Just thought I’d share this recent piece from my Athletics Farm site to provide a little Thanksgiving reading here on Athletics Nation…
Plenty of attention is paid each offseason to all the big major league free agent signings. But minor league free agent signees can often end up playing critical roles for many major league teams over the course of a 162-game season.
Outfielder Nick Martini was a minor league free agent signee after the 2017 season and ended up posting an impressive .397 on-base percentage for Oakland in 2018 while spending plenty of time serving as the A’s leadoff hitter down the stretch. RHP Brian Schlitter was signed as a minor league free agent last offseason and wound up making a half-dozen relief appearances for the A’s in 2019. And catcher Beau Taylor, who was re-signed to a minor league deal last offseason, made it into ten games for the A’s last year.
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at this offseason’s nine minor league free agent signees who were announced by the A’s on Monday. Each of them has been invited to spring training in 2020, and all of them have been assigned to the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators roster….