The Oakland A's grabbed former Biscuit Wes Bankston off waivers Wednesday. The Royals, who designated Bankston for assignment last week, also released Montgomery native Craig Brazell. Brazell won the minor-league home run championship this year.
The Rays are close to signing reliever Troy Percival to a two-year deal worth $8 million, according to Fox Sports. Percival was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 34 games with the Cardinals in 2007.