Whether you're on the road, in the comfort of your own home, looking for some peace or a pick-me-up, coffee's probably your go-to. And whether you're a diehard sports fan, a casualviewer, a hometown baseball hero, a football standout or the reporter that documents all things newsworthy, you probably know Joe ... as in a cup of, very well.And so I invite you to grab your latte and enjoy me for some fun, insight and conversation, because when life gets busy, we could all use a coffee break. Every week I'll sit down with a new guest from fans to players and everyone in between to talk about what's on hisher mind. We'll talk sports, movies, current events, favorite memories and whatever comes to mind ... because as long as you have coffee -- anything goes!In our inaugural launch, I talk with someone who arguably loves coffee as much as me, which in case you haven't realized yet is A LOT! The guest is Petaluma's own Jonny Gomes. Back when the A's teed of the season in Tokyo, I was having trouble adjusting to the time change, and it was Gomes who introduced me to the very cool Starbucks App so I could locate the closest store, even on the road.In this coffee break, Gomes talks about his favorite spots in the Bay and also explains why his past experiences in life have turned him into a live by the moment guy. So while you're white knuckling it through the A's exciting playoff run, relax "Bernie" lean back and enjoy this Coffee with Kate and Jonny Gomes.GOMES' COFFEE ORDER: Iced Trenta coffee with two added shots and Classic SyrupKATE'S COFFEE ORDER: I went with a venti iced chai latte to try to keep upWho do you want to have coffee with?TweetFB me with your guest requests and stay tuned for special fan appearances in Coffee with Kate! Follow on Twitter @KLongworthCSN and like on Facebook at facebookk8longworth.
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Santiago Casilla on a two-year contract through the 2018 season, the club announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the A’s designated outfielder Brett Eibner for assignment. The A’s also announced that they agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler and outfielder Alejandro De Aza on minor league contracts with an invite to spring training.
Casilla went 2-5 with 31 saves, a 3.57 ERA and .235 opponents batting average in 62 relief appearances with San Francisco last year. He ranked sixth in the National League in saves but had nine blown saves, which tied for the most in the majors. The 36-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high 65 batters in 58.0 innings. He walked just 19 average his average of 2.95 walks per nine innings was the second lowest mark of his career. Casilla allowed just 1-of-18 (5.6%) inherited runners to score and held first batters faced to a .228 batting average and .267 on-base percentage.
Casilla returns to the Oakland organization as he was originally signed by the A’s as out of the Dominican Republic on January 31, 2000. He made his Major League debut with Oakland in 2004 and was 6-4 with four saves and a 5.11 ERA in 152 relief appearances from 2004 to 2009. Casilla was released following the 2009 season and spent the next seven seasons with the Giants. He went 32-22 with 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA in 414 games with San Francisco. Casilla saved a career-high 38 games in 2015 and he ranks sixth on the Giants career saves list. The 13-year veteran is 38-26 with 127 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 566 career appearances.
Eibner began the 2016 season with Kansas City and hit .231 in 26 games over two stints with the Royals before he was traded to Oakland for Billy Burns on July 30. He batted .165 in 44 games with the A’s and combined for a .193 batting average, six home runs and 22 RBI in 70 games in his Major League debut.
Detwiler was acquired by the A’s from Cleveland in a minor league deal July 17 and combined for a 2-4 record and a 6.10 ERA in 16 games, including seven starts. He was also 6-4 with a 4.40 ERA in 16 games, including 15 starts, with Triple-A Columbus and Nashville. De Aza spent the entire 2016 season with the New York Mets and hit .205 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 130 games. He is a .261 career hitter in 810 games in nine Major League seasons with Florida (2007, 09), Chicago-AL (2010-14), Baltimore (2014-15), Boston (2015), San Francisco (2015) and New York-NL (2016).
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Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler is staying with the A's.
The 30-year-old has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Oakland, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.
The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
The A's purchased Detwiler's contract from the Indians on July 17 and he went on to make nine appearances for the club, including seven starts.
In his time with the A's, Detwiler posted a 6.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 44 innings.
Sources: A's have signed left-hander Ross Detwiler to a minor league deal. He'll get an invite to big league camp.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 18, 2017