Athletics Rumors & News

  • A’s Continue To Have Interest In Stephen Piscotty

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics continue to have interest in the Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports (video link), as Oakland continues its search for right-handed hitting outfield help. A previous connection between Piscotty and the A’s surfaced in the aftermath of the trade deadline, as the..." December 11

  • Laney College board halts ballpark plans with Oakland A’s, team ‘shocked’

    San Francisco Chronicle "The governing board of the community college that owns land on which the Oakland A’s want to build a new ballpark ordered the chancellor to stop plans with the team. The move caught the A’s by surprise. For the last year, team leaders have been talking to neighborhood, business and religious..." December 06

  • A Stanton deal could benefit A’s if Stephen Piscotty freed up

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s aren’t involved in any Giancarlo Stanton talks, of course - the frugal club isn’t about to add hundreds of millions of dollars to their payroll. That’s not to say that Stanton’s eventual destination won’t impact Oakland, however. The A’s are watching the proceedings closely. Not to see..." December 06

  • Report: A's out of the running for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Shohei Ohtani has reportedly narrowed the group of teams he’ll consider signing with, and it appears the A’s are out for the Japanese sensation who’s making the jump to the major leagues. The Athletic reported Sunday that the A’s were among a number of teams told over the weekend that they..." December 04

  • Angels lose free agent reliever Yusmeiro Petit to A’s

    Orange County Register "The Angels lost arguably their most valuable free agent on Wednesday, when Yusmeiro Petit reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10-million deal with the Oakland A’s. Petit, 33, signed a minor-league deal with the Angels just before spring training, and he delivered a 2.76 ERA over 91-1/3 innings,..." November 30

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Athletics, Jake Smolinski Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The A’s have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jake Smolinski, reports MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes (on Twitter). Smolinski will be paid a $775K salary for the 2018 season, which comes in a bit north of the $700K at which he was projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz. Smolinski is a client of..." November 27

  • Brewers sign Michael Brady to minor league deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers have officially signed right-handed pitcher Michael Brady to a minor league contract, the club formally announced on Monday morning. As a result of the newly inked pact, Brady has also received an invitation to major league spring training. While just narrowly missing out..." November 27

  • Orioles Acquire Jaycob Brugman

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have acquired outfielder Jaycob Brugman from the Athletics, per a club announcement. A player to be named or cash will go to Oakland in return. Brugman, 25, was just designated for assignment by the A’s. He reached the majors for the first time last year, posting a .266/.346/.343..." November 22

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • A’s and Astros swap prospects in trade

    Fanrag Sports "The Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. In order to make room on the team’s 40-man roster, the team outrighted right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl. Laureano spent the entire 2017 season at Double-A..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Athletics hire third base coach Matt Williams

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Williams, a Gold Glove third baseman and one of the most popular Giants in the ’80s and ’90s, was hired by the A’s to coach third base next season, the team announced Friday. Williams is reuniting with Oakland manager Bob Melvin, his former Giants teammate. “I know him about as well as..." November 18

  • A’s still see Bruce Maxwell as next season’s catcher

    San Francisco Chronicle "Until further notice, the A’s still view Bruce Maxwell as their No. 1 catcher in 2018. Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Phoenix to assault charges after he allegedly waved a gun at a food-delivery person last month. Major League Baseball will investigate the matter, and Maxwell could be..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's

    MLB.com "Jerry Dipoto made a habit of moving quickly to fill his offseason wish list during his first two years with Seattle, and the Mariners' general manager is at it again, acquiring young first baseman Ryon Healy from the A's on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • A's Maxwell pleads not guilty to assault, disorderly conduct charges

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct after allegedly waving a gun at a delivery person last month, entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday in Phoenix. Maxwell’s trial will not be until next year, according to the Maricopa County..." November 14

  • The Yankees asked the Athletics for permission to interview Bob Melvin but were denied

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees’ search for a manager continues. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Yankees asked the Athletics for permission to interview skipper Bob Melvin, but the A’s denied them. Melvin, 56, signed an extension with the Athletics at the end of September that will keep him in..." November 14

  • Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna among A’s possible winter targets

    San Francisco Chronicle "Count the A’s among the teams circling around the most recent expected breakup of the Marlins. One item on Oakland’s wish list this winter is an outfielder with several years of team control remaining, sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. And with Miami’s new ownership looking to shed..." November 09

  • Mark Canha undergoes wrist surgery

    Hardball Talk "Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Athletics outfielder Mark Canha underwent surgery on his right wrist. He’s expected to be ready once spring training begins. Canha, 28, hit a meager .208/.262/.382 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 187 plate appearances in 2017. He spent..." November 08

