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FanSided's Robert Murray reported Monday that free-agent pitcher Osvaldo Bido and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a major-league contract. Further details were not provided. The 28-year-old righty made his big-league debut last season with the Pirates, making 16 appearances (nine starts) with a 2-5 record, 5.86 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 20.3% strikeout rate. It remains to see what his role will be, but given his late debut and performance, his fantasy value will be low heading into the season.
The Oakland Athletics acquired third baseman Abraham Toro from the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday in exchange for pitcher Chad Patrick. Toro, a 26-year-old Canadian switch-hitter, made just nine appearances in Milwaukee last season, going 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs and nine RBI for the Brew Crew. He also hit a strong .291/.374/.471 in 414 plate appearances for Triple-A Nashville. Toro is a career .211/.282/.354 hitter in 271 major-league games with 28 home runs and 108 RBI for the Brewers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. With the rebuilding A's, he'll have a legitimate shot to win playing time at the hot corner in spring training next year.
Oakland A's pitcher Sean Newcomb has inked a one-year, $1 million deal to remain with the club for the 2024 season. The left-hander was acquired by the A's from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league outfielder Trenton Brooks in a rare post-deadline deal between the two Bay Area clubs. Newcomb never pitched in the big leagues for the Giants but appeared in seven games for the A's, posting a 3.00 ERA and 27.9% K% across 15 innings of work. For his career, the 2014 first-round pick sports a 4.47 ERA across 168 appearances, although his talents have been capped by subpar control by way of a career 12.3% BB%. He will likely serve as a reliever and opener for the A's in the 2024 campaign.
Free-agent right-hander Vinny Nittoli agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Oakland Athletics that includes an invitation to spring training next year, according to sources. Nittoli was recently non-tendered by the New York Mets after he allowed an earned run with no walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 relief innings at the major-league level in 2023. The 32-year-old veteran has pitched with the Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies in the last two years, but he only has 6 2/3 innings pitched in the big leagues and will be competing for a spot on Oakland's roster in spring training. At Triple-A Iowa and Triple-A Syracuse in 2023, Nittoli had a 4.64 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, one save, 20 walks and 47 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings over 35 outings (two starts).
The Oakland Athletics outrighted right-hander James Kaprielian (shoulder), left-hander Sam Long and catcher Carlos Perez to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday. Kaprielian cleared waivers after he was on the 60-day injured list this year following surgery to fix the posterior labrum in his right shoulder in August. It remains to be seen if the 29-year-old will be ready to go for the start of spring training in 2024. In 14 outings (11 starts) before his injury in 2023, Kaprielian went 2-6 with a rough 6.34 ERA (5.08 FIP), 1.59 WHIP, 31 walks and 57 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched in his fourth big-league season with the A's. He has a career 4.61 ERA (4.67 FIP), 1.35 WHIP and 282 K's in 66 outings (58 starts) in his four seasons in the majors.