A’s Release Landon Powell

The A's released catcher Landon Powell, the team announced. Powell had been outrighted off of the 40-man roster in January and was in camp as a non-roster player. The 29-year-old SFX client is now a free agent.

Powell has a .207/.284/.328 line in 406 plate appearances over the course of three seasons with the Athletics. He has played some first base, but spent most of his time behind the plate. Just 60% of stolen base attempts against Powell have been successful since 2009.

The A's had agreed to terms with Powell on a one-year $620K salary via arbitration earlier in the offseason. They owe him one sixth of that figure — approximately $103K — even though they cut him. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.


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32 Comments on "A’s Release Landon Powell"


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Robert Slye Jr.
3 years 3 months ago

WOW… I thought that even though he wasn’t on the 40-man roster he still had the inside track to win the back up job. I respect Powell. He’ll find another job.

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Redsox33
3 years 3 months ago

He will sign with Red Sox 

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MB923
3 years 3 months ago

Can he pitch?

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Redsox33
3 years 3 months ago

No why?

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MB923
3 years 3 months ago

lol I see you’re new to posting here (unless you’re someone with a different user name)

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Cheeseballs
3 years 3 months ago

I expect at a 40% caught stealing rate that he has a powerful arm. Could he not become a relief pitcher?

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Redsox33
3 years 3 months ago

 Yeah he can be the Setup man for Bailey.

Guest
3 years 3 months ago

There’s more to it that just a strong arm — good instincts, good footwork, quick throwing motion, etc. Plus, despite the success of folks like Sergio Santos it’s not just an easy switch to flip from being a position player to pitcher.

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$1526717
3 years 3 months ago

I kinda get the move, but this just feeds into the meme that the A’s are a cheap organization.

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corey23
3 years 3 months ago

 They always do this with backup catchers… so A’s fans arent surprised… they keep them around for a while then look for someone else. 

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

i’m pretty happy about this move, landon can’t stay healthy, and it clears (a little) a backlog of catchers at the upper minors.

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J.j. Miller
3 years 3 months ago

 this is irrelevant to be being cheap. they dfa’d months ago, yet went unclaimed. donaldson (if he doesnt win 3b job) and recker are more than capable backup catchers. i was pulling for powell, had a 2 acl injuries in minors and still made the majors, but durability and lack of playing time were issues

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67bull
3 years 3 months ago

It seems to make sense.  The pitchers loved throwing to Powell.  Last year the A’s were 18-12 in games he caught.  The pitchers that did well are gone, (Gio, Cahill, Bailey) so Powell should go too.

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Snoochies8
3 years 3 months ago

there’s also the whole thing about him not being healthy at all, unfortunately he’ll never be able to hold a starting job because of his knees (ryan sweeney syndrome)

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67bull
3 years 3 months ago

Facts are that he regularly caught 5-6 games/ in AAA in 2008, and again in 2010 during the first part of the season in AAA and again last year at the end of the season in AAA. He never was given an opportunity to catch more than a game a week in the big leagues. He’s always been a durable guy but he didn’t need to be too durable to catch 5 games/month. I think he could have caught a little more than he did and he would have probably hit a little better. Also Suzuki would have probably played better if he’d had a little more rest.

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3 years 3 months ago

Too bad about Powell, but he has bad wheels.