September 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jim Miller (53) pitches during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

A's Make Roster Moves for Rule 5 Draft

We’re not even a month into the MLB off-season, and the Oakland A’s front office has already made some big splashes by trading for Chris Young, re-signing Bartolo Colon and dealing away Tyson Ross.

As the Rule 5 Draft approaches on December 5th, the A’s are making more moves, sending several players in-and-out of the revolving door.

There are a lot of names to note, so we’ll make this as simple as possible:

Additions to the 40-man roster

Top prospects Grant Green, Shane Peterson, Arnold Leon, and Michael Ynoa were all added to the 40-man roster on Monday so they will not be eligible to be claimed by other teams in the Rule 5 Draft.

Green is one of the A’s top prospects, hitting .296 with 15 home runs in Triple A Sacramento last season. He highlights this group of young players, who all could be seeing action in the majors next season.

For now, just be relieved that nobody will be claiming them on December 6.

Designated for Assignment 

Unfortunately, the A’s had to make room on the 40-man roster. So, they designated Brandon Hicks and Jim Miller for assignment and outrighted Andrew Carignan to Triple A Sacramento.

Hicks, an infielder, spent 22 games with the A’s and hit .172 with three home runs. Miller pitched well in relief for the A’s, going 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 33 games. Quite frankly, I’m surprised that Miller was shown the door.

Carignan never pitched a game for the A’s last season due to Tommy John Surgery.



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