Athletics Rumors & News

  • A's Manaea throws no-hitter vs. red-hot Red Sox "Baseball's best was in town, but it didn't matter. A hot-hitting Red Sox squad, winners of eight straight games, would not shake Sean Manaea. Not much can these days. The A's left-hander has been dealing, dominating with ease, and on Saturday he turned it up a notch, brilliantly orchestrating..." April 22

  • Andrew Benintendi isn't happy he was called out of the base path during Manaea's no-hitter

    CBS Sports "The first no-hitter of the 2018 season was thrown Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea no-hit the Red Sox -- they were an MLB best 17-2 going into the game -- with shocking ease (OAK 3, BOS 0). With all due respect to the BoSox, Manaea carved them up. The..." April 22

  • A's trade Trayce Thompson, option Trivino to Triple-A "The A's have traded Trayce Thompson to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Oakland also optioned right-hander Lou Trivino to Triple-A Nashville. Thompson, whose brother Klay plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors in the building..." April 20

  • A's Insider Says Threat of Team Leaving for Portland is 'Real'

    12 Up "The Oakland Athletics' struggles have continued yet again this season and the team is a ticking time bomb. Ownership has failed to secure a new location outside of Oakland Coliseum and as the Raiders are set to leave for Vegas in the coming years, the A's could be soon to follow. After..." April 18

  • A's Make Series of Roster Moves, DFA Trayce Thompson

    NBC Bay Area "The Trayce Thompson Era in Oakland is over. We'll remember it fondly. Just 12 days after being claimed by the A's, the outfielder was designated for assignment in a series of roster moves announced by the team on Tuesday afternoon. The A's recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill, who..." April 17

  • A’s Reportedly Approached Matt Chapman About Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have been rumored to have interest in pursuing long-term deals with corner infielders Matt Olson and Matt Chapman in the past, and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s did indeed approach Chapman’s camp about an extension at some point. However, agent..." April 16

  • A’s catcher Maxwell, who pulled a gun on a delivery person, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

    San Francisco Gate "A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell has reached a plea agreement with Arizona authorities in his aggravated assault case, the team announced Friday. Maxwell is pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and will be sentenced on June 4 to probation and community service. Maxwell, 27, was indicted by a grand..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • Is McGwire off base with PED comments?

    Fanrag Sports "San Diego Padres hitting coach Mark McGwire needs to be refreshed about his career. Perhaps a review of the back of his baseball card will suffice. McGwire this week told The Athletic’s Jayson Stark in no uncertain terms that while he took PEDs (he gets credit there for the admission), he..." April 12

  • Athletics’ A.J. Puk undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Yardbarker "The A’s announced on Wednesday that top pitching prospect A.J. Puk underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the procedure on the highly touted southpaw, who will now be out for the entirety of the 2018..." April 11

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Athletics propose ski lift-style transit option for new stadium

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Oakland A’s are exploring using a gondola ski lift to transport fans from downtown to the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal, where the team is thinking of building a new ballpark. Howard Terminal is one of two sites the A’s are looking at for a new ballpark. The challenge, however, is how..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Alameda County will sell share of Coliseum site to Oakland

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Alameda County supervisors have decided to negotiate the sale of the county’s share of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex to the city of Oakland, according to a release from the board Tuesday. The move comes in the wake of the Oakland A's expressing an interest in buying the Coliseum..." April 11

  • Klay’s brother Trayce Thompson makes A’s debut

    San Francisco Gate "Trayce Thompson made his A’s debut Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, and he might be in the starting lineup Wednesday against his former roommate, Alex Wood. “Woody and I lived together in 2016 and we were hurt together in 2016, we’ve spent a ton of time together,” said Thompson, who spent two..." April 11

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Athletics to promote Franklin Barreto from Triple-A

    Hardball Talk "Athletics top prospect Franklin Barreto is due for a promotion from Triple-A Nashville, per a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. In a corresponding move, utility infielder/outfielder Chad Pinder will be assigned to the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended..." April 07

  • Klay Thompson’s brother Trayce will live with him after joining Athletics

    Larry Brown Sports "The Thompsons are trying to turn Oakland into the City of Brotherly Love. Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson told reporters on Thursday that his younger brother Trayce, an MLB outfielder, will live with him after being picked up on waivers Thursday by the Oakland Athletics. Here is what..." April 05

  • A’s claim Trayce Thompson, Klay’s brother, for a potentially short stint

    San Francisco Gate "Like big brother Klay, Trayce Thompson will be playing for a Bay Area team after the A’s claimed the outfielder Thursday. Thompson, 27, will join Oakland in Anaheim on Friday, according to manager Bob Melvin, who is a major Warriors fan and friendly with Golden State star Klay. “I think it’s..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • A’s Paul Blackburn not progressing as quickly as hoped after forearm injury

    San Francisco Gate "Paul Blackburn, the right-hander from Brentwood who made such a good impression in his month-plus of action with the A’s last year, is not recovering quickly from the forearm tightness that has sidelined him since last month. “He’s just not coming along great right now,” manager Bob Melvin..." April 04

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Athletics issue stunning amount of credentials for Shohei Ohtani mound debut

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is taking the mound in the United States for the first time on Sunday afternoon, and interest in his native Japan is apparently very high. The Oakland Athletics, who are hosting Ohtani’s Los Angeles Angels for the weekend, said they’ve given out 240 media credentials to Japanese..." April 01

  • Cardinals trade Lucas to Athletics for pitcher

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals' flurry of opening-season transactions continued Saturday morning as they dealt reliever Josh Lucas to Oakland in a move necessitated by the reorganization of the 40-man roster this week. Lucas had been designated for assignment, which bought the Cardinals time to work out a..." March 31

