Athletics Rumors & News

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Could A’s changing times signal end to Billy Beane era?

    San Francisco Chronicle "For two decades, Billy Beane has reigned as the A’s mastermind, the team’s one real constant. For much of that time, David Forst has served as Beane’s trusted lieutenant, turning down chances to go elsewhere to stay in Oakland. And for nearly seven years,..." June 19

  • Athletics send Chapman to DL, recall Barreto

    The Score "Matt Chapman's deep hand contusion has proven more debilitating than originally thought, as the Oakland Athletics have placed their third baseman on the 10-day disabled list, A's skipper Bob Melvin told Julian McWilliams of the Athletic following Friday's game. In a..." June 16

  • Bruce Maxwell Cussed Out Cops In Arrest Video 'This Is Why I Took a Knee'

    TMZ "Bruce Maxwell -- the only MLB player to kneel during the national anthem -- went off on cops during his Oct. 2017 arrest ... telling police he took a knee to protest "y'all motherf*ckers." As we previously reported, Maxwell was arrested for aggravated assault at his AZ..." June 16

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Trevor Cahill looks DL-bound with Achilles issue, Chris Bassitt to return

    San Francisco Gate "Trevor Cahill is likely to land on the disabled list Wednesday, manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday, and Chris Bassitt will be back yet again to start in his place. Cahill’s Achilles tendon discomfort has not abated, according to Melvin, who said,..." June 13

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Against all odds, A's starting pitching overcoming barrage of injuries

    NBC Sports Bay Area "When the season began, A's fans probably weren't expecting to see a combination of Paul Blackburn, Frankie Montas, Chris Bassitt, and Sean Manaea in any four-game series. But injuries have forced Bob Melvin to get creative, and against all odds, his young arms are getting the..." June 11

  • Athletics Select Contract Of Nick Martini, Place Matt Joyce On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics announced today that they have selected the contract of outfielder/first baseman Nick Martini. He’ll take the active roster spot of outfielder Matt Joyce, who’s headed to the 10-day DL. Soon to turn 28, Martini will get the first shot at the majors in his..." June 06

  • Kyler Murray, A's Agree to $5M Contract; Allowed to Play 1 Year as Oklahoma's QB

    Bleacher Report "There were questions as to whether Kyler Murray, the Oakland Athletics' 2018 first-round selection, would pick baseball or football for his future. The A's are allowing him to play football for one more year.   FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported on..." June 06

  • Athletics, Edwin Jackson Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson and the Athletics are in agreement on a minor league contract, Jackson’s agents at the ESQ Agency have confirmed to MLBTR. The 34-year-old recently exercised an opt-out clause in his previous minor league pact with the Nationals and became a free agent...." June 06

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Yankees’ Sonny Gray trade isn’t working out for A’s so far

    New York Post "The Yankees had agreed to two prospects needed to obtain Sonny Gray last July, but GM Brian Cashman was hesitant on the third. James Kaprielian was the 16th-overall pick in the 2015 draft and earlier in the month the Yankees already had sent the player taken 18th overall in 2016, Blake..." June 05

  • A’s Matt Joyce to miss a few days with back tightness

    San Francisco Gate "Matt Joyce was out of Oakland’s lineup Sunday, a day after leaving the team’s game at Kauffman Stadium with back tightness. “He’s OK,” manager Bob Melvin said before the A’s game against the Royals. “It may be a couple of days. I’m glad..." June 04

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • 3 possible landing spots for Hanley Ramirez

    The Score "In a surprising move last Friday, the Boston Red Sox designated three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez for assignment with about $15 million left on his contract - a decision that appeared to be made by manager Alex Cora. As of 1 p.m. when he..." June 01

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • How A’s Sean Manaea can return to April form

    San Francisco Gate "Sean Manaea was two different pitchers in the first two months, posting a 1.03 ERA through April but a 7.18 mark in May. The difference seems to be twofold: He hasn’t been as good controlling his pitches or keeping his confidence. “It’s always going to..." June 01

  • A’s Khris Davis ready to return to lineup Thursday

    San Francisco Gate "Absence makes the heart of the order grow funkier. The A’s are proof. Their offense hasn’t been the same without Khris Davis, but the good news for Oakland is that he’s expected to come off the disabled list Thursday and rejoin the lineup. “Good..." May 31

