ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Cuban star Lazaro Armenteros likely to sign with A’s Saturday

The international signing period for Major League teams starts Saturday, and the A’s are expected to make as big a splash as any team with the signing of 17-year-old Cuban outfielder Lazaro “Lazarito’’ Armenteros. Sources say Armenteros, who played for the Cuban national youth team before defecting to Haiti and eventually the Dominican Republic, is expected to get in the...
Via Inside the A's
26 minutes ago

Oakland A’s will sign Lazaro Armenteros (“Lazarito”), exceed international bonus pool, reports Baseball America

The Athletics will sign one of the most hyped international prospects of the 2016-17 international signing period, reports Baseball America’s Ben Badler. The Oakland Athletics will sign 17-year-old Cuban outfielder Lazaro “Lazarito” Armenteros for $3 million when the 2016-17 international signing period opens on Saturday, reports Baseball America’s Ben Badler. That signing...
Via Athletics Nation
3 hours ago

Oakland A’s recall Tyler Ladendorf, option Dillon Overton to Nashville

The Athletics have a backup infielder again, and Dillon Overton made the decision of who to send out for Rich Hill very easy on Thursday. The Oakland Athletics have recalled utility player Tyler Ladendorf and optioned left-handed pitcher Dillon Overton to Triple-A Nashville. The A’s now have a backup infielder after the A’s played short-handed for a few days as the club initially...
Via Athletics Nation
4 hours ago

Letting Bumgarner Hit Was The Wrong Decision

I have a good friend, Matt, who is a die-hard Giants fan. He invited me to the game at AT&T Monday night. I had a lot of fun as the Oakland Athletics won 8-3. I decided to reciprocate by inviting him to the Coliseum Thursday night to watch the A’s try to complete the sweep. Alas, […] Letting Bumgarner Hit Was The Wrong Decision - Swingin' A's - Swingin' A's - An Oakland...
Via Swingin' A's
4 hours ago

Flashback Friday: Athletics Let 2014 AL Wild Card Game Slip Away

A few autumns ago, the Oakland Athletics failed to defend their back-to-back division titles in the American League West. The A’s led the MLB with 59 wins at the 2014 All-Star break, but were only a few games behind the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Oakland Athletics fell in a slump that lasted for the […] Flashback Friday: Athletics Let 2014 AL Wild Card Game Slip Away...
Via Swingin' A's
8 hours ago

Sudden move to DL has Sean Doolittle seriously frustrated

Sean Doolittle had been feeling great, but all of a sudden he’s on the DL again. “This,’’ Sean Doolittle said, “has been a long day.’’ Doolittle knows from long days. He had five months full of them last year when he couldn’t pitch because of the pain in the back of his shoulder. It was a rotator cuff issue, and it limited him to one game the first five months of...
Via Inside the A's
18 hours ago

MLB Draft 2016: Oakland A’s sign 1st round pick A.J. Puk

The Oakland Athletics sign their highest draft pick since drafting Mark Mulder second in 1998. The Oakland Athletics have signed first round draft pick A.J. Puk (No. 6 overall), a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Florida. The signing was for a reported $4,069,200, the slot value of the pick: 1st-rder A.J. Puk agrees w/@Athletics on $4,069,200 (pick 6 value). Florida...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Athletics place LHP Sean Doolittle on 15-day disabled list

According to a report from MLB Roster Moves on Thursday, the Oakland Athletics have placed left-handed relief pitcher Sean Doolittle on the club’s 15-day disabled list. With the move being listed as retroactive to June 26, Doolittle has been forced to the sideline due to a strained left shoulder. .@Athletics place LHP Sean Doolittle on 15-day DL, retro to June 26 (strained left...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Trio of Athletics rookies could be key to future success

The Oakland Athletics have historically been at their best when their starting rotation led the way for the rest of the team. The importance of a strong, healthy starting rotation is vital, because it helps make up for a mediocre bullpen or offense. The A’s have won with stellar starting rotations, decent bullpens and decent offenses. The majority of the time it’s been pitchers...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Oakland Athletics 3-Player Sale Negated By Commissioner in 1976

Thursday Throwback: On June 15, 1976, Oakland Athletics Owner Charles Finley, with free-agency on the horizon, attempted to sell three key players. No one today would question an organization’s mid-season deals when the team is out of contention and those players are set to be free agents the following year. It’s become common place as teams […] Oakland Athletics 3-Player...
Via Swingin' A's
1 day ago

Lowrie, Alonso homer to lead Athletics past Giants 7-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso each hit two-run homers and the Oakland Athletics took advantage of sloppy play from the San Francisco Giants to win their third straight game in the Bay Bridge series, 7-1 on Wednesday night. Sean Manaea (3-4) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and Billy Burns drove in two runs for the A's, who have won six of seven and will go for...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Davis out of lineup with bruised left shoulder

Khris Davis was scratched from the A's lineup against the Giants on Wednesday night with a bruised left shoulder.
Via Athletics.com
2 days ago

Marcus Semien Deserves Our Admiration

First, Marcus Semien worked hard, every day, with Ron Washington and various tools of the trade in order to improve his defense. He’s now an above-average defender, if you believe the stats — or at least a competent defender, if you prefer your eyes. The newest evidence of his behind-the-scenes toil comes from his production at the plate. If you look at his overall line, a little...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Smolinski's 3-run pinch-hit HR leads A's past Giants 13-11

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during Oakland's five-run eighth inning that carried the Athletics to a 13-11 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. The A's overcame a pair of three-run deficits by scoring four runs in the sixth and five in the eighth to win their second straight game in the Bay Bridge Series and cap...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics trade rumors: where should Josh Reddick go?

Although the Oakland Athletics have been playing good baseball lately by winning six out of their last ten games, it is still unlikely they will make the playoffs. Oakland is ten games under .500 and 7.5 games back of the second wild card team. This season is more than likely over for the Athletics at this point. Because of this, it means that the trade deadline should be fun for...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics set for the 2016 Bay Bridge Series

The next four games will inspire Oakland Athletics fans to summon past memories and write a new chapter, during the 2016 Bay Bridge Series. This year, the Battle of the Bay begins in San Francisco on June 27 and June 28. Then, the squads will head to the O.Co and play on June 29 and June 30. From 1997 into 2016, the clubs began meeting annually, and the records are quite evenly matched...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Crisp helps Athletics beat Angels 7-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Coco Crisp hit a two-run single and scored four times, helping the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Saturday night. Danny Valencia homered and drove in three runs for the A's, who have won three of the first four games of the series. Dillon Overton pitched into the sixth inning to get the win in his major league debut. Angels slugger Albert...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: A's expected to be active at MLB trade deadline

With the Oakland A’s well under .500 and out of playoff position, they will likely be sellers at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Still, despite a poor record record, the A’s have plenty of valuable assets. The one that Billy Beane can expect to field the most phone calls on is 26-year-old right hander Sonny Gray. “Every time Gray starts, he draws double-digit scouts from contenders...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers can get themselves right with a few moves

Remember when the Dodgers were an annual lock to win the National League West? Well, they’re not anymore. In fact, they’re not even a lock to reach the postseason this year. Following three consecutive NL West titles from 2013 to 2015, the Dodgers find themselves in a funk in 2016, only two games over .500 and six and a half games behind the division's first-place Giants. ...
Via The Sports Quotient
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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