  • Athletics' Maxwell indicted by grand jury in assault case

    NBC Sports "A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was indicted by a grand jury in Arizona this week, meaning probable cause was found for his felony case to move forward. Maxwell faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct stemming from his Oct. 28 arrest in Scottsdale. His..." November 08

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • A’s Outright Simon Castro, Michael Brady, Josh Smith

    MLB Trade Rumors "The A’s announced on Monday that right-handers Simon Castro, Michael Brady and Josh Smith have all been assigned outright to Triple-A Nashville after clearing waivers. The moves give Oakland enough space to reinstate outfielder Dustin Fowler and righties Andrew Triggs, Paul Blackburn and Bobby..." November 06

  • Curt Young switches to Giants, hired as team’s new pitching coach

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants didn’t have to reach far to find a successor to longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti. The club will add former A’s pitching coach Curt Young to its major league staff next season, sources confirmed. The Giants are planning a Monday announcement to make official the hiring of Young..." November 04

  • Athletics Exercise Jed Lowrie’s Option, Add Mark Kotsay To Coaching Staff

    MLB Trade Rumors "The A’s announced this afternoon that they’ve exercised their $6MM club option over second baseman Jed Lowrie and also added former Athletics outfielder Mark Kotsay to their staff as a quality control coach. The option decision on Lowrie was an easy call after the 33-year-old hit..." November 02

  • Bruce Maxwell Police Report: MLB Player Cussed Out, Berated Cops...During Gun Arrest

    TMZ "Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell -- the only MLB player who took a knee last season -- made "anti-police statements" and cussed out officers during his gun arrest ... this according to the police report. 26-year-old Maxwell was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct..." November 01

  • Athletics place Ryon Healy on trading block, report says

    Sporting News "Athletics designated hitter Ryon Healy broke out with the Athletics this season, but he may be wearing a new uniform next year. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Healy, 25, has been placed on the trading block by Oakland. Healy has 38 home runs in 221 MLB games played, including 25..." October 31

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Police say A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was drunk, making anti-police statements

    San Jose Mercury News "New details have emerged on what exactly happened when Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested on Saturday, including the allegation that he was inebriated and making anti-police statements. Maxwell is accused of pointing a handgun at a food delivery driver’s head while opening the door..." October 30

  • Bruce Maxwell Arrested For Allegedly Pulling Gun On Woman

    TMZ "Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after cops say he pulled a gun on a woman ... TMZ Sports has learned. Scottsdale PD tells us Maxwell, 26, was arrested Saturday at 6:08 PM at his Scottsdale, AZ home. Cops say the alleged victim was a..." October 29

  • Restaurant Claims MLB's Bruce Maxwell Lied About Trump Service Refusal

    TMZ "The manager of the restaurant where Oakland A's catcher Bruce Maxwell claims he was refused service by a pro-Trump waiter claims the MLB player is lying through his teeth. Maxwell -- the only MLB player who took a knee during the national anthem this season -- told TMZ Sports he was recognized..." October 26

  • A’s Maxwell says Pro-Trump waiter denied him service because of his protests

    San Jose Mercury News "A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, who gained national attention for being baseball’s only player to take a knee during the national anthem, said he was refused service by a waiter in an Alabama restaurant because of it. Maxwell, who joined the protests former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick..." October 24

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Athletics plan to pick up Jed Lowrie’s 2018 option

    Hardball Talk "Athletics executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and GM David Forst confirmed that Jed Lowrie will be the club’s second baseman next year, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. That means they plan to pick up Lowrie’s $6 million club option for the 2018..." October 02

  • Sean Doolittle on Bruce Maxwell, respecting veterans and defining patriotism in a polarized America

    ESPN "Long before Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee in protest during the playing of the national anthem last weekend, Sean Doolittle was giving sincere thought to patriotic displays at baseball games and the surrounding symbolism. Doolittle, who played with Maxwell in Oakland..." September 30

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Athletics extend Melvin through 2019

    San Jose Mercury News "A’s manager Bob Melvin will get at least a couple more years to see what type of success this new group of young talent can produce. The club announced it has agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension that will keep Melvin at the helm through the 2019 season. His original contract was..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Athletics' Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

    ESPN "Oakland Athletics rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem when he did so before Saturday night's 1-0 home victory against the Texas Rangers. Maxwell, 26, dropped to a knee and pressed his cap against his chest just outside..." September 24

  • A's deal with another down year but have ingredients for solid lineup, intrigue in 2018

    CBS Sports "On Friday night, the Oakland Athletics were eliminated from playoff contention, stretching their postseason drought to three seasons. The main difference between the A's and other teams is they seldom "rebuild" in the conventional sense. Usually, Oakland puts effort into being a mediocre squad..." September 23

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21