Athletics Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Could Franklin Barreto get a look in center field for A's?

    CSN Bay Area "Don’t count out top prospect Franklin Barreto as a possibility for the A’s in center field. It’s long been speculated that the middle infielder might eventually get a look in center, and the idea has at least been discussed in team circles. It’s tied partially to whether the A’s exercise their..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Protesters draped a banner on Fenway Park's Green Monster that read, 'Racism is as American as baseball'

    Business Insider "Protesters hung a banner on the Green Monster at Fenway Park during Wednesday night's nationally televised game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland A's. It did not appear that the banner was seen on television as it was unveiled inbetween the top and bottom of the fourth..." September 14

  • A’s want to build new ballpark next to Laney College in Oakland

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Oakland A’s have settled on land near Laney College as their preferred spot for a 35,000-seat, privately financed ballpark to replace the Coliseum, team officials said Tuesday. “Finally, we’ve got our site,” team President Dave Kaval said of the 13-acre location near downtown, which the A’s..." September 13

  • Free baseball! Oakland A's charging no admission to 2018 game against White Sox

    USA Today "Free baseball is usually a term associated with a game that lasts extra innings. The Oakland Athletics are taking it a step further in 2018 - offering a regularly scheduled game that's free for all fans. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of their first game at the Coliseum, the A's will..." September 12

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • All power, no platoon for A’s Matt Olson

    San Francisco Chronicle "When the A’s dealt Yonder Alonso last month, their plan was to make Matt Olson the primary first baseman — and unlike Alonso, Oakland’s 2017 All-Star, Olson isn’t even platooning much. Olson started Sunday against Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel, and the rookie entered Sunday’s finale..." September 11

  • A’s closer Blake Treinen is ‘a Disney story in the making’

    San Francisco Chronicle "Blake Treinen, the A’s new closer, had perhaps the best possible training for his high-stress job, one that requires the ability to remain unaffected by inevitable failures. Treinen, 29, never got a break as an amateur, overcoming obstacle after obstacle to make a Division 1 baseball..." September 08

  • Inside Billy Beane’s legacy after 2 decades running the A’s

    San Francisco Chronicle "He is in his 20th season at the helm of the Oakland A’s, has been the subject of a best-selling book and Academy Award-nominated movie, and is recognized beyond the world of sports for his innovative mind. So is Billy Beane’s legacy established? Or must the A’s executive win a championship or..." August 27

  • Red Sox Acquire Rajai Davis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have struck a deal to acquire fleet-footed outfielder Rajai Davis from the Athletics, the teams announced on Tuesday night. Minor league outfielder Rafael Rincones is going back to the A’s in exchange, and Boston has designated first baseman/outfielder Steve Selsky to clear a 40-man..." August 24

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Athletics Acquire Chris Hatcher

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Chris Hatcher from the Dodgers in exchange for $500K in international bonus money. Hatcher’s roster spot will go to infielder/outfielder Rob Segedin, who has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, the Dodgers announced. The..." August 15

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • 'The Creature' by Khris Davis

    The Player's Tribune "When I’m standing at the plate waiting to swing at a pitch, here’s what is running through my mind: Nothing. My mind is clear. There are no distractions. I just wait for the ball to float towards me, and then I perform an action I’ve been practicing since I was a little kid. I’ve hit 30..." August 09

  • Parts of old Bay Bridge being used to make trophy for annual Giants vs. A’s series

    Sportsnaut "Winning the annual Bay Bridge Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics will now come with a prize — a trophy made from part of the original Bay Bridge. The trophy will be made by NBC Sports, which has broadcast rights for both team’s games. Depending on the year, the..." August 08

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • A's trade Yonder Alonso to Mariners

    CSN Bay Area "The Oakland A’s traded first baseman Yonder Alonso to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Boog Powell, the club announced Sunday. Alonso is batting .266 with a career-high 22 home runs in 100 games after hitting 39 home runs in 664 games over his first seven seasons. He ranks 10th in the..." August 06

