oakland history and 12th in Athletics history on April 21 against Boston.

Profar was acquired from Texas Dec. 21 in a three-team seven-player trade. He had career highs in nearly every offensive category with the Rangers last year, batting .254 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI in 146 games. The 25-year-old switch-hitter added 35 doubles and 10 stolen bases and was one of just five American League players with at least 35 doubles, 20 home runs, 75 RBI and 10 stolen bases.

Semien batted .255 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI in 159 games with Oakland in 2018. He had career highs in at bats (632), runs (89), hits (161), doubles (35), walks (61) and stolen bases (14). The 28-year-old right-handed hitter is one of nine Major Leaguers with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases in each of the last four seasons.

The A's have one remaining player on their roster eligible for arbitration: Blake Treinen.

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A's agree to terms with LHP Ryan Buchter

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, avoiding arbitration.

Buchter went 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA and .219 opponents batting average in 54 relief appearances in his first season with the A's last year. He allowed just 2-of-30 (6.7%) inherited runners to score, which was the lowest percentage in the majors. The 31-year-old left-hander had a .169 opponents batting average against left-handed hitters and .121 with runners in scoring position.

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, avoiding arbitration.

Buchter went 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA and .219 opponents batting average in 54 relief appearances in his first season with the A's last year. He allowed just 2-of-30 (6.7%) inherited runners to score, which was the lowest percentage in the majors. The 31-year-old left-hander had a .169 opponents batting average against left-handed hitters and .121 with runners in scoring position.

The A's have five remaining players on their roster eligible for arbitration: Mark Canha, Khris Davis, Sean Manaea, Marcus Semien and Blake Treinen.

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Oakland A's to host FanFest in Jack London Square

Fans can meet players, coaches, and alumni at free event on Jan. 26

The Oakland A's will host their annual FanFest on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Jack London Square. The free event, presented by NBC Sports California, gives fans the opportunity to meet players and coaches ahead of the 2019 season. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will begin with a "Welcome Walk" featuring players, coaches, and alumni at 9:45 a.m. Fans are encouraged to line Water Street from Scott's Seafood to the main stage at the Ferry Lawn. 

The Oakland A's will host their annual FanFest on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Jack London Square. The free event, presented by NBC Sports California, gives fans the opportunity to meet players and coaches ahead of the 2019 season. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will begin with a "Welcome Walk" featuring players, coaches, and alumni at 9:45 a.m. Fans are encouraged to line Water Street from Scott's Seafood to the main stage at the Ferry Lawn. 

Twenty players, including Chris Bassitt, Ryan Buchter, Mark Canha, Jharel Cotton, Mike Fiers, Dustin Fowler, Sean Manaea, Nick Martini, Matt Olson, Chad Pinder, and Andrew Triggs, are scheduled to join FanFest. Fans will also have the chance to meet A's legends Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, Bip Roberts, and Dave Stewart.  

FanFest will include autograph and question-and-answer sessions throughout the day. The event will feature 10 free food trucks, giveaways, inflatable games, and a merchandise station. NBC Sports California, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and StubHub will also have experiences for fans to enjoy at the event. 

The Community Zone, located at Broadway and Embarcadero, will have activities for kids, including face painting and photos with Stomper and the Hall of Fame racers. Chevron will host a Science of Baseball Showcase featuring STEM exhibits and demonstrations. Fans can also purchase past giveaway items and A's memorabilia at the Community Zone yard sale benefiting the Oakland A's Community Fund. 

Fans can learn about plans for the new ballpark at Howard Terminal and redevelopment of the Coliseum site at the Ballpark Experience Area, located along Water Street. Members of the ballpark design team will be on hand to answer questions and display renderings. 

Fans can visit the A's Access booth at FanFest to join A's Access, which provides access to every regular season home game, 50 percent off concessions, and 25 percent off merchandise. Fans are encouraged to follow the A's on Twitter (@athletics) throughout the event for a chance to participate in a scavenger hunt for 2019 game tickets before they go on sale to the public on Feb. 5. For more information, visit athletics.com/fanfest. 

