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  • Bob Melvin has patience, excitement in top A’s prospect Jesús Luzardo

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Blame it on the rain -- among other things. Everywhere you stepped at Hohokam Stadium managed to be in the form of a puddle -- and that could have impacted the way A's manager Bob Melvin was evaluating players. Oakland's spring training opener on Thursday against the Mariners..." February 22

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confident in A's Howard Terminal site

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred expressed his confidence is the A's Howard Terminal site for a future ballpark on Tuesday, despite a recent report from the San Francisco Chronicle on hazardous chemicals and a costly cleanup.  “I am aware of some..." February 21

  • Coco Crisp will join Oakland A’s radio broadcasts in 2019

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland A’s radio broadcasts are adding a new voice in 2019, as Coco Crisp will join the booth for 33 games as an analyst, the team announced Tuesday. In addition to his in-game work, Coco “will be featured in content on the A’s channel on TuneIn,”..." February 20

  • Why A's crowded outfield means there could be opportunity for trade

    NBC Sports Bay Area "After last week's signing of 29-year-old Robbie Grossman, the A's find themselves with eight outfielders battling for three spots. Stephen Piscotty and Ramón Laureano should have right and center field locked down, which leaves six players -- Grossman, Nick..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • MLB Commissioner ‘very optimistic’ A’s will get new Oakland stadium

    Sportsnaut "With the Golden State Warriors set to move to San Francisco next season and the NFL’s Oakland Raiders relocating to Las Vegas in 2020, the MLB’s Oakland Athletics are that city’s final hope of keeping a professional sports team. There is, however, darn good news on..." February 19

  • Murray struggled telling A's he chose NFL: 'In my heart I'll always be an A'

    Norman Transcript "Was informing the Oakland Athletics he wouldn’t be playing Major League Baseball difficult for Kyler Murray? In short, yes. “Yeah, just because they invested so much in me,” Murray said during his first public interview since recently announcing his..." February 19

  • Khris Davis eyeing long-term deal with Athletics

    San Francisco Chronicle "Khris Davis didn’t do anything different this winter. No new workout routine, no new diet. “No, no, no, why would I change anything up?” the A’s DH said. “Come on! I’m at the top of my game right now. I wouldn’t change that..." February 17

  • Rickey Henderson: Al Davis would have let me be a two-way player but A's nixed the idea

    CBS Sports "Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he had been looking forward to working with Kyler Murray, the A's 2018 top draft pick. "We were all gung-ho to see him here -- especially me," Henderson told Slusser. "You know me..." February 16

  • A's should target a pair of pitchers as Marlins' fire sale continues

    NBC Sports Bay Area "At the rate they're going, the Marlins might not be able to field a team on Opening Day. Last week, Miami traded talented young catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies, continuing their seemingly never-ending fire sale. As ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, the..." February 15

  • Athletics Sign Cliff Pennington To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The A’s announced Friday that they’ve signed infielder Cliff Pennington to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. With this deal, the Sosnick, Cobbe & Karon client returns to the organization that originally drafted him and the team..." February 15

  • Oakland A’s sign Robbie Grossman

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland A’s signed outfielder Robbie Grossman on Wednesday, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It’s a one-year MLB contract. The base salary is around $2 million, adds Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. A corresponding move has not yet been announced to make room on the..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • A’s reportedly will continue to pursue Kyler Murray despite football decision

    Larry Brown Sports "Kyler Murray’s statement released on Monday will not stop the Oakland A’s from continuing to pursue the two-sport star. Murray announced on Monday that he is committing fully to a future playing football. He is expected to attend the NFL Combine to be evaluated ahead..." February 12

  • Oakland A’s reportedly will re-sign Brett Anderson

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland A’s have re-signed pitcher Brett Anderson pending a physical, first reported by Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle and confirmed by Jeff Passan of ESPN. It’s a one-year MLB contract, but the salary is not yet known. The physical is scheduled for..." February 12

  • A's sign former Giants catcher Nick Hundley to minor league contract

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Nick Hundley is coming back to the Bay ... kind of. The 35-year-old catcher signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the A's announced on Monday: A’s have signed..." February 11

  • A’s still unsure if Kyler Murray will report to training camp

    Larry Brown Sports "Position players are scheduled to report to training camp on Friday with the Oakland A’s, and the team is still uncertain if first-round pick Kyler Murray will be among them. According to Carrie Muskat of The Associated Press, Murray has a locker and a No. 73 jersey waiting..." February 11

  • Chapman expects to be ready by March 20 "A's star third baseman Matt Chapman will be slowed by ongoing rehab this spring, but don't count him out from the club's March 20 regular-season opener against the Mariners in Tokyo. "I know I'll be ready by the season," Chapman said Sunday. The..." February 10

  • Healthy Paul Blackburn ready to prove he belongs in A's starting rotation

    NBC Sports Bay Area "After a strong 2017 season, Paul Blackburn struggled with both injuries and poor performance last year. The A's right-hander went 2-3 with a 7.16 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in six starts and missed the final three months with an elbow injury. Now just days away from spring..." February 08

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Indians sign free agent outfielder Matt Joyce to minor-league contract

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Free agent outfielder Matt Joyce, who played the last two seasons in Oakland, has signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will be invited to big league camp at spring training. Joyce, an 11-year veteran, announced the move via Twitter on Friday..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • A's Jharel Cotton's arm 'feels great' following 2018 Tommy John surgery

