Athletics re-claim catcher from Toronto Blue Jays

Oakland Athletics re-claim Beau Taylor, DFA Chris Herrmann

Oakland Athletics baserunner Beau Taylor (46) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run, his first in the Major Leagues, in the third inning of their baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)
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HOUSTON — The A’s were sad to see catcher Beau Taylor claimed off waivers. The Toronto Blue Jays scooped him up back on August 16, the cost of a roster move that brought Corban Joseph onto the 40-man and big league roster.

Taylor was a beaming presence in the clubhouse, and clearly Oakland wanted him back. So, when the Blue Jays designated him for assignment on September 7, the A’s pounced.

On Tuesday, the A’s claimed Taylor off waivers and designated catcher Chris Herrmann for assignment.

Manager Bob Melvin said that Taylor was just a “better fit” with the team right now. Herrmann started off the year on the 60-day IL after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on March 8. Herrmann hit a go-ahead grand slam in his first game as an Athletic. He went on to hit .310 over nine games, but went 8-for-55 (.146) over his final 21 games

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Taylor is not postseason eligible, though, which means Josh Phegley and Sean Murphy are the only catchers on the 40-man potentially eligible. Murphy (and Jesús Luzardo), though called up on September 1, can be eligible via petition to the Commissioners Office due to spots left open by players on the 60-day IL.

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