Athletics Rumors & News

  • Astros in talks with A's on Sonny Gray; Verlander a fallback option

    CBS Sports "The Astros are running away with the AL West, but they're still looking to fortify their roster leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline in the hopes of a deep playoff run. Specifically, the Astros want to add some rotation help before July 31. We've known for time that Houston had eyes for..." July 20

  • Steven Souza Jr. blames state of Athletics' field for hip injury

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is blaming the field conditions at the Oakland Athletics' O.co Coliseum for a left hip injury that knocked him out of Wednesday's game. "I went to slide, and it was extremely muddy around second base," Souza said after the Rays' 7-2 loss. "My leg..." July 20

  • Steven Souza Jr. blames Athletics' field state for hip injury

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is blaming the field conditions at the Oakland Athletics' O.co Coliseum for a left hip injury that knocked him out of Wednesday's game. "I went to slide, and it was extremely muddy around second base," Souza said after the Rays' 7-2 loss. "My leg..." July 20

  • Chris Carter reaches agreement to sign with Athletics

    Fanrag Sports "Barely a week after the New York Yankees made the decision to release Chris Carter, the veteran slugger found a new home. The Oakland Athletics and Carter agreed on terms Wednesday night, sources tell FanRag Sports. This will be the 30-year-old power bat’s fourth team in three years but bring..." July 20

  • Yankees, A's discussing Yonder Alonso

    MLB.com "Yonder Alonso is the subject of ongoing trade discussions between the Yankees and Athletics, sources confirmed to MLB.com on Monday. For the moment, it remains unclear how large an Alonso trade could become, if it happens at all. The Yankees' need for starting rotation help -- particularly..." July 18

  • Brewers Have Been Most Aggressive In Pursuit Of Sonny Gray

    Real GM Baseball "Sonny Gray remains one of the hottest names on the trade market and the Milwaukee Brewers "may be the most aggressive" in pursuit of the starter, according to a report. The Kansas City Royals, among several other teams, have also been linked to Gray." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Report: Red Sox interested in Jed Lowrie

    WEEI Boston "A leave no stone unturned approach to addressing their year-long hole at third base has led the Red Sox to ex-Sox infielder Jed Lowrie, according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman. “Have heard Red Sox very much like old friend Jed Lowrie, too, as written before,” Heyman tweeted, “so he's a possibility..." July 18

  • Players who will be traded before the deadline

    ESPN "Justin Verlander has been mentioned in trade talks, and it’s possible that market moons and stars will align and the future Hall of Famer switches teams. But any Verlander deal would be incredibly complicated for the Tigers to pull off in the short time frame that remains before the July 31 trade..." July 17

  • Billy Beane insists A’s committed to major rebuild

    San Francisco Chronicle "Might there come a day when A’s fans can buy their favorite player’s jersey secure in the knowledge they won’t have to replace it in another year or two? Billy Beane says: yes. Oakland rarely has signed players to long-term deals and has had poor luck when doing so. In recent years, the A’s..." July 17

  • Billy Beane: A’s must ‘change the narrative’ by retaining best players

    Larry Brown Sports "Even in their successful periods, there has been something inevitable about the Oakland Athletics. Synonymous with Moneyball, the A’s have consistently had talent — but due to their small market status, have inevitably watched it either traded or depart via free agency. The likes of Jason..." July 16

  • Chris Carter likely to land with either Rangers or Athletics

    Fanrag Sports "Although he is less than one full season removed from blasting a National League-leading 41 home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers, veteran first baseman Chris Carter now finds himself on the open market as a free agent. However, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that there..." July 16

  • Nats reportedly address bullpen by acquiring Madson, Doolittle from A's

    CBS Sports "Saturday night, we brought you the rumor that the Washington Nationals were attempting to fix their bullpen by acquiring relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics. That no longer appears to be a rumor. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network on Sunday,..." July 16

  • Nationals trying to acquire Doolittle, Madson from A's

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Nationals, in an attempt to bolster their bullpen, are reportedly eyeing Oakland A's relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle in deadline deals, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal added it's "unclear" if the Nationals "will require cash in deadline deals and give..." July 16

  • Indians reportedly have interest in Sonny Gray

    Larry Brown Sports "The market for Oakland Athletics starter Sonny Gray is heating up, with another contender reportedly in the mix. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cleveland Indians are the latest team to register at least some interest in Gray, who has been linked to a wide variety of teams. Cleveland..." July 15

