Kotsay believes May is good fit on, off field for A's


Trevor May and the Athletics are learning all about each other in spring training. 

Speaking with reporters Wednesday, A's manager Mark Kotsay explained how May's experience and veteran presence are imperative in helping the club determine what his role will be in the 2023 MLB season. 

"I think for Trevor, identifying a role once we break camp and getting him to feel comfortable and maximizing his performance," Kotsay said. "There's nothing to say that Trevor can't pitch in the back end of games.

"In all expectations, that's where he's going to fit and pitch in high-leverage spots."

An eight-year veteran, May spent the first six seasons of his career with the Minnesota Twins, compiling a 23-21 record with a 4.44 ERA in 215 games (26 starts). May spent the last two seasons with the New York Mets, recording a 4.00 ERA in 94 combined games. 

For his career, May is 32-24 with a 4.35 ERA in 403 2/3 innings pitched with 12 career saves. In the offseason, the 33-year-old signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the A's after receiving interest from 12 to 15 teams.

After signing with Oakland, May said he chose the A's because he felt he was going to a place where he felt "valued" and was a fan of the Bay Area's hyphy movement, listening to rappers and groups such as E-40, Too Short, Keak Da Sneak and others. 

With a personality like that, it's clear that May is a unique person, which Kotsay appreciates. The A's manager also revealed that he was told May had a popular YouTube channel and shared how that could be beneficial for the team. 

"Yeah, he's got a personality that may not be reflective of every guy in that locker room," Kotsay noted. "But I think we need different types of personalities and so for Trevor, I think it would be fun to watch him go through his processes and share in those as well."

Kotsay said that he has not seen May's channel -- which boasts over 42,000 subscribers -- but eventually will get to it when the time is right. 

"... For me, I think it's great that he engages in the social media aspect and utilizes that for his platform -- it's kind of where we are in this day and age," Kotsay continued. "Maybe one day I'll flip it on and check it out."

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With the A's gearing up for a bounce-back season behind Paul Blackburn's renewed focus and newcomer Shintaro Fujinami, May's experience and personality should pay dividends for Oakland. 

As spring training games get underway, May and the A's will have time to learn more about each other and how to best approach the season. 

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