Tyson Ross Optioned
Tyson Ross was optioned to Sacramento today, so no off day in Kansas City enjoying barbeque or visiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, or sipping lattes at the Country Club Plaza, and maybe after this sentence there will be a Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau sponsorship of this site. I had been advocating Ross’ demotion for a while. His lackluster results have not been the sort of thing that should keep him in the rotation of a Major League Baseball team, even one that has been as decidedly minor league as the A’s have this past week. On the year Ross had a 5.94 ERA, and 5.24 FIP with just 4.4 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 while allowing 1.2 HR/9. He was hit to the tune of a .355 BABIP and he stranded a mere 68.2% of runners. None of these things despite a strong 49.7% GB% are recipes for success.
There is no corresponding move to be made. It is suspected that the next move will be Yoenis Cespedes being added to the 25-man roster as he comes off of the disabled list and that the A’s will go short-handed on pitching until Brandon McCarthy‘s addition at which time a position player can be sent to Sacramento. Of course in the middle of all of this Manny Ramirez has been anticipated to be called up too prior to tomorrow’s game against the Royals. If I had to guess as to the two position players who will be exiled to Sacramento my guess would be Daric Barton and Collin Cowgill. Barton has continued to struggle this year with a .198/.325/.283 slash line. The OBP is certainly strong and his average is adversely effected by a .267 BABIP but still these numbers are woefully low for any position player, and even more pathetic for a first baseman (80 wRC+ is nothing to write home about). Kila Ka’aihue has been far from a superstar (his wRC+ is just 93), but he has earned himself more playing time and being out-of-options, he seems a better candidate to keep around than does Barton at this point. Cowgill is a tougher choice, if contracts weren’t an issue, I’d say rid of Coco Crisp who has looked beyond the pale bad in 2012. The thing is however, Cowgill has options, he is paid league minimum and even though he may be destined to be a fourth outfielder, and even though he is getting on base better than most Athletics (.333 OBP), it seems best to give him regular playing time in Sacramento than limited time up in Oakland.
Despite this all, I don’t feel that Ramirez has earned himself a spot with the A’s just yet. The Pacific Coast League is a hitter’s paradise and presently Ramirez is hitting an anything but robust, .250/.314/.250 slash line with a .270 wOBA and 54 wRC+ in his 35 plate appearances, yet to hit his first home run. I do however believe every sign points to him being called up despite this and to me that is unfortunate. Because someone like Cowgill who represents the future of this team will be shipped down to give playing time to a 40-year old in Ramirez, who is not going to be a part of any competitive A’s teams. It would be one thing if he were hitting well and could potentially be flipped, but he isn’t hitting well at all, and will be just another lackluster addition to a lackluster lineup.