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  • Shocking Names Who Could Be Available at the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's a safe guess Major League Baseball megastars such as Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger and Alex Bregman won't be available ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. There are otherwise plenty of stars who will be—and quite a few unexpected ones who..." June 24

  • A’s Place Blake Treinen On Injured List

    NBC Sports Bay Area "For the second straight day, the A's pitching staff took a big hit. On Friday, ace Frankie Montas was suspended for 80 games. A day later, the A's lost All-Star closer Blake Treinen to the injured list. "Blake has a mild shoulder issue right now,"..." June 23

  • Athletics Select Brian Schlitter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have selected the contract of right-hander Brian Schlitter from Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced. He’ll take the 25-man spot of closer Blake Treinen, whom the A’s placed on the injured list Saturday, and give the club a full 40-man roster. This will be..." June 23

  • Oakland A's starter Frankie Montas hit with 80-game PED suspension

    USA Today "Oakland A's starter Frankie Montas has been suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drug use, Major League Baseball announced on Friday, saying the right-hander tested positive for Ostarine. His suspension begins immediately. Losing Montas, 26, will be a blow..." June 21

  • A’s Matt Chapman would love contract extension if fair for both sides

    San Francisco Chronicle "Two days after his agent, Scott Boras, said on The Chronicle’s “A’s Plus” podcast that not many long-term extensions get done for young players anymore because the free-agent market is so lucrative, A’s third baseman Matt Chapman said he remains open..." June 20

  • How Marcus Semien has thrived as A's everyday leadoff hitter this year

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A's manager Bob Melvin could probably talk about Marcus Semien forever and still not run out of superlatives. Oakland's shortstop is one of the hardest workers in all of baseball, as evidenced by his massive improvement defensively over the past few years. This season, Semien..." June 18

  • M.L.B. and Players’ Union Set to Begin Early Labor Talks

    New York Times "Top officials from Major League Baseball and the M.L.B. Players’ Association met at the league office on Monday, the first step in a process that the union hopes will result in substantive changes to the sport’s labor agreement. Monday’s meeting was only to discuss..." June 18

  • Top 50 Trade Candidates For The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re bringing back our annual series in the run-up to the trade deadline, drawing from our power ranking approach to pending free agents. As the summer trade market develops on a fairly tight timeline, you can expect more regular updates when modifications to the list are..." June 18

  • A’s Sean Manaea getting close to rehab assignment

    San Francisco Chronicle "Sean Manaea’s simulated game at the A’s minor-league facility Saturday went well and the left-hander might need just one more such game before heading on a rehab assignment. “If things keep going well, I’m getting close,” Manaea..." June 17

  • Athletics, first-round pick Logan Davidson agree to terms

    Yardbarker "The Athletics have agreed to terms with Logan Davidson, their top pick in the 2019 draft, according to Jim Callis of (via Twitter). A shortstop out of Clemson, Davidson will receive the full slot value of his No. 29 overall selection — a $2,424,600 bonus. Davidson, 21,..." June 15

  • Eight MLB players having disappointing seasons

    Larry Brown Sports "We’re over two months into the MLB season, and things are really starting to take shape across the league. While we’ve been delighted by the performances of numerous star players, there are also some big names that have, for whatever reason, simply failed to launch in 2019 and have..." June 14

  • Stephen Piscotty has surgery to remove melanoma

    Larry Brown Sports "Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty had to deal with a significant health scare that will lead to a brief absence from baseball activities. The Athletics announced Friday that a routine spot check turned up a suspicious mole on Piscotty’s right ear, and it tested..." June 14

  • Why MLB players are being hit at a historic rate

    NBC Sports Washington "The baseball has been a torture device this season, thumping hitters from shoulder to toe, producing injuries which have altered races. The Nationals know this as well as anyone. Anthony Rendon appeared part of Voodoo get-back when he was hit on the elbow, foot, shin and quad. He’s played..." June 14

  • MLB trade deadline: Red Sox, Giants among baseball’s most interesting potential dealmakers

    Sporting News "When the Red Sox fell to 11-17 in late-April with a loss to the Rays, they forced themselves to spend much of the first half playing catch-up in the AL East. Boston has somewhat recovered from the slow start, but it remains 7 1/2 games out of the AL East and in far worse shape than Tampa Bay or..." June 14

  • MLB Rumor: Major League Baseball Possibly Exploring Las Vegas Expansion

    Total Pro Sports "Las Vegas has been mentioned in the past few years as a possibility for Major League Baseball expansion, with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stating on The Dan Patrick Show in 2018, “I think Vegas is a viable expansion alternative. I think it’s big enough.” Vegas..." June 13

  • Trump Will Play Ball With MLB On Cuban Players If League Helps With Venezuela

    NPR "President Trump has resumed talks with Major League Baseball owners after his administration blocked a historic agreement that would have allowed Cuban baseball players to join MLB teams without having to defect. But the White House made clear that in exchange for revisiting..." June 13

  • A couple of MLB division races are already over – but others are just about to get going

    USA Today "With four teams on pace to lose 100 games, there will already be enough meaningless baseball this summer without declaring any division races dead by Flag Day. Yet here we are. A potent combination of organizational brilliance and competitive malfeasance has once..." June 12