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A's agree to terms with RHP Mike Fiers on a two-year contract

The Oakland A's agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers on a two-year contract, the club announced today.

Fiers began the 2018 season with Detroit and was 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 21 starts when he was traded to Oakland on Aug. 6. He went 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 10 games, including nine starts, with the A's and combined for a 12-8 record and a 3.56 ERA in 31 games overall. The 33-year-old right-hander had career highs in wins and winning percentage (.600) and matched his highs in games and games started. Fiers ranked fifth in the American League in fewest walks per nine innings (1.94), eighth in opponents' batting average with runners in scoring position (.172) and 10th in ERA. He was non-tendered by the A's on Nov. 30.

The Oakland A's agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers on a two-year contract, the club announced today.

Fiers began the 2018 season with Detroit and was 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 21 starts when he was traded to Oakland on Aug. 6. He went 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 10 games, including nine starts, with the A's and combined for a 12-8 record and a 3.56 ERA in 31 games overall. The 33-year-old right-hander had career highs in wins and winning percentage (.600) and matched his highs in games and games started. Fiers ranked fifth in the American League in fewest walks per nine innings (1.94), eighth in opponents' batting average with runners in scoring position (.172) and 10th in ERA. He was non-tendered by the A's on Nov. 30.

The complete 2018 and career statistics for Fiers follow:

FIERS 

 W 

 L 

 ERA 

 G 

 GS 

 CG 

 SHO 

 SV 

 IP 

 H 

 R 

 ER 

 BB 

 SO 

DETROIT 

 7 

 6 

 3.48 

 21 

 21 

 0 

 0 

 0 

 119.0 

 121 

 49 

 46 

 26 

 87 

OAKLAND 

 5 

 2 

 3.74 

 10 

 9 

 0 

 0 

 0 

 53.0 

 45 

 22 

 22 

 11 

 52 

CAREER 

 54 

 55 

 4.04 

 172 

 153 

 1 

 1 

 0 

 898.0 

 873 

 433 

 403 

 267 

 827 

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A's agree to terms with RHP Joakim Soria on a two-year contract

The Oakland A's agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria on a two-year contract, the club announced today.

Soria began the 2018 season with the Chicago White Sox and had 16 saves and a 2.56 ERA in 40 relief appearances when he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers July 26. He went 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 outings with the Brewers and combined for a 3.12 ERA in 66 relief appearances overall. The 34-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high tying 75 batters in 60.2 innings and walked just 16 while holding the opposition to a .225 batting average.

The Oakland A's agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria on a two-year contract, the club announced today.

Soria began the 2018 season with the Chicago White Sox and had 16 saves and a 2.56 ERA in 40 relief appearances when he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers July 26. He went 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 26 outings with the Brewers and combined for a 3.12 ERA in 66 relief appearances overall. The 34-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high tying 75 batters in 60.2 innings and walked just 16 while holding the opposition to a .225 batting average.

Soria has pitched 11 seasons in the majors with Kansas City (2007-11, 16-17), Texas (2013-14), Detroit (2014-15), Pittsburgh (2015), Chicago-AL (2018) and Milwaukee (2018) and is 31-35 with 220 saves and a 2.88 ERA in 639 career appearances. A two-time All-Star, he ranks fifth among active pitchers in saves.

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A's acquire IF Jurickson Profar from Texas in three-team deal

Oakland sends RHP Emilio Pagan to Tampa Bay and minor league IF Eli White to Texas

The Oakland A's acquired infielder Jurickson Profar from the Texas Rangers in a three-team trade in which the A's sent minor league infielder Eli White and international bonus slot cash to Texas and right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagán and the A's Competitive Balance Round A pick in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft to Tampa Bay. The Rangers sent right-handed pitcher Rollie Lacy to the Rays and Tampa Bay sent minor league left-handed pitchers Kyle Bird and Brock Burke and minor league right-handed pitcher Yoel Espinal to Texas.

