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Overview of the Oakland A's Non-Roster Invitees

Jimmy Serrano signed with Oakland in November.

Every year major league teams invite a group of players not on the 40-man roster to big league spring training camp. This group of players, known as the non-roster invitees, are made up generally of minor league free agent signings, rising prospects, and a smattering of veteran organizational players who aren't on the 40-man roster. This season, the Oakland A's have invited 17 non-roster players to camp. Here is a snapshot of these players and what they might bring to the A's system in 2005.

For the sake of organization, we will divide the non-roster players into three categories: 1) minor league free agent signings, 2) rising prospects, and 3) organizational veterans. A look at these players follows: Minor League Free Agent Signings The A's made a significant number of minor league free agent signings this off-season. Some were likely made with the intention of adding depth to the...

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