The A’s announced they’ve reinstated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the COVID-19 injured list. To open space on the active and 40-man rosters, fellow first baseman Frank Schwindel has been designated for assignment.
Moreland landed on the COVID IL on July 4. The left-handed hitter now returns to his designated hitter/first base role, where he’s been a bit disappointing to this point. Moreland is hitting .238/.286/.388 with six home runs across 175 plate appearances this season, a downturn from his .265/.342/.551 mark split between the Red Sox and Padres in 2020.
Schwindel was selected to the big league roster late last month. He struggled in a very brief look of twenty plate appearances before being removed. Oakland will now have a week to trade the 29-year-old or expose him to waivers. Schwindel has very little big league experience under his belt, but the right-handed hitter has mashed at a .317/.362/.630 clip with sixteen homers over 207 plate appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
Schwindel is a classic AAAA player. He mashes in AAA but struggles in the Majors.
You can determine that based on 35 ABs spread across 2 different seasons?
He’s 29, so you expect him to improve w/age?
I didn’t say he will improve at 29 but you can’t determine what the baseline to improve upon even is in 35 ABs. Saying he’s a ‘classic AAAA’ player based on 35 ABs is pretty ignorant. Plenty of baseball’s best players have had mid career slumps longer than that.
Frank 4a schwindel next year KBO or NPB bound for a big payday!
This is a surprising move. Moreland will be traded or more likely DFAd himself in the next 2 weeks.
Not likely. Not unless they acquire one or two better, affordable left handed bats, which is easier said than done. Olson and Lowrie are the only other lefty hitters who are doing anything now that Seth Brown has cratered.
How about andrew miller, kim, knizer and de jong for puk, cody thomas, schwindel, and nick allen? Retool for cards, give the a’s extra weapons for their playoff push as well as a future catcher and short stop when andrus is gone or dfa’d
that would be a huge overpay for the A’s
You think? Thomas has been average before this year, puk is not pitching well at triple a, nick allen is slightly above average a double a, and schwendel is quadruple a material apparently. You would get a better fielder and hitter than andrus, with 3 years of cost control, in de jong. Knizer is another good young player, just hasnt gotten much of a chance in stl. Kim and miller would help the a’s in the playoffs, this year, big time. Not sure what makes you think it would be a huge overpay. Puk has huge potential but has been both hurt and ineffective for alittle bit now. The other 3 arent expected to be big league regulars but the cards minors is devoid of excess talent. Their triple a team is struggling and could use some talent. Plus they could lose schwindel for nothing.
Based in your reasoning, then why would the cards do the deal? A’s don’t have money to take on De jong 2 yrs remaining on contract and 15 plus million. Unless you take psicotty back to even up contracts.
Cards would do that deal because they are out of contention, kim and miller are free agents, kizner can be replaced by ali sanchez, and kizner still has trade value and de jongs contract is reasonable. All these 4 would help the a’s. If something like this happened I assume the cards would have to take piscotty or andrus left over money to make it work. I also think the a’s can afford a 21 mil total over the next 2 years power hitting shortstop. The prospects plus puk would be help retool the organization. They may get nothing from those 4, or puk could refind his groove. The cards have alot of money to spend next year and short stop is where they can upgrade, I like dejong, but his spot could be upgraded next year and he has trade value. Honestly I expect the cards to do nothing and just give away the free agents to be. But the a’s and cards have lined up on many big trades
How would Knizer help the A’s? He is not going to play ahead of Sean Murphy. The A’s are not going to sell low on Puk (unless they know he is a lost cause) and trade their 2nd best position prospect, Allen, just to get Miller and Kim.
“out of contention”
He did the same thing with the royals….nobody is surprised. Great dude, just can’t replicate his triple A numbers in the bigs! Wouldn’t be the first guy to do that.
Rizzo and Chafin to A’s for Puk
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He’ll schwindel his way to KBO. For schure!
A 4A joke?