The A’s made some adjustments to their roster on Sunday, and according to the A’s official website, the team moved John Meloan and Justin Souza to Triple-A Sacramento. The A’s also shuffled Gabe Gross and Jeff Larish around by placing them in Triple-A as well. Gross and Larish, however, opted to become free agents rather than accept the trip back to the minors.
Gross, who joined the A’s this past off-season, batted just .239 with a home run and 25 RBIs. You could say that Gross’ performance was hindered by the fact that the A’s used him in the lineup in a very sporadic fashion. The 31-year old out-fielder appeared in 105 games this year for Oakland, but made only 54 starts.
Larish, like Gross, had trouble finding playing time this year as well. Oakland claimed the 28-year old off waivers from Detroit in August, but never really got much out of him. Larish hit .179 with two homers and 9 RBIs. Other than that, however, Larish proved highly inconsistent for the A’s, and really never found much of a groove during his stint in Oakland.
Here’s a few words from the article found on the A’s official site about Meloan and Souza:
Meloan, meanwhile, missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on March 30. Fellow hurler Souza split his season between Double-A Midland and Sacramento, but was sidelined the final month with a stress fracture in his right elbow.
Souza went 2-2 with six saves and a 3.38 ERA in 28 relief appearances for Midland and proceeded to tally an 8.00 ERA in five outings with the River Cats. —Jane Lee, MLB.com
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