Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
1 month ago

Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed Wednesday that Plouffe would serve as the team's primary third baseman this season, CSN Bay Area's Joe Stiglich reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Athletics officially inked Plouffe to a one-year contract Wednesday after he agreed in principle to the deal a week earlier, and management immediately helped clear up any ambiguity of the 30-year-old's role with his new team. Though Ryon Healy found success as the team's everyday third baseman in the second half of last season, he's expect to split most of his time between first base and DH in 2017, opening up the hot corner for Plouffe, who had been a full-time player for the Twins for much of his seven seasons in the majors. Plouffe is coming off a season in which he hit a career-best .260 over 319 at-bats, but a 31-point drop in ISO and a variety of injuries that combined to cost him roughly half the season ultimately made him a disappointment for fantasy owners. The move to Oakland probably won't aid Plouffe to a dramatic recovery in the power department, but better health alone may be enough to make him a capable corner infield option in AL-only leagues or deeper season-long formats.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
1 month ago

Plouffe signed a one-year deal with the Athletics on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

EDGE Analysis

Plouffe is coming off an injury-plagued 2015-16 campaign that saw him slash .260/.303/.420 with 12 homers, 35 runs, and 47 RBI. With young third baseman Ryon Healy coming off an impressive rookie year, it remains to be seen where the A's will put him on the diamond. Either way, Oakland lands a huge piece that could be due for a bounce-back year.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
2 months ago

Plouffe has drawn the interest of the Red Sox, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Plouffe, who hits from the right side, could fill a corner infielder role, complementing the left-handed hitting Mitch Moreland at first base and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a switch hitter than hits better from the left side. The 30-year-old Plouffe is said to be open to a utility role if that's what it takes to extend his major league career, but the Red Sox would be looking for no more than a one-year commitment.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
3 months ago

Plouffe has been placed on outright waivers and is expected to clear Friday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

If he does indeed clear waivers, Plouffe will become a free agent. Plouffe was entering his third winter of arbitration eligibility and would have been due north of $7 million again in 2017. He battled a variety of injuries this past season which limited him to 84 games. The 30-year-old has hit .247/.308/.420 in 723 career games at the major league level.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
5 months ago

Plouffe (oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins went ahead and deactivated Plouffe prior to Saturday's game, which may be a sign that he will indeed miss the rest of the season after suffering a strained oblique and strained intercostal muscles Tuesday. Reports from earlier in the week suggested Plouffe was "doubtful" to play again this season but the team has yet to formally rule out a return.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
5 months ago

Plouffe's MRI revealed a strained oblique and intercostal, and he is doubtful to play again this season, the Star Tribune's Phil Miller reports.

EDGE Analysis

He missed time earlier this season with an intercostal strain, a knee sprain, a groin strain and a cracked rib, and now he has come full circle, with his oblique and intercostal costing him time once again. With all of those injuries, it seems fair to blame a lot of his mediocre play on his poor health. He becomes a free agent after the 2017 season, and while the Twins may look to shop him this winter, it's hard to envision another team paying a significant price for the aging third baseman.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
5 months ago

Plouffe left Tuesday's game with an oblique strain, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is pretty bad news with a little over three weeks left in the season. It would not be surprising if we didn't see Plouffe back in action until 2017, given the nature of the injury. Look for a combination of Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano and Eduardo Escobar to get starts at third base for the foreseeable future. Plouffe hit .256/.300/.408 with 11 home runs in 341 plate appearances and missed significant time with injuries at different points in the season.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
5 months ago

Plouffe injured himself in the middle of an at-bat in the eighth inning Tuesday and was replaced by a pinch hitter, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

EDGE Analysis

It is unclear what the nature of the injury is, but it was serious enough for Kennys Vargas to have to come off the bench to take Plouffe's place mid at-bat. Stay tuned for an update on the nature of the injury.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
6 months ago

Plouffe went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs in Saturday's 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

He went deep for the second straight game after not having hit a homer since July 1 prior to yesterday's blast. Plouffe's 360-foot blast to right in the seventh plated Max Kepler and extended the Twins' lead to 7-3 at the time. The 30-year-old has now reached safely in four straight and tallied six RBI over the last contests.

Trevor Plouffe
1B/3B OAK
6 months ago

Plouffe went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, solo homer and a walk in Friday's 15-8 loss to the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger opened the scoring with a 409-foot solo shot in the first, before adding a third-inning sacrifice fly that brought home Kurt Suzuki. The round-tripper was Plouffe's first since July 1, the game before he went on an extended DL stint with a rib injury.