  • A.J. Puk, Jesus Luzardo Impress In Rehab Debuts

    MLB Trade Rumors "A pair of highly talented Athletics lefties returned to competitive action yesterday after long layoffs. Prospects A.J. Puk and Jesus Luzardo each began injury rehab assignments last night, appearing for the High-A Stockton Ports. That news is quite promising on..." June 12

  • Matt Olson continues to mash left-handed pitching in A's win vs. Rangers

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Matt Olson is absolutely tearing up left-handed pitching this season. The A's first baseman homered off Rangers starter Drew Smyly in Sunday's 9-8 win, his second home run off a southpaw in as many days. A left-handed hitter himself, Olson has now hit five homers off..." June 10

  • Oakland A’s reportedly run into travel complications with team plane

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oakland A’s dealt with some complications relating to their team plane after Sunday’s win over the Texas Rangers, according to a report. The SF Chronicle’s Susan Slusser reported Sunday evening that the Athletics’ team plane was damaged after the mobile..." June 10

  • Athletics’ batting practice canceled due to bees

    Yahoo! Sports "Bees continue to wreak havoc in Major League Baseball. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics’ batting practice on Thursday in Anaheim was canceled due to a swarm of bees. The A’s wrap up a road series against the Angels tonight. This is at least..." June 06

  • How Angels Stopped A's From Picking Mike Trout Back in 2009 MLB Draft

    NBC Bay Area "Hindsight is everything, but looking back to the MLB draft 10 years ago, a multitude of fanbases have been asking themselves the same question for years now: How did we not pick Mike Trout?  The greatest player of the past decade who has been compared to the likes of Mikey Mantle..." June 06

  • Top 2019 MLB Trade Assets Who Should Be Untouchable

    Bleacher Report "This is the time of year when it's easy to get carried away with discussions of which players should be moved ahead of Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline. In this instance, we're going to shift the focus onto players who shouldn't be..." June 06

  • Top 10 MLB trade deadline candidates

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball trade deadline is roughly a month and a half away, but trade season appears to have started in earnest with the Seattle Mariners shipping Jay Bruce to the Philadelphia Phillies. While the trades won’t exactly come fast and furious from this point on, it is..." June 05

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred: MLB will continue focus on fan safety

    Houston Chronicle "The terrifying incident that saw a young fan struck with a foul ball last week at Minute Maid Park "will spur additional conversations" about ballpark netting and safety, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday. "That conversation will take..." June 05

  • Athletics slugger Khris Davis returns from IL vs. Astros

    ESPN "Athletics slugger Khris Davis returned from a stint on the injured list because of a bruised left hip and oblique muscle. The designated hitter, who led the majors with 48 home runs in 2018, batted cleanup Saturday night for Oakland in the middle game of a weekend series against the..." June 02

  • Matt Chapman on Arenado: ‘Best I’ve ever seen’ "In the just-released first series of Full Account -- a new podcast that provides deep dives into baseball’s best stories -- we tell the story of the 2009 Draft and its impact on the current game. How superstars Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, J.D. Martinez and Paul Goldschmidt fell in that..." June 02

  • Major League Baseball “will keep examining” its protective netting policy

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday a child was injured by a line drive foul ball at the Cubs-Astros game. It’s, unfortunately, an old story. Even more unfortunate is Major League Baseball’s old response. From the Associated Press: Major League Baseball said Thursday it will keep examining its..." May 30

  • Scary foul-ball incident in Houston confirms belief that anti-safety netting arguments make zero sense

    Sporting News "The truest words ever written in this internet age of ours are these: Never read the comments. Normally, I try to stick to that philosophy, but last night and this morning, I read the comments/replies. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was still appalled. The replies were..." May 30

  • Fernando Rodney now a free agent

    Hardball Talk "Veteran reliever Fernando Rodney has been released, the Athletics announced on Tuesday. Rodney was in the last year of his contract after the A’s picked up his $4.25 million club option in October. Rodney, 42, was torched for 15 runs on 20 hits and 12 walks with 14 strikeouts in..." May 28

  • The silly new All-Star voting system begins today

    Hardball Talk "Back in March we learned that Major League Baseball was going to adopt a new All-Star voting process. Today it gets underway. It’s a two-tiered system modeled roughly after political elections because, hey, who doesn’t love and want more of those? The first part of..." May 28

  • 'Stalwart' Josh Phegley seizing opportunity he's never had with A's

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A's catcher Josh Phegley never has played more than 73 games in a single big league season during his seven-year MLB career. But barring something unforeseen, Phegley should surpass his career high in games played by the All-Star break in July. With the A's..." May 27

  • A's Designate Fernando Rodney for Assignment, Recall Wei-Chung Wang

    NBC Bay Area "The A's had a decision to make this offseason. They could have either picked up Fernando Rodney's $5.25 million option or buy him out for $250K.  In this case, Oakland went the more expensive route. And that has clearly backfired.  Rodney was designated for..." May 25

