Athletics Designate Jake Fox For Assignment

The A's have designated Jake Fox for assignment, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter). 

Slusser also tweets that the A's are hoping that he clears waivers, though it might be tough as he has demonstrated the ability to catch.  The soon-to-be 28-year-old has started seven games behind the plate this season.

Fox has struggled at the plate in 2010, posting a slash line of .214/.264/.327 in 106 plate appearances.  While his offensive performance has been disappointing, Mychael Urban of CSN (via Twitter) believes that this move could be a precursor to something else.

Oakland acquired Jake Fox and Aaron Miles from the Cubs in December for Jeff Gray and a pair of minor leaguers.  Miles would later be dealt to the Reds, released, and signed by the Cardinals.

19 Responses to Athletics Designate Jake Fox For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. AirAttack714 5 years ago

    I say he goes to the Yankees. They could use some bench help with everyone getting hurt

  2. aap212 5 years ago

    Too bad. He’s not a bad player, but I’m a bit skeptical that he’s anything more than an emergency option at catcher, and there are just always more decent hitting first base types than there are jobs for them. For every Ross Gload who hangs around forever, there are an awful lot of Chris Shelton, Ryan Garko, and more obscure (like about half a dozen guys the Padres developed in the nineties) who just don’t have long shelf lives in the majors.

  3. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I really, really, really hope he goes to the Pirates. Trade Dana Eveland for him!

    • bigpat 5 years ago

      The Pirates already have too many players to get AB’s, I don’t see them bringing in anyone else. They will need to give consistent AB’s to Cutch, Jones, Tabata, Walker, Alvarez, Doumit, and still somehow find a way to let LaRoche, Pearce, and Milledge play. Cedeno is the only SS so I didn’t bring him up.

      I am SO psyched for Alvarez, as I think he will be our best offensive player, but bringing up Tabata as well makes things a little difficult. I’m not a big fan of Milledge, but he isn’t bad enough to give up on.

      I do think Fox is a decent player though. I’ve heard his defense is bad just about everywhere which kind of ruins his versatility, but his bat has some pop and he could help some teams for sure.

      • As an Indianapolis resident, I’ve seen Alvarez play several times in person this year already. He can be great offensively, but as of right now (or at least when I’ve seen him), he leaves a lot to be desired defensively. Regardless, I’m happy I get to watch him play for the time being, as he’ll no doubt be in Pittsburgh in a relatively short time.

  4. BradyAndersonsSideburns 5 years ago

    I’d like to see him in Baltimore, take some at bats from Atkins and maybe play a few games at catcher to give Wieters some rest so I don’t have to watch Craig Tatum any more than I have to

  5. I wonder if when they say precursor to something else, they mean calling up C Carter?

    • Im crossing my fingers its for a power hitting LF.

      • corey23 5 years ago

        Problem with Carter is they’re paying Jack Cust a couple mil, and he’s actually hitting very well right now as is Daric Barton. I would like to see Carter and Taylor hitting better in AAA before they’re called up, that’s for sure.

  6. I really like the Braves as a fit here actually. With McClouth and Diaz on the DL and the love of using Ross as a pinch hitter, Brooks Conrad is actually currently the so-called “emergency catcher”. Problem is, Conrad is also the part-time third baseman and a valuable pinch hitter in his own right, so holding him back in case an emergency catcher is needed is hurtful. Fox could fill that emergency catcher role and have some shots to grab a few innings in the outfield and give guys some time off.

  7. fpsantangeloswingman 5 years ago

    I don’t think this is a precursor to anything special other than Suzuki’s return. Kurt Suzuki was on bereavement leave and Landon Powell was brought up to fill in. Suzuki is eligible to come back today. Seems to mean that instead of sending Powell down for something like the fifth time this year, they cut Fox loose. Unless I’m mistaken about roster moves regarding bereavement.

    • Carter2Taylor2Cardenas2Weeks 5 years ago

      Its a pre-cursor to my screenname.

  8. Carter2Taylor2Cardenas2Weeks 5 years ago

    I’m surprised by all the people wanting Jake Fox. He was abysmal for Oakland. It was hard watching him hack and miss as he swung for the fences every time and played pitifully most every chance they gave him. Fox will say that his playing time was sporadic and he couldn’t get into a rhythm. Problem is, every chance the A’s gave him, he failed miserably and looked bad doing it.

    • i was thinking the same thing, as someone who get to watch him alot i must say hes pretty bad.

    • i was thinking the same thing, as someone who get to watch him alot i must say hes pretty bad.

  9. jpkinney7 5 years ago

    So, that’s 5 crappy players the Cubbies have given to the A’s… and 1 decent player

    Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson, Jake Fox, and Aaron Miles.

    1 Decent Player = Jerry Blevins

    • coolstorybro222 5 years ago

      Hey, Rich Harden didn’t do that good either for the Cubs. I guess both sides didn’t get a good trade.

  10. BradyAndersonsSideburns 5 years ago

    I wish they would just cut their losses with Atkins right now but I’ll believe that when I see it. But you’re absolutely right, the potential reward makes this a no-brainer to me. Plus, we all know how much MacPhail loves ex-Cub players.


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