Athletics Rumors & News

  • 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, MLB.com’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

    MLB.com "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

    MLB.com "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 MLB.com’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

  • Athletics' Andrew Triggs: Removed with back tightness

    CBS Sports "Triggs was removed from Friday's start after one inning due to tightness in his back, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports." September 03

  • Rasmus returns to lead Astos over Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus waited a long time to feel good again, to make the contributions with his bat and with his glove that made him an asset to the club before his health mysteriously began to fade in the middle of the summer. Rasmus enjoyed a triumphant return from..." August 31

  • Astros complete sweep of A's

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Oakland Athletics left-hander Ross Detwiler had shackled the Astros lineup so effectively that the lone hope for the Astros seemingly was to ride him out and take their chances against the first reliever to emerge from the Oakland bullpen. That reliever was right-hander Liam Hendriks,..." August 31

  • Skip Bayless Says He's Sure Tim Tebow WILL PLAY Pro Baseball

    TMZ "Skip Bayless is ALL IN on Tim Tebow's baseball career ... saying what he saw at Timmy's private workout on Tuesday has him convinced the ex-QB's chances of playing pro ball are about 100%. You might've heard (how could you not) Tim showed his stuff to 27 major league teams in L.A. Tuesday......" August 31

  • “Mixed reviews” for Tebow’s baseball workout

    Pro Football Talk "The headline at ESPN.com says Tim Tebow “shows off power” at his baseball workout (i.e., one-man fantasy camp). The article paints a more sobering view of his prospects. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that Tebow drew “mixed reviews” at the workout, which scouts from 28 teams attended. He..." August 31

  • Coco Crisp trade to Indians will come down Wednesday

    Bay Area Sports "Coco Crisp has been traded to the Cleveland Indians by the A’s, with an official announcement about the deal’s particulars due Wednesday. According to someone close to the outfielder, Crisp waived his no-trade 10-and-5 rights (10 years in the big leagues and the last five with the same team) on..." August 31

  • Musgrove guides Astros in rout of Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- From his opening inning Monday night, Astros rookie right-hander Joe Musgrove showcased the intensity and determination that served him well during his first two career appearances and seemingly deserted him in a pair of difficult outings during a road trip that carried the club through..." August 30

  • Indians, A’s Progressing On Coco Crisp Swap

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians and Athletics are progressing on a deal that would send veteran outfielder Coco Crisp to Cleveland, MLBTR’s Steve Adams reports (Twitter links). " August 30

  • MLB, MLBPA donate $250,000 for Louisiana flood relief

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana. The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The..." August 30

  • Billy Butler activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Oakland Athletics have activated DH Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list. Butler, you’ll recall, suffered a concussion last weekend in a clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia. " August 29

  • Phegley hospitalized with synovitis in knee

    MLB.com "A's catcher Josh Phegley is resting comfortably in a Bay Area hospital after receiving treatment for synovitis in his right knee. Phegley was admitted to a hospital in San Francisco on Friday night and was administered IV antibiotics to treat the synovitis, which is an inflammatory disease..." August 28

  • Two-run eighth sends Athletics past Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- On a night where St. Louis Cardinals fans got to see the much-anticipated first major league start for rookie Alex Reyes, the Oakland Athletics spoiled the party, thanks to their pitching. Starter Zach Neal and three relievers combined to retire the last 17 batters they faced..." August 27

  • A’s ready to move on after Billy Butler’s apology for fight

    San Francisco Chronicle "With Billy Butler’s apology for his actions in last week’s clubhouse fight with Danny Valencia, the A’s hope to turn the page on an unfortunate event in a bummer of a season. Butler, who is on the seven-day concussion disabled list after taking a blow from Valencia off his temple, acknowledged..." August 26

  • A's: Howard Terminal ballpark site has benefits, 'challenges'

    CSN Bay Area "The A’s still plan to cast their net wide when it comes to potential Oakland ballpark sites, even after Thursday’s tour of the Howard Terminal site at the Port of Oakland. “Our tour of Howard Terminal went well. We have examined and continue to examine this location and other potential Oakland..." August 26

  • Cardinals' Weaver gets first major-league win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- It was a more aggressive Luke Weaver that toed the mound Friday night in Busch Stadium. He didn't nibble at corners and give too much credit to hitters. Because he attacked more and minimized mistakes, Weaver is now the owner of his first major league win. Going six..." August 26

  • Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski in trade with Athletics

    Today's Knuckleball "The Washington Nationals have acquired left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations in a trade with the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock, per Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post. Rzepczynski has appeared in 56 games out of the bullpen this..." August 25

  • Tim Tebow has ‘no shot’ of making it in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "At least 20 MLB teams are expected to take a look at Tim Tebow’s baseball prospects at the former NFL quarterback’s workout next week, but some scouts is confident nothing will come of it. Katie Strang of ESPN.com spoke with three pro baseball scouts on Wednesday, and all three “expressed..." August 25

  • Valencia returns as A's bash Indians

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Danny Valencia got back to hitting baseballs instead of teammates Tuesday night. And when it comes to his on-the-field prowess, he surely can't be labeled a one-hit wonder. Valencia returned to the starting lineup and collected two hits, and Khris Davis belted his..." August 24

  • Andrew Triggs doing best to carve spot in 2017 A’s rotation

    Today's Knuckleball "Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Triggs made his fourth big league start for the Oakland Athletics on Monday. It was his third straight start since being called up from the A’s Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds on August 5, which was his eighth time moving between the team’s big league club and..." August 24