Athletics Rumors & News

  • 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

  • A’s might move Jed Lowrie this winter after picking up infielder’s option

    San Francisco Chronicle "When it comes to bargaining chips at the winter meetings, the A’s hold one potentially interesting piece. The A’s first act of the offseason was to pick up Jed Lowrie’s very reasonable $6 million option for 2018, and they had every intention of keeping him at least until the trade deadline. But..." December 11

  • A’s Continue To Have Interest In Stephen Piscotty

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics continue to have interest in the Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports (video link), as Oakland continues its search for right-handed hitting outfield help. A previous connection between Piscotty and the A’s surfaced in the aftermath of the trade deadline, as the..." December 11

  • Laney College board halts ballpark plans with Oakland A’s, team ‘shocked’

    San Francisco Chronicle "The governing board of the community college that owns land on which the Oakland A’s want to build a new ballpark ordered the chancellor to stop plans with the team. The move caught the A’s by surprise. For the last year, team leaders have been talking to neighborhood, business and religious..." December 06

  • A Stanton deal could benefit A’s if Stephen Piscotty freed up

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s aren’t involved in any Giancarlo Stanton talks, of course - the frugal club isn’t about to add hundreds of millions of dollars to their payroll. That’s not to say that Stanton’s eventual destination won’t impact Oakland, however. The A’s are watching the proceedings closely. Not to see..." December 06

  • Report: A's out of the running for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Shohei Ohtani has reportedly narrowed the group of teams he’ll consider signing with, and it appears the A’s are out for the Japanese sensation who’s making the jump to the major leagues. The Athletic reported Sunday that the A’s were among a number of teams told over the weekend that they..." December 04

  • Angels lose free agent reliever Yusmeiro Petit to A’s

    Orange County Register "The Angels lost arguably their most valuable free agent on Wednesday, when Yusmeiro Petit reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10-million deal with the Oakland A’s. Petit, 33, signed a minor-league deal with the Angels just before spring training, and he delivered a 2.76 ERA over 91-1/3 innings,..." November 30

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Athletics, Jake Smolinski Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The A’s have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jake Smolinski, reports MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes (on Twitter). Smolinski will be paid a $775K salary for the 2018 season, which comes in a bit north of the $700K at which he was projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz. Smolinski is a client of..." November 27

  • Brewers sign Michael Brady to minor league deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers have officially signed right-handed pitcher Michael Brady to a minor league contract, the club formally announced on Monday morning. As a result of the newly inked pact, Brady has also received an invitation to major league spring training. While just narrowly missing out..." November 27

  • Orioles Acquire Jaycob Brugman

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have acquired outfielder Jaycob Brugman from the Athletics, per a club announcement. A player to be named or cash will go to Oakland in return. Brugman, 25, was just designated for assignment by the A’s. He reached the majors for the first time last year, posting a .266/.346/.343..." November 22

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • A’s and Astros swap prospects in trade

    Fanrag Sports "The Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. In order to make room on the team’s 40-man roster, the team outrighted right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl. Laureano spent the entire 2017 season at Double-A..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Athletics hire third base coach Matt Williams

    San Francisco Chronicle "Matt Williams, a Gold Glove third baseman and one of the most popular Giants in the ’80s and ’90s, was hired by the A’s to coach third base next season, the team announced Friday. Williams is reuniting with Oakland manager Bob Melvin, his former Giants teammate. “I know him about as well as..." November 18

  • A’s still see Bruce Maxwell as next season’s catcher

    San Francisco Chronicle "Until further notice, the A’s still view Bruce Maxwell as their No. 1 catcher in 2018. Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Phoenix to assault charges after he allegedly waved a gun at a food-delivery person last month. Major League Baseball will investigate the matter, and Maxwell could be..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Mariners acquire slugger Healy from A's

    MLB.com "Jerry Dipoto made a habit of moving quickly to fill his offseason wish list during his first two years with Seattle, and the Mariners' general manager is at it again, acquiring young first baseman Ryon Healy from the A's on Wednesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and Minor..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • A's Maxwell pleads not guilty to assault, disorderly conduct charges

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct after allegedly waving a gun at a delivery person last month, entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday in Phoenix. Maxwell’s trial will not be until next year, according to the Maricopa County..." November 14

  • The Yankees asked the Athletics for permission to interview Bob Melvin but were denied

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees’ search for a manager continues. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Yankees asked the Athletics for permission to interview skipper Bob Melvin, but the A’s denied them. Melvin, 56, signed an extension with the Athletics at the end of September that will keep him in..." November 14

  • Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna among A’s possible winter targets

    San Francisco Chronicle "Count the A’s among the teams circling around the most recent expected breakup of the Marlins. One item on Oakland’s wish list this winter is an outfielder with several years of team control remaining, sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. And with Miami’s new ownership looking to shed..." November 09

  • Mark Canha undergoes wrist surgery

    Hardball Talk "Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Athletics outfielder Mark Canha underwent surgery on his right wrist. He’s expected to be ready once spring training begins. Canha, 28, hit a meager .208/.262/.382 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 187 plate appearances in 2017. He spent..." November 08

  • Athletics' Maxwell indicted by grand jury in assault case

    NBC Sports "A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was indicted by a grand jury in Arizona this week, meaning probable cause was found for his felony case to move forward. Maxwell faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct stemming from his Oct. 28 arrest in Scottsdale. His..." November 08

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • A’s Outright Simon Castro, Michael Brady, Josh Smith

    MLB Trade Rumors "The A’s announced on Monday that right-handers Simon Castro, Michael Brady and Josh Smith have all been assigned outright to Triple-A Nashville after clearing waivers. The moves give Oakland enough space to reinstate outfielder Dustin Fowler and righties Andrew Triggs, Paul Blackburn and Bobby..." November 06

  • Curt Young switches to Giants, hired as team’s new pitching coach

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants didn’t have to reach far to find a successor to longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti. The club will add former A’s pitching coach Curt Young to its major league staff next season, sources confirmed. The Giants are planning a Monday announcement to make official the hiring of Young..." November 04