Rumor: A’s Sam Fuld Won’t be with the Club for Long
This is pretty much guaranteed. It is not really just a rumor although no official confirmations have been made by the club, so it can still be called one. It was, however, reported by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser on Wednesday night that outfielder Sam Fuld will likely be leaving the club very soon.
The A’s fourth outfielder Craig Gentry is currently on the disabled list but he should be returning to the club in a matter of days. Gentry was acquired by the A’s in an off-season trade with their division rivals the Texas Rangers for outfielder Michael Choice. RHP Josh Lindbloom was sent to Oakland and infielder Chris Bostick went to Texas as part of that same trade. Fuld was a free agent who signed on with Oakland to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. It was a surprise for Fuld when he made the opening day roster. When Gentry returns, however, the A’s will be forced to take Fuld off of the 25-man roster and place him on waivers.
More than likely Fuld will be picked up quickly. He was a fan favorite with the Tampa Bay Rays last season and has made a good impression upon both the management and fans in Oakland. Fuld had a nice spring, batting .271 with four triples, seven RBI, seven walks and just five strikeouts in 66 plate appearances. Fuld played well Wednesday against the Indians going 2-5 with a walk and one of his hits was an RBI triple. He’s a hustler too and everyone likes a guy who’s got a little hustle.
Inevitably Fuld will land with another club which for the Athletics is a shame but like every other club they must make tough decisions at times. Only 25 men are allowed on the roster at one time which always leaves someone left out. This time it is just going to happen to be Sam Fuld.
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