Athletics Rumors & News

  • Athletics, Mariners to open 2019 season in Tokyo

    Sporting News "The Athletics and Mariners are heading east next year — the Far East. The two teams, who played a two-game series in Japan to begin the 2012 MLB season, will open the 2019 season in Tokyo. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Wednesday the A's are "eager" and "enthusiastic" about playing..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • A’s prospect Jorge Mateo slowed by knee issue

    San Francisco Gate "Jorge Mateo, one of the A’s most promising prospects, will not get as many at-bats early in the spring as the team had hoped because of a lingering knee problem. Mateo sprained the ligament in his left knee during winter ball and is still having some minor issues, particularly when it comes to..." February 20

  • A's respond to Jon Gruden's diss of Oakland

    Sporting News "Jon Gruden questioned what the city of Oakland would have when the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in an interview with Sports Illustrated, and the A's took notice. The Raiders will move to Vegas for the 2020 season and Gruden, hired as the team's head coach last month, said it was sad to see the..." February 20

  • Jesus Luzardo raising funds for family of Stoneman Douglas AD Chris Hixon

    ESPN "Jesus Luzardo, a minor-league pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, has started a memorial fund for the family of Chris Hixon, the athletic director who was among those killed in Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Luzardo, a 20-year-old left-hander..." February 17

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Athletics' Maxwell says he won't kneel during anthem this season

    San Francisco Gate "The A’s most in-the-news player, Bruce Maxwell, was among those at Hohokam Stadium when pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday, and while he downplayed some of the league issues he’s facing, the team’s starting catcher did provide a headline: Maxwell, who last September became the first — and..." February 13

  • Ex-A’s ace Jarrod Parker moves on after career derailed by injuries

    San Francisco Chronicle "While the A’s assemble for their first workout Wednesday, their one-time top starter is forging a new path for himself. At just 29, Jarrod Parker is officially retiring from the game he fought so hard to stay in after two hideous elbow injuries. He told The Chronicle this week that all that..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Graveman loses arbitration case with Athletics

    CBS Sports "Graveman lost his arbitration case Saturday, Jon Heyman of reports. Graveman will make $2.36 million next year; he had filed for $2.6 million. The 27-year-old starter put up a 4.19 ERA in 19 starts for the A's last season. " February 10

  • A's still have 25-man roster spots up for grabs "With Spring Training fast approaching, is taking a look at a different aspect of this year's Athletics squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster. It's no easy task in some instances, considering numerous players will be in a battle for the final few..." February 09

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • ‘WE SCREWED UP’ - There is truth in what Brandon Moss is saying about baseball's free agent freeze-out

    New York Daily News "Sure, players are mad that GMs aren’t handing out seven-year deals like merit badges anymore, but it’s hard to take Friday’s agent-rhetoric — specifically threats of a spring training boycott — seriously when one of their brethren spoke the truth on TV this week, basically admitting: “We..." February 05

  • A’s Bruce Maxwell may have resolution to legal issues before spring training

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell is moving closer to a possible resolution to his legal troubles before Oakland’s pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 14. The Chronicle has learned that Maxwell has a settlement conference scheduled for Feb. 12 in Phoenix, which means the state is..." February 02

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Brandon Moss: MLB players 'have to take responsibility' for slow free-agent market

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, veteran slugger Brandon Moss was traded from the Kansas City Royals back to the Oakland Athletics, where he played from 2012-14. The rebuilding Royals unloaded some salary and added two young pitchers in the process. Moss is entering the second season of a two-year, $12..." February 01

  • Brandon Moss says players are “going to have to get together” ahead of CBA negotiations

    Hardball Talk "Brandon Moss, recently acquired by the Athletics from the Royals, appeared on MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. He talked about the slow offseason and said some smart things. It’s our own doing. These past two collective bargaining agreements, any bargaining chip that we’ve had — we’ve..." January 30

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • A’s Acquire Ryan Buchter, Brandon Moss from Royals for Jesse Hahn, Heath Fillmyer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals and Athletics have agreed to a four-player swap. Left-hander Ryan Buchter and first base/DH-type Brandon Moss will head to Oakland in the deal, while right-hander Jesse Hahn and minor-league righty Heath Fillmyer are ticketed for Kansas City. The Royals also included $3.25MM in cash as..." January 29

