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2016 Oakland Athletics Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

For the first time in four years, the A's failed to make a postseason appearance. With a few big names no longer around, the A's will have to claw their way out of the cellar in the tough AL West. Remember, though, that Oakland always seems to have at least one surprise fantasy contributor. Who will it be this year?(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g.,...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bash Brother to Cash Brother: Canseco hits Japan bank plan

A Japanese economic plan has prompted Jose Canseco to jump into a whole new field - financial advice. The former slugging outfielder went on a Twitter rant late Wednesday night, saying the Bank of Japan's idea of negative interest rates ''is blowing my mind.'' ''Bank of Japan should call them willie wonka bonds ''YOU GET NOTHING. yOU LOSE!'' he posted. Canseco, who once let a...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Hideki Okajima lands minor league deal with Orioles

Veteran left hander Hideki Okajima will give pitching in the major leagues one more shot. The 40-year-old has signed a minor league contract with the Orioles after not pitching in the majors since 2013. Okajima spent the last two seasons pitching in Japan but was limited to just 10 games this past year. That he had to settle for a minor league deal without an invitation to spring...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics walk, require steady runs for health

Walking into the, Oakland Athletics fans will witness a menagerie of past players in the far distance of the outfield. These numbers, resting eternally while the comforting Oakland sunshine beams off this catalog of past heroes and recent champions, reminds A’s fans of one relatively recent player to don an Athletics jersey. His name was Rickey Henderson. Henderson, American...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Barreto, Manaea, Olson earn spots on MLB's Top 100 Prospects list

Recently, released its list of the Top 100 prospects in the game.Three members of the Oakland Athletics were included in that list, as the A's have accumulated a few especially promising young players thanks in part to their trades of Josh Donaldson and Ben Zobrist.Infielder Franklin Barreto, picked up from the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the Donaldson trade, landed the...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 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: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List

Former top prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next A’s prospect to make it big? With the first A’s players set to start turning up at the team’s spring training camp in just a few weeks, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List. It’s interesting to note that six players from last year’s list have made a return to this year’s list, including...
Via Athletics Farm
11 days ago  |  Discuss

A's catcher Stephen Vogt undergoes minor elbow surgery

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow that is expected to be fully healed by opening day. The team said the procedure was performed by Dr. Jon Dickinson at Presidio Surgical Center in San Francisco on Friday morning. Vogt had dead tissue removed from the elbow joint as well as a bone chip. Vogt said during FanFest...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A's have a big decision to make with Josh Reddick

The Oakland Athletics have a bit of a reputation for letting talented young players walk once they become too expensive for the team's preference.Usually, that mentality precludes trades that stockpile the minor-league roster while causing many to scratch their heads (see last offseason's Josh Donaldson trade). Looking ahead to 2016, Oakland now has another key decision to make...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics look to Beane and a man named Billy

Watching from the distance, scouts stood in awe of William Lamar Beane. Billy, a versatile outfielder, who could hit with power, had good wheels, and a solid hose (baseball language for the ability to get extra-base hits, run fast, and possess solid arm power, respectively), drew the attention of Major League Baseball Scouts. A five-tool player from Mount Carmel High School in San...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s GM David Forst Talks about the A’s Starting Rotation, Clubhouse Chemistry, an Extension for Reddick & Some of the Team’s Top Prospects

A’s GM David Forst In what’s become his annual winter interview with bloggers, A’s general manager David Forst addressed a wide range of topics covering both the major league squad as well as some of the system’s top prospects at A’s FanFest on Sunday. In his session, Forst discussed how he sees the team’s starting rotation shaping up, whether or not the A’s may...
Via Athletics Farm
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics thrilled with new-look bullpen heading into season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Sean Doolittle scoured the room and chatted up some of his new teammates, Oakland's bearded closer couldn't help but envision the potential of an experienced, new-look bullpen for the Athletics going into 2016. From offseason acquisitions John Axford and Ryan Madson to Marc Rzepczynski and Liam Hendriks, manager Bob Melvin has a long list of relievers to...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Your 2016 Oakland A’s

Newly-minted A’s GM David Forst As we sit here in late January, there are still about two and a half months to go until opening day for the A’s. But the first spring workouts are just a month away and the first spring games are just six weeks away. It looks like most of the A’s major offseason work may be done, but you can never be too sure with Billy Beane and David Forst...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Dave Henderson: A man that lit up the baseball diamond

