clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Oakland A’s sign 3B Trevor Plouffe, per Ken Rosenthal

New, 705 comments

The infielder’s spot on the 2017 Athletics isn’t clear, but welcome Trevor Plouffe to Oakland!

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
This is what Trevor Plouffe looks like, apparently.
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

We got news!

And that news is fairly meh, though there are reasons Plouffe makes sense. Welcome to 2017, where dingers are the new norm, bad defense is the old, and strikeouts will run rampant.

The deal is for one year per Susan Slusser.

Plouffe was straight up bad in 2016, worth -.4 fWAR thanks to an injury riddled season, poor defense, and a bat that didn't quite live up to his normal, league average-ish standards. But, the two years before that he was worth 5.9 fWAR, squarely above average at the hot corner. He has upside, but his most recent season would have fit in well with the 2016 Oakland A's team, and that's no bueno.

Where will he play? Apparently third, moving Healy across the diamond and creating a glut on the roster.

No word yet on a corresponding roster move, as the A's will have to DFA someone from their 40-man to make room. Likely options include Zach Neal or Jesse Hahn, though there are other players who could fit the bill as well .

***This article is updating. Stay tuned for more details and analysis.***