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Embree’s option declined

The A’s have passed on reliever Alan Embree’s $3 million option for the upcoming season, making the left-hander a free agent. I just got off the phone with A’s assistant GM David Forst, and he said the team has told Embree they’re open to re-signing him at a smaller price tag.

Look at the depth of the A’s bullpen, and it’s not a surprise the team isn’t willing to shell out $3 million on Embree. He wasn’t nearly as effective in 2008 as he was in ’07, and his role was dramatically reduced by the end of last season as guys such as Joey Devine, Brad Ziegler and Jerry Blevins (like Embree, a lefty) showed great promise. But much as in Mike Sweeney’s case, the A’s lose one of the game’s good guys if Embree doesn’t come back. You could throw any question at him about any topic, and he always had something intelligent to offer. And he was a stand-up guy after a bad game, sticking around to answer every question about what went wrong on the mound. Here’s hoping he finds a job somewhere if he wants to keep pitching.

The A’s also claimed infielder Joe Dillon off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Dillon is 33 and split 2008 between Milwaukee and Triple-A, hitting .213 with one homer and six RBI in 56 major-league games.

Joe Stiglich

  • Bee

    Have been out of the loop for a while and am catching up on the blog posts. I think that Billy should just let Embree go. Sure, he had moments of greatness, but has everyone forgotten the games he gave away with the long ball? He is a great guy but for the most part, it’s what a player does on the field that counts. Embree is an on-again off-again pitcher and we have much better options for a lot less money.

    I read Ray Ratto’s article on Lew Wolfe and admit he has a point. Yes, Lew is frustrated, but he shouldn’t take it out on the fans by threatening to get out of dodge with the team in tow.

    Since Mike Gallego will be the new third base coach, I gather that Tony De Francesco has been demoted to the minors. Any ideas why? And where will they put him? Can’t put him at Triple A after Todd Steverson managed them well enough to win the PCL and the Brickyard Showdown this year.

  • Son of Hendu

    The way things are going for next year…Tony D might be playing 3rd and batting 5th.

    I smell Adam Dunn… come on the thought of having not one but two OF’s with 30 hr’s and 200 k’s each must be going around Bean’s head right now.