A's Release Ledee; Send Down Four

The Oakland A's moved a little closer to setting their Opening Day roster, releasing Ricky Ledee and sending down four players to minor league camp.

The Oakland A's made five cuts from their spring training major league roster on Sunday. The A's released nine year major league veteran Ricky Ledee and reassigned Ron Flores, Jeremy Brown, Hiram Bocachica and Daric Barton to minor league camp.

Despite injuries to Mark Kotsay and Bobby Kielty, the A's felt that they had enough depth in the outfield that they could cut ties with the veteran Ledee. Ledee hit .364 this spring, but he had only 11 at-bats after missing most of camp with a strained quad. The release of Ledee may be a sign that the A's feel comfortable that Travis Buck would be ready to play in the major leagues should the A's lose another outfielder.

The release of Ledee could open the door for Brian Stavisky, Jason Perry or Danny Putnam to land on the Triple-A Sacramento roster.

Bocachica, Flores, Barton and Brown should all start the season in Triple-A Sacramento, as well. Bocachica, Flores and Brown all spent time in Oakland last season after starting the year in Sacramento. Brown hit .333 in 12 at-bats this spring, including a homerun. He is likely to back-up Kurt Suzuki behind the plate and to see time at DH this season for Sacramento.

Bocachica managed only four hits in 31 at-bats this spring. He has started each of the last two seasons in Sacramento but has seen time in Oakland in each of those seasons. Flores has also split time between Oakland and Sacramento the last two seasons. He had a 7.71 ERA in 9.1 innings this spring.

Barton has yet to appear in a major league game, but it only seems like a matter of time before he debuts. The first baseman was outstanding this spring. He batted .440 with a homer and five RBI in 25 at-bats this spring. Barton will be the River Cats starting first baseman and could make his major league debut sometime during the second half of the season.

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