You’ll have plenty to read in tomorrow’s paper about the A’s many intriguing moves today. Here’s the highlights of how they hashed out their 25-man roster:
–Jack Cust was designated for assignment, meaning he must clear waivers and the A’s then would have 10 days to trade him, release him or send him to the minors. If another team doesn’t claim Cust, he can accept or decline a trip to the minors. The A’s wanted to clear a path for Eric Chavez to be the everyday DH, and GM Billy Beane said he felt trying to split DH at-bats between Cust and Chavez was redundant.
You didn’t see this one coming? Me either, especially since Cust was the most consistent power hitter on a team that’s starving for power.
–Coco Crisp was placed on the disabled list with a dislocated pinkie, paving the way for Travis Buck to make the Opening Day roster. Not only that, manager Bob Geren said Buck will begin the season as the starting left fielder.
–Gio Gonzalez (not surprisingly) was named the fifth starter after a solid effort Saturday. Trevor Cahill (surprisingly) was placed on the DL with a left shoulder injury. Geren said Cahill dealt with the problem much of the spring, though the right-hander never had mentioned it.
–Tyson Ross claimed a bullpen spot after just one full season in the minors.
–Landon Powell was optioned to Triple-A, meaning utility man Jake Fox made the team as the backup catcher. Powell’s demotion also allowed the team to keep both Eric Patterson and Adam Rosales, two guys who can play several positions.
That’s all for now …