Profar batted .254 in 146 games with Texas last year and had career highs in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (20), RBI (77) and walks (54). He was one of just five American Leaguers with at least 35 doubles, 20 home runs, 75 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 2018. The 25-year-old switch-hitter made 61 starts at shortstop, 46 at third base, 20 at first base and nine at second base. Profar made his Major League debut with Texas in 2012 at the age of 19 and is a .240 career hitter with 32 home runs and 130 RBI in 352 games in five seasons in the majors (2012-13, 16-18).

The Oakland A's acquired infielder Jurickson Profar from the Texas Rangers in a three-team trade in which the A's sent minor league infielder Eli White and international bonus slot cash to Texas and right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagán and the A's Competitive Balance Round A pick in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft to Tampa Bay. The Rangers sent right-handed pitcher Rollie Lacy to the Rays and Tampa Bay sent minor league left-handed pitchers Kyle Bird and Brock Burke and minor league right-handed pitcher Yoel Espinal to Texas.

Profar batted .254 in 146 games with Texas last year and had career highs in nearly every offensive category, including home runs (20), RBI (77) and walks (54). He was one of just five American Leaguers with at least 35 doubles, 20 home runs, 75 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 2018. The 25-year-old switch-hitter made 61 starts at shortstop, 46 at third base, 20 at first base and nine at second base. Profar made his Major League debut with Texas in 2012 at the age of 19 and is a .240 career hitter with 32 home runs and 130 RBI in 352 games in five seasons in the majors (2012-13, 16-18).

Pagán went 3-1 with a 4.35 ERA and .230 opponents batting average in 55 games over three stints with Oakland last year. He walked just 19 for a .294 opponents on-base percentage but 29 of the 55 hits he allowed were for extra bases for a .473 slugging percentage. Pagan was acquired from Seattle following the 2017 season and is 5-4 with a 3.85 ERA in 89 relief appearances in two seasons in the majors.

White spent the entire 2018 season at Double-A Midland where he led the Texas League in on-base percentage (.388), hits (154) and runs scored (81) to earn TL Midseason and Postseason honors. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter was drafted by the A's in the 11th round in 2016 and has a .286 average in 310 games in three professional seasons.

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Stephen Piscotty wins 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award

Oakland A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty has won the 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award, which honors a "Major Leaguer who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C."

Stephen's mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2017 while Stephen was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Stephen joined his hometown Oakland Athletics in an offseason trade, allowing him to move home and live with his mother and the rest of the Piscotty family. Gretchen passed away in May, surrounded by loved ones at the family home in Pleasanton, Calif.

Oakland A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty has won the 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award, which honors a "Major Leaguer who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C."

Stephen's mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2017 while Stephen was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Stephen joined his hometown Oakland Athletics in an offseason trade, allowing him to move home and live with his mother and the rest of the Piscotty family. Gretchen passed away in May, surrounded by loved ones at the family home in Pleasanton, Calif.

As the A's left for an East Coast road trip, Stephen stayed home for three days to mourn the loss of his mother with his family and closest friends. When he rejoined the club in Boston, he hit a home run over the Green Monster in his first at-bat, sparking a four-plus-month run that culminated in the best season of his career. Setting career-highs in home runs (27), RBI (88), and WAR (3.0), Stephen, who received the 2018 BBWAA Bill Rigney Good Guy Award, overcame personal tragedy to help propel the Athletics to their first postseason appearance since 2014.

"I am deeply honored to receive the Tony Conigliaro Award," Piscotty said. "To be included among this courageous group of past winners, and Tony himself, is a distinction I'll always treasure. During my mother's courageous battle with ALS, she fought hard to give my family lasting memories that we will treasure forever. She also worked tirelessly to bring more awareness to ALS so that we can hopefully one day find a cure. She is with me in accepting this award."

The Tony Conigliaro Award has been given every year since 1990 in memory of the former Red Sox outfielder, whose career was tragically shortened by a beanball in 1967 and whose life ended in 1990 at the age of 45. Awarded in a vote conducted by an 18-person committee of media members, Major League Baseball executives, Red Sox officials, fan representatives, and Conigliaro's brothers, Richie and Billy, the award will be presented at the 80th annual Boston Baseball Writers' dinner co-hosted by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Sports Museum. The dinner is scheduled to be held January 17, 2019, at the InterContinental Boston.

