OAKLAND -- The A's have promoted longtime executive Farhan Zaidi to the title of assistant general manager/director of baseball operations.
The 37-year-old stats guru is entering his 10th season in the A's front office, serving as director of baseball operations for the last five and often traveling with the team in that time.
He didn't take the traditional route into the baseball scene, earning a B.S. in economics from MIT before earning his Ph.D in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, initially joining the A's as a baseball operations analyst in 2005.
Zaidi is second in line under general manager Billy Beane, as David Forst remains Beane's top assistant GM.
Fuld reaches Minor League deal with Athletics
OAKLAND -- The A's on Tuesday agreed to terms with outfielder Sam Fuld on a Minor League deal that includes a Spring Training invite.
According to FOX Sports, which first reported the deal, Fuld will earn $800,000 if he's on the Major League roster and up to an additional $100,000 in incentives based on games played.
In addition, he has a pair of opt-out dates in late March or June 1, if he has not been added to the active roster.
Fuld has played in parts of six seasons in the Majors and spent the last three with the Rays as a reserve outfielder, batting .230/.301/.326 with five home runs and 49 RBIs in 268 games in that span. He played in 119 games in 2013, struggling to the tune of a .199 average in 200 trips to the plate before he was non-tendered.
However, the 32-year-old is regarded as an excellent defender and can play all three outfield positions.
He joins Billy Burns as one of two outfielders listed on Oakland's non-roster invitee list to Spring Training, providing the club additional depth for a Major League outfield that boasts Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Craig Gentry.