Ball is in Powell’s Court
The holiday season apparently gave several uncounted days in the ten days that the A’s had to make a decision when they designated catcher Landon Powell for assignment on December 23rd. Today, Powell cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. As Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports Powell now,
“has eight days to either accept Trip[le] A assignment or become free agent.”
I am pretty surprised that Powell cleared waivers given that he is a catcher who has a somewhat decent MiLB track record (.256/.362/.430 slash line in 1,331 MiLB plate appearances along with 50 home runs) and despite his very poor performance at the MLB level, catchers tend to be commodities teams like to have in abundance and Powell has a reputation of being a pitcher’s catcher even if there is little to back that statistically. It will be interesting to see what his agents at SFX choose to do. Powell avoided arbitration by signing a one-year $620K contract earlier this offseason. Should he refuse the outright assignment he forfeits that contract. Conversely however, he is currently off the 40-man roster on a club that already has four catchers on the 40-man roster, and his non-guaranteed contract can melt away should the A’s choose to release him. Back when he was DFA’d he had said he hoped to be picked up on waivers or traded so I would not be too surprised to see him and his agents opt for free-agency. With no holidays in sight I presume this eight days is a real eight days this time around.
In other A’s news, Coco Crisp‘s two-year deal (with an option for a third) became official today.