According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Oakland Athletics have a deal in place to sign free agent infielder Trevor Plouffe, pending a physical. Plouffe was non-tendered by the Minnesota Twins earlier this offseason.
Plouffe, 30, was a former 20th-overall pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2004 MLB Draft, and spent his entire seven year career with the Twins after breaking into the majors in 2010. Plouffe has a career average of .247 with 96 home runs and 357 runs batted in over his career in Minnesota, but had an injury plagued 2016, playing just 84 games. During that time, Plouffe hit .260 with 12 home runs and 47 runs batted in.
Plouffe had interest from a number of teams this offseason, including the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves but ultimately chose to join the Oakland Athletics. Plouffe is originally from West Hills, California, and will return to the state he grew up in. Plouffe could fill a role as the designated hitter, while also playing multiple infield positions.
The Athletics have young infield prospects making their way through the system, including Chad Pinder, Joey Wendle and the highly regarded Franklin Barreto, who was the headliner of the trade that sent Josh Donaldson to Toronto. Plouffe could serve as a stop gap in the infield, while rebuilding his value to the point of being valuable enough to trade at the deadline. The Athletics have attempted to acquire offense in many ways this offseason, including reaching out to Mark Trumbo, and coming in second place for slugger Edwin Encarnacion.