A’s add outfielder Sam Fuld on minor league deal
Tampa Bay Rays' Sam Fuld, right, reaches out to Rays' B.J. Upton (2) after they score on a two-run single by Rays' Carlos Pena (not pictured) against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning of their baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012. The Rays won the game 8-3. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
OAKLAND, Calif. – Durham native Sam Fuld reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes an invitation to big league spring training.
Assistant general manager David Forst confirmed the deal with the outfielder yesterday. Fuld, 32, would receive an $800,000, one-year contract if he’s added to the 40-man roster.
The two-time defending AL West champion A’s have a deep outfield already, with returning starters Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Coco Crisp in center and Josh Reddick in right.
Fuld batted .199 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 119 games for Tampa Bay last season. In six major league seasons – three with the Cubs, three with the Rays – Fuld has hit .234 with 11 triples, six homers and 54 RBI in 713 at-bats. He has 37 stolen bases in 50 attempts.