Athletics designate Cody Ross for assignment

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Among a host of roster moves this afternoon, the Athletics announced that they designated outfielder Cody Ross for assignment.

Ross was given his release last month by the Diamondbacks, who ate the $9.5 million remaining on his contract. He quickly latched on with the Athletics, but went just 2-for-22 (.091) with three RBI over nine games during his brief stint with the club.

In addition to the move with Ross, the Athletics placed reliever Eric O’Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain while recalling outfielder Billy Burns and right-hander R.J. Alvarez from Triple-A Nashville. They also claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Rangers. This is the third time they have claimed him off waivers since November. Maybe he should continue to keep a bag packed just in case.

Braves sign reliever Will Smith to three-year, $39 million contract

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The Braves announced on Thursday that the club has inked lefty reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract with a club option for the 2023 season worth $13 million. Smith received a qualifying offer worth $17.8 million from the Giants, so he opted for a lower average annual value for a longer contract.

Smith, 30, was an All-Star last season with the Giants, finishing with 34 saves, a 2.76 ERA, and a 96/21 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.53 ERA.

Smith, the top free agent left-handed reliever, will join a strong Braves bullpen which already includes Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Sean Newcomb.