  • A's Announce Khris Davis Has Been Placed on 10-day IL, Recall Skye Bolt

    NBC Bay Area "After battling a lingering hip injury (left hip/oblique contusion), the A's announced Friday designated hitter Khris Davis has been placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 22. The 31-year-old appeared to continuously grimace after swinging in regular games following a..." May 24

  • How six free agents A's let go in offseason have fared with new teams

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The A's faced some challenging decisions this past offseason as they tried to determine which of their eight free agents to bring back. Oakland ultimately re-signed only Brett Anderson and Edwin Jackson, though Jackson was recently traded to Toronto. The A's allowed their..." May 23

  • MLB trade deadline: Top 10 players who could be moved by July 31

    USA Today "He will forever be immortalized by the San Francisco Giants and their fanbase who watched Madison Bumgarner lead them to three World Series championships a decade ago. But this isn’t a time for sentimentalism. The Giants have no choice but to trade their ace,..." May 22

  • A’s Khris Davis headed to injured list with hip injury

    San Jose Mercury News "Khris Davis is going on the 10-day disabled list, he and manager Bob Melvin confirmed after the A’s 5-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday. “It hasn’t been getting better, so the right move is to hit the DL,” the right-handed slugger said of his sore left hip...." May 22

  • Brett Anderson 'should be fine' after injuring neck in win vs. Indians

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A's left-hander Brett Anderson looked sharp for 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, as the A's beat the Indians 6-4 for their fourth straight win. Anderson improved to 5-3 on the season, despite having to leave the game with a cervical strain in the..." May 21

  • Oakland A’s sign catcher Cameron Rupp to minor league deal

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland A’s signed catcher Cameron Rupp to a minor league contract on Saturday, reports Andersen Pickard of MLB Daily Dish. He was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas and made his debut for the Aviators that same day. Rupp played parts of five seasons in the majors with the..." May 20

  • Khris Davis back in action after resting sore hip "After a day of rest and treatment on his left hip, Khris Davis was deemed ready to return to the A’s lineup. The slugger was back in his usual cleanup spot for Sunday’s game against the Tigers. Davis was scratched from the lineup two hours before Saturday’s win over..." May 19

  • Athletics' Khris Davis scratched from lineup

    CBS Sports "Davis was scratched from the lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers for undisclosed reasons. Davis had missed time last week with a bruised hip, but he's since been back in the lineup for five straight days, so it seems unlikely for that to be the reason he's been..." May 18

  • Jharel Cotton among prominent A’s starters nearly ready to return

    San Francisco Chronicle "As last season spooled along, the A’s seemed to hemorrhage starting pitchers every few weeks, starting in March, when Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk went down with torn elbow ligaments. In the coming months, the team will start to rebuild its rotation, potentially a major boost if..." May 16

  • Yankees acquire Kendrys Morales from A's, add another DH option with Miguel Andujar on the IL

    CBS Sports "The Yankees on Tuesday announced that they've acquired DH Kendrys Morales from the Athletics in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named.  The Yankees were in need of help at DH after Miguel Andujar was placed on the..." May 15

  • Athletics' Billy Beane: Dealing with Brian Cashman is 'a pain in the ass'

    The Score "The Oakland Athletics are partially responsible for the Moneyball revolution, in which front offices seek to conserve payroll by finding undervalued talent. Now that bigger-market teams have caught on to the strategy, A's executive vice president Billy Beane is a bit sick of..." May 14

  • MLB rumors: Coliseum finalizing naming rights deal with Ring Central

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Goodbye Coliseum. Hello Ring Central Coliseum. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Coliseum Authority is finalizing a naming rights deal with the business telecommunications company. The deal, according to The Chronicle, would span three years..." May 14

  • Matt Olson rounding into form as A's head out on nine-game road trip

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Matt Olson appeared in all 162 games a year ago, tallying a career-best 29 home runs and 84 RBI in his first full season in the big leagues. On Sunday, Olson appeared in his sixth game of the 2019 campaign and launched his first round-tripper, a solo shot to..." May 13

  • Athletics designate Kendrys Morales for assignment

    Hardball Talk "The Oakland Athletics designated Kendrys Morales for assignment this morning. Morales, 35, was batting just .204/.310/.259 with one home run through 126 plate appearances this season. He’ll now go on waivers and, in all likelihood, will clear them, be released, and..." May 13

  • Jays acquire P Edwin Jackson from Athletics

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired pitcher Edwin Jackson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced on Saturday. Jackson posted a 6-3 record with a 3.33 ERA in 17 starts last season with the Athletics. " May 11

  • A's Mike Fiers blanks Reds for second career no-hitter

    ESPN "A light malfunction almost stopped Mike Fiers' night from getting started. A high pitch count nearly prevented him from finishing it. It's a good thing Fiers was allowed to take the mound and stay there all game, because he made history doing it. Fiers overcame..." May 08

  • Matt Olson to rejoin A’s on Tuesday; Kendrys Morales likely to be let go

    San Francisco Chronicle "Gold Glove first baseman Matt Olson will come off the injured list Tuesday for the A’s game against the Reds, The Chronicle has learned. Olson, who hit 29 homers and drove in 84 runs last year, broke the hamate bone in his right hand March 21 in the team’s second..." May 07