A’s Designate Steve Tolleson For Assignment

The A's designated infielder Steve Tolleson for assignment to make room for Brian Fuentes on the 40-man roster, the team announced.

Tolleson made his major league debut last year, batting .286/.340/.408 in 53 plate appearances. The 27-year-old spent most of the season at Triple-A Sacramento, where he hit a robust .332/.412/.503 in 339 plate appearances. The 2005 fifth round selection has extensive minor league experience at second and short, plus some experience at third base and in the outfield.


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20 Comments on "A’s Designate Steve Tolleson For Assignment"


4 years 7 months ago

is he the son of former Twins ss Wayne ?

Muggi
4 years 7 months ago

Yep.

zonis
4 years 7 months ago

Strange. Very strange. It makes some sense from an AAA Blocking perspective, but less from a ‘who the hell is our backup backup SS! our starting and backup SS are already injured!’ perspective.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

This does seems strange. I was thinking they would probably DFA Figueroa before Tolleson. I guess maybe Eric Sogard or Adrian Cardenas could fill his shoes on Opening Day if Pennington or Rosales are on the shelf. But hopefully this just means they’re planning to add some better infield depth. And I think they probably will, considering they’ve already made sure to have plenty of outfield depth, relief depth, and fifth starter candidates.

Felipe Lopez might make sense. And I think Aaron Miles and Andy LaRoche would be good minor league signings. I could also see them making a trade similar to the one they made for Rosales last year. Or maybe they’ll just wait and see who all hits waivers over the next couple months.

Pete
4 years 7 months ago

Pennington & Rosales aren’t exactly beacons of good health right now, I was thinking Tolleson was going to see some time early on. Looks like the A’s are going to run with Eric Sogard as the all-purpose utility infielder instead.

iains
4 years 7 months ago

I would think a team would snag him

MB923
4 years 7 months ago

I’d think so too.

MB923
4 years 7 months ago

Why designate Tolleson over Matt Carson? Unless Carson was DFA already or signed elsewhere that I’m unaware of.

Pete
4 years 7 months ago

Carson was DFA’d long ago. The other possibilities would have been Sean Doolittle, Guillermo Moscoso, Tyrstan Magnuson or Pedro Figeroa. Guess Tolleson has the most value out of the group and can get back a prospect. Both Tolleson and Mortensen could easily be on KC’s 25 man roster for this year and be decent performers for them. I hope Billy & Dayton are on the phone soon.

TheCrew
4 years 7 months ago

Brewers? A little competition for Yuniesky perhaps. And if I’m correct the system is awfully dry when it comes to SS

daveineg
4 years 7 months ago

He kind of profiles offensively as a guy that could hit 2nd which Betancourt certainly doesn’t and they have a hole in the lineup there. I’m not sure he’s an everyday major league SS defensively either though.

PennMariner
4 years 7 months ago

Well Yuniesky Betanourt most certainly shouldn’t be an everyday major league SS, so bringing in Tolleson does absolutely no harm.

4 years 7 months ago

I guess they’re confident in Cardenas

zonis
4 years 7 months ago

At AAA:
1B Chris Carter (?)
2B Jemile Weeks
SS Josh Horton
3B Adrian Cardenas

At AA:
1B ?
2B ?
SS Grant Green
3B Stephen Parker

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

I would imagine they’d like to see if Carter can cut it in the outfield before they just stick him at first.

4 years 7 months ago

NAtionals should pick this guy up as insurance if Desmond doesnt pan out

Snoochies8
4 years 7 months ago

Nooo I don’t like this, wishful thinking but who knows, maybe the other GM’s are slow enough to let him slip through….*crosses my fingers*

Mike
4 years 7 months ago

Hope they can retain him

4 years 7 months ago

You know who would be wise to pick him up? The Twins! Never should have let him go last year! He’s much more capable at this point than either Tolbert or Plouffe.

4 years 7 months ago

Tolleson to my Padres