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Athletics acquire 1B Ike Davis from Pirates

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have filled their second key position in five days, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27. Oakland, which lost in the AL wild-card game to Kansas City, signed designated hitter Billy Butler to a $30 million, three-year contract Wednesday...
Via AP on Fox
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Rumors: Jeff Samardzija not going anywhere?

Rumors have swirled this offseason that the Oakland Athletics were ready to part ways with Jeff Samardzija as they have with many of their other pitchers who have entered the final years of their contracts, but Bob Nightengale of the USA Today is reporting that it doesn't appear that he is going anywhere. #452698384 / gettyimages.com Billy Beane says he plans on Jeff Samardzija...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jon Lester To Meet With At Least Two More Teams Next Week

Jon Lester isn’t done making the rounds on the free agent market. The former Boston Red Sox ace is set to meet with at least two more teams next week, WEEI’s Rob Bradford reported Friday, citing a source. But that doesn’t mean the Red Sox aren’t still in the hunt to land the southpaw. Bradford also reported that Boston showed a “willingness to negotiate” the offer they...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Is Billy Butler a good fit?

Billy Butler This past week, the Oakland A’s signed ex-Kansas City Royal Billy Butler to a three year, $30 million deal. Even though Butler has a quality bat, it is curious that the Athletics would sign Butler to a multi-year deal instead of dealing with some of the more obvious problems in the middle infield and in left field. So, is Butler a good fit of the Oakland A’s?...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Hassan Now Claimed By the Baltimore Orioles

Alex Hassan’s, formerly of the Boston Red Sox (formerly the Oakland Athletics), head must be spinning. Earlier this week Alex Hassan was claimed by the Oakland Athletics. He followed that claim up with a heartfelt message to the Boston Red Sox organization. The Orioles were unsuccessful in their initial claim to Hassan last week when […]
Via Infield Single
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How Did Billy Butler Take His Extra Bases?

Remember when Billy Butler stole a base against the Angels in the playoffs? Of course you do. It was beautiful and it was absurd, and it psychologically cemented the notion that there was nothing the Angels could do to slow the Royals down. Even Billy Butler was having his way, however he wanted to. It […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oops! Lester's Newton House Sells For $1.85M

Just in case you weren't depressed enough over the news about Boston's second low-ball offer to Jon Lester, more disturbing news has arisen. According to The Los Angeles Times, Lester sold his Newton home for $1.85 million yesterday. The Colonial—which is situated on the Charles River—is a 3,300 square foot manse that has its own wine cellar. The Lesters just recently bought...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Jon Lester Accept 'LowBall II' From Sox?

Multiple media reports indicate that the Red Sox have offered Jon Lester six years and between $110 and $120 million. That works out to between $18.3 million and $20 million per year for the lefty ace. Most observers of the free agent market (including Lester's ex-teammate Curt Schilling) have pegged Lester's worth at around $140-$150 million. Moreover, there are new reports that...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The History of Billy Butler

The Oakland Athletics are known for trading virtually every player that comes into their locker room. However, the good news about this is that Oakland’s General Manager Billy Beane manages to work his ways in gaining a strong, new face for that locker room. Billy Butler may be a new face to a green and gold uniform, but he’s not new to the baseball world. And he’s certainly...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Billy Butler deal may not be totally crazy

At first glance, it seems crazy. A bad-body post-peak designated hitter that was under replacement last year… three years? $30 million? Billy Butler to the Athletics? A team that has never had three ten million dollar players on the roster at one time did so for the first time in order to sign a guy […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest Rumblings On Where Jon Lester Will Land

According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Boston Red Sox have an offer on the table to free agent LHP Jon Lester. Edes said that the team made the offer to Jon Lester and his representatives when he met with ownership earlier this week. The terms of the deal were not disclosed and a quick decision on the offer is not accepted. A source of mine also confirmed this report saying...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2 minor league free agents suspended for drugs

NEW YORK (AP) Two minor league free agents who played in the Oakland Athletics' organization last season have been suspended after positive drug tests. The commissioner's office announced the penalties Tuesday. Outfielder Dayton Alexander was suspended 76 games without pay after testing positive for metabolites of performance-enhancing Methandienone and Methyltestosterone...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Could Yoenis Cespedes return to Oakland?

