A's Re-Sign Two; Hopeful On Guzman
The Oakland A's have re-signed two more of their minor league free agents, catcher Jed Morris and reliever Chris Farley. That brings the A's total to three minor league free agents signed. We previously reported that Archie Gilbert inked a deal to stay with the organization, as well.
Oakland could bring that total to four if they finalize a deal with infielder Jesus Guzman, who won the Texas League batting title this season after signing with the A's as a minor league free agent last year. A's officials have indicated that the team has made progress in their negotiations with Guzman and they are optimistic that he will re-sign with the team, perhaps in the next few days. Guzman is currently hitting .411 with five homers in 24 games for Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League.
Morris returns to the A's for his eighth season in the system. The catcher was a 36th round pick of Oakland in the 2002 draft out of Nebraska. The left-handed hitting backstop batted .274 with 10 homers and an 842 OPS in 62 games for Double-A Midland and High-A Stockton in 2008. It was a big comeback year for Morris, who battled acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2006 and missed most of the 2007 season while he was recovering from the disease and a broken hamate bone.
Farley returns for his second year with the A's organization. He signed as a minor league free agent last year and pitched for all four of the A's full-season minor league affiliates. The right-handed reliever had a 3.61 ERA and 83 strike-outs in 87.1 innings.
A's Release Five
Oakland has also released five minor league players who appeared for one of their US affiliates in 2008: Branden Dewing, Brent Lysander, Mike Lissman, Julio Rivera and Francisco Tirado.
Dewing was a member of the California League champion Stockton Ports' bullpen for most of the 2008 season. The lefty from San Jose State had a 4.86 ERA in 53.2 innings for the Ports. He worked 10.1 scoreless innings for Kane County early in the season, as well. He was a 16th round pick in 2006.
Lysander, the A's 16th round pick in 2007, was let go after a year spent between Kane County and Vancouver. He had a 4.87 ERA in 57.1 innings. The 6'7'' right-hander was out of Sonoma State and is a Bay Area native.
Lissman was signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent after he helped the Oregon State Beavers win a National Title in 2007. The outfielder hit .211 with eight homers and a 647 OPS in 98 games for Kane County and Vancouver in 2008.
Rivera, a native of Puerto Rico, appeared in 29 games in 2008 for Vancouver, batting .195 with five RBIs. The 21-year-old was a 19th round pick of the A's in 2005.
Tirado signed with the A's as a minor league free agent last season. Also a native of Puerto Rico, Tirado hit .211 with 12 RBIs and a 539 OPS in 51 games for Vancouver in 2008. He hit .338 for the A's Rookie League team in 2007.
Other News And Notes
- First baseman Tom Everidge is off to a fast start for his Puerto Rican winter league team. Everidge is batting .286 with two homers and seven RBIs in six games for the Gigantes de Carolina. He led the Texas League with 115 RBIs during the regular season.
- First baseman/outfielder Sean Doolittle had three hits, including a double, on Thursday for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, raising his Arizona Fall League average to .294. Doolittle has eight homers and a 938 OPS in 28 games for Phoenix.
- Catcher/infielder Josh Donaldson also had three hits in that game, including his fourth homer. He is now batting .337 with an 878 OPS and 20 RBIs in 24 games. Infielder Adrian Cardenas is batting .283 with a .387 OBP after he had one hit in four at-bats on Thursday.
- Andrew Bailey and Andrew Carignan continue to shine out of the bullpen for Phoenix. Bailey worked two scoreless innings on Wednesday and he has allowed only one run in 12 innings this fall. He actually walked a batter on Wednesday, his first walk of the AFL season. He has struck-out 15 and has a 0.75 ERA. Carignan has six saves and a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings. He has struck-out 14. Both runs he has allowed came in the same outing.
- Infielder Gregorio Petit is continuing to have a strong winter for Caracas. Petit is batting .333 in 23 games and an 851 OPS.
- Outfielder Matt Murton has joined Guzman, Petit, Raul Padron and Javier Herrera on Caracas. Murton has four hits in seven at-bats, including one double. Padron has six hits in 18 at-bats, while Herrera has seven hits in 25 at-bats.
- After a rough debut, Henry Rodriguez is pitching better for the Aguilas del Zulia in Venezuela. He allowed three runs in .2 of an inning in his first outing, but he has struck-out all five batters he has faced since then.
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