- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2011

OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - Bob Melvin wasted no time making changes to his Oakland coaching staff after receiving a new three-year deal last week to stay put as manager.

The Athletics said Friday they aren’t renewing the contracts of bench coach Joel Skinner, pitching coach Ron Romanick and hitting coach Gerald Perry. First base coach Tye Waller and third base coach Mike Gallego will return to the staff in 2012. Bullpen coach Rick Rodriguez will be considered a candidate for his same position next year.

Melvin plans to fill the positions in the coming weeks.

Also Friday, the A’s announced they have received 22-year-old outfielder Eliezer Mesa from Colorado to complete the trade that sent Mark Ellis to the Rockies on June 30.



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