Yoenis Cespedes The Oakland A’s traded their beloved left fielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox on July 31st, 2014. This was devastating for the fans, and the trade was ultimately used as the excuse as to why the Oakland A’s had such a terrible second half of the season. Now that the off season has started and trade rumors have begun to surface, is there a chance that...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco’s finger fell off — and there’s apparently video of it

Former major league baseball star Jose Canseco’s finger fell off — no really. Canseco was playing poker with his surgically reattached left middle finger — that would be the one he accidently blew off cleaning one of his guns in his kitchen last month. Canseco was hoping for a full hand, but his middle finger — which he’s flipped a few times at people over the years —...
Via IMAGE CPR SPORTS
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s free agency rumors: Yasmany Tomas

The rumor mill is abuzz with one name this week – Yasmany Tomas. This Cuban baseball player has peaked the interest of many teams including the Oakland A’s. Along with the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Francisco Giants and possibly the Kansas City Royals, the Oakland A’s are looking to add this outfielder to their roster for 2015. With Tomas flying to the United States on...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco goes on Twitter rant on space, 'Comet Transport'

Jose Canseco hit some moon shots during his MLB days, and apparently he believes that makes him an expert on space travel. The former slugger took to Twitter to divulge some theories about how “comet transport is the key to our survival” because it would open up new industries like “asteroid mining (and) interstellar trade.” Comet Transport is the key to our survival...
Via NESN.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Former A's first baseman Kelvin Moore dies in Georgia

  Former Oakland Athletics first baseman Kelvin Moore, who played parts of three major league seasons, has died. He was 57. The A's confirmed Wednesday, with information provided by the family, that Moore died Sunday in Georgia of cardiac arrest. He had multiple illnesses in recent years, including diabetes. Moore was a member of Oakland's 1981 American League West champion...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco rips media: 'I don't care about my finger'

Jose Canseco is mad. And it has nothing to do with the recent hand injury he sustained while cleaning one of his guns. Never mind…it kinda does. Sick of the media and how the edit my life To make me seem like the bad guy — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 7, 2014   You see, not long after the October 28 shooting that destroyed the middle finger on his left hand...
Via Hall of Very Good
15 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s will listen to offers for Jeff Samardzija

When the Oakland Athletics acquired Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs in July, the idea behind the deal was to have him help the team compete for a World Series championship. But A’s general manager Billy Beane knew that the front-line starter would be under team control for another season. This enabled him to move his top prospect, Addison Russell, to the Cubs in the deal...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

What Has Worked in the Postseason

Billy Beane once famously said that his poop doesn’t work in the postseason, and ostensibly he wasn’t talking about his digestive system. The Athletics will spend another offseason wondering about it. The rest of baseball’s fandom usually thinks about the victors as models. Do the Giants and Royals represent some sort of sea change, do […]
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco accidentally shot off his finger

In one of the more bizarre sports stories in recent memory, it appears former MLB slugger Jose Canseco has shot the middle finger off his hand. Canseco’s fiancée, Leila Knight, told TMZ Sports on Tuesday night that the 50-year-old was cleaning his gun at his home in Las Vegas when the gun discharged, blowing the middle finger off his left hand. Knight said Canseco didn’t...
Via NESN.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

One of the biggest coups of the 2014 Major League Baseball season was the Boston Red Sox landing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland A’s in exchange for a few months of Jon Lester. Cespedes finished the season with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs, while Lester was decent for the A’s and will now hit free agency. Meanwhile, Cespedes has a year left on his contract. That...
Via Rumors and Rants
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dark horse team interested in Yasiel Puig: Athletics

In just two days after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season ended, Yasiel Puig’s name has come up in trade rumors. On Thursday, George Ofman of WBBM Newsradio in Chicago said the Dodgers were looking to move Puig and the Chicago Cubs would be one of the teams interested in acquiring the 23-year-old. The other team interested could be the Oakland Athletics, according to Tim Kawakami...
Via Sports-Glory
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Adam Dunn watched the American League Wild Card Game from the bench, not once stepping on the field in the Oakland Athletics’ 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals in 12 innings. Dunn, who was on a postseason roster for the first time in his career, plans to retire. “That’s probably it,” said Dunn, who waited 14 season and 2,001 games to get to the postseason. The 34-year-old...
Via Sports-Glory
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

The Oakland Athletics are coming off yet another heart-breaking postseason exit, this time at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in an amazing extra-inning Wild Card game loss on Tuesday night. For a team that had expectations to win the World Series throughout the vast majority of the year, the 2014 season has to be nothing less than a downright failure for the team. This is only...
Via Sportsnaut
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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