  • A.J. Puk, A’s top pitching prospect, likely to have Tommy John surgery

    San Francisco Gate "Top pitching prospect A.J. Puk might be done for the season after it was recommended Tuesday that the left-hander undergo Tommy John surgery, the A’s announced. Dr. James Andrews recommended that Puk have surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left arm. Puk consulted Andrews..." March 29

  • Keeping Kendall Graveman healthy now a major A’s priority

    San Francisco Gate "With the A’s losing three starters before the season even opens, the health of all the remaining rotation members now is even more of a focus. First and foremost, that means Opening Day starter Kendall Graveman, who had two stints on the disabled list with a shoulder strain last year and missed..." March 29

  • A's outright RHP Raul Alcantara

    Yardbarker "The Athletics have outrighted right-hander Raul Alcantara to Triple-A,’s Jane Lee tweets. The out-of-options reliever will have the right to reject the assignment, having already been outrighted previously. Alcantara, 25, had been in competition to take the club’s last bullpen slot...." March 28

  • A’s and Oakland agree on exclusive talks for new stadium

    Sportsnaut "As the Oakland Athletics’ stadium issue continues to get kicked down the road, the small-market team is preparing for another season in the rundown Oakland Coliseum. Not a single person close to the A’s or the city of Oakland believes that this is a long-term solution to what has been a..." March 28

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani to make first start as pitcher Sunday versus Athletics

    ESPN "Despite a rocky spring on the mound, two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani will make his pitching debut for the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday against the Athletics, manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday night. Ohtani's debut will come in the finale of the Angels' season-opening four-game series in Oakland...." March 28

  • Athletics Prospect A.J. Puk May Be Dealing With Elbow Ligament Issue

    MLB Trade Rumors "6:28PM: A’s manager Bob Melvin confirmed that Puk is getting a second opinion but didn’t provide details on the specifics of the injury,’s Jane Lee tweets. 5:45PM: Athletics left-handed pitching prospect A.J. Puk was shut down last week due to biceps soreness, and now there are concerns..." March 27

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • A's are offering $135 million for Coliseum site, but is that enough?

    NBC Sports Bay Area "There have been few greater challenges to baseball’s resurgence in Northern California than Madison Bumgarner’s broken hand. But then the A’s come in and offer to buy the Coliseum from the City of Oakland and Alameda County, and we’re off and running again. These two things are essentially..." March 26

  • Injuries are making Marlins' Opening Day roster even worse than expected

    CBS Sports "The baseball community doesn't agree on much, but it agrees on this: the Miami Marlins are going to be bad. The Marlins spent the winter stripping their roster of its best parts: Giancarlo Stanton is gone, as are Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon. What remains is a mishmash of..." March 24

  • A’s latest poke at Giants: parking surcharge for SF fans

    San Francisco Gate "A pre-season series between two teams coming off last-place finishes will take on a little more edge at the Coliseum if A’s president Dave Kaval has anything to do with it. Oakland announced Saturday that Coliseum parking for Giants fans will be $50 for 2018. A’s fans will pay $30, and prepaid..." March 24

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • A's shut down top prospect A.J. Puk wtih biceps soreness

    Yardbarker "The Athletics have shut down top pitching prospect A.J. Puk with biceps soreness, according to a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. At this point, the severity of the injury is not fully known, though indications are that the exciting young lefty will be able to return to..." March 21

  • A's allowing fans to pick price of own tickets; giving all proceeds to charity

    Sporting News "The Athletics will allow fans to name their price this season. Of their tickets, anyway. It was announced Wednesday that Oakland will be doing a promotion this season as part of Community Impact Wednesdays, where they will allow fans to decide what they want to pay for their ticket in Section..." March 21

  • A’s, Brett Anderson agree to minor-league contract

    San Francisco Chronicle "Just like his onetime teammate Trevor Cahill, former A’s starter Brett Anderson is rejoining the A’s. Anderson has agreed to a minor-league deal with the team, a source told The Chronicle. Anderson, a 30-year-old left-hander, made 13 starts with the Cubs and Blue Jays last season and had an..." March 20

  • Milton Bradley Charged with Battery, Allegedly Beat Up Wife

    TMZ "Milton Bradley's in trouble with the law -- charged with battery -- for allegedly beating up a woman he's married to once again ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... cops were called to Bradley's L.A. home back in January. When they arrived, his wife told them Bradley roughed her..." March 20

  • The A’s are considering rising sea levels in planning their future ballpark

    Hardball Talk "The Oakland Athletics ballpark saga has dragged on for years and years and years. They’ve considered San Jose, Fremont and at least three locations in Oakland as potential new ballpark sites. The whole process has lasted almost as long as the Braves and Rangers played in their old parks before..." March 19

  • Report: A’s agree to one-year deal with pitcher Trevor Cahill

    San Jose Mercury News "It appears Trevor Cahill and the A’s are going to have a reunion this season. According to a report from’s Jane Lee, the A’s have an agreement with the right-handed pitcher on a one-year major league deal. Cahill, 30, was drafted by the A’s in 2006 and played three seasons, making..." March 17

  • A's lose Jharel Cotton to Tommy John surgery and may look to free agent market

    CBS Sports "March is typically a tough month for pitcher injuries, and the Oakland Athletics were dealt a blow this week. Right-hander Jharel Cotton suffered an elbow injury and will soon undergo Tommy John surgery. He'll miss the 2018 season. Cotton, who came over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Rich..." March 17

  • Jharel Cotton has a strained UCL, could need surgery

    Hardball Talk "A’s pitcher Jharel Cotton has been diagnosed with a strained UCL and a strained flexor muscle. The knife could be in his future, ending his season. He’ll get a second opinion but manager Bob Melvin said yesterday that surgery is a possibility. If so, he’s done for 2018 and won’t be ready until..." March 16

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

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