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Jharel Cotton was hoping 2018 would be his breakout season. Unfortunately, the injury gods had other plans. Cotton tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow during spring training and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in March. The recovery process has been..." February 05

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • A’s close to signing lefty Jerry Blevins, member of their 2012-13 playoff teams

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s never shy away from bringing back their former players and they’re set for another reunion soon. According to multiple sources, Oakland is close to adding left-hander Jerry Blevins on a minor-league deal. The reliever, who spent the past four years with the Mets..." February 04

  • Closer Blake Treinen wins arbitration case against A’s

    San Francisco Chronicle "After a record-setting 2018 season, closer Blake Treinen won his arbitration case against the A’s and will earn $6.4 million this year. Treinen, 30, went 9-2 with a career-high 38 saves and a career-best 0.78 ERA to help the A’s win the American League’s second..." February 02

  • MLB Rumors: A's interested in four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The catching situation remains to be up in the air despite Josh Phegley and Chris Herrmann looking at platooning from behind the plate in 2019. And even with Stephen Vogt holding workouts for interested teams, we don't know if the A's are one of the teams of..." January 31

  • Joakim Soria showing no signs of slowing down

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Believe it or not, the A's most expensive free agent signing this offseason was a relief pitcher. 34-year-old Joakim Soria agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with Oakland last month and figures to be a setup man for Blake Treinen. Last year, Soria went 3-4 with..." January 29

  • Should an MLB star mimic Anthony Davis and help make trade demands more common in baseball?

    CBS Sports "If you're a New Orleans Pelicans fan today, you're heartbroken. Anthony Davis, the best player in franchise history and one of the best in the NBA, announced (through his agent) that he wants to be traded. By asking for a trade, Davis asserted a level of autonomy that we..." January 29

  • Oakland A’s hire Sandy Alderson as Senior Advisor

    San Jose Mercury News "Sandy Alderson is returning to where it all began. Just a couple of days after announcing he is now cancer-free, Alderson got some more good news Tuesday as the A’s announced they’ve hired Alderson as Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations. “I am thrilled to..." January 29

  • Bo Jackson weighs in on Kyler Murray's decision, says he should 'go with his heart'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Whenever Kyler Murray's name comes up, it's common for names like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders to come to mind as well. They are the best modern-day examples of athletes that succeeded in two professional sports. Jackson, a two-sport star at Auburn, played eight MLB seasons..." January 28

  • Billy Beane on Kyler Murray: ‘I wouldn’t take that pick back for a second’

    Sportsnaut "Kyler Murray is set to enter the 2019 NFL Draft and has made it clear he really does love football more than baseball. Still signed with the Oakland Athletics, the two-way star could still ultimately end up playing pro baseball, but all signs point to him being selected in the first..." January 26

  • Bob Melvin: A's expect Kyler Murray to be at spring training

    ABC7 "The Oakland Athletics remain hopeful of seeing Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray in their uniform when spring training begins next month. While Murray, a former Oklahoma quarterback, declared for the NFL draft last week, he could report to A's spring training in Mesa,..." January 26

  • Report: Athletics agree to 1-year deal with Marco Estrada

    Sportsnet "The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a one-year deal with former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada, according to Jane Lee of Source says the A’s have agreed to a one-year deal..." January 25

  • Should the Oakland A’s pursue Bartolo Colon?

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland A’s need pitching depth. Right now their rotation consists of Mike Fiers, then a few out-of-options swingmen, then a couple top prospects who have barely pitched at Triple-A if at all, and then a bunch of guys who will return from injuries at various points in the spring and..." January 25

  • MLB, Nike Announce 10-Year Uniform, Merchandise Contract

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and Nike agreed to a 10-year deal Friday that will make Nike the league's official on-field apparel and merchandise designer beginning in 2020. According to Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, MLB and Under Armour originally agreed to a..." January 25

  • Head of MLBPA Tony Clark says slow free-agent periods are a 'threat to our game'

    Yahoo! Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is tired of seeing good MLB players sit on the free-agent market unsigned. Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA, spoke out Thursday, telling the Associated Press the slow free-agent periods have become a major “threat to our..." January 25

  • Bill James' Hall of Fame Leaderboard for Active Players Contains One Shocking Name

    12 Up "Now that we know who is part of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, it's fun to look at current players who are instantly destined for Cooperstown and those who have a decidedly more meandering path to the Hall. The godfather of sabermetrics, Bill James, has his own top-10..." January 23

  • MLB now trying to get minor leaguers exempted from minimum wage law at the state level

    Hardball Talk "In recent years, Major League Baseball spent significant amounts of money lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. They succeeded last year, as minor leaguers are now considered seasonal workers and as such are not owed minimum wage or..." January 23

  • Athletics Claim Parker Bridwell

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have claimed righty Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Angels, per a club announcement. He had recently been designated for assignment. " January 22

  • The only thing getting warmer on baseball’s tepid hot stove is the tension

    Washington Post "The stories began appearing three winters ago and accelerated in pace in the winter of 2017-18: Some of the richest teams in baseball appeared to be getting their financial houses in order, trimming payroll, clearing space and getting under the luxury tax threshold, all in apparent preparation..." January 22

  • Source: A's unlikely to re-sign reliever Shawn Kelley in free agency

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Shawn Kelley played a significant role in the A's stellar bullpen last season, but NBC Sports California has learned the veteran right-hander is unlikely to re-sign with Oakland. Kelley, 34, has reportedly been in talks with about 10 teams, and his agent Mike McCann..." January 21