Athletics Rumors & News

  • A's Name Chip Hale Third Base Coach

    CSN Bay Area "The Oakland A’s named Chip Hale as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2017 season, the club announced on Tuesday morning. The A’s also named Jeff Collins as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Josh Cuffe as Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach. The remainder of the A’s..." October 18

  • A’s coaches coming back; Chip Hale may be added

    San Francisco Chronicle "All of the remaining A’s coaches are expected back next season, The Chronicle has learned, and the team is talking to former Arizona manager Chip Hale about the open third-base coach position. Hale, fired by the Diamondbacks this month, was the A’s bench coach from 2012-14, is a close friend..." October 15

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Commissioner Manfred, Mayor Schaaf both want A’s in Oakland

    San Francisco Chronicle "Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s commissioner, was quizzed about the A’s stadium situation before Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park and he indicated that the A’s could have their own new facility across the bay ... sometime. At the very least, Manfred provided a vague time frame, a first for..." October 11

  • Melvin sees A's rotation as 'area of strength' next season

    CSN Bay Area "Identifying capable, healthy starting pitchers was a day-to-day proposition for the A’s at times this season. Out of that hardship, the A’s wound up uncovering some promising rotation candidates, to the point that manager Bob Melvin now looks at his starting staff as a strength. “The..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Athletics outright Eric Sogard, five others to Triple-A Nashville

    Today's Knuckleball "The Oakland Athletics announced on Thursday that the club has outrighted infielders Eric Sogard and Tyler Ladendorf, right-handed pitchers J.B. Wendelken, Fernando Rodriguez and Donn Roach and outfielder Andrew Lambo to Triple-A Nashville. Sogard, 30, did not appear in the big leagues this..." October 06

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • A's end Mariners' playoff bid with 10-inning win

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Less than a half hour after Saturday night's playoff-shattering, 9-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners star Nelson Cruz was already looking ahead to the 2017 season. Cruz talked about the need for each player to find something to make his game better so that the..." October 02

  • A new leading (off) role for A’s Stephen Vogt next year?

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s don’t have an obvious leadoff man to hand as they did when Billy Burns and Coco Crisp were around. Joey Wendle, who’d spent much of the past few weeks there, hit ninth Saturday, while Marcus Semien was atop the order. Next year, the team has an unusual potential candidate for the job:..." October 02

  • A's finish season with two straight wins in Seattle

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- When the ball came flying off Kyle Seager's bat and was headed toward the right-field seats in the ninth inning, the Seattle Mariners looked like they might have one more magical moment left in a season that had run out of gas. In the end, Oakland right fielder Matt Olson reached..." October 02

  • Mariners edge A's, stay in wild-card hunt

    The Sports Xchange "SEATTLE -- Another narrow escape behind him, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais walked into the postgame interview session and let out an audible sigh of relief Thursday night. His Mariners survived a shaky top of the ninth inning to beat the Oakland A's 3-2 and stay alive -- barely --..." September 30

  • A’s Jed Lowrie needed another surgery this month, for deviated septum

    San Francisco Chronicle "Jed Lowrie didn’t just have foot surgery in the past month - he also had surgery for a deviated septum, a condition he hadn’t realized he had until recently, believing he just had sinus trouble. “I didn’t think anything of it, and then I saw an ear, nose and throat specialist and it turns out..." September 30

  • Angels ride eight-run inning to win over A's

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- You know it's been a rough season for the Oakland Athletics when the team website's lead story is the announcement of the 2017 season schedule. With their 8-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, the A's clinched last place in the American..." September 29

  • With mom watching, Angels' Marte slams Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jefry Marte delivered a special present to his mother, who was watching him play for the first time in his professional career Tuesday night. Marte hit his first career grand slam to lead the Los Angeles Angels' 8-1 rout of the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium...." September 28

  • Angels pull out victory over struggling Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols finished what Jered Weaver started as the Los Angeles Angels continued their recent success. Pujols' weak ground ball scored Yunel Escobar in the eighth inning to give the Angels a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night at Angel Stadium...." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • A’s Sonny Gray on track to pitch in final week

    San Francisco Chronicle "Sonny Gray cleared his last hurdle before making an appearance the final week of the season, throwing 48 pitches Saturday and facing hitters for the first time since going on the disabled list in early August. “I threw everything I had and wasn’t holding back,” Gray said. “I felt really..." September 25

  • Texas clinches AL West with win in Oakland

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cole Hamels pitched seven shutout innings, Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer and the Texan Rangers clinched the American League West crown with a 3-0 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The Rangers (91-63) won the West for the..." September 24

  • Andrus goes deep twice as Rangers shut out Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Manager Jeff Banister gave most of his regulars the day off Saturday against Oakland, one day after the Texas Rangers clinched the American League West crown and celebrated late into the night after beating the A's. But starting shortstop Elvis Andrus asked Banister to..." September 24

  • Astros slip past A's in 10 innings

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND -- Houston Astros rookie outfielder Tony Kemp didn't get into the Tuesday game against the Oakland Athletics until the top of the seventh inning. There was still plenty of time left for Kemp to hit two doubles, drive in the game-tying run and score the winning run in the Astros' 2-1,..." September 21

  • Astros pick on A's bullpen, rally for win

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Houston Astros first baseman Marwin Gonzalez was hitless in his past 12 at-bats when he came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning Monday night with no outs and the bases loaded during a tie game against the Oakland A's. Gonzalez grounded right-hander Ryan Madson's..." September 20

