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A's right-fielder Josh Reddick was named the American League's player of the Week on Tuesday, for the period ending September 2. It was the first time in his career that he has been given the award and the third time this season an Athletics player has received the honor.
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Brandon Moss (week ending June 17th) and Yoenis Cespedes (week ending July 15th) also were also named winners this season. Reddick is in his first season with the A's after he and two minor leaguers were traded from Boston in the offseason for closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. For the season, the 25-year old Reddick is hitting .260 with 28 homers and 75 RBI. For the week ending September 2, Reddick batted .387 (12-for-31) with two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored in seven games to help theAthletics post a perfect 7-0 record during the week. Among league leaders, Reddick finished first in RBI, second in total bases (23), tied for second in homers and fifth in slugging percentage (.742).The Savannah, GA native hit his first career grand slam in the A's 20-2 rout of the Red Sox last Friday night in Oakland.
Major League Baseball media services contributed to this report
The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract.
Rzepczynski's deal is fo $11 million over two years. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN first reported details of the contract.
The Mariners also signed right-handed reliever Casey Fien on Saturday. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer and righty Zach Lee were designated for assignment.
The 31-year-old Rzepczynski was a combined 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA in 70 games for Oakland and Washington this season. He then pitched three times in the NL playoffs for the Nationals.
Rzepczynski has made at least 70 appearances in each of the last three years. He's also pitched for Toronto, St. Louis, Cleveland and San Diego in an eight-season career.
The 33-year-old Fien was 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 39 games for Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 27-year-old Kiekhefer made his major league debut last season and pitched 26 times in relief for the Cardinals. Seattle claimed him off waivers from St. Louis last month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Houston's offseason shopping spree got a little richer on Saturday.
More than 12 years after going to the Astros in a trade deadline deal, nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran has reportedly agreed to return to Houston.
According to multiple national reports, the pact is a one-year, $16 million deal.
News of an agreement was first reported by ESPN. Terms were first reported by Fox Sports.
Beltran, who will be 40 years old in April, joins outfielder Josh Reddick and catcher Brian McCann as new Astros this offseason.
In 151 games between the Yankees and Rangers in 2016, Beltran hit .295/.337/.513 with 33 doubles, 29 home runs and 93 RBI.
During the 2004 season, the Royals traded a then-27-year-old Beltran to the Astros in a three-team deal that involved the A's. Oakland sent third baseman Mark Teahan and pitcher Mike Wood to Kansas City, while the A's received reliever Octavio Dotel from Houston. Kansas City also received catcher John Buck from the Astros.
Beltran's brief run with the Astros in 2004 was highlighted by one of the greatest postseason performances in MLB history. In 12 games, Beltran collected 20 hits and hit eight home runs.