ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Athletics sign 1B Yonder Alonso to $4M contract for 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with first baseman Yonder Alonso to avoid salary arbitration. The A's also announced Friday they have tendered contracts to all remaining players on their roster. Alonso batted .253 with 34 doubles, seven homers and 56 RBIs in 156 games in his first season with Oakland last year. Oakland...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Inbox: Chances A's trade a core player?

How likely are the A's to trade Sonny Gray, Stephen Vogt or Sean Doolittle? What is the club's plan at second base for 2017? Beat reporter Jane Lee answers those questions and more in the latest Inbox.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Love for Khris Davis, the most Oakland-y Athletic

He’s great and he’s flawed, true to the great A’s of this generation. Good writers start their articles off with a hook, a blend of words, expertly constructed to draw the readers attention and introduce the purpose of said article. Nope! Khris Davis can absolutely mash 42 dingers. Forty. Two. With the power of Statcast, the radar based technology that has made...
Via Athletics Nation
2 days ago

New Athletics president to hold open office hours for fans

The Oakland Athletics have new leadership in place, and they are opening the door for fans to voice their concerns with the new team president. Dave Kaval will hold open office hours to the public next Tuesday, December 6, and fans will be given an opportunity to sound off about the state of the franchise and its plans moving forward. It is actually more of an open forum event,...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A's become official sponsor of the baseball emoji

This is a thing that happened. ⚾️ Presented by your Oakland #Athletics. https://t.co/dZ5jKLKbE2 pic.twitter.com/OapiPhZV9g— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) November 30, 2016 Let's break this down from the top. First there is an organization -- nay, a consortium -- that oversees emojis. Where do emojis come from? I assume they are mined from the ground in some...
Via Athletics Nation
3 days ago

More Money Ball in Oakland

The inconsistency for Oakland continues. Coming off a disappointing year, Billy Beane and the Athletics front office find themselves faced with a franchise defining off-season. The Athletics have been a buy low, sell high organization throughout most of their existence, and with ace Sonny Gray a potential free agent, Billy Beane and company will have investment decisions to make...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Designate Rangel Ravelo For Assignment

The Athletics announced that they’ve designated infielder Rangel Ravelo for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for outfielder Matt Joyce, whose previously reported two-year deal is now official. The 24-year-old Ravelo, originally acquired alongside Marcus Semien in the 2014 Jeff Samardzija trade with the White Sox, showed promise through the Double-A level...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Report: A’s sign former All-Star Matt Joyce to two-year contract

The always bargain shopping Oakland Athletics may have pulled off one of the best value deals thus far during the Major League Baseball offseason. According to various reports, the A’s have signed veteran outfielder Matt Joyce to a two-year deal worth $11 million. Source: #Athletics in agreement with Matt Joyce on two-year, $11M contract, pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Warriors move closer to building San Francisco arena

The Golden State Warriors are now one step closer to moving to the San Francisco waterfront. The team announced that a Northern California court of appeals has upheld an environmental impact study that the Warriors and those close to the organization conducted on a site in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco. This means that one of the biggest hurdles for the Warriors moving...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland Athletics Should Trade Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray is a great pitcher. Sonny Gray is also coming off of an absolutely horrendous season, one that was especially shocking given how good Sonny Gray is. Conventional wisdom holds that you probably should never trade a pitcher as good as Sonny Gray, and even if you decided to buck a bit of conventional wisdom and trade a pitcher as good as Sonny Gray, there would be a whole...
Via Off The Bench
5 days ago

The Next Big Leaguers: Athletics' Montas

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.
Via Athletics.com
5 days ago

Job Posting: Oakland Athletics Baseball Operations Analyst

Position: Oakland Athletics Baseball Operations Analyst Location: OaklandDescription: The Oakland Athletics are currently seeking a full-time Baseball Operations Analyst. This position will report directly to the general manager. The Baseball Operations Analyst will have responsibilities that include performing ad-hoc analysis and querying the team’s proprietary database, as well...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Shakeup in A’s leadership should have minimal impact on future stadium plans

