The Athletics announced an avalanche of September 1st roster moves. The club has designated catcher Bruce Maxwell for assignment. Meanwhile, righty Josh Lucas and outfielder Boog Powell have cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A. Kendall Graveman was also recalled in order to be placed on the 60-day disabled list. Those four moves made room for the four contracts the A’s selected today; left-hander Dean Keikhefer, right-handers Chris Hatcher and Liam Hendriks, and catcher Beau Taylor, who will be making his first appearance in the major leagues.
Maxwell is probably the most notable player on this list, though certainly more for his non-baseball publicity than any actual merit in his gameplay. The backstop was the first baseball player to join the police brutality protests during the national anthem, a movement that had then been mainly held to NFL circles. More recently, Maxwell was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and disorderly conduct. On the field, he owns a .240/.314/.347 batting line with five homers and a 24.3% strikeout rate.
Lucas, meanwhile, has had a wretched showing with the Athletics at the MLB level. The 27-year-old righty owns a 6.28 ERA across 14 1/3 innings with Oakland, thanks in part to a troublesome 5.65 BB/9. Even in the minors, he’s pitched to a 2.63 ERA but a much less attractive 4.17 FIP while exhibiting the same sort of walk issues. Prior to this season, Lucas had spent the entirety of his career in the Cardinals organization; he was traded to the A’s in exchange for fellow minor-league hurler Casey Meisner.
The 25-year-old Powell hasn’t given the A’s much to be excited about this year, either. He had an excellent showing across 92 plate appearances with Oakland in 2017, when he batted .321/.380/.494 with a trio of homers and average center field defense, but this year has been an entirely different story. Powell’s wRC+ on the year sits at just 28, and his wOBA is an equally poor .211. That’s the result of just four hits (two for extra bases) across 25 MLB plate appearances. Overall, Fangraphs rates his 2018 performance at 0.3 wins below replacement level.
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Yeah, its racist to be glad a player who lied about being a victim of racism and pointed a gun at someone finally got cut.
Guess only racists have “morals” and “standards” and “common deceny” now a days.
What are you babbling about, knucklehead?
He’s a padres fan. If you’re white and live in San Diego, there’s a good chance you’re racist. I’ve lived there, there are so many racist churches/religious preachers out there that influence Trumps ideas.
Spoken like a real assclown. Anyone who mentions Trump is considered a racist even though all evidence is to the contrary
Orrr it could be less to do with trump like you morons think and more to do with the fact that he pointed a loaded weapon at a pizza delivery girl and lied about a restaurant being racist to him.
The president stereotypes other races as “criminals” and assumes that immigrants come here with the intention of terrorizing the country. If you support somebody like that, I’m allowed stereotype and assume and call you a racist.
I don’t think you understand. Maxwell has received hate well before this incident occurred. People just used the crime as an excuse to personally attack him online to an even greater extent.
No he doesn’t. Illegal immigrants yes he does. My mom is an immigrant. Took her a decade to save up and come legally. She HATES illegal immigrants. She must be a xenophobe huh
What did I say about illegal immigration? Trump intends to make LEGAL immigration even harder than it already is BECAUSE of illegal immigrants. How does that work? It’s because he’s against immigration as a whole. One legal immigrant commits a crime, meaning thousands of innocent people are forbid from entering the country legally.
now he’ll go unsigned and file a collusion suit
You’re a good person.
Hahahaha…. so true
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Well least Maxwell didnt piss off an entire fan base by saying fidel castro was a good guy who had good ideas and policies. So least theres that.
Hard to be clever when your grammar is bad, bro. Smh
Why do you assume that because you know something about grammar, everybody has to as well? You see, everybody is different. All of our minds function in a different way. My grammar and punctuation is atrocious, but I can calculate Pi to the 6th decimal. You have to be getting lonely up there on your pedestal. You should come down and join the rest of us. Being judgmental and launching insults at everybody, will get you nowhere in life.
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Ah the grammar response.
When you contribute nothing whatsoever and are a waste of space respond with grammar.
And here come the racist trolls.
I prefer to just ignore him and not give him the time a day. But came on here about Boog Powell hope someone like Cleveland picks him and give him a chance
He was outrighted, not DFA’d. He had an option left.
Give the man a break geez, I’m pretty he understands it just a business move.
Besides, this about baseball, so stop with the petty tribal sh*t.
He pointed a loaded weapon in the face of a pizza girl. Why does he deserve a break?
Pretty sure they later found out the weapon wasn’t loaded lol
Wow that’s sooo much better
Yes, actually. He didn’t have malicious intent. He was intoxicated and stupid. Deserves jail time, but he had no intentions of homicide.
