Brandon Allen went from Opening Day first baseman to designated for assignment in the span of four games, as the A’s dropped him from the 40-man roster today to make room for Daric Barton’s return from the disabled list.
Now that he’s recovered from September shoulder surgery Barton figures to be Oakland’s primary first baseman and the A’s somewhat surprisingly decided to keep Kila Ka’aihue rather than Allen.
Allen is too old to be considered a prospect and high strikeout totals make him unlike to post good batting averages, but he’s hit .286 with 59 homers and a .959 OPS in 253 games at Triple-A.
Oakland has 10 days to either trade him or waive him, and Allen would seemingly be a worthwhile flier for a handful of teams.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
As the D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.