Five reasons A's should sign Jamie Moyer

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Five reasons A's should sign Jamie Moyer

Whitey Gleason
Special to CSNBayArea.com

49 year-old Jamie Moyer was released by the Orioles Saturday, despite posting a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings at Triple A Norfolk. The Os say they like what they saw from Moyer, but that the timing wasnt right for him to join their rotation. So Moyer, as Vlad Guerrero and Manny Ramirez had already done this year, asked for and received his release.

So now what? Orioles manager Buck Showalter says he wouldnt be surprised to see Moyer, 269-209 for his career, pitching for another major league club this year. Here are five reasons why that club should be the Oakland As:

1) Moyers already won as many games with the Rockies this season 2 as Tim Lincecum has won with the Giants.

2) You want experience on a young staff? Forget Dot Racing. When Moyer was a rookie, they had actual chariot racing between innings.

3) His average fastball makes MLBs handling of the San Jose territorial rights dispute seem speedy by comparison.

4) Having him around would be a great ego boost for Manager Bob Melvin, since BoMel hit .400 against Jamie Moyer, with 4 hits in 10 at bats much better than Bruce Bochys .143 (1 for 7) Moyer mark.

5) In his honor, you could change the spelling of the upper deck seat covers to tAARPs.

Whitey Gleason is the host of "The Rise Guys" on 95.7 The Game

Padres trade former A's All-Star catcher to Nationals

Padres trade former A's All-Star catcher to Nationals

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Friday.

Norris, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nationals, hit .186 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season for San Diego. The 27-year-old is a career .233 hitter in five major league seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Padres.

Washington sent Norris to Oakland for left-hander Gio Gonzalez in 2011. He returns to the Nationals, who avoided arbitration with catcher Jose Lobaton on Thursday.

All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos is a free agent who will miss the start of the season after knee surgery.

Avila, 19, went 7-7 with a 3.48 ERA in 20 starts for Single-A Hagerstown last season.

Gray, others could generate interest as A's prep for winter meetings

Gray, others could generate interest as A's prep for winter meetings

The A’s certainly have a need to fill as they prepare for the annual winter meetings that begin Monday.

However, their agenda over the four-day event in Washington, D.C. could go any number of directions, and that lends an element of the unknown.

Two winters ago, they clearly had ambitions to trade Jeff Samardzija and Brandon Moss as part of a grander roster overhaul. Both players indeed got dealt at the winter meetings. Last year, it was no secret they were looking to unload infielder Brett Lawrie, and he was shipped to the White Sox the night before the meetings wrapped.

This winter, the A’s most pressing need is an everyday center fielder. They’ve said they’ll explore free agency and trades to fill that void. But with the prevailing logic that the A’s might be a couple years from seriously contending again in the American League West, how seriously could they consider dealing front-line pieces such as starter Sonny Gray or catcher Stephen Vogt? They’re showing at least a willingness to listen on both players along with other veterans.

All general manager David Forst guarantees is that the A’s are keeping every option open.

“I don’t really know what conversations are going to come up,” Forst said earlier this week. “We’ve made major additions, we’ve made big trades in the past. Those things are always a possibility. We’re going to be opportunistic depending on how things go the next month or so.”

The A’s have also stayed quiet during past winter meetings, laying the groundwork for moves behind closed doors, only to strike shortly after the event wraps.

At the heart of any moves Oakland considers must be this question: How aggressive do they want to be making upgrades for 2017, given they’ve got a young core of up-and-coming talent in place that would suggest patience is the best route?

The A’s have a solid base of young starting pitching — some of it has appeared in the majors already, some of it’s getting close and some is at least a couple years away. There are also some promising position-player prospects that are knocking on the door of being potential contributors.

Given the gradual cut-off of revenue-sharing money heading the A’s way as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it’s hard to see them throwing big dollars at free agents until they’ve got a plan for a new ballpark. Trading away top prospects to bring in a big-name player also seems to run counter to their big-picture outlook.

But to hear Forst tell it, the A’s will keep an open mind to all possibilities.

“We’re listening more than anything,” Forst said. “We have a strong foundation here, and it’s centered around our starting pitching. There’s a good young group of starters we’re gonna build on. We have a good base in the bullpen that was one of our strengths last year, and ultimately the position players are hopefully going to grow with that group. …

“Guys like (prospects Franklin) Barreto and (Matt) Chapman are coming at some point. There’s kind of a formula for this team to grow together. I think we’re looking to be patient with that process but also listen to what opportunities that may be out there. There’s always a lot of trade conversations leading up to and at the winter meetings. I don’t expect that will be any different this year.”