Good God. Maxwell was protesting “Police Brutality” by kneeling.. Now go ahead and point a weapon, even a toy, at a police officer. Hell, do it to anyone. Do it sober, do it drunk, do it any way you want. When you get shot and killed, which you deserve, don’t expect society to think you didn’t deserve it because you were stupid and/or intoxicated and had “no intentions of homicide”. (PSA-FOR THE RECORD. I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF KIDS ON HERE…NEVER POINT A WEAPON, REAL OR FAKE AT ANYONE. YOU VERY WELL COULD BE KILLED.)
Smart move to be honest. I doubt Maxwell gets claimed, and even if he does Murphy will be the starting catcher in Triple A next year, if he doesn’t make the big league club out of spring training, and I can see Taylor signing another minor league free agent contract if he isn’t already signed through next year.
Maxwell’s performance all season has been unsettling. He needs to get back in shape.
Maxwell paid the ultimate price. Good riddance you fool.
You sound fun.
Maxwell shouldnt be in MLB anymore. Hopefully this is the end of the line for him.
He pointed a loaded weapon at the face of a pizza girl.
and Aroldis Chapman literally fired a loaded weapon at his wife. It’s ok to have that opinion, but just bring that same energy to all gun-abusers, not just one.
No he didn’t. He went into his garage and fired it into the ground. But what does Chapman have to do with anything?
No Soup For Yu!
But the post isn’t about Aroldis Chapman. It’s about Bruce Maxwell. You can talk about Bruce Maxwell’s behavior without having to talk about Chapman’s in the same sentence
If Chapman shot a loaded weapon at his wife he wouldn’t be playing right now.
He is a scumbag who is also bad at baseball you race baiting d bag
Paid the ultimate price for what, not playing well enough in AAA?
All you people, who either worship or satanize this guy, are the problem.
SMH The reason Maxwell has been DFA is he always was a hitting catcher that was average behind the plate. The A’s needs his space and since he stunk it up in AAA there is no doubt he will not be claimed. Please there is no collusion on him being DFA if you can’t hit in AAA you are not going to get a job. Taylor is a way better defensive catcher that out hit Maxwell.
No one called collusion. I don’t see the point you are trying to prove.
Go kneel and make up stories in the unemployment line bruce farewell.
What does that even mean?
If you ever link to foxnews, you automatically lose. Bye.
What makes everything on Fox News fake?
You probably source huffington post lmao
well, for starters, every year’s coverage of the “war on christmas” (there isn’t one), among their typical b.s.
and i’m sure that’ll start up around next week, when yet another trump cabinet member gets arrested and dum dum needs a smokescreen
And what about the liberal outlets? Why does Fox News get such a bad rep for being biased? What are left-wing media outlets doing differently?
Did anyone from this thread copy a link from CNN? Fox News is fake. Go cry about it.
Sad thing is you wont even go and read the link because all you get for news in your life is your fake news from cnn, msnbc, wapo, and censored Right BS from facebook, twitter, and google.. good luck in that future waste-land of a dump in CA btw.. Win, win, win…yet another word not located in the left’s dictionary. It was replaced with the word “whine” 11 months ago.
So, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, NY Times, and every other news outlet you stated are all fake news, yet Fox News alone tells the truth? So, if 5-6 people told you something and 1 person (who has their own interests involved) tells you differently, you would believe the 1 person? I don’t really care about politics. None of it ever really helps/hurts me so I don’t really care but, I have to say that you people that still believe and follow Trump have definitely bought the snake oil. He is a crook and us New Yorkers have known that for almost half a century. There is a reason 92% of his home town voted against him.
Anyway, let’s get back to baseball and you can do the battle of fake news on a news site.
U need to crawl out from under that rock and its clearly evident you do not care about politics or saving this country from becoming a wasteland like california or a sinking ship of a great city like chi-town run from the likes of rahm emanuel..
Baseball unites us while the nfl tries to divide.. #gobravesgobisongovikes!
Wah he kneeled
If you hate Bruce Maxwell for kneeling during the anthem, then nothing you say or think ever will matter so you might as well not post here anymore.
You are also a racist if you hate athletes kneeling for the anthem. That doesn’t bother non-racist people, it doesn’t even bother veterans. It bothers you though, because you are a racist and think black people should just accept police murdering them.
That being said, Kaepernick is very good at football and Bruce Maxwell is very bad at baseball. One deserves to be in the league and one does not – but only based on skill and on-field performance – no other reasons.
If youre defending the guy, nothing you say should matter. The guy kneeled, but i never heard what else he did to further the cause. Did he march anywhere? Did he give speeches? If no, then he did it for show. And for thugs.not for decent women or children. Law breaking thugs. You think im racist? I think youre not too swift.
