Hund­ley OKs mi­nor league deal with A’s

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY CAR­RIE MUSKAT

MESA, ARIZ.

The Oak­land Ath­let­ics added depth at catcher on Mon­day, agree­ing to a mi­nor league con­tract with Nick Hund­ley.

If added to the 40-man ros­ter, the 35-year-old would get a one-year con­tract pay­ing a $1.25 mil­lion salary while in the ma­jor leagues.

He was catch­ing dur­ing Oak­land’s open­ing train­ing work­out.

“He’s a well-re­spected vet­eran com­ing off a re­ally good year,” Oak­land ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of base­ball oper­a­tions Billy Beane said. “We’re lucky to make that kind of ad­di­tion.”

Jonathan Lu­croy left as a free agent for the Los An­ge­les An­gels, and Chris Her­rmann and Josh Phe­g­ley are the only catch­ers on Oak­land’s 40-man ros­ter. The team also is high on Sean Mur­phy, a third-round pick in the 2016 am­a­teur draft.

Hund­ley liked what he saw of the A’s, who won 97 games last sea­son and earned a berth in the AL wild-card game, where they lost to the New York Yan­kees.

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