Trevor Plouffe Reportedly Agrees to Contract with Oakland Athletics

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 28: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 28, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Despite being limited to 84 games in 2016, third baseman Trevor Plouffe has reportedly found a new home in the MLB.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, citing sources, reported on Tuesday that Plouffe agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics. On Wednesday morning, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the agreement is in the range of $5 million plus incentives. 

Rosenthal first linked Plouffe to the A's on Jan. 6, but Oakland wasn't the only team to express interest.

The Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reported on Dec. 27 that the Boston Red Sox were looking to potentially sign Plouffe, while the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported on Jan. 7 that the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals were also considering the infielder. 

Injuries interrupted Plouffe's 2016 campaign, and his offensive numbers suffered as a result. He batted a career-high .260, but his slugging percentage dropped from .435 in 2015 to .420. His 12 home runs and 47 runs batted in were his fewest since 2011, when he appeared in 81 games.

The 30-year-old's home and road splits do raise the question of whether he can be a productive hitter outside Target Field, per Baseball-Reference.com.

Trevor Plouffe—Home/Away Splits
Source: Baseball-Reference.com

Rotoworld provided analysis on Plouffe's fantasy value for 2017: "Plouffe figures to see regular starts at third base against lefties in Oakland, but he's doubtful to hold relevance in standard fantasy leagues."


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