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A’s players don’t like the timing of Kila Ka’aihue’s DFA

Jun 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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The Oakland Athletics designated Kila Ka’aihue for assignment before yesterday’s game and called up Brandon Moss.  Oakland A’s players told Susan Slusser, however, that they weren’t happy with the timing of the move. Why? Because Ka’aihue’s wife is due to give birth to twins any day:

“Everyone is in shock,” one player said.

“Total horse” manure, said another.

I suppose that sucks. But it’s also the case that if they had waited a week or even a month then the story would have been “A’s DFA Ka’aihue right after his twins were born!”  It’s not possible for there to be good timing for this.

It’s also worth noting that Ka’aihue has never played more than 52 games or had more than 180 major league at bats in a season, so when he and the missus set out to start their family, it probably wasn’t reasonable for him to expect that he was going to spend six months in the majors.

Now, we can argue over whether Brandon Moss is actually an upgrade, but twins on the way has no bearing on that.

  1. jarathen - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    I agree with the players. Terrible timing. One squalling, inconsolable child is a nightmare. Two? He has to help his wife with two?

    • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Children are horrible.™

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        My kids might disagree. Of course, they might have a personal, albeit temporary, bias.

  2. ribs108 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I see Billy Beane and the A’s are taking management skill courses at the same locale as Marc Bergevin and the Montreal Canadiens. I guess Kila’s lucky that it wasn’t between innings of a game. Congratulations and good luck to him and his wife!

    • skids003 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      If the players think this is so bad, why don’t one of them swap with him?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        They could pool a baby fund, too. Cespedes and Crisp could certainly set that up.

  3. sj39 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I believe he still got paid well.

  4. alexo0 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Actually Oakland should have waited until the Twins arrived. No better way to resurrect a career than by facing that pitching staff.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      ooh, nice one

      • Old Gator - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Definitely. You win the Double Entendre. Drive safely.

    • newpairofsox - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Now THAT was funny. +1

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I thought it was fairly generous of the A’s to keep him with the big team as long as they did, given his production. Perhaps the babies can learn Japanese?

    • jayquintana - Jun 9, 2012 at 3:41 AM

      He seems to be the perfect example of tweener — somewhere between AAA and the MLB. Japan seems the perfect fit. He could make a lot of yen there. Plus, while their population isn’t large or anything, there are some Hawaiians in Japan.

  6. djpostl - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Don’t know what happened to this guy. His 2010 splits weren’t awful (except that BABIP that drove down his overall average) and his BB:SO ratio was decent for a guy with pop.

  7. beefytrout - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    In related news, I didn’t like the timing of A’s players deciding to put it together and kick the shit out of my beloved Rangers.

  8. rico7207 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Melvin should be going with him. He needs the training more than any one.

  9. Old Gator - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    BTW, is he Hawaiian, Fijian, Tongan or Samoan?

    • skids003 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      He is American.

      • clydeserra - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        not till I see his long form birth certificate

    • nworca - Jun 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      He was born in Hawaii, so he’s American to everyone but Luke Scott.

  10. ptho16 - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    If the players think it’s so horrible, they should take up a collection for the guy. Last year the Indians took up a collection to pay for a private flight for Jack Hannahan to be at the birth of his child.

  11. stampofdisapproval - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Perhaps Minnesota will be interested in Ka’ aihue?

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