Lavarnway, who agreed to a minor league contract with the A's on Nov. 30, is looking to make an impact in both the World Baseball Classic and with the A's this spring, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Puk, the sixth overall pick in the 2016 first-year player draft and non-roster invitee, made a strong impression on manager Bob Melvin in his first bullpen session of spring training, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. "Early in spring you're looking for fastball command, and he had command of that," Melvin said. "He showed a good changeup. I know his breaking ball came a long way last year. He's one of those guys that's free and easy. He's closer to you once he releases the ball (because of his height) and he's got good life on him."
Madson, who notched a team-high 30 saves in 2016, isn't guaranteed the closer's job heading into spring training, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. "We have four or five guys that have closed games before, so the tough part is identifying who is going to go where as the spring goes along," A's manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday."... We feel we have a really good bullpen, and how that works out we're not sure yet. We'll have those conversations as spring moves along."
Lambo, who is fully recovered from 2016 testicular cancer surgery, has made a positive first impression as he starts workouts as a non-roster invitee Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. "He looks like he's in good shape," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "God bless him. He's here, he's healthy. I know he's excited. He's always a very vocal guy, and I'm not trying to speak for him, but whenever you go through something like that that's bigger than baseball, when you get back to doing what you love to do, there's a certain amount of passion that goes along with it."
Hahn is hoping a productive offseason and refreshed mental approach can help him bounce back from a forgettable 2016, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports. "I think that's the first time I've honestly ever really struggled in my career," Hahn said of 2016. "I don't think I was used to it. I was approaching it the wrong way. I'd struggle and come back trying to be more aggressive, which led to me just not pitching like myself. This year, it's a completely different approach. Just keep my mind clear and focus on the positives."