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Gray will not play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

A few weeks ago A’s ace Sonny Gray announced that he was going to pitch for Team USA in this year’s World Baseball Classic. It was a decision that was questioned here on White Cleat Beat due to the poor season that Gray had with the Oakland Athletics in 2016, especially when it is compared […] Gray will not play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic - White Cleat Beat - White...
Via Swingin' A's
2 hours ago

Gray will not participate in World Baseball Classic

A's right-hander Sonny Gray will not participate in the World Baseball Classic, after he was denied insurance because of his extended time on the disabled list last year.
Via Athletics.com
5 hours ago

Oscars wiz Axford predicts tonight's winners

A's reliever John Axford, the film buff who was a perfect 18-for-18 in Oscar predictions in 2014, is sharing his full selections again ahead of Sunday's ceremony.
Via Athletics.com
17 hours ago

The Oakland A’s earliest spring roster crunch

It’s never too early to think about how the roster will pan out. For a team projected to finish last in its division, the A’s sure do have a lot of roster questions. While the overall strength of the team’s roster is low, there are more than 25 guys who have legitimate claims to sticking around. Making the wrong decision on that initial roster could result in the loss of games...
Via Athletics Nation
23 hours ago

Hendriks opts out of Classic to prep for season

A's right-hander Liam Hendriks has elected out of the World Baseball Classic, foregoing a trip to Tokyo with Team Australia in favor of remaining in Arizona.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

2017 and beyond: An A’s shortstop preview

With the exception of certain roles in the bullpen, the A’s seem to have a lot of their positions locked up for the 2017 season. There won’t be a ton of position battles between younger and older players. The Oakland Athletics have made certain decisions. They’d like to keep some of their younger talent in […] 2017 and beyond: An A’s shortstop preview - White Cleat Beat...
Via Swingin' A's
1 day ago

A 2017 Oakland A’s bullpen preview: Closer by Committee?

The A’s bullpen is full of talent. The Oakland Athletics‘ bullpen was the problem in 2015 and the brightspot of 2016 when the rotation faltered, so we are taking a break from position players and focusing on the bullpen. The players who are pretty much guaranteed to be in the bullpen are Ryan Dull, Sean […] A 2017 Oakland A’s bullpen preview: Closer by Committee? - White...
Via Swingin' A's
1 day ago

4 Interesting things about MLB Pipeline’s list of Oakland A’s Top 30 prospects

Over at MLB.com on Friday, the MLB Pipeline prospect page released its list of Oakland A’s Top 30 prospects for 2017. Click through the see the whole list, which you can also compare to our own nearly completed Community Prospect List. Here are a few interesting things I noticed on my first look through. 1. Matt Chapman’s defensive grades You probably know about Chapman...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Can Jesse Hahn Get His Groove Back?

You might have forgotten about Jesse Hahn, but I assure you he is alive and well and competing for a spot in the Oakland rotation this spring. Elbow issues cut his 2015 season short, and a shoulder strain and performance inconsistency limited him to 46 innings with the A’s last season when he posted a 5.63 FIP and an ugly 2% K-BB% mark. It was a lost year for Hahn. But Hahn was...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland's Phegley back in form after knee problem

MESA, Ariz. (AP) A change in his catching stance has Josh Phegley feeling fine and ready to resume his role as part of the Oakland Athletics' platoon at the position. Phegley, after taking some cuts in the batting cage early at spring training Thursday, leaned back and slightly to the side to demonstrate his previous staggered stance. It mysteriously caused fluid buildup in his...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics hopeful Santiago Casilla to arrive in coming days

MESA, Ariz. (AP) As Santiago Casilla awaits his final paperwork to depart the Dominican Republic and rejoin the Oakland Athletics, he has been speaking with young baseball players at the team's academy in his home country. And keeping up with his throwing program so he is ready to go once he gets to the Arizona desert. A's manager Bob Melvin is hopeful that could be ''any day...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Reasons to Be Optimistic About Oakland’s Sean Manaea

Oakland A’s fans didn’t have many reasons to be optimistic in 2016. The team’s playoff odds peaked at 20%… on April 3rd. As the season wore on, Sonny Gray‘s ERA rose almost as high as the home runs against him flew. The team’s 69-93 final record was the icing on the cake. Sean Manaea provided one bright spot. Acquired from Kansas City in 2015 in exchange for Ben Zobrist...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rajai Davis eager to get started in second stint with A's

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Rajai Davis pulled on his Athletics cap straight away when he walked into Hohokam Stadium, then grabbed his sparkling new white cleats specked with green and took an admiring glance at the shoes before reaching for his green No. 11 jersey and putting it on right over his long-sleeve shirt with black slacks. ''I got to get this green and gold back on,'' Davis said...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Smash Mouth may have spoiled Sean Doolittle’s engagement announcement

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle took to Twitter to announce his engagement to Eireann Dolan by using bobbleheads as props on his Twitter account. That’s a fun and creative way to share the good news, as both have their likenesses captured in bobblehead form. The two are also pretty fun and light-hearted on Twitter, so this feels like it as par for the course for these...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 2/10: Football season ends just in time for baseball to begin

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and happy Friday to everyone. Welcome to YB's Box Score, what we're reading while waiting for John Wick to come get us.Happy birthday to Greg Norman, Mark Spitz, John Calipari, Ty Law, Lance Berkman, Mike Ribeiro and Alex Gordon. On this date in 1968, Peggy Fleming won the...
Via Yardbarker
16 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s to rename Coliseum field ‘Rickey Henderson Field’

The Oakland Athletics will honor one of their greats, Rickey Henderson. The club announced on Monday that in addition to naming him as a Special Assistant to the President, the field at the Oakland Coliseum will be known as Rickey Henderson Field. It’s a fitting tribute. The A’s have a lot of history. Still, perhaps no player is as synonymous with the Athletics (especially in...
Via Sportsnaut
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Oakland Athletics

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few 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 / Boston...
Via Fangraphs
January 25, 2017  |  Discuss

A’s pitcher John Axford may have a second career as an Oscars prognosticator

Just like March Madness pools, many people participate in Oscar pools where people predict who will win in each Academy Awards category. For Oakland A’s pitcher John Axford, he takes this very seriously and recent history has shown that he’s pretty good. Over the past few years, Axford posts his predictions on Twitter and has done a very good job. Since 2013, Axford has an 81...
Via The Comeback
January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins acquire Dan Straily from the Reds

Talk about getting water from a rock. Less than a year after picking up Dan Straily off waivers from the San Diego Padres, the Cincinnati Reds have reportedly flipped the veteran starter to the Miami Marlins for three prospects. Straily, 28, is coming off a rebound performance this past season. He posted a 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 34 games (31 starts) for the...
Via Sportsnaut
January 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: A’s have reached out to Mark Trumbo

Weeks after missing out on a surprise target in Edwin Encarnacion, it looks like the Oakland Athletics are once again looking into a top-end free agent. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Oakland has reached out to American League home run champion Mark Trumbo. The level of interest is not known, but it continues what looks to be a surprise philosophy from the small-market...
Via Sportsnaut
January 04, 2017  |  Discuss
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