ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jesse Hahn is a dark horse to crack the A’s rotation

Will moving back to his old arm slot make Jesse Hahn a good pitcher again? It’s time! Spring Training is upon us. Time to over-analyze ever nugget that comes out of Arizona in regard to the green and gold. Football is over, basketball is at its All-Star break, and golf is golf. That leaves the best sport of all to entertain us with tiny yet exciting rumors. Enter Jesse Hahn,...
Via Athletics Nation
8 hours ago

A Good Sign: Melvin Embracing The “4-5 out” Save/Hold

In Alex Hall’s Friday post, A’s manager Bob Melvin was quoted twice. To Jane Lee he suggested he might not be wedded to having one closer and to Susan Slusser he indicated he felt the luxury of stretching out his best relievers to get 4-6 outs. Let’s analyze... It has long been observed that "closer by committee" does not work — it basically never does — but to some extent...
Via Athletics Nation
11 hours ago

Rested, recovered Lowrie joins A's camp

A's infielder Jed Lowrie was able to enjoy a fairly normal offseason and enters camp fully healthy with no restrictions, though A's manager Bob Melvin said he would probably ease Lowrie into Cactus League games.
Via Athletics.com
12 hours ago

Oakland A’s spring training 2017: 5 early developments to follow

Spring training is here! Oakland A’s pitchers and catchers have reported, and position players are filing in before Saturday’s report date. You already know the big stories, like Sonny trying to regain his old form and the rookies auditioning. But here are some early new developments in lower-profile areas. 1. Jesse Hahn comeback bid Throughout the winter, we’ve talked...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Chip Hale finds comfortable landing spot with Athletics

MESA, Ariz.  -- The day in early October when Chip Hale lost his job as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he called his good friend Bob Melvin. Just to talk. The two go back many years in baseball -- Hale was Melvin's third base coach in Arizona from 2007-09 and bench coach in Oakland from 2012-14 -- and Hale considers Melvin his baseball coaching mentor. Not long after that...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A's Hahn hoping to find early-2015 form

Not long ago the A's No. 3 starter, right-hander Jesse Hahn is simply hoping to crack the team's rotation, and he'll seemingly need to put together a near-perfect spring to do so.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Joyce sees promise in 2017 A's upon arrival

Veteran Matt Joyce, signed by the A's to a two-year deal to play in a platoon in right field, descended upon A's camp Thursday morning following an adventurous travel day to the desert.
Via Athletics.com
2 days ago

Rajai Davis eager to get started in second stint with A's

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Rajai Davis pulled on his Athletics cap straight away when he walked into Hohokam Stadium, then grabbed his sparkling new white cleats specked with green and took an admiring glance at the shoes before reaching for his green No. 11 jersey and putting it on right over his long-sleeve shirt with black slacks. ''I got to get this green and gold back on,'' Davis said...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 A’s pre-spring training third base preview

Like second base, the A’s starting third baseman has already been named. Yet that doesn’t always mean things will remain that way. Here at White Cleat Beat we’ve  started doing a preliminary pre-spring training preview of the players who are slated to play for the Oakland Athletics at each position beginning with catcher. Now we […] 2017 A’s pre-spring training third base...
Via Swingin' A's
2 days ago

With so many options, A's may not need traditional closer

MESA, Ariz. (AP) If the Oakland Athletics can jump out to a lead this season, they should be in great shape. As pitchers and catchers reported Wednesday, manager Bob Melvin reflected on his numerous options to close out games. So many options, in fact, that he might not even need a traditional closer. ''We may not have one particular closer,'' Melvin said. ''We may do things...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Smash Mouth may have spoiled Sean Doolittle’s engagement announcement

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle took to Twitter to announce his engagement to Eireann Dolan by using bobbleheads as props on his Twitter account. That’s a fun and creative way to share the good news, as both have their likenesses captured in bobblehead form. The two are also pretty fun and light-hearted on Twitter, so this feels like it as par for the course for these...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 2/10: Football season ends just in time for baseball to begin

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and happy Friday to everyone. Welcome to YB's Box Score, what we're reading while waiting for John Wick to come get us.Happy birthday to Greg Norman, Mark Spitz, John Calipari, Ty Law, Lance Berkman, Mike Ribeiro and Alex Gordon. On this date in 1968, Peggy Fleming won the...
Via Yardbarker
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Triggs was a lock for the rotation before Mengden’s injury

Young right-hander Daniel Mengden spent a couple of stints with the A’s in 2016 and so did another righty, Andrew Triggs. Both were considered to be in the running for fifth spot in the A’s starting rotation. Mengden, the kid with the Rollie Fingers stache, who will turn 24 later this month, will no longer […] Triggs was a lock for the rotation before Mengden’s injury - White...
Via Swingin' A's
9 days ago

A’s to rename Coliseum field ‘Rickey Henderson Field’

The Oakland Athletics will honor one of their greats, Rickey Henderson. The club announced on Monday that in addition to naming him as a Special Assistant to the President, the field at the Oakland Coliseum will be known as Rickey Henderson Field. It’s a fitting tribute. The A’s have a lot of history. Still, perhaps no player is as synonymous with the Athletics (especially in...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Oakland Athletics

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Oakland Athletics. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s pitcher John Axford may have a second career as an Oscars prognosticator

Just like March Madness pools, many people participate in Oscar pools where people predict who will win in each Academy Awards category. For Oakland A’s pitcher John Axford, he takes this very seriously and recent history has shown that he’s pretty good. Over the past few years, Axford posts his predictions on Twitter and has done a very good job. Since 2013, Axford has an 81...
Via The Comeback
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins acquire Dan Straily from the Reds

Talk about getting water from a rock. Less than a year after picking up Dan Straily off waivers from the San Diego Padres, the Cincinnati Reds have reportedly flipped the veteran starter to the Miami Marlins for three prospects. Straily, 28, is coming off a rebound performance this past season. He posted a 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 34 games (31 starts) for the...
Via Sportsnaut
January 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s are making moves to stay competitive

Well the Oakland Athletics and Billy Beane look like they are up to their old tricks again this off-season. The Oakland A’s are known to bring up some very good prospects and turn them into starts, like Jason Giambi and Mark McGwire. They are also very good at taking those veterans, who are on their way down and help them restart their careers, like Rich Hill and Bartolo Colon...
Via isportsweb.com
January 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: A’s have reached out to Mark Trumbo

Weeks after missing out on a surprise target in Edwin Encarnacion, it looks like the Oakland Athletics are once again looking into a top-end free agent. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Oakland has reached out to American League home run champion Mark Trumbo. The level of interest is not known, but it continues what looks to be a surprise philosophy from the small-market...
Via Sportsnaut
January 04, 2017  |  Discuss
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