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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... 
 

Josh Donaldson Leading Formidable A’s Squad

The Oakland Athletics have the best record in the American League at 38-24, and they enjoy a 4.5 game lead in the AL West. More impressively, they have baseball’s best run differential at +113. Third baseman Josh Donaldson is a big reason why. A former 1st round pick of the Chicago Cubs, Donaldson came over to the A’s in 2008 in the Rich Harden trade. For much of his professional career, Donaldson spent most of his time behind the dish. However, he started transitioning to third base in 2012, and since last year that’s been... 
 

Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray and Jesse Chavez Dealing for A’s

The Oakland Athletics are sitting in first place in the AL West, and their starting pitching has been a key factor. A’s starting pitchers currently carry a 2.97 ERA, with strikeout and walk rates of 21.2 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively. Last season the A’s used their spacious ball park and cadre of speedy outfielders to their advantage by utilizing a rotation of flyball pitchers. With the departure of Bartolo Colon and the injury to A.J. Griffin, the A’s have a new look to their rotation. Sonny Gray made a big splash last... 
 

Coco Crisp Signs Extension with Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics have reported a two-year contract extension with centerfielder Coco Crisp that includes a vesting option for 2017. Crisp will receive $11 million in 2015 and 2016, and his vesting option is worth $13 million with a $750K buyout. Crisp has been very solid since signing a free agent deal with Oakland after the 2009 season. The 34 year old centerfielder has quietly produced a .264/.327/.417 line for a 106 wRC+ with Oakland. In addition, he’s one of the best baserunners in the game and a decent defender. All in all, he’s... 
 

Sam Fuld Agrees to Minor League Deal With Oakland

Super Sam Fuld as he was affectinately to Tampa Bay Rays fans has found a new home on the west coast. Fuld reached an agreement on a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Fuld could make $800 thousand in 2014 if he makes the Major League roster and includes incentives based upon games played. Fuld made 653 plate appearances and posted a .230/.301/.326 ove this three years with the Rays, 2011-2013 and came to Tampa Bay as part of the deal that sent Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs. More... 
 

Six Hitters That Could Bounce Back in 2014

Every year there are a handful of hitters, whether the young and talented or the formerly successful, that most people want to give up on. In 2013 we saw outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino have impressive seasons at the plate after mediocre 2012 campaigns. Jacoby Ellsbury and Troy Tulowitzki returned to top form after spending most of 2012 on the DL. Marlon Byrd rebounded from a horrific 2012 year to post career-best numbers in 2013. The fortunate (or prescient) fantasy owner or General Manager reaped the benefits of seeing these... 
 

Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, and Kevin Gausman Comparison

Young hurlers Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, and Kevin Gausman all got their first taste of the big leagues in 2013. All three are college pitchers and former first-round draft picks. Gray was selected 18th overall out of Vanderbilt in the 2011 Draft. Gausman was the fourth overall pick from LSU in the 2012 Draft, and Wacha went 18th from Texas A&M in that same draft. Gray and Wacha were very successful in their limited regular season innings. Over 64.0 innings and 10 starts, Gray pitched to a 2.67 ERA and 2.70 FIP, striking out 25.7 percent... 
 

A’s Hope Drew Pomeranz Can Thrive Away From Coors Field

A day after the Oakland A’s shipped left-handed starting pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and minor league righty Chris Jensen, the club traded left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins to Washington for speedy outfield prospect Billy Burns. For Pomeranz, the transaction represents a change of scenery he hopes will return him to the prominence he built as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball when he was in the Cleveland Indians organization. Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft out of the... 
 

Mets Reach Agreement With Bartolo Colon

The New York Mets have reached an agreement with Bartolo Colon on a two-year deal worth $20 million  according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Colon was drawing interest from several teams including the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles. The Cleveland Indians also had interest in reuniting with the veteran right-hander but were unwilling to go beyond a one-year deal.  Colon, 40, pitched to a 2.65 ERA over 30 starts last year with the Oakland Athletics. He was suspended 50 games for failing a performance-enhancing drug test... 
 

Colorado Rockies Acquire Brett Anderson in Trade With Oakland

The Colorado Rockies have acquired left-hander Brett Anderson from the Oakland A’s in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and  right-hander Chris Jensen. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Earlier today it was reported that two teams were working on a deal after failing to come to an agreement last week. Anderson is is 26-29 with a 3.81 ERA in 84 career games, including 73 starts, and has battled assorted injuries. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and returned in late 2012 and hit the disabled list again within... 
 

