Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Athletics collecting former Rays

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Jonny Gomes walked into the Oakland clubhouse Friday after being reacquired by the A's, he reacquainted himself with pitcher Scott Kazmir with an observation:

"The last time we were together we were getting some hardware."

That would have been 2008, when both were members of the Rays team that made it to the World Series. Through a series of signings and trades, capped by last week's deals to get back outfielders Gomes and Sam Fuld, the A's have stocked up on ex-Rays.

"Getting the band back together," Kazmir said.

Pitcher Jason Hammel and catchers John Jaso and Stephen Vogt make it six who played for the Rays, plus pitcher Jesse Chavez, who was briefly in the organization; coach Ariel Prieto, who pitched for the 2001 Devil Rays; and trainer Nick Paparesta, a former Rays assistant.

"It's fun just to be in a clubhouse where there's familiar faces," Vogt said. "There's a lot of stories we've been telling of coaches and people. It's just been fun to reminisce about our time with Tampa Bay."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said they should be known now as the Oakland R-A's, noting "the potentiality for a lot of weird convergences." He joked that he'd probably feel just as home in their clubhouse if he wandered the wrong way down the O.co Coliseum.

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