DETROIT - Matt McBride won’t be going to Japan, despite an offer from a team in Yokohama. デトロイト- マット・マクブライドは、横浜のチームからのオファーにもかかわらず、日本に行くことはありません。
The A’s promoted the catcher-outfielder on Wednesday in part to prevent them from losing a useful utility player with some major-league experience, according to multiple sources in Japan and in the U.S. McBride told The Chronicle that he had had an offer to play in Japan and that his callup emilinated the opt-out in the deal he signed with Oakland as a minor-league free agent. “
I’m happy to be here,” said McBride, who had a stint with the Rockies last season. “I knew it would be one or the other, and I think everyone wants to get the chance to play in the big leagues.”
McBride’s promotion also means that the A’s can use both of their regular catchers, Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley, without concerns about needing a third catcher. McBride, who was batting .188 at Triple-A Nashville, will be sent down on Friday when the A’s call up left-hander Sean Manaea to start against the Astros. McBride, 30, played seven games at catcher with the Sounds and three in right field.
“He gives us whatever we need off the bench and it’s always nice to have a third catcher,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “You’re not on pins and needles if something happens. He can play some first, he plays the outfield ... He obviously gives us a few more options.”