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Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Remember all the speculation about Billy Beane possibly trading Josh Donaldson because of a conflict of personalities? It looks like we have confirmation that that was not the case. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi published a piece on Tuesday about how the Donaldson trade between the A’s and Blue Jays unfolded. The trade, which was announced on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #168: Brett Lawrie | 2B/3B | OAK

Full disclosure: Brett Lawrie is not our 168th-ranked player. He actually belongs around 190. He’s out lowest-ranked 2B or 3B in the top 200 and got a little lost in the shuffle, but rest assured that Lawrie has the potential to jump the 20 spots to 168, and we didn’t want to disrupt the countdown for such a small discrepancy (what amounts to maybe two rounds late in a draft...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Breaking down the 2015 catching platoon

John Jaso The Oakland A’s seem most comfortable when they have three catchers in their dugout. Even though the Athletics started out with only John Jaso and Derek Norris behind the plate last season, they recalled catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A by the time the All-Star game rolled around. Then, in late August, the A’s acquired Geovany Soto from the Texas Rangers since Jaso...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Oakland A’s prepping for a big move?

Over the past couple of weeks, the Oakland A’s have traded five of their All-Star for 11 players and six of them are pitchers. Additionally, all but one of those acquired players are 25-years-old or younger. Many have been confused by these trades since it does not make that much sense to trade all of the team’s star players. However, it seems as though the Oakland A’s could...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's release infielder Nick Punto

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have released infielder Nick Punto. The A's made the announcement Friday, saying Punto was released to clear room on the 40-man roster. A day earlier, Oakland acquired right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot from San Diego for catcher Derek Norris. Punto, a 14-year veteran, was due to make...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Stephen Vogt expects to be ready for Opening Day

The Oakland Athletics head into the winter looking to add some finishing touches to a team that won 88-game and secured a wild card playoff spot. Although they lost in the Wild Card Game, the A's were excellent all season, ranked fourth in runs scored and third in ERA. On the injury front, Stephen Vogt should be ready for Opening Day, despite being slightly behind in his rehab...
Via Sports Injury Alert
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Athletics unload another All-Star

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Thursday, Dec. 18.  Top Stories: The Padres and Athletics continued their busy offseasons with a multiplayer deal that sent catcher...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Athletics trade Derek Norris to Padres

If you’re an Oakland Athletics fan, you’re probably wondering when the drain of talent from your roster will end. It’s not stopping today – the club has reportedly traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres. Minor league pitcher Seth Streich will also head to San Diego in the deal, while Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez are going to Oakland. Source: the A...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres Acquire Derek Norris

Multiple reports are indicating that the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres. This brings the total of departed A’s All-Stars from a season ago to four. As Billy Beane continues to gut his roster, the Padres found a solid backstop to replace those who have departed thus far this offseason. The A’s will reportedly acquire a minor...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Sox Reliever Okajima Signs With Yokohama

For five seasons, Hideki Okajima was a solid option out of the Red Sox bullpen. The now-38-year old posted a 3.11 ERA for Boston in 246.1 innings of work. Despite one World Series hiccup, he was pretty effective in the post-season—giving up no earned runs in 12.1 innings of ALCS play. He was a huge fan favorite—rousing the Fenway crowd when his entry song boomed over the loudspeakers...
Via FenwayNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Where do the A’s go from here?

Billy Beane and Brett Farmiloe – Photo Credit – Brett Farmiloe Sluggers Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson combined for a total of 151 home runs over the past two seasons for the Oakland Athletics. They were a big reason why they have been American League contenders over the past three seasons. None of those three will be on the team’s roster on Opening Day 2015...
Via Hot Stove MLB
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Oakland Athletics

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple 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: Atlanta / Colorado […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie Makes Little Girl’s Day After Being Traded

New Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie played parts of four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays before being sent out west for Josh Donaldson the day after Thanksgiving. And while Lawrie doesn’t have the name recognition on a national (or shall we say international level), he obviously had one huge fan north of the border. As you can see below, a six-year old girl named Amelia...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie visits girl who was devastated when he got traded

