It’s not unlike other situations Hundley has been through

It’s not unlike other situations Hundley has been through

Postby zhangzk » Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:27 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the third time in five years , Nick Hundley is starting over. This time, the 35-year-old is part of a catching platoon in Oakland where he’ll be splitting time with Josh Phegley.He spent the past two seasons behind Buster Posey in San Francisco, was a backup in Colorado and Baltimore prior to that, and split time as a starter over seven years in San Diego.With so much activity on his resume, Hundley has become accustomed to learning quickly, something that’s come in handy as he tries to find a comfort zone with the Athletics.“For a guy like him who’s been different places and a veteran guy, it’s easier for him to figure it out on the fly,” manager Bob Melvin said prior to Tuesday’s exhibition game in San Francisco. “Even though it’s been a shortened spring, a guy like him figures it out pretty quickly. I’m not too worried about him learning our staff. He’s caught everybody and understands the nuances. He’s one of those quarterback-type guys.”Hundley started and had a sacrifice fly in the A’s 4-2 rain-shortened win over the Giants in San Francisco in the exhibition finale for both teams Tuesday. Melvin planned to play Phegley as well, but the game was called after seven innings.Aaron Brooks strengthened his grip on the No. 5 spot in the A’s rotation. Brooks allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking two.Oakland was left to scramble for a catcher after losing Jonathan Lucroy in free agency. Melvin repeatedly credited Lucroy with playing a key role in the development of Oakland’s young pitchers and helping the staff stay on course after injuries depleted the rotation last season.Phegley began his career in Chicago but has spent the past four seasons bouncing back and forth between the A’s and the minor leagues. Phegley has a career .232 batting average with 22 home runs and 98 RBIs.Hundley signed with Oakland in February and underwent a crash course in learning the A’s pitchers.“I appreciate the youth that’s on this team,” Hundley said. “So much energy, it keeps you young. These guys had a really good year last year and are hungry to go out and do it again.”The A’s have yet to formalize exactly how they plan to split time between the two catchers. Both are right-handed hitters so it won’t necessarily be a platoon based on pitching matchups. Hundley and Phegley also spent the spring working with as many of Oakland’s pitchers as possible.“We’re still kind of trial and error with that,” Melvin said. “We like both of them. Both of them do a nice job running the game so it might be as simple as the hot hand.”ROUGH NIGHT FOR SAMARDZIJAJeff Samardzija had a tough night in his final outing of the spring, allowing four runs over 3 2/3 innings. Likely to be the Giants fifth starter, Samardzija struck out three, walked one , hit a batter and allowed a two-run home run to Mark Canha.“Left some balls on the plate and was behind in the count a lot,” Samardzija said. “I had to attack the zone in hitter’s counts which is always a tough spot. They’re a patient team and always have been.”GIANTS MOVESSan Francisco continues to tinker with its pitching staff, acquiring left-handed reliever Williams Jerez from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-hander Chris Stratton. Jerez had a 6.00 ERA in 17 relief appearances last season with 15 strikeouts and eight walks in 15 innings. The Giants also optioned left-hander Ty Blach to Triple-A Sacramento.UP NEXTAthletics: The A’s have an off day Wednesday before resuming Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels at the Coliseum. RHP Mike Fiers (0-1, 15.00 ERA) makes his second start.Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner pitches the opener Thursday in San Diego. Bumgarner was 1-3 with an 8.27 ERA in six spring starts.__ The offseason is far from over and plenty of useful players are going at bargain prices."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers RumorsThe Tigers should circle back to the free agent marketNew,130commentsThe offseason is far from over and plenty of useful players are going at bargain prices.ESTShareTweetShareShareThe Tigers should circle back to the free agent marketTroy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsSpring training is underway, and the sights and sounds of baseball are beginning to thaw our chilled Midwestern hearts. However, the offseason is still somewhat ridiculously far from over. With a talented pool of free agents still waiting out the glacial pace of the market, the 2019 season hasn’t even really taken shape just yet. While the Detroit Tigers didn’t sign any big names this offseason, general manager Al Avila has shown a penchant for signing players early in the free agent period, and then circling back for a bargain or two late. If he does so again in the coming weeks, he could still produce a steal or two to flesh out the Tigers’ 2019 roster.Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain the elephants in the room. There is a continued sense that some of other remaining free agents are bottled up waiting to see which team loses out on the big dogs and is forced to look for upgrades elsewhere. Closer Craig Kimbrel, fresh off a World Series title, former Astros’ starter Dallas Keuchel, and super-utility man Marwin Gonzalez are all players that could boost a hopeful contender.The Tigers haven’t shown any interest in such rich fare this winter, though. We’re talking about smaller ticket items at this point. If you have been following along this offseason, the names that may still appeal to the Tigers will be familiar. We’ve written a whole rack of articles encouraging the club to atcher. He will turn 30 in March, and has been worth 8.1 rWAR over the past three seasons while averaging 140 games played. He holds a career 103 OPS+, three percent better than league average offensive production. That’s a pretty useful player for any team.For most of the offseason, expectations were that Gonzalez would prove too rich for the Tigers’ blood. MLB Trade Rumors pegged him for a four-year contract worth $36 million, with the Minnesota Twins as a likely destination. We mention him here because he remains unsigned, and there don’t appear to be many fits remaining on a contending team — even for a player as versatile as Gonzalez. The Twins dealt with their need, and the Astros don’t seem to be interested in a reunion. Gonzalez may prefer to sign for less money with a chance to win on a better club, but the Tigers could potentially swoop in to add him on a short-term deal.Gonzalez’s versatility, leadership, and experience would be a nice boon to a rebuilding club. That ability to play all over the field would give the Tigers a stabilizing presence in the lineup and in the clubhouse, and his playing time wouldn’t require blocking future prospects the team holds to build on. For a team with holes at second base and designated hitter, defensive weakness in the outfield corners, and few prospects to plug in during the 2019 season, the switch-hitting Gonzalez could really tie the roster together for a few years.CatchersThe catcher position occupies a key point of concern heading toward the 2019 season. Weakness at catcher can seriously impact the entire pitching staff, devaluing players the Tigers need to develop. The Tigers seem set on going into the season with Grayson Greiner as th d overall defensive catcher. He doesn’t bring much of a stick with him, but that’s par for the course nowadays. Maldonado would bring recent experience with a pair of good coaching staffs and solid defense, while allowing the Tigers to avoid over-taxing Greiner in his first full year in the major leagues.MLB Trade Rumors pegged Maldonado to the Rockies for two years at a total of $8 million earlier this offseason. It seems likely that he could be acquired for half that, as his market hasn’t perked up in the wake of the J.T. Realmuto deal.Another solid option is veteran Matt Wieters. He isn’t particularly good behind the plate at this point in his career, but he has a track record with the bat that might make him a good fit. Though he made $10.5 million in 2018, he should not cost more than a few million dollars for a one-year deal. The downside there is that Hicks is fairly likely to out-hit Wieters, and the former top prospect isn’t an upgrade defensively.If the Tigers believe in Hicks as a solid enough catcher — and believe he will be healthy enough after offseason groin surgery to play regularly — there isn’t much point adding Wieters to fill the role unless he comes in on a minor league deal, which doesn’t seem impossible at this point either. The Tigers already have Bobby Wilson and Hector Sanchez at the Triple-A level as depth, but Wieters or other veterans like Miguel Montero or Nick Hundley could still potentially improve the club’s minor league options. Interest on that front will also be tied to the Tigers’ plan for top catching prospect Jake Rogers, who appears set to start at the Double-A level this year.Second baseThe Tigers may just decide to play Niko Goodrum here all year. He earned the opportunity with a nice rookie season at the plate in 2018. The defensive ability is still lacking, however, and the Tigers moved Goodrum around the diamond last season. Prospect Dawel Lugo didn’t have much to offer last season. His bat will require more seasoning before receiving regular playing time in the major leagues. Isaac Paredes, one of the Tigers’ top two positional prospects, m a one-year deal at this point. However, with the Tigers already having added meager depth like Gordon Beckham and Kaleb Cowart, don’t expect them to bother with, at best, a slight upgrade at the second base position. Cowart is also being used as a pitcher this spring, which adds some intrigue.Don’t close up shop just yetLast year, the Tigers signed Francisco Liriano and Travis Wood late in the offseason. They are no stranger to a late addition, even with camp underway. So far this year, they have added shortstop Jordy Mercer and a pair of veteran starting pitchers in Tyson Ross and Matt Moore. Those three players will cost the Tigers $13.5 million in 2019 (not including performance bonuses). That’s less money than they paid Victor Martinez alone in 2018. For just a few million dollars more, the Tigers could still procure some modest upgrades while maintaining a similar payroll for another season. Don’t expect much — these negotiations are a two-way street, of course — but as free agents look for a home, there may still be a useful bargain or two that strikes the Tigers’ fancy.
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