  • Athletics' attendance woes continue Thursday with smallest crowd since 2003

    San Francisco Chronicle "On the positive side, few people saw it. The A’s struggling offense was close to rock bottom Wednesday night at the Coliseum, where the smallest crowd in 15 years watched three Tampa Bay pitchers combine on a one-hitter in Oakland’s 6-0 loss. Playing before an..." May 31

  • A’s hitting coach Mike Aldrete provides more advice for Dustin Fowler

    San Francisco Gate "There is nothing unusual about a first-year player going through a tough time at the plate, and assistant hitting coach Mike Aldrete wanted to reinforce that to Dustin Fowler on Tuesday, citing inspiration from his early days with the Giants. “I actually had..." May 30

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • A’s Khris Davis ‘looks great,’ could be back Thursday

    San Francisco Gate "The A’s could get their power-hitting DH back as soon as Thursday, according to manager Bob Melvin. Davis, who is out with a right groin strain, came out of his Sunday batting-practice session well, and he did a workout on the field before Monday’s..." May 29

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • A's deal Font to Rays for Minor Leaguer

    MLB.com "The A's traded right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font to the Rays for Minor League right-handed pitcher Peter Bayer, the club announced Friday.   Font was acquired from the Dodgers on April 25 for Minor League pitcher Logan Salow and compiled a 14.85 ERA in four games with the..." May 25

  • At 37, A’s Santiago Casilla finally has his green card

    San Francisco Gate "The A’s have a brand-new U.S. resident in their midst: Reliever Santiago Casilla, at 37, is at last a green-card holder. The process took Casilla more than seven years, he said — much longer than usual because he’d used a fake name, Jairo Garcia, when he..." May 25

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Khris Davis diagnosed with Grade 1 right groin strain

    Hardball Talk "Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday..." May 23

  • Manager Bob Melvin hopeful as A’s slugger Khris Davis undergoes MRI

    San Jose Mercury News "A’s slugger Khris Davis underwent an MRI exam for a groin strain on Tuesday afternoon before the team opened its homestand against the Mariners, and manager Bob Melvin didn’t want to consider the worst-case scenario. “Losing Khris Davis would be a tough one for..." May 23

  • A’s Blake Treinen making closer job ‘look easy’

    San Francisco Gate "Blake Treinen, the A’s closer, is also an artist whose favorite medium is ink-pen pointillism: thousands of tiny dots, executed with precision in patterns so exact that he can create portraits. This makes sense to those who know Treinen. “Methodical, great eye for..." May 22

  • Athletics Designate Dustin Garneau For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics announced on Monday that they’ve designated catcher Dustin Garneau for assignment. His roster spot will go to fellow catcher Bruce Maxwell, who has been reinstated from the restricted list. Josh Phegley was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to open an active roster spot for..." May 21

  • Khris Davis leaves A's game with right groin strain

    ESPN "Slugger Khris Davis left the Oakland Athletics' game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday with a right groin strain. Davis, the A's designated hitter on Sunday, was 0-for-2 before being removed for pinch-hitter Matt Joyce in the fifth inning. " May 20

  • Athletics Claim Carlos Ramirez From Blue Jays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have claimed right-hander Carlos Ramirez off waivers from the Blue Jays, per an announcement from Oakland. Oakland will be the second organization for the 27-year-old Ramirez, who had been with the Blue Jays since 2009. Ramirez started off as an outfield prospect with..." May 20

  • Athletics put Brett Anderson on DL, recall Ryan Dull

    ESPN "The Oakland Athletics placed left-hander Brett Anderson on the 10-day disabled list Saturday after he was pulled from Friday's game with a strained shoulder. Anderson threw one inning and 15 pitches in the 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. "It's..." May 19

  • Triggs exits with forearm nerve discomfort

    MLB.com "A's right-hander Andrew Triggs was forced to leave Thursday's game at Rogers Centre in the third inning with right forearm nerve discomfort. Triggs fell behind in the count, 2-0, to Justin Smoak, when an A's trainer and the coaching staff came out to speak with him. In..." May 17

