A’s Sign Human Highlight Reel/Outfielder Sam Fuld to Minor League Deal

Outfielder Sam Fuld agreed to a minor-league deal with the Oakland A’s, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

The A’s already have a wealth of outfielders: Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp are basically going to get the bulk of the everyday playing time in 2014, with the speedy Chris Gentry waiting in the wings for the days Bob Melvin decides to give Cespedes or Crisp the half-day off as the DH.

Because of that, there is no guarantee Fuld winds up with a spot on the team. As a result, his deal includes opt-outs at certain points during the season should he not make the big-league roster out of Spring Training:

So is this just another move by Billy Beane and his team of thinkers to acquire more depth for the A’s? After all, they signed reliever Eric O’Flaherty to a low-risk, high-reward deal two weeks back (and if he comes back from Tommy John surgery at 100% he’ll effectively be a quality mid-season acquisition).

Fuld’s presence would present the A’s with even more defensive flexibility in the late innings. In his six big-league seasons, the 32-year-old has had a knack for making highlight-worthy catches (such as the one in the image atop this article). His career batting line of .234/.314/.330 is less than stellar, but then again he does things like this occasionally:

Again, the A’s already have a wealth of defensive strength in the outfield. Reddick won a Gold Glove in 2012, Gentry is widely considered above-average and both Cespedes and Crisp are more than capable of making fantastic plays (when healthy).

If Fuld puts together a strong case in Spring Training to make the 25-man roster by Opening Day, it’d almost assuredly be in the role of a bench player/defensive replacement. As for who he’d replace defensively, that will be something to keep an eye on if March 31st rolls around and he’s on the team.

At the very least, this is another great low-risk, high-reward signing by the A’s.

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