  • Blue Jays, Yankees among 5 teams watching Gray's last start

    San Francisco Chronicle "With scouts from the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Blue Jays among those on hand at the Coliseum, Sonny Gray put together another strong start and in doing so probably hastened his departure from Oakland. Gray, the top starting pitcher currently believed to be available on the trade..." July 15

  • Brewers could land Sonny Gray

    Larry Brown Sports "The market for Sonny Gray is heating up, but one dark horse team may be lurking in the shadows. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, one of the most plugged-in reporters in the business, says on Friday that the Milwaukee Brewers could land the Oakland A’s righty. Heyman appears to base his conjecture..." July 15

  • Athletics' Triggs undergoes season-ending hip surgery

    San Francisco Chronicle "Andrew Triggs, a converted reliever who was the A’s best starter through mid-May, had season-ending surgery to repair a torn left hip labrum on Friday. Triggs told The Chronicle earlier this month that surgery was a possibility but would allow for him to be back throwing off the mound for the..." July 14

  • Cubs are pursuing Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray

    247 Sports "Sonny Gray could be on the move soon if the Chicago Cubs get their way. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are interested in acquiring Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray, even after trading for Jose Quintana on Thursday. Gray was a first-round pick of the Athletics in the..." July 14

  • Cubs' trade for Jose Quintana will only increase Sonny Gray to Astros speculation

    Houston Chronicle "Now that Jose Quintana is off the market, Sonny Gray is the name you will hear most commonly linked to the Astros in their pursuit of another front-line starter before the July 31 trade deadline. Gray already was viewed as a more viable option for the Astros than Quintana, the 28-year-old..." July 14

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • Report: Twins 'checking on' Sonny Gray

    CSN Bay Area "The A's are 21 games out of first place in the AL West and figure to be sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Prospective buyers are already engaging to see what Oakland has to offer. The Twins, who are 2.5 games out of first place in the AL Central, are "checking on" controllable..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Chris Smith, 36, will become oldest A's P to make 1st start Saturday

    San Francisco Chronicle "At the age of 36, Chris Smith will get a spot start Saturday — and in doing so will become the oldest A’s pitcher ever to make his first big-league start. Smith has made 63 big-league appearances as a reliever, including 13 with Oakland last season, but he has not started a game in the majors...." July 07

  • Dan Shulman leaving ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, staying at network

    USA Today "Dan Shulman will step away as voice of ESPN’s "Sunday Night Baseball" at season’s end, the network confirmed late Monday night. Shulman, who has served as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN’s weekly featured MLB broadcast since 2011, broke news of his departure to Sports Illustrated in an..." July 04

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over discrimination, treatment by Joe Torre

    ESPN "MLB umpire Angel Hernandez is suing the league and the commissioner's office, alleging that a long-simmering personal vendetta between him and Joe Torre, as well as racial discrimination, has hindered his career advancement. In the suit filed Monday in Ohio, Hernandez claims that Torre, MLB's..." July 04

  • Cubs, Blue Jays among teams scouting Athletics' Gray

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays were among several teams to scout the latest start of Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser reports that the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox also sent executives and..." June 27

  • Red Sox could be interested in Sonny Gray

    WEEI Boston "Even though the Red Sox recently added right-hander Doug Fister, they might still look to make another move to their starting rotation. According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the Red Sox have sent some of their "most respected evaluators" to Sonny Gray's last two starts, which indicates the..." June 26

  • Brewers claim Vogt off waivers from Athletics

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN (on Twitter). Milwaukee was the only team to put in a claim for Vogt, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The 32-year-old Vogt had been in limbo since the A’s designated..." June 25

  • Three A’s rookies hit their first big league home runs on Saturday

    Hardball Talk "The Athletics followed Friday’s 3-0 shutout with a rookie-led home run derby on Saturday afternoon, watching not one, not two, but three rookies belt their first major league home runs off of the White Sox’ James Shields. Right fielder Matt Olson was the first to strike, taking Shields deep on..." June 25

  • Athletics call up top prospect Franklin Barreto

    Hardball Talk "The Athletics called up their top prospect on Saturday, inserting shortstop Franklin Barreto into the lineup for their second game against the White Sox. Barreto was originally scheduled to make his major league debut on Sunday, but got a head start after Jed Lowrie sustained a minor knee sprain..." June 24

  • The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

    Hardball Talk "A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment. Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old..." June 22

  • Source: A's Agree to Terms With 2017 First-round Pick Austin Beck

    CSN Bay Area "The A's have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Austin Beck, a source told NBC Sports California, and the outfielder is expected to be on hand at the Coliseum on Tuesday. Beck was drafted by the A's with the No. 6 overall pick last week out of North Davidson High School. He was one of..." June 20