The Oakland Athletics are undergoing a major change this offseason, with Lew Wolff deciding to step down as a managing partner for the franchise. Majority owner John Fisher will take over more responsibility for the franchise as Wolff sells off his percentage of the franchise to remaining team partners. Dave Kaval has also been named the new A’s president to replace Michael Crowley...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Lew Wolff selling most of his stake in the A’s

Fans in Oakland may very well find themselves partying in the streets this weekend. No, the Raiders have not yet won the Super Bowl. And the NBA season is too young to anoint the Golden State Warriors champions. Still, it looks like something pretty darn big is happening within the city’s sports landscape. According to Susan Slusser over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chip Hale rejoins Bob Melvin's coaching staff in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is returning to the Oakland Athletics organization as third base coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.Hale replaces Ron Washington, who took the same position with the Atlanta Braves to be closer to his home in New Orleans.In two seasons as Arizona manager, Hale went 148-176 before being fired Oct. 3, one day after the...
Via Associated Press
October 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Injury-plagued Athletics win one more game, still last place

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray showed up at spring training eight months ago with big aspirations for himself and the Oakland Athletics this season. None of it worked out. He struggled and got injured more than once. That's just the kind of year the A's had, another similar story for the small-budget franchise hit by the injury bug time and again. ''I'm not happy with the way...
Via Associated Press
October 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Jharel Cotton: the next Oakland Athletics ace?

When selling players at the trade deadline, teams do not receive an ace pitcher in return. In 2016, the Oakland Athletics rewrote this rule. On Aug. 1, the A’s moved left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, Oakland acquired three unknown players. One was named Jharel Cotton, a right-handed pitcher that possessed no Major League...
Via isportsweb.com
September 26, 2016  |  Discuss

A Dialogue on the Urgent Matter of Jharel Cotton’s Cutter

In light of Oakland right-hander Jharel Cotton‘s minor-league success, his major-league success (which includes a 1.50 ERA over three starts) isn’t an entirely surprising development. More surprising, perhaps, is how he’s achieved that success — less by means of his celebrated changeup and more by means of his barely-ever-mentioned-once cut fastball. Curious as to what might...
Via Fangraphs
September 23, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Farewells: Oakland Athletics

It is that part of the year where pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is time to say an early goodbye to some of our summertime friends who will not be joining us in the fall–up next are the 2016 Oakland Athletics. Moneyball didn’t work…again. Most people didn’t expect anything...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
September 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Here’s why the Oakland Athletics love Khris Davis

Several years into the 21st century, the Oakland Athletics finally have their second player in this millennium to reach a home run milestone. His name is Khris Davis, and he became the fourth outfielder in the history of the franchise and only the second A’s player in the 21st century, to acquire 40 home runs. The last player to accomplish this feat was Jason Giambi, who slugged...
Via isportsweb.com
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics weren’t expected to contend for an AL West title or wild card spot in 2016, based mostly on the competition they faced within their division. The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners all looked like potential contenders, while the A’s were building for the future and likely to spin off veteran pieces like Sonny Gray, Rich Hill and Josh Reddick...
Via The Comeback
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Billy Butler signs with Yankees

Billy Butler’s unemployment stint did not last very long. The DH signed with the New York Yankees on Wednesday, just days after being released by the Oakland A’s. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says the Yankees will use Butler against lefties. They got him as a platoon guy specifically for the next few weeks, as they will face multiple southpaws. Source confirms: #Yankees sign Billy...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Projecting Oakland Call-Ups Renato Nunez and Matt Olson

On Monday, the Oakland Athletics promoted a couple of hitting prospects from Triple-A: Renato Nunez and Matt Olson. Both Nunez and Olson came off the bench on Monday to make their big-league debuts. With Billy Butler out of the picture, and Danny Valencia likely soon to follow, Nunez and Olson might see a decent chunk of playing time these next two weeks. Olson’s numbers have trended...
Via Fangraphs
September 13, 2016  |  Discuss
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