Oakland A’s Acquire Craig Gentry from Texas Rangers

The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Craig Gentry from the Texas Rangers for outfielder Michael Choice. Jeff Passan originally reported the deal. Reliever Josh Lindblom will also go to the A’s, and minor league second baseman Chris Bostick will go to Texas. Gentry is an athletic 30 year-old outfielder who has played sparingly the past three seasons for the Rangers. He can play all three outfield spots. When he’s been in the lineup, Gentry has been very productive. In 763 plate appearances, he’s managed a .280/.355/.366... 
 

Oakland A’s Acquire Jim Johnson From Orioles For Jemile Weeks

The Oakland A’s have acquired  right-hander Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal works for both clubs. The A’s lost closer Grant Balfour to free agency and the Orioles have had a hard time keeping Brian Roberts on the field and healthy. Johnson, 30, is projected to earn more than $10 million in 2014 making him a prime candidate to be moved. Johnson lead MLB in both saves (50) and blown saves... 
 

Oakland Athletics Reach Agreement with Scott Kazmir

The Oakland Athletics signed free agent pitcher Scott Kazmir to a two-year deal worth $22 million. An all-star pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006 and 2008, Kazmir had fallen on hard times from 2009-12. Arm injuries had robbed his fastball velocity. He spent 2012 pitching with the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic League and the Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rican league. The deal was first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN Kazmir rediscovered his fastball velocity with the Gigantes, and signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland... 
 

Is Sonny Gray the Oakland A’s Best Pitcher?

Oakland Athletics rookie pitcher Sonny Gray has had an immediate impact on the A’s rotation since making his first major league start August 10. The 2011 first-round draft pick has a 2.67 ERA across 10 starts and 64 innings. Of his rotation mates, only 40 year-old veteran Bartolo Colon has a lower ERA. While the A’s starting rotation has the second lowest ERA in the AL behind only the Detroit Tigers, much of this is due to their cavernous home ballpark. The A’s have amassed a rotation of flyball pitchers with largely unimpressive... 
 

A’s Sonny Gray K’s 9 In First MLB Win

Oakland A’s right-hander Sonny Gray dominated the Houston Astros with a blistering fastball and filthy curve on the way to 5-0 with in an impressive first major league victory.  Nate Freiman hit a two-run homer and four RBI to back up the performance by Gray. The 23-year-old Gray (1-1) allowed four hits and walked one over eight innings, throwing 118 pitches in his second career start and fourth big league appearance. Gray was the drafted by the A’s in the 2011 amateur draft with the 18th pick in the first round. Oakland pulled... 
 

Top Prospect Addison Russell Turning Corner for Oakland in Minors

After a successful first season in professional baseball in 2012, Oakland Athletics top prospect Addison Russell got off to a slow start to the 2013 season, a slow start which has recently begun to shed throughout the month of June. A 11th-overall draft pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Pace High School (Pace, Florida), Russell quickly ascended the ranks of the Oakland farm system, playing across three levels in 2012. In time spent between rookie league, short-season A, and Low-A ball, Russell posted a .369 batting average and OBP/SLG/OPS... 
 

Athletics Yoenis Cespedes Day-to-Day with Hamstring Tightness

Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes left Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees with tightness in his left hamstring, a decision made by the Athletics as a precautionary measure so as not to risk the chance of welcoming further injury to the young slugger. Cespedes will be considered day-to-day and will not be placed on the disabled list. The Athletics will most likely place the outfielder in the DH spot for the next few games to rest his hamstring and relax any tightness that could escalate to serious injury. Cespedes spent... 
 

Josh Donaldson Slam Leads A’s Past Sale and the White Sox

 Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale was facing some hard luck this season and his unfortunate record fell to 5-4 despite a 2.68 season ERA thanks to Josh Donaldson. The Oakland A’s third baseman entered his at bat in the sixth inning with his team down 3-0 and facing one of the best young pitchers in baseball. Donaldson also had the luxury of batting with the bases loaded and didn’t disappoint, hitting one over the wall for a go-ahead Grand Slam and eventual game-winner. Donaldson’s 1-4 night actually lowered his season batting... 
 

Bartolo Colon Turns Back Clock with Dominant Win

As the old adage goes, age is only a number. Such can be said of Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon‘s pitching performance on Sunday in a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros. After celebrating his 40th birthday on Friday, Colon turned in his best outing of the season and displayed flashes of previous seasons when he was considered one of the top pitchers in the big leagues. Colon worked seven scoreless innings, surrendering nine hits and striking out a season-high nine strikeouts with no walks. The victory was Colon’s second straight... 
 

