“Trading a guy like Jeff, who was not only a great performer but a great teammate, just a class act, that was tough,” Beane said. “That being said, we needed a shortstop, and this is one of the shortstops that we had interest in.”
Ynoa was a highly touted prospect when the A’s signed him at age 16 out of the Dominican Republic in 2008. But Ynoa made just three starts in his first three seasons because of elbow problems and has a 4.81 ERA in 70 minor-league games.
The A’s designated pitcher Jorge de Leon for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Giants spurned – The Giants learned Tuesday evening they were ruled out as a potential destination for free-agent left-hander Jon Lester.
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“We did not receive a rose,” assistant general manager Bobby Evans said, referring to TV’s “The Bachelor.”
Evans said the Giants made “multiple offers” to Lester and believe his interest in San Francisco was genuine. But the Giants got the sense Lester was being pulled by some “pretty strong ties” to other suitors – primarily the Boston Red Sox and Cubs – and Tuesday, “it was starting to feel like it was tougher and tougher to break through those ties.”
Tuesday night, Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs.
Evans said the Giants’ top offseason priority remains the rotation, where they have one open spot, followed by third base, vacated after Pablo Sandoval’s departure to Boston.
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