  • Fast start powers A's to rout of Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was a big night of firsts for the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night. Second baseman Joey Wendle opened the game against Texas with his first career homer, which helped pave the way for the first career win for right-hander Raul Alcantara as the Athletics blasted the..." September 18

  • Rewind: Alcantara resurfaces on A's pitching radar

    CSN Bay Area "Until recently, Raul Alcantara was a footnote in a trade that happened nearly five years ago. Now, he’s trying to position himself to become a factor in the A’s starting rotation in 2017. Alcantara rode the wave of another huge offensive game from his teammates and pocketed his first major..." September 18

  • Davis hits 40th HR in A's 5-2 win over Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "ARLINGTON, Texas -- Khris Davis' mastery of the Texas Rangers helped him earn a spot in Oakland Athletics history Sunday. Davis homered twice, becoming the first Oakland hitter to reach 40 homers in a season since 2000, as the Athletics topped the Rangers 5-2. Oakland has now won six..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Athletics crush Royals 14-5

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Daniel Mengden's closest friends provided him with a nice cushion to break back into the win column. Joey Wendle had a career-best four-hit game and scored three runs, while Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings as the Oakland Athletics crushed the Kansas City Royals..." September 16

  • Henderson Alvarez Set For Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Athletics righty Henderson Alvarez will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery,’s Jane Lee reports (Twitter links). It’s not yet clear what kind of time he’ll require to recover, as that will be dependent in part upon what needs to be fixed during the procedure. It was clear already that..." September 15

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Yankees sign controversial Billy Butler to boost bench

    New York Post "With their lineup looking a little lean, the Yankees have ordered baseball’s Country Breakfast. Billy “Country Breakfast” Butler, recently released by the Athletics following a terrible season and controversial incident, has signed with the Yankees, an industry source confirmed. The..." September 15

  • Manaea, A's down Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sean Manaea has been anything but a road warrior. Manaea collected his first career road victory as the Oakland Athletics downed the Kansas City Royals 8-0 Wednesday night. Manaea, who was 0-6 with a 6.44 ERA in his first eight road starts, handcuffed the Royals on..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • Davis, Semien help A's power past Royals

    The Sports Xchange "KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals needed a good to great eight-game homestand to keep their postseason hopes doable. This was, however, not the way to start it against the American League West bottom-feeders. Khris Davis and Marcus Semien belted three-run homers as the Oakland..." September 13

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • A’s Likely To Release Danny Valencia Before Season’s End

    Real GM Baseball "The Oakland Athletics are likely to release Danny Valencia before the end of the season, according to sources. Valencia is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time this winter. If the Athletics cut him sooner rather than later, the two sides wouldn't have to wait until the..." September 12

  • Manaea will likely return to rotation Wednesday "The A's plan to pencil in left-hander Sean Manaea for a start in Kansas City on Wednesday, after the rookie got through a 50-pitch bullpen session without any issues on Saturday. Manaea, sidelined by back discomfort for more than a week, "looked better than ever today on the mound," said A's..." September 11

  • Zunino helps Mariners win fifth straight game

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Catcher Mike Zunino is heating up just in time for the Seattle Mariners' wild-card playoff push. Zunino hit a two-run homer in the second and sparked a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff double, leading the Mariners to their fifth straight victory with Sunday's 3-2 win..." September 11

  • Athletics Release Billy Butler

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have released first/baseman designated hitter Billy Butler, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. " September 11

  • Iwakuma pitches Mariners past Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma got back on track, and the Seattle Mariners gained more ground in the American League wild-card playoff race on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Iwakuma pitched 6 2/3 strong innings for his career-high-tying 15th victory, a 3-2 win against..." September 10

  • Fernando Rodriguez Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Athletics reliever Fernando Rodriguez has undergone surgery on his right shoulder, the club announced (via’s Jane Lee, on Twitter). Specifically, the 32-year-old’s latissmus dorsi tendon was repaired and a debridement was performed on his teres major tendon." September 10

  • Hernandez, Cruz power Mariners in rout of A's

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- What shaped up as a likely pitcher's duel between Felix Hernandez and Kendall Graveman turned into a 14-3 rout for the red-hot Seattle Mariners against the Oakland A's on Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum. Hernandez pitched six shutout innings and Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4..." September 10

  • Sonny Gray Open To Long-Term Deal With A’s

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Sonny Gray is coming off the worst season of his career, and while that has his stock at a low point, Gray nonetheless tells Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he is open to a long-term deal and has made that known to the Athletics on multiple occasions. “The way..." September 09

  • A's eke out win over Angels

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics second baseman Joey Wendle has gone from first major league hit, to first major league RBI, to first major league game-winning hit in a span of five days. There's no doubt in his mind which was the biggest. Wendle grounded a two-run single through a..." September 07

  • Rookie Cotton pitches A's past Angels

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton didn't have to wait long to get his first victory and first standing ovation in the major leagues. Cotton allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings in his big league debut, leading the Athletics to a 4-1 victory over the Los..." September 07

  • Angels pick on wild A's starter, roll to win

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- One day after seeing his friend get hit in the head with a line drive, Mike Trout took one in the elbow in his first at-bat Monday. Only then did he realize how lucky he was. Trout brushed off the beaning with hits in his next three trips to the plate, the sixth..." September 05

  • A's record dramatic 9th inning win versus Red Sox

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The way the 2016 season had been going, the Oakland Athletics were bound to be no-hit Sunday. That's how decisively they'd been dominated by the Boston Red Sox. But a reversal on video review turned the finale of the season series in a new direction. No-hit..." September 04