The Oakland A's made a significant move this past week, dealing Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals for four promising prospects. Because of the additions to the roster, the Athletics were forced to create room on the 40-man roster. On Friday, the front office designated Landon Powell and Jai Miller for assignment.
Powell, 29, played a handful of games in Oakland this past season and served as a backup catcher. He will have to go through waivers, but there's a good chance he will make it through and be able to return with the A's. Powell earned himself a reputation of being a great teammate and hopes to return.
Jai Miller, 25, was a bit more of a surprising move, but the outfielder has struggled to earn consistent playing time at the Major League level. There is also a chance he returns to the organization, although it's less likely than Powell.
We will have updates on where both players end up. For more on the A's, head on over to Athletics Nation.