  • A’s to place Bruce Maxwell on restricted list for Toronto series

    San Francisco Gate "The A’s were to place catcher Bruce Maxwell on the restricted list after Wednesday’s game and recall catcher Josh Phegley for the team’s four-game series at Toronto. As The Chronicle reported Sunday, Maxwell is not eligible for entry into Canada..." May 17

  • Stephen Piscotty homers in first at-back since re-joining team following mother’s death

    Sportsnaut "It’s been an emotional time for Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty. Piscotty received a long standing ovation in his first at-bat following the death of his mother, Gretchen. Then, after leaving the team for a time, Piscotty returned on Tuesday against the Boston Red..." May 15

  • Trevor Cahill likely to start Wednesday for A’s

    San Francisco Gate "Trevor Cahill’s elbow impingement was so minor that the right-hander is likely to come off the disabled list to start Wednesday night’s game at Fenway Park. “We feel pretty good about starting him,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We have not made..." May 15

  • A’s Trevor Cahill still not quite 100 percent with elbow issue

    San Francisco Chronicle "Manager Bob Melvin said that starter Trevor Cahill’s status is still up in the air. Cahill, who is out with a minor elbow impingement, threw an “up-and-down” bullpen session Sunday, with a simulated inning break. “We’re still trying to figure out where..." May 14

  • Legal status expected to keep A’s Bruce Maxwell out of Canada

    San Francisco Chronicle "When the A’s begin a four-game series at Toronto on Thursday, catcher Bruce Maxwell is not expected to be able to join them, The Chronicle has learned. Because Maxwell has not been sentenced following his April 13 plea agreement and the original charges include a gun enhancement, he is..." May 13

  • Piscotty placed on bereavement list by A's

    MLB.com "The A's recalled right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville and placed outfielder Stephen Piscotty on the bereavement list, the club announced Friday. Graveman, 27, was 1-0 with a 6.00 ERA (8 er, 12.0 ip) with eight strikeouts in two starts with Nashville after being optioned..." May 11

  • Kendall Graveman to rejoin A’s to pitch at Yankee Stadium

    San Francisco Gate "Kendall Graveman’s time at Triple-A Nashville was short: The right-hander will rejoin the A’s Friday night to start the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Graveman, who is 0-5 with an 8.89 ERA, made two starts with Nashville after being demoted last month, and he allowed 19..." May 11

  • Report: MLBPA rejected league's proposal to change All-Star Game voting

    The Score "A proposal from Major League Baseball that would have changed the voting process for this year's All-Star Game was rejected by the MLB Players Association last month, sources told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Currently, fans vote for the starting position players in both the American and..." May 11

  • Sonny Gray preparing to face A’s for first time since trade, while ex-Yankee Dustin Fowler makes his Bronx return

    New York Daily News "Sonny Gray on Friday will pitch against the Athletics for the first time since they traded him to the Yankees at the deadline last season for a package that included Dustin Fowler, the outfield prospect who because of a season-ending knee injury in his major-league debut never got the chance to..." May 11

  • A's prospect Dustin Fowler returns to big leagues after gruesome knee injury in MLB debut last year

    CBS Sports "Last season, outfield prospect Dustin Fowler achieved his dream when he was called up to the big leagues by the New York Yankees in June. He made his MLB debut in right field on June 29. Fowler's debut did not go how anyone expected. In his very first inning as a major-league player, he crashed..." May 10

  • Athletics call up outfield prospect Dustin Fowler

    Hardball Talk "When we last heard from Athletics prospect Dustin Fowler, he was suing the White Sox and the Illinois Stadium Authority for negligence after sustaining a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field during his major league debut. He had run into an unpadded electrical box while..." May 09

  • A’s Stephen Piscotty: `I felt like there was someone with me yesterday. I know it was her’

    San Jose Mercury News "Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty, playing two days after the death of his mother Gretchen, singled in his first at-bat Tuesday night. His father Mike was interviewed by the A’s in-stadium host and shown in the stadium on the scoreboard. Talking to the media for the first time Wednesday..." May 09

  • Those ‘purist’ arguments against the DH are dead

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom hyper-extended his elbow swinging a bat, but I promise I am not overreacting to the Mets ace landing on the DL to stump for the introduction of the DH to the National League. This is not about a singular event, as troubling as it may be for the Mets. This is about how the game..." May 07

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