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Athletics, infielder Eric Sogard agree on 1-year contract

  Infielder Eric Sogard has reached a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration, and left-hander Fernando Abad also agreed to a one-year deal Friday. Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, asked for $1,425,000, while the A's offered $900,000. Abad will earn $1,087,500. He had a 1.57 ERA over a career-high 69 appearances in his first full...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who are the potential substitute closers?

Before the 2015 season has even begun, the Oakland A’s have been struck with some bad news. Their closer, Sean Doolittle, has sustained an injury. It has been reported that Doolittle has a minor rotator-cuff tear, which will not require surgery. Even though management is categorizing this injury as “slight”, Doolittle will miss the start of the 2015 season. So, who will be...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A's reliever Doolittle not expected ready for start of season

  Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area. Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and irritation before he begins rehabilitation under the...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle to Miss Start of 2015 Season

Oakland A’s closer Sean Doolittle is expected to miss the start of the 2015 season because of a rotator cuff injury. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Sean Doolittle won’t be closing games for the Oakland A’s when the 2015 season starts. With ESPN reporting that Doolittle has a rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder, it appears the left-hander won’t be available early...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A’s Lose Closer Sean Doolittle For The Start Of The Season

Sean Doolittle. Photo Credit: Juan DeLeon/Icon SMI Oakland Athletics’ All-Star closer Sean Doolittle will not be ready for Opening Day. As of Friday, the A’s do not know when he will be able to return to the team. “At this point, we have no time frame for Sean’s return,” assistant general manager David Forst wrote in an email to beat writer Jane Lee, “but we...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes, Braves Agree To One-Year Contract Reportedly Worth $4M

Jonny Gomes is headed to Atlanta. The Braves confirmed Thursday that they signed the former Boston Red Sox outfielder to a one-year contract with a vesting option for 2016.’s Jerry Crasnick reported that the deal is worth $4 million. The Red Sox signed Gomes prior to the 2013 season, and although he wasn’t one of the top performers, his timely...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Geovany Soto: A Case For A Major League Deal

Geovany Soto. Photo Credit: Getty Images Geovany Soto is a 32-year-old catcher, who honestly has never been that great at the plate. It’s understandable that he hadn’t been signed until now. It’s late January and he’s not the most desirable player in the world. However, he deserved better than the contract he signed Thursday with the Chicago White Sox. Soto signed a minor...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who will be the everyday starter in left field?

While the Oakland A’s infield is full of new faces, there has not been that many changes when it comes to the outfield. Like last season, Coco Crisp will start in center while Josh Reddick will handle right field. However, when it comes to left field, the everyday starter is a bit of a mystery. Sam Fuld (2011) Right now, the Oakland A’s have Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry covering...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist takes out newspaper ad to say goodbye to fans, teammates

Ben Zobrist said a heartfelt "goodbye" to his former fans and colleagues Sunday. The two-time All-Star, traded to the Oakland Athletics on Jan. 10, published a note to Tampa Bay Rays players, officials and fans in Sunday's edition of the Tampa Bay Times. The utility man spent nine seasons with the Rays and closed as the franchise's leader in doubles (229) and walks (542). In addition...
Via Fox Sports Florida
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Many of the Ways that Tyler Clippard Is Unusual

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that might not actually really be much of a secret. The most difficult part of this job isn’t the writing or the analysis. At least, as far as I’m concerned, the most difficult part of this job is finding ideas, and finding them consistently. Once […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Clippard Thanks Nats Fans, Drew Storen Tweets Classic Tribute

View image | The Washington Nationals traded fan favorite reliever Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for infielder Yunel Escobar on Wednesday. Clippard spent seven seasons in Washington. So it was only natural for Clippard to express his thanks and gratitude to Nationals fans. But what followed was all the more special. Just got traded to Oakland...
Via KCM Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Acquire Tyler Clippard, Deal Yunel Escobar

The Oakland A’s continue its flurry of moves by landing reliever Tyler Clippard in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar. (Mandatory Credit: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s have landed reliever Tyler Clippard from the Washington Nationals. Shortstop Yunel Escobar ends up in Washington in this one-for-one deal. ESPN and other additional outlets have confirmed...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Acquire Yunel Escobar From Athletics

According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, the Nationals have acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics. This is the second time Escobar has been traded in the past several days. On Saturday, the 32 year old shortstop was traded from the Rays to Oakland in exchange for catcher John Jaso and two prospects. William Ladson of reported that the A’s will receive...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Athletics trade Yunel Escobar to Nationals

Yunel Escobar was not a member of the Oakland Athletics for long. On Jan. 11, the A’s acquired Escobar alongside Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays. Wednesday, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the A’s have traded Escobar to the Washington Nationals. Yunel has indeed been traded to nats. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 15, 2015 Bill Ladson, Nationals reporter...
Via Sports-Glory
10 days ago  |  Discuss

A's trade Yunel Escobar to Nationals for Tyler Clippard

Apparently, the Oakland Athletics think Marcus Semien can be their starting shortstop after all. OK, that’s burying the lede a bit. Just days after acquiring Yunel Escobar from the Rays, general manager Billy Beane flipped the shortstop to the Nationals, reportedly in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to report Escobar had been dealt...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Athletics Trade a Shortstop for a Reliever

On the face of it, trading a shortstop for a reliever seems like a bad idea. Especially when the shortstop is under team control for a year longer. But teams aren’t vacuums, and you can’t cram all of your players into one depth chart without scraping some elbows. In other words, Yunel Escobar can’t pitch, […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

In Ben Zobrist, the Athletics get their rent-a-star (and more)

This hasn’t been the typical offseason for Billy Beane, as we all know. He has traded away… pretty much every one that was on their Opening Day roster last season: Having some fun with the 2014 #Athletics Opening Day lineup on the @CSNAuthentic telestrator. — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) January 11, 2015 But that shouldn’t surprise anyone, because...
Via Batting Leadoff
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick sends great 'Dumb and Dumber' tweet about A's

Josh Reddick just needed to have a little faith in his general manager. The Oakland Athletics have made some head-scratching moves this offseason, most notably trading their star, Josh Donaldson, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 28. Like the rest of the baseball world, Reddick was confused by the trade, but he took his doubt a step further and openly criticized his ballclub, stating...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

After an offseason that has seen him purge the Oakland Athletics of their Major League talent, general manager Billy Beane has apparently pulled off a rather big trade. According to multiple media reports, Oakland has acquired All-Star Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for John Jaso and two minor league players. This move fills a ton of...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Moving Toward a Unified Theory of the A’s Offseason

Perhaps all of the wheeling and dealing is not over just yet, but seeing as it’s been a few weeks since the Oakland A’s have made a trade, perhaps Billy Beane‘s manic winter has wound down to something like a conclusion. Here’s more or less what’s happened so far: In Out Taylor Thompson Adam Dunn […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray’s Inevitable Rise to Stardom

Sonny Gray, right-handed hurler for the Oakland A’s, will continue his rise to stardom in 2015 and beyond. (Mandatory Credit: Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) Sonny Gray doesn’t physically resemble an ace. Upon closer examination, the Oakland A’s starting pitcher doesn’t even have the build of a typical mound presence. Listed at 5-10, 180 pounds, and probably only weighing that...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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
December 25, 2014  |  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...
December 12, 2014  |  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
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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