A's Lineup: Cespedes in LF, 'Shreddick' time?


A's Lineup: Cespedes in LF, 'Shreddick' time?

The LineupJemile Weeks, 2B
Seth Smith, DH
Josh Reddick, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B
Brandon Inge, 3B
Coco Crisp, CF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Cliff Pennington, SS
Instant AnalysisAs predicted, Yoenis Cespedes makes his left field debut for the Oakland Athletics. His arm plays much better in left. He played all three of his games with the River Cats in left, and threw out a baserunner at second in his third game in that position. Cespedes has a much stronger throwing arm than Crisp, and he will have more chances to gun down runners in left, which improves the A's defense. Crisp also has better range than Cespedes in center field. It is a win-win. It is worth noting that Daric Barton hasn't been receiving much playing time lately. The A's already sent down pitcher Tyson Ross, so they will probably have to send down a position player when they clear roster space for Brandon McCarthy. Barton is a candidate to be sent down because he has one option left. He is hitting .198, with one homer and four RBIs in 37 games. Those numbers don't cut it in a corner infield position, or really any position for that matter. The other option could be Collin Cowgill, who manager Bob Melvin has been impressed with. Top of the Order Seth Smith moves up to the second spot in the batting order. He hasn't started a game there all season. Smith is a patient hitter and could work well in that spot. Smith is good at getting on-base, he walks in 14.56 percent of his plate appearances, ranking him eighth in the American League. Heart of the OrderJosh Reddick seems motivated for the game tonight. Tweeting the following: Let's end this losing streak TONIGHT. SHREDDICKTIME josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) June 1, 2012Reddick who has 14 homers, could benefit greatly with Cespedes returning to the fourth spot in the lineup. A's clean up hitters batted just .185 in Cespedes' absence. Bottom of the OrderCoco Crisp moves up to the seventh spot in the lineup. He batted eighth in the previous game. Crisp is starting to swing the bat a little better, he has three hits and a stolen base in his last two games.

Mariners sign former A's lefty reliever to $11 million deal over two years

Mariners sign former A's lefty reliever to $11 million deal over two years

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.

Report: Beltran agrees to one-year deal with AL West team

Report: Beltran agrees to one-year deal with AL West team

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.