The Oakland Athletics have made a key free agent signing to strengthen their starting lineup and add some power to the mix.
This afternoon, the team signed veteran first baseman and slugger Jesus Aguilar.
The details of the deal have yet to be revealed.
The contract is also pending a physical.
Aguilar, 32, split time with the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles in 2022, hitting .235 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI in 464 at-bats.
He also had an on-base percentage of .281 and a slugging percentage of .379.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report the news.
Robert Murray of FanSided also provided the news on Twitter.
Free-agent first baseman Jesus Aguilar and the Oakland A’s are in agreement on a contract, pending physical, according to a source familiar with the deal. First to report a deal was close: @susanslusser.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 24, 2023
After trading away former Gold Glove catcher Sean Murphy, the A’s have added some pieces to their roster for 2023.
Now, they add a veteran power bat in Aguilar.
The slugger began his career with the Cleveland Guardians in 2014 and joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017.
Milwaukee dealt him to the Tampa Bay Rays at the trade deadline in 2019.
His best season came in 2018, when he hit .274 with 35 homers and 108 RBI and helped guide the Brewers to their first NLCS appearance since 2011.
Oakland has been active this offseason in terms of signings.
While this move will not miraculously launch them back into postseason contention, it is still a solid move and gives them a veteran presence in a young clubhouse, plus some thump in the middle of their lineup.