With 11 players set to come off of the 60-day disabled list at the end of the post-season, the Oakland A's have been busy this week clearing room on their 40-man roster. On Wednesday, the A's announced that Matt McBride and Chris Smith had been outrighted off of the roster to Triple-A Nashville. Both players are now eligible for minor league free agency. On Thursday, the A's announced that Arismendy Alcantara was designed for assignment and claimed off of waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.
UPDATE: The A's announced later in the day that they had outrighted Donn Roach, Fernando Rodriguez, J.B. Wendelken, Tyler Ladendorf, Eric Sogard and Andrew Lambo to Triple-A Nashville. That brings the total number of players removed from the 40-man roster to nine. With the A's two impending free agents (Sam Fuld and Ross Detwiler), the A's are down to 40 men on their 40-man roster. They won't need to make additional cuts until closer to the Rule 5 draft deadline. For more on the A's Rule 5 draft situation, please click here.
Alcantara was acquired in June from the Chicago Cubs for Chris Coghlan. Alcantara split the rest of the season between Oakland and Nashville. He also spent the final week of the minor league regular season with High-A Stockton. For the Sounds, Alcantara hit .290/.336/.480 with six homers in 48 games. With the A's, he managed only four hits in 19 at-bats. He struck-out eight times and didn't draw a walk. Alcantara was 32-of-38 in stolen base attempts between Triple-A Nashville and Iowa this season, but he was only three-for-six in the big leagues.
Alcantara has plus speed and decent power for a middle infielder. A natural shortstop, he can play anywhere on the diamond except for catcher. He turns 25 in late October, but he is out of options next season.
McBride spent the season shuttling between Oakland and Nashville. In 70 games with the Sounds, he hit .267/.339/.441. He appeared in 20 games with Oakland, hitting .209/.227/.279. McBride is another versatile player who can catch and play first base and both corner outfield positions.
Smith was a late August call-up by the A's. The veteran right-hander was a starter for Nashville, posting a 3.93 ERA and striking out 121 in 130.2 innings. With the A's, he came out of the bullpen, striking out 29 in 24.2 innings and posting a 2.92 ERA.