The Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Trevor Plouffe to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash on Saturday. The A’s are also sending the Rays cash to help off-set the remainder of Plouffe’s contract for 2017. He had about $3 million remaining on his deal with Oakland. Plouffe was designated for assignment on Thursday when the A’s recalled rookie Matt Chapman.
The A’s also made a change to their bullpen on Saturday, selecting the contract of right-hander Michael Brady from Triple-A Nashville and optioning right-hander Zach Neal to the Sounds. Brady, an eight-year minor league veteran, will be making his major league debut. He is a Cal alum and was a minor league free agent signing for Oakland this off-season. Brady will bring length to the A’s bullpen. He has alternated between starting and relieving for Nashville this season and has thrown 41.2 innings in 14 outings. He has a 3.67 ERA and a 42:6 K:BB.
Neal struggled in his latest stint with the A’s after pitching well for Oakland last season. The right-hander had an 8.56 ERA in 13.2 innings and he allowed five homeruns. Neal could slide back into the Nashville starting rotation, as the Sounds have been short on starters thanks to injuries in the A’s starting rotation.
To make room for Brady on the A’s 40-man roster, Oakland designated outfielder Ryan LaMarre for assignment. LaMarre was claimed off of waivers by the A’s earlier this season. He is batting .240/.313/.287 for Nashville. To replace Brady on the Nashville staff, the A’s signed LHP Patrick Schuster to a minor league deal. Schuster was a member of the A’s organization last season and he made his major-league debut with Oakland last year. Schuster had been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week. He joins the Nashville bullpen.