Piscotty is the second Athletics player to win the Tony Conigliaro Award (Jim Mecir, 2003).

Tony Conigliaro Award recipients:

2018 -- Stephen Piscotty, Athletics
2017 -- Chad Bettis, Rockies
2016 -- Yangervis Solarte, Padres
2015 -- Mitch Harris, Cardinals
2014 -- Wilson Ramos, Nationals
2013 -- John Lackey, Red Sox
2012 -- R.A. Dickey, Mets
2011 -- Tony Campana, Cubs
2010 -- Joaquin Benoit, Rays
2009 -- Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
2008 -- Rocco Baldelli, Rays
2007 -- Jon Lester, Red Sox
2006 -- Freddy Sanchez, Pirates
2005 -- Aaron Cook, Rockies
2004 -- Dewon Brazelton, Rays
2003 -- Jim Mecir, Athletics
2002 -- Jose Rijo, Reds
2001 -- Jason Johnson, Orioles; Graeme Lloyd, Expos
2000 -- Kent Mercker, Angels; Tony Saunders, Marlins
1999 -- Mike Lowell, Marlins
1998 -- Bret Saberhagen, Red Sox
1997 -- Eric Davis, Orioles
1996 -- Curtis Pride, Tigers
1995 -- Scott Radinsky, White Sox
1994 -- Mark Leiter, Angels
1993 -- Bo Jackson, White Sox
1992 -- Jim Abbott, Angels
1991 -- Dickie Thon, Phillies
1990 -- Jim Eisenreich, Royals

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A's select three in Minor League Phase of Rule 5 Draft

The Oakland A's announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings the results of the Rule 5 Draft.

  • Corban Joseph, INF, selected from Baltimore in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Mark Payton, OF, selected from New York-AL in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Anthony Miller, INF, selected from Cleveland in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Richie Martin, INF, selected by Baltimore in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

A player selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft must be kept on the Major League 25-man roster of the drafting team for the entirety of next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he will be placed on waivers before being offered back to the team from which he was selected.

The Oakland A's announced today from the MLB Winter Meetings the results of the Rule 5 Draft.

  • Corban Joseph, INF, selected from Baltimore in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Mark Payton, OF, selected from New York-AL in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Anthony Miller, INF, selected from Cleveland in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
  • Richie Martin, INF, selected by Baltimore in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

A player selected in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft must be kept on the Major League 25-man roster of the drafting team for the entirety of next season, and the selected player must remain active (not on the disabled list) for a minimum of 90 days. If the player does not remain on the Major League roster, he will be placed on waivers before being offered back to the team from which he was selected.

Joseph, 30, appeared in 14 games with Baltimore last season, hitting .222 (4-for-18) with a double. He spent most of the season with Double-A Bowie, hitting .312 (143-for-459) with 73 runs, 30 doubles, 2 triples, 17 home runs, 68 RBI, a .381 on-base percentage and a .497 slugging mark in 122 games. His other Major League experience includes two games with New York-AL in 2013. In 11 minor league seasons, he has hit .285 (1104-for-3874) with 237 doubles, 34 triples, 80 home runs and 502 RBI in the New York-AL, Atlanta, Washington and Baltimore minor league systems. He was selected by New York-AL in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Payton, 27, spent last season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, appearing in 62 games and hitting .259 (51-for-197) with 29 runs, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs, 25 RBI and a .368 on-base percentage. In five minor league seasons in the New York-AL organization, he hit .274 (429-for-1568) with 228 runs, 71 doubles, 20 triples, 32 home runs, 183 RBI with a .354 on-base percentage in 448 games. He was selected by New York-AL in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Miller, 24, spent last season with High-A Lynchburg in the Cleveland organization, hitting .264 (66-for-250) with 38 runs, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 30 RBI in 74 games. In four minor league seasons, he has hit .228 (219-for-960) with 107 runs, 56 doubles, 3 triples, 25 home runs and 112 RBI in 283 games. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Johnson County Community College.