I don’t understand why you conservatives find kneeling the flag “offensive” to the country. I love my country, but am I not allowed to protest social issues that are worsening the country?
There are other ways to protest. 1) if you wanna kneel to protest, you may as well be burning the flag.
2) Of every possible cause to protest, youre gonna protest the killing of thugs who resisted arrest.
3)youre gonna kneel, just to put on a show. And thats it! No march participation. No speeches. No donations
If you wanna derend phonies who are protesting for a ridiculous cause, go ahead. But youre being laughed at by many.
Now lets get back to baseball
because people who don’t worship the flag (or sky faires), are somehow evil and “need to git outta my countirEEE!!!!”
when in actuality, america, despite what nutjobs like kiddhoff and his ilk think, isn’t a theocracy (no, that’d be russia, where i’m sure they’ll be glad to have these morons, as long as dear leader putin gets worshiped)
Yes, respond to one part of my response. They’re fakers, for a ridiculous cause, and you won’t respond to those points. Would rather be called a nutjob than a liberal.
Tell me about your story..have you put yourself in either situation EVER!? I want to hear your side of the downfall of this country since trayvon martin/barack hussein obama..
What an awful person you are.
You are the biggest troll moron these boards have ever seen. Nothing you will ever do in your life will ever matter. Go far away from me. Bye
Awe, come gimme a hug, you big ole tofu fartin liberal:) its gonna be ok
So much fake patriotism here. Am I offended if somebody kneels? NO I am more offending when they talk on the phones or keep yapping through the anthem. Selling American flags made in China is offending. Just like war on Christmas you are offended if somebody says happy holidays but are OK with people shopping on Christmas and businesses staying open on Christmas. If Maxwell hit 50 home runs and was a MVP for the team you cheer for I doubt you would care if he kneel..
Nice speech. Nobody cares.have a great weekend
you replied, clearly you care
Colin Kaepernick is not good at football.
Read his stats, dummy.
Yes, he’s terrible. Niners averaged 3 points in the first half with him at QB. also went 1-10
It’s possibly more about the other two situations Maxwell was involved in
Boy this comment section is fantastic. I hope this Radiohead dude is trolling, my dad is black so I have no problem saying Maxwell gets no sympathy from me for sticking the gun in that delivery drivers face. The kneeling was fine with me he has the right but lying about the racism if that’s what happen was probably strike three
The same people that are saying “Good” and “He deserved it” are the same people who attacked him for kneeling. They are also the same people that support the usage of the weapon he pointed at the delivery woman. Maxwell is an idiot for what he did, but I don’t think it’s right to start connecting his kneeling of the flag with his criminal background like many of these people do.
No, it’s people like you who have no idea what they’re talking about and who also need to get Obama’s junk out of your mouth
Last I’ve heard 2/3 of the last elections went to democrats. Go back to firing guns and forcing women to give birth, moron.
I will. Shooting is fun. Now you probably have another riot to attend. Best get to it, those stores aren’t burning themselves!
You have a KKK rally to attend to, clearly.
Yeah, except for the little problem that I’m not white and my mom is Dominican.
It was also the false accusation of racism when there are actual cases of racism it’s not cool to cry wolf
So minus the kneeling he doesn’t have a great track record and from what I can gather he isn’t all that great of a player
Antifa’s/liberal’s dictionary consists of 5 words while thier protest chants were invented by 2nd graders..
If you hate the USA do everybody else a favor and GTFO..
and if you want a theocracy, do everyone a favor and GTFO (russia will be thrilled to have you, just make sure you’re putin’s type of christian or else)
dont you have a protest to be at? make sure you cover your face, wear black and not be able to answer the question of why your prostesting like a good boy. Mom will have your supper ready afterwards and no staying out later than 10.
I feel bad for your family. So much vitriol and hate. I sincerely hope you seek the help you need one day.
Make sure you put two pillow cases on tonite to soak up those tears lefty.. This country is for those who fought for her, believe in her, and support those that protect us proud Americans that live and die by the
Curing Cancer by the day: obama, hillary, isis, antifa, cnn, espn, facebook, twitter, joy behar, kathy griffin, jim carrey, etc etc…
This isnt candyland anymore…
Smart personnel move. Maxwell, with his “background” and his pretty bad season likely won’t get claimed. We can keep him as a depth option for next season and see if he puts it back together.
Well this comment section is full of love and compassion.
If by love and compassion you mean hate and ignorance, then yes it is. Lol
Hate=typical liberal calling names(racist) to those who doesnt share your opinion
Ignorance=being a social justice warrior for a made up cause.
Hey, we finally agree on something
I find it hard to believe that the people you are calling out to be racist/ignorant/hateful are truly that.
Yes and It’s all being spread by you
Well, folks, I think we came together with open minds and really made a lot of progress.