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A’s Trade Ben Zobrist to Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to acquire Oakland Athletics utilityman Ben Zobrist, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. This makes the second big deal the Royals have accomplished this summer having  picked up Johnny Cueto from the Reds in an earlier deal . Between Cueto and Zobrist, the Royals have made two significant upgrades without sacrificing much off their major league roster.Prospects Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea are the two players heading back to the A’s. Zobrist, 34, is hitting .268/.354/.447 with 20 doubles,... 
 

Oakland Deals Scott Kazmir to Astros, Ben Zobrist Next

 The Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros are two teams headed in different directions.  The Astros are competing for a playoff spot and the A’s, well it looks like they might be in rebuild mode all of a sudden,  And may prove to be the biggest sellers in Major League Baseball heading into the trade deadline. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that  the Oakland Athletics have sent left-hander Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for prospects, right-hander Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. Kazmir has posted... 
 

Washington Nationals Acquire Yunel Escobar from Oakland A’s

The Oakland Athletics busy offseason continues. Today they sent shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Washington Nationals. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the deal and speculates that relief pitcher Tyler Clippard will be going to the A’s. Escobar was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the A’s just this past weekend. The Nationals gain a lot of flexibility by acquiring Escobar. Most likely he will supplant Danny Espinosa at second base. Incumbent shortstop Ian Desmond will be a free agent after this season, and Escobar is controlled... 
 

Oakland Sends Brandon Moss To Cleveland For Prospect Joe Wendle

The Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians have completed a trade that will send slugger Brindon Moss to the Indians in exchange for second base prospect Joe Wendle. Moss has hit more than 20 home runs in three straight seasons. Moss is a career .248 hitter with a .326 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage and .786 OPS in 625 games. Wendle, who will turn 25 in April, hit .265/.326/.425 in 93 minor league games in 2014, including .253/.311/.414 with eight home runs and 20 doubles in 87 games for Double-A Akron. Oakland Athletics Rumors As... 
 

Blue Jays All in After Acquiring Josh Donaldson from A’s

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for third baseman Brett Lawrie, international free agent Franklin Barreto and pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman. It’s been a busy offseason for the Jays, who signed catcher Russell Martin to a five year deal earlier. They’re serious about reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Meanwhile, the A’s continue to retool their roster as they always seem to do under General Manager Billy Beane. The 29 year-old Donaldson... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Jon Lester

Along with Max Scherzer, Jon Lester is the biggest prize of this offseason’s free agent market. The 30 year-old left-hander is coming off a career year and is sure to command a big payday. His salary demands will likely price out a lot of teams, but the bidding will be fierce for Lester. Lester is a workhorse who has made at least 31 starts in every season since 2008. Over that time he’s been one of baseball’s best pitchers. He ranks 6th in fWAR. In the last two years he’s 7th in fWAR, just behind David Price. Furthermore,... 
 

Royals Down A’s in Wild Card Thriller, Advance to Play Angels

The Kansas City Royals downed the Oakland Athletics in a thriller Tuesday night, and will advance to play the Los Angeles Angels in the Divisional Series. This 12 inning affair featured 28 hits, 17 runs, and two big comebacks by the Royals. Catcher Salvador Perez provided the biggest hit, a single to left that scored Christian Colon from second, giving Kansas City a walkoff victory. With ace pitchers Jon Lester and James Shields taking the hill, conventional wisdom suggested this would be a low scoring game. However, the A’s struck early... 
 

Have Billy Beane’s Trades Hurt the Oakland Athletics?

The Oakland Athletics headed into July with the best record in baseball, and sizeable division lead. They made the first big deal of the trade season, sending 2013 first-round draft pick Billy McKinney and consensus top 10 prospect Addison Russell along with Dan Straily and a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Next, they swung a big deadline deal with the Boston Red Sox, trading power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for a few months of Jon Lester. Even into the beginning... 
 

Do the Oakland Athletics Have Enough Pitching?

The Oakland Athletics got off to a very strong start, and on August 9 they had a four game lead on the Anaheim Angels. Their 72-44 record was the best in baseball, and after acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, they had recently traded for ace pitcher Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. From that point, the A’s have a woeful 11-22 record. While they are all but assured of a playoff spot, it’s a wild card berth they are looking at, rather than home field advantage all the way through. Despite all the... 
 

Josh Donaldson Solid AL MVP Candidiate

The Oakland A’s have hit a bit of a rough patch after dominating the American League West for most of the season. At six games behind the Los Angeles Angels, their sights appear to be set on the first Wild Card spot. While it’s faltered as of late, their deep roster has given opposing pitchers fits for most of the season. The A’s feature several solid players, and one bona fide superstar in Josh Donaldson. A former catcher, Donaldson made a name for himself with a sensational 2013 season. In his first full season in the big... 
 

American League Cy Young Candidates: Jon Lester

Jon Lester couldn’t have asked for a better year heading into free agency. The 30 year-old workhorse enjoyed a phenomenal 2013 postseason, as he helped lead the Boston Red Sox to a World Series title. Despite Lester expressing his desire to stay in Boston long-term, the Red Sox were not able to come to terms with the left-hander on a contract extension. Thanks to his performance this season, he’ll earn far more in free agency. In 21 starts with the Red Sox, Lester posted a shiny 2.52 ERA, which was almost three-quarters of a run lower... 
 

Twins Send Sam Fuld Back To Oakland For Tommy Milone

You had to know the Oakland A’s were not finished dealing today. After sending Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox in a blockbester deal for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, the team has reacquired Sam Fuld from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Tommy Milone. Milone has been a starting pitcher without a spot since the A’s acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The chance for him to start got worse after the Lester deal. Milone has pitched to a  3.55 ERA with 5.7 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 38.4 percent fly-ball rate in 96 1/3 innings of... 
 

Red Sox, A’s Trade Analysis: Red Sox Trade About Future, A’s About Now

Over the last few years, a debate that stoked wide-ranging comments circulated around New England and across baseball about Jon Lester. Is he a legitimate ace or a solid yet unspectacular No. 2 starter? Perhaps Oakland general manager Billy Beane extended the most powerful answer this morning when he traded left fielder Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. Beane is taking a monumental risk consdering that Lester is eligible for free agency at season’s end and he will undoubtedly command a contract north of $125... 
 

A’s Trade Prospects for Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

The Oakland Athletics traded top prospect Addison Russell , fellow prospect Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and possibly a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs for starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in the first blockbuster trade of the summer. The deal was first reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Those two righties will join Scott Kazmir and Sonny Gray in the Oakland rotation that sports the best record in baseball at 53-33. Samardzija, 29, is 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA this season.  Samardzija has been mentioned in trade... 
 

Sean Doolittle Dominating in Oakland A’s Pen

The Oakland Athletics have been the best team in baseball so far, and closer Sean Doolittle has helped to solidify the bullpen. Doolittle has an incredible 50/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has nailed down 10 saves in 11 chances since taking over in the closer role. Meanwhile, the A’s have a commanding lead in the AL West and have the best run differential in baseball by almost 100 runs. Doolittle was drafted by the A’s back in 2007 with the 41st overall pick out of the University of Virginia. A first baseman by trade, Doolittle spent... 
 
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