  • Sonny Gray Trade Reportedly Has Mutual Interest for Athletics, Astros

    Bleacher Report "If Sonny Gray is going to be traded by the Oakland Athletics, they may have a match with the Houston Astros. Per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the A's and Astros have "mutual interest" in making a deal for Gray happen. "The A’s are following the Astros’ system closely," Cafardo wrote...." June 18

  • Trevor Plouffe traded to Rays two days after being designated for assignment by A's

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Rays added some right-handed punch to their roster Saturday, acquiring infielder Trevor Plouffe from the Oakland Athletics. The trade was announced less than two days after the Athletics designated Plouffe for assignment. Oakland will receive either a player to be named later or..." June 17

  • Yonder Alonso Open To Extension With A’s

    MLB Trade Rumors "While most pending free agents aren’t willing to discuss extensions once the season begins, A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that he hopes to remain in Oakland long-term and is open to forgoing free agency by inking a midseason extension. Alonso cites a number..." June 16

  • Athletics' Alonso: I'd probably cry the whole time if I made ASG

    Fox Sports "I told Yonder Alonso that I had only one problem with writing a story about him — that whatever I put together would not be nearly as good as his “Letter to My Younger Self” that he penned for “The Players’ Tribune” on April 24. In that article, the Oakland A’s first baseman detailed his..." June 16

  • Athletics designate Plouffe for assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "Oakland has made it official: Chapman is up and Plouffe is in DFA limbo. With the A’s set to call up top prospect Matt Chapman, the team is preparing to designate third baseman Trevor Plouffe for assignment, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Plouffe, who turns 31 today,..." June 15

  • Nationals Sign Alejandro De Aza

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have signed veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza to a minor-league deal, as Triple-A Syracuse radio man Kevin Brown first tweeted. He has joined the organization’s top affiliated. De Aza, 33, spent the spring with the Athletics. But he opted out of the deal late in camp when it..." June 14

  • Matt Chapman, A’s third base prospect, being called up

    San Francisco Chronicle "As the A’s youth movement continues at the big-league level, top third-base prospect Matt Chapman is set to join the party Thursday. A team source said Chapman will be called up now that gaining “super two” arbitration status is no longer possible. He was not in Triple-A Nashville’s lineup..." June 14

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Ranking MLB managers on the hot seat after Cardinals' Matheny dodges bullet

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced some personnel changes designed to right their course following a winless road trip. Manager Mike Matheny was not among those impacted, though many wondered if he was about to be fired leading into the Cardinals' press conference. Matheny has become..." June 11

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Athletics reinstate Jesse Hahn from DL and option Matt Olson

    Fanrag Sports "The Oakland Athletics have reinstated right-handed starting pitcher Jesse Hahn from the 10-day disabled list and have optioned first baseman and outfielder Matt Olson to Triple-A Nashville, according to MLB Roster Moves. Hahn was placed on the disabled list back on May 27 due to a triceps..." June 06

  • Close races abound in AL All-Star voting

    MLB.com "The All-Stars are beginning to be aligned. On Tuesday, fans were treated to the first Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot updates for the National League for the 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, set for Marlins Park in Miami on July 11. And on Wednesday, the opening American League..." May 31

  • A's likely to be sellers, so here are the players who they could deal

    CBS Sports "Monday afternoon, the Oakland Athletics lost their third straight game (CLE 5, OAK 3) and their fifth in the last seven games. They are 22-28 with a minus-46 run differential overall, both the second worst marks in the American League. Only the Kansas City Royals have been worse (21-29,..." May 31

  • The 15 best MLB players who could be traded this summer

    Fox Sports "The MLB trade deadline is a ways away — it's not until July 31. But a quarter of the way through the MLB season, it's clear that some teams are evaluating their options to buy or sell this summer. Selling is not a decision that comes easy and no team already finds itself in a position to..." May 20

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Athletics rally in 9th to defeat Mariners, end skid

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Before the Tuesday night game, Oakland manager Bob Melvin was lamenting how his team wasn't manufacturing many runs. Indeed, the A's were the second-lowest scoring team in the American League, with more than half of those runs coming via homers. Melvin wasn't complaining..." May 17

  • Mariners end skid, hang on to defeat A's

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners made the most of their four hits Monday night. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each hit two-run homers, and the Mariners held on to defeat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 at Safeco Field. Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak and sent the A's to their fourth..." May 16