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The Athletics hired Bob Schaefer as bench coach Wednesday to work under first-year manager Bob Geren.
Next season will be Schaefer's ninth on a major league coaching staff and sixth as a bench coach after he worked as the Royals' bench coach in 1991 and again from 2002-05.
The Kansas City Royals have traded infielder Donnie Murphy to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations, Royals Senior Vice President- Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore announced on Tuesday. Murphy, 23, who was designated for assignment by the Royals on Nov. 20, spent the entire 2006 season at Wichita (AA) hitting .249 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 94 games. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder played a total of 39 games for the Royals in 2004 and 2005, hitting .163 with one home run and 11 RBI. He was the Royals fifth-round selection in the 2002 June Free Agent Draft.
Marco Scutaro is not the type of player opposing teams fear. The 31-year-old infielder will never be mistaken for a game-changing slugger. But much like World Series hero David Eckstein, what Scutaro lacks in brawn, he makes up for in a other ways.
This week, Scutaro displayed the peskiness and timely hitting that earned him the nickname "Se?or Clutch" in the Venezuelan Winter League.
The Athletics and right-hander Scott Dunn agreed to a one-year contract on Monday.
Dunn began last season with Tampa Bay, going 1-0 with an 11.74 ERA in seven relief appearances before being sent to the minors. He went 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 38 games at Triple-A Durham.
With Tom Glavine wavering on whether or not he wants to return, the Mets are zeroing in on Barry Zito.
As one rival baseball executive explained to the New York Daily News: "Believe it, the Mets are going to be in on Zito, big. They're trying to play it coy, but in the end, don't be surprised if they give him the $15 million per year (Zito's agent Scott) Boras is looking for - especially if they lose Glavine. In that case, they'll have no choice but to pay what it takes to get him. They can justify it by saying it's a couple of million dollars more a year than they would have paid Glavine, for a much younger version."
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