  • Matt Joyce suspended 2 games for yelling gay slur at fan

    Bleacher Report "Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce has been suspended for two games without pay after using an anti-gay slur during an exchange with a fan during Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Major League Baseball's communications department announced Joyce's suspension would begin on..." August 05

  • Matt Joyce sorry for gay slur, cites 'truly regrettable moment' in Twitter apology

    ESPN "Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce has apologized for directing a gay slur toward a fan, acknowledging that he had a "truly regrettable moment" and saying that "those words should NEVER come out of someone's mouth." Joyce tweeted his apology in a seven-part thread Saturday, one day after..." August 05

  • A's Matt Joyce allegedly calls fan anti-gay slur

    Sporting News "Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce allegedly directed an anti-gay slur at a fan late in Friday night's game against the Angels in Anaheim. According to ABC News , an Associated Press reporter overheard a heated exchange between Joyce and a fan in the eighth inning of the A's 8-6 loss. Joyce had..." August 05

  • Cardinals offered Piscotty in late bid for Gray

    CBS Sports "Prior to Monday's 4 p.m. ET trade non-waiver trade deadline, the Oakland Athletics struck a deal with the New York Yankees that sent starter Sonny Gray to the Bronx in exchange for three prospects -- pitcher James Kaprielian, outfielder Dustin Fowler, and infielder/outfielder Jorge..." August 01

  • A's investigating apparent assault on fan by security guard

    San Francisco Gate "The rivalry on the field between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants was tame Monday night compared to the fisticuffs that broke out in the upper deck of the Coliseum. A video of the violence appears to show a security guard assaulting a fan, prompting the A’s to open an..." August 01

  • Yanks get Sonny Gray for 3 prospects "The Yankees acquired right-hander Sonny Gray from the A's on Monday, less than an hour prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Oakland received outfielder Dustin Fowler, shortstop-outfielder Jorge Mateo and right-hander James Kaprielian. All three players Oakland received were ranked among..." July 31

  • The Athletics trade Adam Rosales to the Diamondbacks

    Hardball Talk "A minor trade was just announced. It’ll have to tide us over until there are more major trades. The deal: the Athletics have sent utilityman Adam Rosales to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league RHP Jeferson Mejia. Rosales, 34, has played second, third, short and multiple outfield positions..." July 31

  • NY Favored to Land Sonny Gray, Braves in Contact with A's

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees remain frontrunners to land Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, though the Atlanta Braves have also reportedly been in contact with Oakland. Heyman also broke down what each team could potentially offer in a..." July 31

  • Yankees close to acquiring Sonny Gray

    Yardbarker "The New York Yankees and Oakland A’s have been discussing a potential deal for starting pitcher Sonny Gray, and it sounds like the two sides are getting closer to an agreement. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Yankees are “optimistic” they can put together a package that will meet Oakland’s..." July 30

  • Sonny Gray trade talks continue to heat up between Yankees, A’s as deadline looms

    New York Daily News "Trade talks between the Yankees and A’s about Sonny Gray were heating up on Saturday night, and centered on some of the Bombers’ second-tier prospects, according to sources. A’s GM Billy Beane has backed off his previous stance of wanting either Clint Frazier or Gleyber Torres in a deal for..." July 30

  • Yankees’ closing in on Garcia: How it affects the Sonny Gray talks

    New York Post "The Yankees apparently are obtaining a lefty and leverage. Jeff Passan of Yahoo reported early Sunday morning that the Yankees and Twins were closing in on a deal that would send southpaw Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. That would not dull the Yankees’ desire to obtain Sonny Gray from Oakland...." July 30

  • A’s to scratch Sonny Gray from start amid trade rumors

    Sportsnaut "Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray will not take to the hill for his scheduled start against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Gray isn’t injured or feeling ill. Instead, the A’s will pull him from his start at the demand of teams interested in trading for the ace prior to Monday’s..." July 29

  • Athletics ready to 'walk away,' not talk Sonny Gray trade until offseason

    ESPN "As the Athletics and Yankees talk a potential trade for Sonny Gray, a source said Oakland executive vice president Billy Beane is ready to "walk away'' and try again this offseason if he can't land the package he wants for the right-hander by Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline. The source said..." July 29