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Oakland A's MiLB Spring Notebook: March 16th

A surprise decision.

We were at Papago Park for the Oakland A's minor league spring training practice on Monday. Inside are a few notes that we picked up during the day…

- A's Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman told us that catcher Jake Smith has elected to retire. The East Carolina alum missed much of the 2007 season and some of the 2008 campaign recovering from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. He hit .282 in 2008 in 81 games for Low-A Kane County and Rookie League Arizona. - Lieppman also noted that the team had released right-hander Kevin...

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