By John Hickey
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 at 11:29 am in 2013 spring training.
One of the great things about sports in general and baseball in particular is how quickly things can change.
A’s manager Bob Melvin went through a Q-and-A about his first base situation about 45 minutes ago, saying he would be comfortable having left-handed hitting Brandon Moss as his only true first baseman.
But, he added, the club is always looking “to see what pops up.’’
He was dancing the question, as we found out later, because the A’s were in the process of finalizing a claim on Nate Freiman, who hit .298 with 24 homers at Double-A San Antonio for the Padres last year.
As a Rule 5 player, he must either stay on the big league roster all season or be offered back to his old team, the Padres. The Astros, who’d claimed Freiman in the Rule 5 draft, had determined they had no room on the roster for him.
That has something to do with the A’s, who traded first baseman Chris Carter to the Astros in the Jed Lowrie deal just before the start of spring training.
“We knew that they might have an abundance there once they got Carter,’’ A’s assistant general manager David Forst said, “so we made sure we got a good look at him.’’
A’s pro scout Mike Ziegler watched Freiman, and his recommendation led to the club putting in a claim.
They have seven games in which to form a final opinion of whether or not to keep Zeigler on the opening day roster.