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The A’s added some outfield insurance Tuesday, signing veteran Sam Fuld to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Fuld, 32, will get $800,000 if he makes the major league team with a possible $100,000 more in incentives for games played, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. He can opt out in late March or on June 1 if he hasn’t been added to the 25-man roster.
The left-handed batting Fuld is a .234 hitter over six big league seasons, carving his reputation more as a standout defender with a penchant for highlight-reel catches. He spent the past three seasons with Tampa Bay but was non-tendered this winter after hitting just .199 with two homers and 17 RBI in 119 games last season.
A former Stanford star, Fuld has his work cut out making the A’s roster.
Because of a crowded infield situation, Oakland might break camp with just four outfielders, and Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Craig Gentry appear locks to be those four if that’s the case.
But given the injury histories of Crisp and Cespedes, Fuld provides depth if it’s needed.