Dan Straily Outduels Yu Darvish in 1-0 Oakland Victory

Oakland Athletics rookie right-hander Dan Straily outdueled Rangers ace Yu Darvish on Tuesday night, turning in his best outing of a rather inconsistent season. Straily worked seven scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits (both singles) while striking out five batters and allowing no walks. After a 6.2 inning performance in which he allowed two runs and fanned 11 batters en route to a victory on April 5 (Straily was given the final rotation spot out of spring training in replacement of a suspended Bartolo Colon), Straily was demoted to Triple-A... 
 

Angel Hernandez Is a Problem for MLB

Instant replay  for baseball is supposed to help get it right,  and many people are of the opinion that baseball needs more instant replay. After the fiasco in Cleveland last night with Angel Hernandez  missing a call not once, but twice, you have to wonder about the wisdom of such a move. Last night in Cleveland, Adam Rosales hit a 1-1 pitch delivered by Indians closer Chris Perez at 93 mph to left-center field for what should have been a game tying home run. Umpires ruled the ball hit the outfield wall, giving Rosales a double. A’s manager... 
 

Josh Reddick to Miss Four Game Series Against Indians

Josh Reddick was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with a sore right wrist and is expected to miss the entire four game series against the Cleveland Indians.Reddick is coming off of a career year where he batted .242 with 32 HR and 85 RBI and helped lead the Oakland Athletics to a division title  coming down to the season’s final day. Bob Melvin did indicate it’s likely for his outfielder to miss the series but made no mention of the disabled list. Fantasy Play:  Chances are Reddick was on your bench already and this just means... 
 

Brandon Moss Homers Twice Over 19 Innings, Including Walk Off

Brandon Moss hit his second home run of the night in the bottom of the 19th inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 10-8 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the longest major-league game of the season. The two teams were on the field for six hours and 32 minutes and ended on this blast (see video below) at 1:41 AM on the West Coast. “It’s one of those things where you just want to quit, but at the same time you don’t want to lose so you’re not going to quit,” Moss said. “You just keep fighting through and keep hoping they throw a ball... 
 

A’s Dan Straily Should Stay in the Major Leagues

The Oakland Athletics have been cultivating quality, homegrown pitchers since the late-1990s. The likes of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito, Rich Harden, Joe Blanton, Huston Street, Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, and Andrew Bailey have all come up through the farm system. Heck, even Jason Isringhausen, Dan Haren, and Gio Gonzalez–though not original Athletics–have too found solace as young acquisitions for the A’s at the major league level. Yet, even though the A’s have long prided themselves on the ability to develop... 
 

Oakland A’s Yoenis Cespedes To Start Rehab Assignment

The Oakland A’s, which are ninth in the majors in hitting, could get a key part of their lineup back soon. Yoenis Cespedes, the 27-year-old outfielder whose bat helped the A’s win the American League West in 2012, could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, according to manager Bob Melvin. Cespedes, who is recovering from a hand injury, batted .292 with 23 home runs, 82 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .861 OPS in his rookie campaign last year. Without Cespedes, the A’s have used Seth Smith, Chris Young, Coco... 
 

A’s News: Casper Wells Headed For Oakland From Toronto

Casper Wells spent spring training with the Seattle Mariners and hit .189 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 16 games.  He was designated for assignment on March 31.  Wells was then claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays on April 10  and then designated for assignment on April 15. Today the Toronto Blue Jays sent Wells to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations. Wells appeared in 93 games last year for Seattle hitting .228 with  10 home runs and 36 RBI.  The A’s transferred Scott Sizemore to the 60 day DL in a corresponding... 
 

A’s Place Yoenis Cespedes On The DL

The Oakland Athletics placed left fielder Yoenis Cespedes on the DL with a strained muscle in his left hand. An MRI showed no damage structurally to the hand and no surgery will be needed. Cespedes is expecting to return after the minimum time on the disabled list. He was batting .200 with three home runs and seven RBIs playing in the first 11 games of the season. Cespedes  hit .292, 23 home runs and 82 RBI in 2012. The A’s recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento to fill Cespedes’ roster spot. Taylor was... 
 

Streaking A’s Win Sixth Straight Behind John Jaso Homer

John Jaso hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning after the A’s had squandered a four run lead to beat the Los Angeles Angels  9-5. Brandon Moss had three hits and drove in four runs, delivering an early two-run single before adding a two-run homer after Jaso’s shot. Coco Crisp also hit his fourth homer for the A’s, who have won six straight after an 0-2 start. Through eight games Oakland is now tied with the New York Yankees for a Major League-leading 15 home runs. Crisp who had 11 home runs in 2012 as four  to... 
 