Growing up a fan of the Oakland Athletics in the late 1980s and early 1990s was an experience. The personalities on that team came out in droves on the television screen and when you are sitting at the Oakland Coliseum with Mount Davis as the backdrop. Of course, the likes of Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Rickey Henderson and Dave Stewart were the faces of this all-time great team...
Via Sportsnaut
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Orioles offer Chris Davis $150 million deal

The Baltimore Orioles reportedly have offered free agent Chris Davis a seven-year deal for over $150 million to try and convince the slugger to re-sign with the team. The question is: will that be enough. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports they offered more than $150 million to Davis, who led MLB with 47 home runs last season. ESPN’s Buster Olney says the offer was for around $150...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Projecting Brendan McCurry, the return for Jed Lowrie

On Thanksgiving Eve, the Athletics acquired infielder Jed Lowrie from the Astros in exchange for minor league reliever Brendan McCurry. If you haven’t already, you should check out Jeff Sullivan’s piece on Lowrie. This abbreviated missive focuses not on Lowrie, but on the minor league reliever who’s headed to Houston. An undersized reliever, McCurry fell all the way to the...
Via Fangraphs
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Billy Butler, Oakland Athletics

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie returning to Oakland after A's-Astros trade

Ask any Oakland Athletics fans, and they’ll probably tell you that they have become accustom to not getting too attached to players on the team. That’s just how the A’s tend to operate—players don’t typically stick around.So it probably came as a bit of a shock to the fan base to wake up and hear that a familiar face was returning to the Bay Area ball club.Such is the case...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A's VP Billy Beane among highest water users during drought

Oakland A’s executive Billy Beane is playing a new version of money ball — this one involving his water bill. The much lauded A’s VP was among the highest users of water in the East Bay area of Northern California this summer, records from the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) show, per the San Jose Mercury News. Beane was the third-highest water user at just shy...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Chubb receives Twitter support from star athletes

Georgia running back Nick Chubb suffered a gruesome left leg injury during the first play of UGA’s game against Tennessee Saturday afternoon, sparking heartbreak all around the sports community. A plethora of support, from teammates, fellow collegiate athletes and professional athletes alike, quickly began to surface on Twitter. It was tragic, watching Chubb’s face on the sidelines...
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October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray: The anti-Chris Sale

Earlier this week, I took a look at the AL Cy Young race, utilizing batted-ball metrics to address the respective candidacies of David Price, Dallas Keuchel and Chris Sale. To make a long story short, I concluded that Sale’s strikeout-to-walk (K/BB) superiority, along with solid contact management skills that have been obscured by his horrendous team defense, placed him on top...
Via Fangraphs
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s hire female coach to be guest instructor

The Oakland A’s are following the lead of the San Antonio Spurs and Arizona Cardinals by hiring a female coach. The A’s announced Tuesday that they have hired Justine Siegal to serve as a guest instructor for their Instructional League team next month. Siegal is expected to throw batting practice, hit fungos, and work with infielders. Siegal, who threw batting practice for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

No teams called Tortorella about coaching vacancies

John Tortorella admitted to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that no NHL teams called him last summer regarding coaching vacancies. In Friedman’s latest must-read 30 Thoughts column, Tortorella, who’s set to coach team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, “threw cold water” on the idea he took the role as an attempt to get back in the NHL. Tortorella said the job was simply...
Via Puck Drunk Love
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Barry Zito is back in the majors

Oakland Athletics fans, freak out – Barry Zito will be wearing the green and gold in the majors to close out 2015 after Oakland called him up on Wednesday. #Athletics select Barry Zito from Nashville, recall Cody Martin from Nashville, place Jesse Chavez on the 60-day DL — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) September 16, 2015 Zito came up through the minors with Oakland and...
Via The Outside Corner
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray's AL Cy Young push

With the worst record in the American League, it is clear there is only one reason to continue watching the A’s in September. Oakland Athletics’ ace Sonny Gray will need to dominate the final month in order to pass Dallas Keuchel and finish ahead of David Price for the AL Cy Young award. Sonny Gray In a season that has been marred by a terrible defense and an unreliable...
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

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