YouTube videos of kids crying over sports are really nothing new, so when a Toronto Blue Jays fan posted one of his inconsolable 6-year-old daughter after Brett Lawrie was traded, most people probably watched it and moved on. Not Brett Lawrie, though. The third baseman, who was shipped to the Oakland Athletics for Josh Donaldson, saw the viral video and took notice. So on Friday...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: David Forst, Assistant General Manager, Oakland Athletics

David Forst was appointed to his current position in February of 2004 after serving as an assistant to the general manager and coordinator of professional scouting for the Oakland Athletics. His primary duties include assisting Billy Beane in all player acquisitions, contract negotiations and player evaluations. He agreed to sit down and talk at baseball’s […]
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

With Selling out of the Way, Billy Beane and the A’s Looking to Buy

The Oakland Athletics have traded three All-Stars since Thanksgiving. With this has come a ton of criticism from both the A’s fan base and experts around the baseball world. Coming off three consecutive trips to the playoffs, it made little sense that Oakland would sell off quality players for a bunch of no-name prospects. But in reality, this has been Beane’s philosophy over...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jon Lester agrees to six-year, $155 million deal with Chicago Cubs

The Jon Lester sweepstakes has come to a close. The big-name pitcher has made his decision, and he’ll be taking his talents to Chicago to reunite with (former Red Sox general manager) Theo Epstein. The deal, which was first reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, is reportedly for six years and $155 million. Passan notes that the Red Sox were second in the bidding, with an offer of...
Via The Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox acquire Jeff Samardzija from A's

It has been a busy night for the Chicago White Sox (and fake reporters). Before people could even finish wagging their fingers at GM Rick Hahn for giving a massive four-year deal to closer David Robertson, Hahn completed a much rumored deal for the White Sox to acquire Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics for IF Marcus Semien, SP Chris Bassitt and an additional player. ...
Via The Outside Corner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs ‘close to a deal’ to bring back Jason Hammel

Some people are just so impatient. They have to have everything right here and now. Take the Cubs for example. They need starting pitching help, so they went out and got some tonight, rather than waiting until the Winter Meetings actually start tomorrow morning, you know, like normal civilized people would. sources: jason hammel is close to a deal to return to the chicago cubs...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Five questions to ask ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings

If you like being pelted with blurry pebbles of information for three or four days in a row (with the occasional blockbuster-ish boulder), prepare yourself: the Winter Meetings are coming. Every general manager in baseball will be at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego Dec. 7–11, swapping names and tossing around enormous sums of money like playing cards. Alongside them, about...
Via The Sports Post
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco looking for new wife, hits on Shania Twain

Jose Canseco has had a rough couple of months. Losing a finger then your model fiancée (a couple of days before Thanksgiving) would take a lot out of any man. But this Bash Brother isn’t going to go down looking, because he is totally trying out the Joel Embiid playbook and prowling on Twitter for a new mate. In an ideal world, that mate is country royalty in the form...
Via Busted Coverage
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the prospects the A's got in the Donaldson trade

I’ll try to complete the FanGraphs analysis of the Josh Donaldson deal, with Dave covering the A’s perspective of the deal and Drew Fairservice covering it from the Jays perspective while I’ll jump in with the prospect end of things. Those two prior pieces do a good job analyzing the various angles of this deal, with the […]
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco and fiancee break up after huge fight

Less than a month after Jose Canseco shot off his finger and was professing his love for his girlfriend Leila Knight for taking great care of him, the two have broken up. Canseco tweeted on Sunday that the two split: Leila and I have gone our separate ways.check back later and find out what happened...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco's fiancée Leila Knight breaks it off with slugger

  Jose Canseco might be spending Thanksgiving with a broken heart.   The former slugger’s fiancée Leila Knight told TMZ Sports that she’s walking out on Canseco and breaking off their engagement. Canseco also confirmed the breakup via Twitter early Monday morning. Leila and I have gone our separate ways.check back later and find out what happened — Jose Canseco...
Via NESN.com
November 24, 2014  |  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
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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