Also can confirm the Orioles have a multi-year on the table w/ closer Grant Balfour. Duq seemed pretty confident today they'd land 1 soon.
Mets have agreed to terms with Bartolo Colon. Hearing its 2-year deal, pending physical.
Sources: #Mets, Colon in agreement on two-year, $20M deal, pending physical.
Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with Bartolo Colon. Colon going from out of baseball in 2010 to throwing 507 innings with a 3.32 ERA over the past three seasons is a remarkable story, especially considering he was 38 years old..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
Melvin confirms #Athletics likely to use Callaspo some at 1B next year.
ESPN.com "Mark Mulder, a two-time All-Star and former staff pillar with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, is trying to make a comeback. Mulder, 36, retired in 2009 after two surgeries on his left shoulder had reduced his effectiveness and sapped his hopes of pitching at an elite level again...." December 10
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "If the Rangers are going to add a starting pitcher this off-season, it will be done on a one-year basis to help keep a spot warm for one from a group of fast-moving pitching prospects who could reach the majors in 2014. As such, a baseball source said that they have interest in former Cy Young..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Mets had meeting today with agent for Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65 in 30 starts, 190 IP for Oak in 2013).
Indians have talked with Grant Balfour, sources say. They need a closer.
San Francisco Chronicle "The A's are due for a fall, and in a refreshing change, Billy Beane isn't alone in the realization. Every so often, ownership makes it clear that this "cash-strapped" label is a total fabrication. The A's are a "small-market" team only because they choose to be. Between baseball's..." December 07
AZ Snake Pit "It certainly backs up much of what has been suspected - that the trade of Heath Bell was not the last item, and the D-backs are looking for a power outfield arm. Interestingly, they appear to be thinking for the long term as well: Cespedes has only two years of service time, so would be under team..." December 05
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
Source: Luke Gregerson going to A's for Seth Smith. 1-for-1 deal.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Sources: Yankees among many teams showing interest in A's starter Brett Anderson. A's likely to deal him at Winter Meetings.
According to @JeffPassan the A's have traded Michael Choice TX for Craig Gentry; Choice better bat &power potential. Gentry better FLD & Arm
Oakland Tribune "The A's continued their pre-winter meetings roster overhaul Tuesday with the trade of former first-round pick Michael Choice to the Texas Rangers in exchange for veteran outfielder Craig Gentry, a career .280 hitter who is a stolen-base threat, and pitcher Josh Lindblom. Oakland is also sending..." December 03
Baseball America names Billy Beane executive of the year for the second time. #Athletics
CBSSports.com "The Athletics have acquired right-hander Jim Johnson from the Orioles for second baseman Jemile Weeks, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the deal. Baltimore was reportedly shopping their closer for salary relief in recent weeks. Johnson, 30,..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
Oakland is said to be working through Brett Anderson trade possibilities; Seattle and Cleveland are among the interested teams.
MLB.com "With more catchers coming off the market, the Rangers are looking at Kurt Suzuki to partner with Geovany Soto behind the plate for them in 2014. Suzuki was the Athletics starting catcher from 2008-12 before being traded to the Nationals. The Athletics then acquired him on Aug 23, this past..." December 03
Sources confirm Kazmir to the #Athletics and pursuit of Colon at an end.
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Kazmir deal with a's will be 2 years. good for him.
San Francisco Chronicle "Two weeks before baseball’s winter meetings, the A’s might be revving up for action. There were rumblings on Tuesday that Oakland is currently working on several fronts, potentially looking at trade possibilities while still eyeing the free agent market. One major-league source told me that the..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Athletics get Fernando Abad for A ball OF John Wooten
Fansided "Any time Billy Beane picks up a prospect or any Major League player that’s been over looked, I think I get a little more excited just because of the talent he’s been able to find. Yes, I’m once again talking about that movie ‘Moneyball’. Seriously, I think it’s on Netflix or something, you all..." November 23
MLB.com "Jeremy Barfield is the son Rickey Henderson never had. Entwined by Jesse Barfield, Jeremy's father and Henderson's Yankees teammate, their wardrobes looked identical -- "He used to dress me up as if I was his son in the same outfits as him," says Jeremy -- and so did a few of their baseball..." November 23
CSN Bay Area "It wasn’t so long ago that the Oakland A’s approached the winter months in clear rebuilding mode. But as their standing in the American League West has improved, their mindset has justifiably changed. They will return the core of a team that won 96 games in 2013, and they have the potential to..." November 22
Chris Young agrees to mets deal pending physical. OF has some pop, good defender
#Athletics want Colon back, but only at price they deem reasonable. Hudson probably more trustworthy. Would have mentored Gray, Parker, etc.
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15