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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  1. is he the son of former Twins ss Wayne ?

  2. zonis 5 years 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 5 years 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.

  3. Pete 5 years 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.

  4. iains 5 years ago

    I would think a team would snag him

  5. MB923 5 years ago

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

    • Pete 5 years 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.

  6. TheCrew 5 years ago

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

    • daveineg 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

  7. I guess they’re confident in Cardenas

    • zonis 5 years 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 5 years ago

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

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

  9. Snoochies8 5 years 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*

  10. Mike 5 years ago

    Hope they can retain him

  11. 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.

  12. Tolleson to my Padres

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