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Sabermetrics news: The Twins extend Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco
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Max Kepler’s extension; the death of framing; on TINSTAAP FanGraphs | Jeff Sullivan: Max Kepler agreed to an extension with the Twins for $35 million, and in this case...

A’s sign Cliff Pennington to minor league deal

Athletics Nation

Another familiar face is back in the organization.

The Oakland A’s signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league deal on Friday, reports Martin Gallegos of the East Bay Times. The team also confirmed the move, as well as the fact that Pennington is a non-roster invitee to spring training.

This marks yet another reunion with a former A’s player, after also bringing back reliever Jerry Blevins this winter and many more familiar faces over the last few seasons.

2019 Spring Training Position Battles: The NL Central


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I don’t pay much attention to Spring Training Statistics.  You never know who the statistics are coming against.  Baseball-Reference did, however, have an amazing tool last year that attempted to quantify the quality of opposing pitchers or batters faced during spring training games on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being MLB talent and 1-3 being high A to low A level.

A’s announce deals with radio stations, and live audio stream

Athletics Nation

Here’s how to listen to A’s games in 2019.

The Oakland A’s made a long-awaited announcement Friday morning, regarding the audio broadcasts of their games in 2019. Here is the full press release from the team, with a couple bits highlighted by me for emphasis:

The Oakland A’s today announced a new radio broadcast agreement with KTRB 860 AM and an expanded partnership with KHTK–AM 1140 in Sacramento.

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