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Payton's Back. Yabu's GONE!

OAFC BBS - All Topics: Archive: Payton's Back. Yabu's GONE!
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By jerryo1 on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 04:05 pm:

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2005

As Exercise Contract Option on Payton

Decline to Exercise Option on Yabu


OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland As today announced that they have exercised their contract option on outfielder Jay Payton for the 2006 season. The As also announced that they will not exercise their contract option on right-handed pitcher Keiichi Yabu.

Payton was acquired by the As from Boston at the All-Star Break for Chad Bradford and ended up hitting .269 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 69 games with Oakland after batting .263 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 55 games with the Red Sox. His 13 home runs tied for second most ever in one season by an Athletics player with 70 games or less and the RBI were fifth most. The 32-year old Payton combined with the As and Red Sox to hit .267 with 18 home runs and 63 RBI in 124 games. The home runs and RBI were the second best totals of his career.

Yabu was 4-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 40 relief appearances in his first season in the Major Leagues. He previously pitched 11 seasons in the Japanese Leagues with Hanshin. The 37-year old Yabu allowed a .287 opponents batting average and tied an Oakland reliever record with eight hit batters.

The As now have nine players under contract for the 2006 season. In addition to Payton, the other eight players and the years they are signed through are: Eric Chavez (2010, club option 2011), Bobby Crosby (2009), Keith Ginter (2006), Rich Harden (2008, club option 2009), Dan Haren (2009, club option 2010), Jason Kendall (2007), Mark Kotsay (2008) and Barry Zito (2006).

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By yc2578 on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 04:25 pm:

Unless there is a trade some where doesn't look like they'll try to upgrade left field then.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eyleenn on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 04:37 pm:

Keiichi, we hardly knew ya. Farewell.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktownfan on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 04:40 pm:

I think this was a smart move. Now will Payton have as great of an impact as he did the first two months with the A's where he was just ripping the ball, I dont think so; but I don't think he'll be as bad as he was in September. He's somewhere in between of those two streaks.

.260-.270, 20-25 hrs, 70-80 RBIs is what I think he can do.

He's a RH veteran bat and a very good OF.

Now if we only could get a Sweeney type RH stick to play DH and I'd be happy with this offseason.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By asch on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 05:10 pm:

This is a GOOD sign for THIS team. If this is a team with higher payroll, no. But with the FA crop being in the 8mill per year range on guys we'd want/need, this is a smart sign. I DOUBT we get another bat, and if we do, then I hope it would be a guy that would fit in where Hattey has been - we can always have Swisher play first to allow for another OF bat. And the DH slot is there, so there is room to play.

I think Payton projects as above and that's good production for 4 mill nowadays. In addition, he plays good defense, can spell kotsay at CF and seems to have a good attitude.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By simplefan on Monday, October 17, 2005 - 07:38 pm:

No more Yabu Dabu Do in the out field... ohwell..

Great to hear we took care of things with Payton!


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