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12/09/2005 6:27 PM ET
A's announce nine non-roster invitees
Outfielder Jason Perry sent outright to Sacramento
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OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's announced on Friday that they have signed right-hander Jason Karnuth, infielder Scott McClain and outfielder Doug Clark to Triple-A contracts and have invited all three players to Spring Training. The A's also announced six additional non-roster invitees from within the organization: right-handers Adam Johnson and Alex Santos, infielders Andrew Beattie, Keith Ginter and Cliff Pennington and outfielder Danny Putnam. The A's also sent outfielder Jason Perry outright to Triple-A Sacramento, removing him from the 40-man roster, which now stands at 39.

Karnuth spent most of last season at Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit organization where he was 7-2 with 23 saves and a 2.13 ERA in 63 relief appearances. The 29-year-old right-hander tied for third in the International League in saves and then posted a 5.40 ERA with Detroit in three September appearances. McClain batted .291 with 30 home runs and 93 RBIs in 121 games for Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization, where he was named the team's Most Valuable Player. The 33-year-old also hit .143 in 13 games with Chicago after spending the previous four seasons in Japan. Clark hit .316 with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs in 127 games with Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco organization. The 29-year-old outfielder made his Major League debut with the Giants in September and was 0-for-5 in eight games.

Ginter spent most of the season with Oakland last year and hit .161 with three home runs and 25 RBIs in 51 games. He added a .333 average with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 14 games with Sacramento. The 29-year-old was sent outright to Sacramento on October 20. Pennington was the A's first-round draft pick last June and hit .276 with three home runs, 29 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 69 games with Class A Kane County. The 21-year-old shortstop was the 21st overall pick in the First-Year Player draft out of Texas A&M. Putnam was a compensation pick following the first round of the 2004 draft and batted .307 with 15 home runs and 100 RBIs in 131 games with Class A Stockton. The 23-year-old outfielder from Stanford finished fifth in the California League in RBIs and was fourth in runs scored (97).

Beattie was a 2004 Minor League Rule 5 selection and batted a combined .296 with 11 home runs and 72 RBIs in 135 games with Double-A Midland and Sacramento. The 27-year-old infielder tied for third in the Pacific Coast League with 36 doubles. Johnson was signed by the A's organization in August after going 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in five starts for Puebla in the Mexican League. The 26-year-old right-hander was 1-0 with a 6.23 ERA in four starts with Sacramento. Santos was signed by the A's organization last April and combined for a 2-3 record, 26 saves and a 2.14 ERA in 52 appearances with Stockton, Midland and Sacramento. The 28-year-old right-hander tied for the A's organizational lead in saves.

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