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  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants A’s ballpark plan ‘sooner rather than later’

    San Francisco Gate "Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday he remains committed to Oakland as a major-league market despite the A’s continued failed attempts to secure a ballpark site. The A’s were rejected in December in their latest bid to find a new home, this one near Laney College, and..." July 18

  • After taking Giants’ series, A’s charge into break in position to add players

    San Francisco Gate "Oakland wrapped up a sensational first half Sunday with a 6-2 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park, putting the A’s a season-high 13 games over .500. Over the past month, they have the majors’ best record at 21-6, and now they’re poised to be buyers at the trade..." July 16

  • A’s cut reliever Santiago Casilla amid several moves

    San Francisco Gate "After falling to the Giants 7-1 on Friday night, the A’s made several moves Saturday, the most significant: Oakland designated reliever Santiago Casilla for assignment. The former Giants right-hander has a 3.16 ERA in 311/3 innings over 26 appearances this season. He issued 20..." July 15

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

    Covers.com "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Athletics Select Contract Of Jeremy Bleich

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have selected the contract of lefty Jeremy Bleich, per a club announcement. To open a 40-man spot, the club shifted Andrew Triggs to the 60-day DL. This move is ten years in the making for Bleich, a 2008 sandwich round pick who has never yet seen the majors. " July 14

  • Billy Beane Says He Sees Athletics As Buyers

    MLB Trade Rumors "It sounds as if the Athletics won’t shy away from improving their roster despite facing a challenging path to the postseason. President of baseball operations Billy Beane indicated he’s “preparing” to act as a buyer this summer in an interesting chat with Tim..." July 14

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • The Athletics have been baseball's hottest team despite having an entire rotation on the disabled list

    CBS Sports "The Oakland Athletics have won a lot lately. They'll enter play on Tuesday with the majors' best record over their last 20 games (16-4), and tied for the game's second-best record over their last 30 (20-10). Oakland's run has pulled it to within six games of the second wild..." July 10

  • Lowrie named to first All-Star team

    MLB.com "A's second baseman Jed Lowrie was named as the injury replacement on Tuesday for Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres in the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Torres, in his rookie season, is on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip strain. Lowrie will make his..." July 10

  • A's considering extension for Lowrie

    MLB Trade Rumors "Just as the Athletics are interested in extending designated hitter Khris Davis, they’re also considering a new deal for second baseman Jed Lowrie, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports. Unlike Davis, who’s controllable via arbitration in 2019, Lowrie is slated to hit free agency..." July 08

  • A’s discussing multi-year deal with Khris Davis

    San Francisco Gate "With their good young talent proving hard to lock up to long-term deals, the A’s are turning their interest toward designated hitter Khris Davis, who can be a free agent after next season and who repeatedly has said how much he’d like to stay in Oakland. According to..." July 07

  • Athletics Outright Liam Hendriks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics announced Monday that right-hander Liam Hendriks has cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. He’s been sent outright to Triple-A Nashville. The 29-year-old Hendriks technically has enough MLB service time to reject the assignment in favor of free..." July 02

  • A's Maxwell receives 2 years of probation for gun-related incident

    San Jose Mercury News "A’s minor league catcher Bruce Maxwell was sentenced Monday in Phoenix to two years of probation on a disorderly conduct charge, the Associated Press reported. Maxwell, who is currently playing with the A’s Triple-A Nashville team, had pleaded guilty to the charge in the..." July 02

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • Athletics DFA Liam Hendriks

    Hardball Talk "The Oakland A’s have designated reliever Liam Hendriks for assignment. Hendriks got blown up for four runs on four hits — two homers — in an inning of work yesterday and the A’s have apparently seen enough. It’s been a rough go if it all around, really,..." June 25

  • A's road home run streak hits 25 games, breaking MLB record

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The road has been kind to the A's this season. The green and gold entered Sunday with a 20-17 record away from the friendly confines of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, and on the verge of setting an MLB record.  In the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago White..." June 25

  • Red Sox looking for OF depth, asked Athletics about Canha

    Mass Live "The Red Sox have discussed potential trades with the Athletics and "unsuccessfully asked" about outfielder Mark Canha, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser notes that Oakland, which currently has five starters on the disabled list, is looking..." June 24

  • Athletics turn to Edwin Jackson who makes record 13th team

    Yardbarker "The banged-up Athletics will turn to veteran Edwin Jackson to fill a spot in their rotation, but they’re on the hunt for more starting depth, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Athletics have had discussions with the Red Sox, who are seeking outfield depth and have..." June 24

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • 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

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