A's Lineup: Should Seth Smith bat second?


A's Lineup: Should Seth Smith bat second?

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Oakland Athletics (37-39) lineup1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) DH
5. Seth Smith (L) LF
6. Brandon Inge (R) 3B
7. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
8. Derek Norris (R) C
9. Cliff Pennington (S) SS
Instant AnalysisYoenis Cespedes plays his second consecutive game as the designated hitter after playing nine innings in center field on Tuesday. This is the standard lineup A's manager Bob Melvin likes to go with. At some point I wonder if Melvin will explore batting Seth Smith second and moving Jemile Weeks down. Weeks is hitting .216 in the two-spot of the A's lineup. He does have the highest walk rate (20) in the AL since June 15 though. Smith has a .380 on-base percentage, which ranks him ninth in the AL. Smith is also hitting .333 against left-handed pitchers since June 4. Smith, who bats lefty, was previously used as a platoon hitter. Top of the OrderCoco Crisp continued his torrid stretch at the plate, hitting a leadoff homer for the A's on Wednesday. It was his fifth career leadoff home run. He is now batting .333 (15 for 45) with eight runs, seven walks, and six stolen bases in 12 games atop the A's lineup. Heart of the OrderCespedes is hitting .583 (7-for-12) with one homer, two doubles, one triple, and four RBIs against the Rangers. He hit his ninth home run on Wednesday. He is tied for first in the AL in home runs by a rookie -- even though he has missed 31 games with injury. Brandon Inge is batting .444 (4-for-9), with a homer and two walks in his career against Rangers' starting pitcher Scott Feldman. That might be what he needs to get back on track. He is 6-for-41 with 15 strikeouts over his last 12 gamesBottom of the OrderCliff Pennington is 2-for-28 in his last nine games. He is currently hitless in his last 17 at-bats. Derek Norris is back in the lineup as his timeshare with Kurt Suzuki continues. Suzuki has actually had some success against Feldman, hitting .294 (5-for-17).Texas Rangers (47-29) lineup
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Josh Hamilton (L) LF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Michael Young (R) 1B
6. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
7. David Murphy (L) RF
8. Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
9. Leonys Martin (L) CF

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

Report: A's bring back lefty Detwiler on minor league deal

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.

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Plouffe will push Healy away from third base, but not combative situation

Trevor Plouffe and Ryon Healy have some history to fall back on before they even start playing together as A’s teammates.

No doubt, their futures are intertwined as well.

Plouffe officially joined Oakland on Wednesday when the team announced his one-year deal that’s worth $5.25 million, plus incentives based on various numbers of plate appearances. General manager David Forst said on a media conference call that he envisions Plouffe as the primary third baseman. That means Healy — coming off an impressive rookie campaign at third — will see the majority of his innings at first base and designated hitter.

Plouffe and Healy grew up in Southern California and both went to Crespi Carmelite High School, though Plouffe, 30, is five years older. But it wasn’t until this winter that they’ve gotten to know each other better, as the rainfall in Southern California drew them both to the same indoor training facility.

They played for the same high school coach, Scott Muckey, which is how Plouffe first heard of Healy.

“I remember hearing about him when he was in high school,” Plouffe said Wednesday. (Muckey) told me about Healy and the kind of player he was. He didn’t give players a lot of credit, so when he did, I took notice.”

Healy works out in the offseason at the Hit Factory in Newberry Park. Earlier this winter, Plouffe popped in with Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

“It’s kind of coming full circle,” Healy said. “We never thought, being (five) years apart, that we would be teammates. We haven’t had (much of a) prior relationship, but he’s always reached out to me when appropriate. I’ve heard nothing but nice things about the guy. We worked out , chatted and exchanged numbers, and we’re starting that relationship early.”

Plouffe was limited to 84 games last year with Minnesota due to rib and oblique injuries, hitting .260 with 12 homers and 47 RBI. Before that, he averaged 18 homers and 68 RBI from 2012-15, twice topping the 20-HR mark. The Twins non-tendered Plouffe in December rather than pay him the roughly $8 million he was likely to receive in arbitration. That made Plouffe a free agent.

He and Healy make compelling workout partners, as Plouffe’s arrival in green and gold is likely to push Healy over to first, where he played in college and early in his minor league career. But it’s not a combative situation, and the offseason workouts help to build chemistry.

“I was kind of taking my reps at third and first, continuing doing that routine to be prepared for that possiblity,” Healy said. “It doesn’t seem like anything is set in stone. I still have to prove to them I’m ready to play major league baseball come spring time.”

The right-handed hitting Healy will form a platoon at first with Yonder Alonso, Forst said, and see time in a DH rotation that figures to also include Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt, Matt Joyce and possibly others. But Forst noted that Healy also needs to stay sharp at third base.

“It’s easy to envision a scenario where (Plouffe) gets the bulk of time at third base and we still have 500 plate appearances for other guys like Ryon. We have every intention of getting at-bats for Ryon. Trevor is not gonna be out there 162 times, we know that. Ryon is going to have to continue to be ready at third base.”

Forst said the A’s are still scanning the free agent and trade market for potential additions, both on the position-player and pitching side.

Oakland reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract with reliever Santiago Casilla that has yet to be finalized.