Martin, 23, hit .300 (136-for-453) with 68 runs, 29 doubles, 8 triples, 6 home runs and 42 RBI in 118 games with Double-A Midland. In four minor league seasons with Oakland, he has hit .257 (351-for-1368) with 205 runs, 63 doubles, 21 triples, 15 home runs and 129 RBI in 369 games. He was selected by Oakland in the 1st round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida.

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A's to host more than 40 special event nights during 2019 season

Team to celebrate 15 heritage nights throughout season

The Oakland A's will host more than 40 special events and group nights during the 2019 season. The schedule is highlighted by 15 heritage nights, including Greek Heritage Night on May 31, African American Heritage Night on June 20, the A's first Chinese Heritage Night on July 12, and Latinx Heritage Day on Sept. 8. Group tickets for the 2019 special event nights are now on sale.

"We are dedicated to being an inclusive organization, and we want to make sure every single fan feels welcome at the Coliseum," said A's COO Chris Giles. "Our heritage nights are a fun way to celebrate and learn about the rich diversity and cultures of the Bay Area."

The Oakland A's will host more than 40 special events and group nights during the 2019 season. The schedule is highlighted by 15 heritage nights, including Greek Heritage Night on May 31, African American Heritage Night on June 20, the A's first Chinese Heritage Night on July 12, and Latinx Heritage Day on Sept. 8. Group tickets for the 2019 special event nights are now on sale.

"We are dedicated to being an inclusive organization, and we want to make sure every single fan feels welcome at the Coliseum," said A's COO Chris Giles. "Our heritage nights are a fun way to celebrate and learn about the rich diversity and cultures of the Bay Area."

New for 2019, the A's will offer their most popular group experience - Youth Baseball and Softball Days - three times throughout the season on March 31, May 10, and June 16. This group experience includes either a pregame festival or postgame fireworks display and the chance for kids the run the bases following the game. All youth baseball and softball teams are invited to attend.  

The A's will also double their Education Days in 2019, offering students the opportunity to combine baseball and education in a fun and interactive way. Tickets for the four education days - April 24, May 9, May 29, and Sept. 18 - include the pregame educational programming and access to that day's 12:37 p.m. A's game.

Group tickets for 2019 special event nights are now on sale. Individual tickets will be available in early 2019. For more information, visit athletics.com/specialevents. Fans can contact groups@athletics.com or 510-638-4627 with questions or to secure their group.

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A's agree to terms with C Chris Herrmann on one-year contract

The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with catcher Chris Herrmann on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, the club announced today.

Herrmann spent most of the 2018 season with Seattle but played in just 36 games while batting .237 with two home runs and seven RBI. He also walked 10 times for a .322 on-base percentage. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter also batted .257 with six home runs, 24 RBI and a .416 on-base percentage in 42 games with Triple-A Tacoma.

The Oakland A's have agreed to terms with catcher Chris Herrmann on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, the club announced today.

Herrmann spent most of the 2018 season with Seattle but played in just 36 games while batting .237 with two home runs and seven RBI. He also walked 10 times for a .322 on-base percentage. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter also batted .257 with six home runs, 24 RBI and a .416 on-base percentage in 42 games with Triple-A Tacoma.

Herrmann was drafted by Minnesota in the sixth round in 2009 and spent parts of four seasons with the Twins from 2012-15. He also played for Arizona in 2016 and 2017 and is a .205 career hitter with 24 home runs and 95 RBI in 340 games over seven seasons in the majors. Herrmann saw his most extensive big league action in 2017 with the Diamondbacks when he batted .181 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 106 games.

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Travel packages available now for A's - Mariners 2019 Japan opening series

Single-game tickets will go on sale in late January

Oakland A's fan travel packages are now available for the A's 2019 MLB Opening Series in Tokyo, Japan against the Seattle Mariners. 

Packages start at $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy. The trip departs San Francisco on Saturday, March 16 and returns Friday, March 22. Each package includes: 

Oakland A's fan travel packages are now available for the A's 2019 MLB Opening Series in Tokyo, Japan against the Seattle Mariners. 

