Athletics Rumors & News

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • A's refuse to rebuild, and their youngsters are paying the price

    CBS Sports "Just four seasons ago, the Oakland Athletics were a 96-win powerhouse coming off back-to-back AL West titles despite a shoestring budget. They were led by Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes, catcher-turned-third baseman Josh Donaldson, and a small army of platoon players cast aside by other..." January 21

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Astros still in contact with Athletics about Gray

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros have been known to be seeking rotation upgrades for much of the offseason, and while the team’s pursuit of White Sox lefty Jose Quintana hasn’t gained much traction, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that Houston as also maintained contact with the Athletics regarding right-hander Sonny..." January 16

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • A’ sign former Giants closer Santiago Casilla

    Sportsnaut "Santiago Casilla will not return to the San Francisco Giants in 2017. But the relief pitcher is reportedly close to a deal that would keep in the the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics. Casilla pitched with the A’s from 2004-09. He struggled in Oakland, posting a 5.11 ERA and 1.578 WHIP,..." January 12

  • Source: A's agree to one-year deal with free-agent infielder Trevor Plouffe

    CSN Bay Area "The A's are adding another bat to the lineup this offseason as the club has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, pending physical, with infielder Trevor Plouffe, a source confirmed to CSNCalifornia on Tuesday night. Plouffe, 30, has spent his whole seven-year MLB career with the Twins. He hit..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • A’s have reached out to Mark Trumbo

    Sportsnaut "Weeks after missing out on a surprise target in Edwin Encarnacion, it looks like the Oakland Athletics are once again looking into a top-end free agent. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Oakland has reached out to American League home run champion Mark Trumbo. The level of interest is..." January 04

  • Rajai Davis, Athletics sign one-year deal worth $6 million

    SI "The Oakland Athletics have reached a one-year deal worth $6 million with outfielder Rajai Davis, the team announced. The deal was first reported by to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. Davis, 36, played a big role in the Cleveland Indians' postseason run and provided late-game heroics by tying Game..." January 04

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Beane calls Athletics' pursuit of Encarnacion 'a lot of fun'

    CSN Bay Area "Having lost out on the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, Billy Beane hardly sounded like a man scorned while discussing the topic Friday night. The A’s top baseball official led Oakland’s surprising big-money run at signing Encarnacion, the three-time All-Star slugger who eventually wound up..." December 24

  • Encarnacion turned down $50M from Athletics

    ESPN "It took Billy Beane to get things moving. The Cleveland Indians stepped up with an uncharacteristically big offer to land Edwin Encarnacion as a free agent. But it took a late push from the Oakland A's head honcho to get things moving and push the Indians' negotiations over the..." December 23

  • Cuban pitcher Norge Ruiz gets minor-league deal with Athletics

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics announced on Friday that they’ve signed international free agent Norge Ruiz to a minor league contract. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports (on Twitter) that Ruiz will receive a $2MM signing bonus. The 22-year-old Cuban right-hander has long been considered one of the more appealing arms..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Heyman: Athletics the latest team to consider run at Edwin Encarnacion

    Fanrag Sports "The Oakland A’s are thinking about stepping out of their small-market persona and are at least considering a run at Edwin Encarnacion, the top free agent remaining on the market. Encarnacion is fielding interest from several teams, and some of them are just bargain hunting since the great..." December 16

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Matt Holliday’s Yankees’ deal has no-trade clause to one team

    Sportsnaut "Matt Holliday is making it pretty darn clear that he doesn’t want to play baseball in one city. Outside of potentially visiting Oakland as a member of the New York Yankees, the veteran has no intention of repeating his nightmarish half season with the Athletics. According to Chris Cotillo of SB..." December 08

  • Royals Making Progress Toward Trading Jarrod Dyson; Athletics Interested

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals are advancing toward a potential trade of outfielder Jarrod Dyson, with the Athletics as a potential suitor, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes (all Twitter links). (Jon Heyman of FanRag adds the Rangers and Orioles to the list of interested teams.) The idea, Sherman reports, is..." December 07

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • A’s sign first baseman Yonder Alonso to a new one-year deal

    San Jose Mercury News "Yonder Alonso had to wonder if he’d be with the A’s for a second year after Oakland finished dead last and seeing one of Alonso’s best friends in the game, Danny Valencia, traded away to Seattle. Alonso is back, however, he and the A’s avoiding salary arbitration while agreeing on a one-year,..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • New stadium may speed up with A’s revenue sharing cut phased out

    San Jose Mercury News "The Oakland A’s share of Major League Baseball’s revenue sharing will be phased out over the course of four years thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement between players and owners finalized Wednesday night. And a residual benefit of that could be a new home stadium for the A’s. As..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Oakland Athletics Agree To Two-Year Deal With Matt Joyce

    Scout "One of the many journeymen in the MLB has reportedly found a new home for the next two seasons, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Joyce and the Oakland Athletics are in agreement on a two-year deal worth $11 million, with the deal is currently pending a physical. The dynamics of..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • It can only get better for Sonny Gray

    Fanrag Sports "I had originally planned on doing a group article of pitchers to target in dynasty leagues. However, in doing my research I came across one player deserving of more than a few hundred words to sum him up. Obviously, by the title, that player is Sonny Gray. I know many of you have soured on him..." November 19

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

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