A’s Michael Ynoa Trying to Impress in First Big League Spring Training

Long-time asset, Michael Ynoa, has finally reported to Oakland A’s camp. The 6’7″ right hander was signed for $4.25 million dollars when he was just 16 years old. Now, at the ripe age of 21, Ynoa will get his first taste of big league spring training. The holdup? A bad case of chickenpox, perhaps the least severe setback Ynoa has experienced in his young career. As a starter, Ynoa is imposing, with a large frame and excellent stuff. Even Athletics’ coach, Bob Melvin, was taken aback by his size. “”I didn’t... 
 

Oakland A’s: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

On the last day of the 2012 regular season, the Oakland A’s accomplished the improbable. They completed a season-ending series sweep of the Texas Rangers, overtaking the defending American League champions to capture the American League West title. Bolstered by starting pitching, the A’s expect to contend for another AL West crown this season, even though the Los Angeles Angels have added Josh Hamilton to join Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the Seattle Mariners have dramatically improved and the Texas Rangers remain strong. Never afraid... 
 

Oakland A’s Grant Balfour: Torn Meniscus – Out 4-6 Weeks

Almost before it got started the Oakland A’s 2013 Spring Training got some bad news when manager Bob Melvin reported that closer Grant Balfour has a meniscus tear in his right knee that will require arthroscopic surgery and will miss the next 4 to 6 weeks. Balfour could still be ready for opening day. “I feel good about getting it done now,” Balfour said in a statement. “It will allow me to get ready for Game 1 of the season.” The 35-year-old Balfour is coming off three straight seasons in which he’s worked at least 55 1/3 innings... 
 

Oakland A’s: How Valuable is Yoenis Cespedes?

Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics have long been known for acquiring undervalued players. Some recent examples of this are Chris Young (11.7 WAR, 103 OPS+ from 2010-12), John Jaso (6.1 WAR, 115 OPS+ from 2010-12), and Brandon Moss (1.9 WAR, 160 OPS+ in 2012). They’re also equally known for selling high on replaceable assets, like, for instance, trading Andrew Bailey (7.04 ERA, 63 ERA+ in 2012) for Josh Reddick (4.5 WAR, 110 OPS+ in 2012), Miles Head (.333/.391/.577/.968 line at Advanced-A/Double-A), and Raul Alcantara (wasn’t good... 
 

Oakland A’s: Top 10 Prospects For 2013

Paced by homegrown arms like Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin, the Oakland A’s were one of baseball’s most pleasant surprises in 2012, winning 94 games and overtaking the Texas Rangers to capture the American League West title on the last day of the regular season. The A’s also received help from minor league products like reliever Ryan Cook, first baseman Chris Carter, catcher Derek Norris and young acquisitions such as international free agent Yoenis Cespedes and former Red Sox prospect Josh Reddick. Last year’s... 
 

Washington Nationals Trade Michael Morse to Seattle Mariners in three-team deal

When the Washington Nationals re-signed first baseman Adam LaRoche, it was assumed that it would only be a matter of time before the Nats traded Michael Morse. Today the Nationals sent Morse to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team trade involving the Oakland A’s. In the deal Morse goes to the Mariners, right-handed pitching prospect A.J. Cole is headed to Washington from Oakland, and the Mariners sent catcher John Jaso to Oakland to complete the deal. The Nationals also received Blake Treinen and a player to be named later as part of the... 
 

Oakland A’s Reward Manager Bob Melvin With Two-Year Extension

Under Bob Melvin the Oakland Athletics won 94 games in 2012 , a 20 game improvement over the previous season. Melvin was named the 2012 American League Manager of the Year. Melvin was the second manager in Oakland history to earn BBWAA’s Manager of the Year award. Tony LaRussa won in 1988 and 1992. Today the Oakland Athletics announced Monday the club has agreed to terms with Manager Bob Melvin on a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season. Melvin was was originally named Oakland’s interim manager June 9, 2011 and subsequently... 
 

A’s Reach Agreement with SS Hiroyuki Nakajima: Two Years $6.5 Million

Small-market teams have to seek small-market solutions to fill voids Oakland A’s reached into the international market to find a starting shortstop, signing Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year $6.5 million deal. Nakajima will take over for Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew. Drew recently signed with the Boston Red Sox, and Oakland dealt Pennington to Arizona in October in a three-team trade for outfielder Chris Young. Small-market teams have to seek small-market solutions and A’s General Manager Billy Beane seems to have done just that... 
 
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