SATURDAY: The A’s have announced that they’ve outrighted Alcantara to Triple-A Nashville. They also reinstated infielder Joey Wendle (shoulder) from the DL and optioned him to Nashville.
TUESDAY: The Athletics announced on Tuesday that they’ve designated right-hander Raul Alcantara for assignment as part of a series of roster moves. Additionally, Oakland has placed Rajai Davis on the 10-day disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Right-hander Cesar Valdez and outfielder Ryan LaMarre have been recalled from Triple-A Nashville to fill out the 25-man roster.
Alcantara, 24, made the Athletics’ roster out of Spring Training, though that decision seemingly stemmed in part from the fact that he is out of minor league options. Alcantara struggled tremendously through three appearances (one start) to open the season, however. Through seven innings, the once well-regarded prospect has yielded 13 earned runs (15 total runs) for a sky-high 16.71 ERA. Alcantara has surrendered 10 hits, including three homers, and walked five batters against just two punchouts on the season. That ugly stat line represents a continuation of last season’s woes. In a total of 29 1/3 Major League innings, Alcantara has a 9.51 ERA with a 16-to-9 K/BB ratio and six hit batsmen.
Those struggles notwithstanding, Alcantara certainly has shown some promise in the minors. He was once well-regarded enough to be shipped from Boston to Oakland in a significant trade for then-closer Andrew Bailey, though Josh Reddick clearly proved to be the cornerstone piece of that deal for the A’s. Alcantara, though, posted a 1.18 ERA with a 32-to-3 K/BB ratio through 45 Triple-A innings as recently as last season and has a career 3.52 ERA with 6.3 K/9 against 1.9 BB/9 throughout his minor league tenure — a total of 588 1/3 innings.
Good he’s garbage
Giants should put a claim in on him, put him in sac and rework his mechanics
He’s out of minor league options. He can’t go to the minors without first clearing waivers, so they’d have to claim him and either carry him on the roster or DFA him a second time, hoping he clears waivers.
Out of options. Most likely candidates to pick him up are teams that are in full tank mode, rather than trying to contend.
Eheheh. Put him in the sac. Eheheheheh
Braves should claim him, then dfa him and hope he clears waivers, no risk involved.
The risk involved is they would have to clear a 40-man spot by DFA’ing someone else on the current 40-man (unless, of course they already have a spot open, but I don’t know if they do or not)
How bad is Rajai’s hamstring? BoMel said 1-2 days rest, now he’s on the DL.
I think every single player I’ve seen with a hamstring injury this year has gone on the DL, and that’s probably because of the fact that it’s only 10 days instead of 15 now.
Don’t understand why A’s would take LaMarre over claiming Leonys Martin unless it’s purely tanking or salary driven. There are better waiver wire fodder options than the unimpressive LaMarre.
They assume Davis will be on the DL for the minimum probably. Not worth claiming Martín unless they plan to keep him on the ML roster long-term. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the A’s would be on the hook for the remainder of the salary for the season unless they DFA him again AND someone claims him again.
$4 million reasons why they didn’t pick up Martin
Why spend the money on a guy who hasn’t hit at all when LaMarre will cost way less and also not hit?
Couldn’t a team claim Alcantara and immediately put him on waivers?
Yes they could
Reds should, we need all the arms we can get for this long season ahead
Timing is everything because end of spring training somebody would have picked him. now teams are full and not worth a 25 man spot after his poor showing this month.
Leonys Martin & money for Alcantara makes too much sense.
Although maybe AZ would offer the A’s Hazelbaker for Alcantara now Miller is gone for the year, as least to recover the depth lost by whoever replaces him.