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A’s claim outfielder Nick Buss off waivers from Dodgers

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MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the A’s have claimed outfielder Nick Buss off waivers from the Dodgers and sent him to Triple-A Sacramento.

Buss was designated for assignment by Los Angeles to clear a 40-man roster spot for right-hander Red Patterson, who made his major league debut in a spot start last week against the Minnesota Twins.

Buss was batting just .261/.330/.391 with one home run in 26 games this season for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but he hit .303/.363/.525 with 17 homers, 100 RBI, and 21 stolen bases in 131 games last year and could be of value to Oakland at some point this summer.

Indians promote Chris Antonetti to President, name new GM

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In the seemingly never-ending trend of front office officials getting new titles, the Cleveland Indians just announced that General Manager Chris Antonetti has been promoted to President of Baseball Operations and Mike Chernoff is now the GM.

Antonetti has been the Tribe’s GM for the past five years and is moving up in the wake of team president Mark Shapiro moving on to Toronto. Shapiro, however, also held business side responsibilities which Antonetti will not assume. Meaning, as before, he will be the top guy on baseball ops decisions, albeit with a grander title.

Chernoff has been an assistant GM for five years and has been with the organization for the past 12 years. As many new GMs these days he will, functionally speaking, still be an assistant when it comes to baseball decisions.

Yoenis Cespedes says he’s 100%

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Yoenis Cespedes, who took a pitch off his hand last week, scaring the bejesus out of Mets fans, said today that he’s “100 percent ready” for the NLDS against the Dodgers.

He sat out Thursday and then went 2-for-7 with a double and a walk in the Mets’ remaining games. While he only had bruises on those fingers, pain and discomfort have, in the past affected guys who have been hit on the hands, messing with grip and power. Cesepdes saying that’s not an issue is a good thing.