- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 21, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) - Manny Ramirez is expected to join Oakland at its spring training facility on Friday, yet another part of the Athletics’ offseason overhaul.

After trading All-Star pitchers Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez for prospects, the A’s signed veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon, re-signed outfielder Coco Crisp, agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and added Ramirez.

The A’s also dealt A’s two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Josh Reddick and two minor leaguers.

A’s manager Bob Melvin defended the moves Tuesday, saying he avoids using the term “rebuilding,” and looks forward to talking to the A’s latest addition, who could add much needed power to the middle of the lineup should everything fall into place in Oakland.

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