  • A's unveil new alternate jersey

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Oakland A’s unveiled a Kelly Green alternate jersey today that will be worn by the team during every Friday home game in 2018. The jersey , which includes “Oakland” on the front, serves as a nod to the team’s rich history, as Kelly Green became one of the team’s colors in 1961. The A’s..." January 29

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • A’s pitcher Jharel Cotton aided disaster relief in native Virgin Islands

    San Francisco Chronicle "Several weeks before his wedding, A’s starter Jharel Cotton and his fiancee went on a trip to the Caribbean, but it was not a luxury pre-honeymoon cruise. Cotton returned to his childhood home, the Virgin Islands, to assist with disaster-relief efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and..." January 18

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Joe Panik, Giants agree to $3.45 million contract; Kendall Graveman remains unsigned with A’s

    San Francisco Chronicle "Second baseman Joe Panik, eligible for salary arbitration for the first time, settled with the Giants on a $3.45 million contract for 2018. The Giants agreed to one-year deals with all five of their arbitration-eligible players, including four relievers. Panik is getting a considerable raise..." January 13

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Mark Mulder says he’s been let go as an A’s broadcaster

    San Francisco Chronicle "Former A’s All-Star Mark Mulder told The Chronicle via text Tuesday night that he will no longer be on the team’s telecasts in 2018. Mulder served as an occasional color analyst for CSN California, working 20 games in 2016 and 35 in 2017, and the A’s at one point had spoken to him about..." January 10

  • Athletics, Khris Davis avoid arbitration

    CBS Sports "Davis agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the A's on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Davis hit .247/.336/.528 with 43 home runs and 110 RBI during the 2017 season, which basically mimicked his numbers from the previous year,..." January 10

  • With Mulder out, fiery former pitcher is hired for A’s broadcasts

    San Jose Mercury News "Former pitcher Dallas Braden is heading to the broadcast booth — and back to the field — for a number of A’s telecasts this season on NBC Sports California. The network and the A’s announced Wednesday that Braden — best known for throwing a perfect game for Oakland in 2010 and for getting into..." January 10

  • The Oakland A’s will offer free admission on April 17

    Hardball Talk "Just saw this via the Los Angeles Times. Seems that the Oakland Athletics will offer free admission for their April 17 game against the White Sox. And it’s not just tickets that are free. Parking is free too. All you gotta pony up for is the beer and the nachos. The promotion is in honor of the..." January 03

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Potential court trial for A's catcher Bruce Maxwell set for April

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A potential court trial for A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell has been scheduled for April, which would take Maxwell away from the team during the regular season if his felony case in Arizona makes it that far. There remains a strong possibility, however, that Maxwell agrees to a plea deal and avoids a..." December 28

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • A’s add to outfield with Cuban international free agent signing

    San Jose Mercury News "The A’s have found success with Cuban players in the past with sluggers such as Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Canseco, and they went back there in search of outfield help. The club announced Monday it has signed 24-year-old outfielder Dairon Blanco as an international free agent. Terms of the..." December 20

  • Cuban signee Dairon Blanco will be one of fastest players in A's organization

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Despite limitations on their current international spending, the A’s added a speedy outfielder from Cuba to their system. Oakland had been scouting Dairon Blanco extensively for the past year or so after he defected from Cuba and settled in the Dominican Republic. He officially signed with the..." December 19

  • Prospect sues White Sox over injury at Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB debut

    Chicago Sun-Times "An outfielder who was seriously injured during his Major League debut at Guaranteed Rate Field last summer is suing the White Sox and the state agency that manages the ballpark. Dustin Fowler’s lawsuit, filed Friday, claims that the Sox and the agency were negligent in not securing the unpadded..." December 16

  • The Cardinals traded Piscotty to the A's so he can be closer to his sick mother

    CBS Sports "Although the trade is not yet official, the Cardinals have reportedly acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, giving them a very potent bat for their lineup. It also gave them way too many outfielders. Ozuna joins Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty, and Randal Grichuk in the..." December 14

  • A’s edging closer to acquiring Stephen Piscotty from St. Louis

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s and Cardinals continued discussions about Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty on Wednesday, with multiple sources suggesting a trade might be concluded before the end of the winter meetings. St. Louis is looking for prospects off Oakland’s 40-man roster and while the A’s will not..." December 13