Packages start at $2,999 per person, based on double occupancy. The trip departs San Francisco on Saturday, March 16 and returns Friday, March 22. Each package includes: 

•   Round-trip travel between San Francisco and Tokyo
•   Accommodations for five nights at the Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo, Ikebukuro
•   Roundtrip ground transport between airport and hotel in Tokyo
•   Daily breakfast
•   Full-day sightseeing in Tokyo, including lunch
•   Welcome event and fan gift pack
•   Tickets to Mariners vs. A's games at the Tokyo Dome on March 20 and March 21

Fans who book tours by Dec. 15 will have the option to add a free two-day stopover in Taipei. All packages are offered by Asia Answers. Limited packages are available.

Single-game tickets for the Japan Opening Series will go on sale in January. A's Access members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m., while fans and followers who subscribe to A's ticket emails will have access to purchase tickets starting at 4 p.m. on Jan. 28. The public on-sale will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 1. 

For more information, and to book a travel package, visit athletics.com/Japan.

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Oakland A's and SPUR to co-host Facebook Live panel with BIG design team Thursday at noon at facebook.com/athletics

The Oakland A's and the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) will co-host a Facebook Live event with representatives from the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) design team on Thursday, Dec. 6 at noon. The Facebook Live event will give fans the chance to learn more about the design plans for the new A's ballpark at Howard Terminal, which were unveiled last week. 

The social media event will feature an opening presentation from the BIG design team, followed by a question-and-answer session. Fans are encouraged to submit questions for the panel ahead of time by replying to posts on the A's Facebook (facebook.com/athletics) and Twitter (@athletics) accounts. Fans can view and participate in Thursday's live event by visiting facebook.com/athletics

The Oakland A's and the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) will co-host a Facebook Live event with representatives from the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) design team on Thursday, Dec. 6 at noon. The Facebook Live event will give fans the chance to learn more about the design plans for the new A's ballpark at Howard Terminal, which were unveiled last week. 

The social media event will feature an opening presentation from the BIG design team, followed by a question-and-answer session. Fans are encouraged to submit questions for the panel ahead of time by replying to posts on the A's Facebook (facebook.com/athletics) and Twitter (@athletics) accounts. Fans can view and participate in Thursday's live event by visiting facebook.com/athletics

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A's send RHP Wilkin Ramos to Pittsburgh as PTBNL in Anderson trade

The Oakland A's have sent minor league right-handed pitcher Wilkin Ramos to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the player to be named later in the Nov. 20 trade in which the A's acquired right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson.

Ramos spent the 2018 season with the A's affiliate in the Dominican Summer League and was 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA and .260 opponents batting average in 14 games, including eight starts. He did not allow a home run in 40.0 innings and held right-handed hitters to a .219 batting average. The 18-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was signed by the A's on July 25, 2017. 
 

The Oakland A's have sent minor league right-handed pitcher Wilkin Ramos to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the player to be named later in the Nov. 20 trade in which the A's acquired right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson.

Ramos spent the 2018 season with the A's affiliate in the Dominican Summer League and was 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA and .260 opponents batting average in 14 games, including eight starts. He did not allow a home run in 40.0 innings and held right-handed hitters to a .219 batting average. The 18-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was signed by the A's on July 25, 2017. 
 

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A's agree to terms with RHP Liam Hendriks on one-year contract

The Oakland A's agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, avoiding arbitration.

Hendriks was on the A's Opening Day roster and compiled a 7.36 ERA and .362 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances before he was outrighted off the 40-man roster July 2. He returned to Oakland Sept. 1 when rosters expanded and was used primarily as the A's "opener" the rest of the season. Hendriks went 0-1 with a 1.38 and .178 opponents batting average in 12 games, including eight starts, in September and was 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 25 games overall.

The Oakland A's agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks on a one-year contract for the 2019 season, avoiding arbitration.

Hendriks was on the A's Opening Day roster and compiled a 7.36 ERA and .362 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances before he was outrighted off the 40-man roster July 2. He returned to Oakland Sept. 1 when rosters expanded and was used primarily as the A's "opener" the rest of the season. Hendriks went 0-1 with a 1.38 and .178 opponents batting average in 12 games, including eight starts, in September and was 0-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 25 games overall.

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