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Sunday, Jul 23, 2017
The Heater
  • The Heater
  • Marc Topkin

Rays Trevor Plouffe returns to Oakland tonight with something to prove

INF Trevor Plouffe didn't do all that well in his 2-½ months with Oakland, hitting .214 with a .634 OPS, before being DFA'd and traded to the Rays.

But he felt the A's could have given him more of a chance after signing him to a one-year, $5.25-million free-agent contract after part of seven seasons with the Twins.

"I thought they pulled the plug a little quick,'' Plouffe said. "I went on a little skid there, I was 0-for-24, obviously that's not good, but people go through those.''

Plouffe was dropped as the A's began a youth movement they have continued, replacing him at third with prospect Matt Chapman.

Going back with the Rays tonight won't be that big a deal.

"It wasn't a great time for me,' he said. "I enjoyed the guys over there and there were some good people in the clubhouse I enjoyed.''

Plouffe, 31, has yet to get much opportunity with the Rays, hitting .229 with a .613 OPS in just 13 games, as they have faced few lefties of late.

"I know my role over here,'' he said. "I have to stay ready.''

 

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