Athletics Rumors & News

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million

    Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." March 31

  • Baseball Working to Help Spanish-Speaking Players Express Themselves

    New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31

  • 1d
    Joe Stiglich @JoeStiglichCSN

    Melvin says Crisp will only hit in minor league game. Believes Coco can still make Opening Day if able to play inning or 2 Wed, then vs SF

  • 2d
    John Hickey @JHickey3

    RF Josh Reddick will play 5 innings in a minor league game today #Athletics

  • 2d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Chris Bassitt has been sent down.

  • 2d
    John Hickey @JHickey3

    Jarrod Parker threw 20 pitches in a sim game, hit 92 on the radar gun, #Athletics mgr Bob Melvin very pumped about that.

  • 3d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Nate Freiman says he is feeling a lot better lately after some aggressive treatment for his back strain. Still not doing baseball activity.

  • 3d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Melvin says Crisp targeted for game on Tuesday. If he isn't ready by then it's possible he will be a DL candidate. But Tues sounds likely.

  • A's Josh Reddick likely to start season on disabled list

    Oakland Tribune "The A's aren't counting on right fielder Josh Reddick to be healthy enough to start the season on the active roster. Reddick, who is scheduled to play in a minor league game Sunday, will need more at-bats to be on top of his game, manager Bob Melvin said." March 27

  • Complete Oakland Athletics 2015 Season Preview

    Bleacher Report "The Oakland Athletics 2015 season is upon us, with not too much changing during spring training. A few players were injured, a few others stood out, and some who were expected to do well floundered. All three of these occurrences should switch a thing or two up, but overall, the team is who we..." March 26

  • Former A's All-Star Ryan Cook sent down to Triple-A

    CSN Bay Area "The A’s optioned struggling reliever Ryan Cook to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, a surprising move with Oakland still more than a week away from breaking spring camp. Cook has been a bullpen mainstay since coming to the A’s via trade before the 2012 season and making the All-Star team that..." March 25

  • Doolittle begins throwing program

    MLB.com "The A's are seeing significant progress from several of their injury-stricken players. Closer Sean Doolittle, slowly working his way back from a shoulder injury, engaged in sock throws Monday morning -- the first step in the throwing process as he continues his rehab. "Velo was 95-plus,"..." March 23

  • 9d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    If Reddick continues progressing well, it appears he could be back in a game next weekend at the earliest.

  • 9d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Jarrod Parker will throw to hitters again tomorrow. Two 20-pitch innings.

  • 10d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    No broken jaw for Sam Fuld, a relief for #Athletics. Those are 4-6 weeks recovery time.

  • Is there room for Barry Zito on A's as long reliever?

    CSN Bay Area "arry Zito’s return to the A’s made for great early spring training fodder, and the veteran lefty remains a hot storyline thanks to his pitching. He turned in another sparkling outing Friday, firing three perfect innings of relief and getting the victory as Oakland scored a 3-2 walkoff victory..." March 21

  • A's Tyler Ladendorf makes impression after 50-game drug suspension

    Oakland Tribune "Tyler Ladendorf's career didn't go spinning out of control last year. But it could have. Ladendorf tested positive in June for a "drug of abuse" and received a 50-game suspension while playing for Triple-A Sacramento. It wasn't an easy situation for Ladendorf, but he handled it well enough that..." March 19

  • Billy Beane signs on as adviser to Dutch soccer club

    Sporting News "Athletics general manager Billy Beane has accepted an advisory role with Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar, the team announced. He will provide input "in the areas of high performance and innovation." “We’ve had a lot of contact with Billy In the last few months,” AZ director of soccer Earnie..." March 17

  • 15d
    John Hickey @JHickey3

    Sonny Gray #Athletics opening day starter

  • 16d
    John Hickey @JHickey3

    LF Coco Crisp (elbow) will hit today; 1B Ike Davis (back) will get in batting cage. #Athletics

  • 16d
    John Hickey @JHickey3

    Asked about the back pain that has sidelined him for a few days, #Athletics 1B Ike Davis said "It's getting better ... finally."

  • 16d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    The A's have optioned Leon to Triple-A and Alcantara to Double-A. Castro, Fuller and Owens reassigned to Minor League camp.

  • 17d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Josh Reddick (oblique) is feeling better, will try to do some throwing today. #Athletics

  • 17d
    John Hickey @JHickey3

    RHP Jarrod Parker faced hitters for first time Friday, "just moving closer " to return from Tommy John surgery. #Athletics

  • MLB approves external padding on pitchers' caps

    The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14

  • Athletics' Crisp left game Sunday with elbow discomfort

    The Score "A bout of pinkeye doesn't appear to be the only thing set to keep Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp from the lineup this spring. The 35-year-old was removed from Sunday's game to start the third inning after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow. Manager Bob Melvin told reporters..." March 09

  • 23d
    Joe Stiglich @JoeStiglichCSN

    Parker could face hitters Friday if Tuesday bullpen session goes well. #Athletics

  • 24d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Looks like #Rays Jaso is leaving the game after being hit by that pitch. Headed to clubhouse with trainer

  • 24d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Reddick will be shut down for two weeks. Too early to tell if he'll be ready by Opening Day.

  • Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte not just a novelty act

    USA Today "The novelty never seems to wear off for fans, opponents and even teammates when Pat Venditte takes the mound. The first thing you notice is his six-fingered glove. With its two thumbs, it allows Venditte to take advantage of a skill no one else in baseball has – an ability to pitch either left-..." March 07

  • Doolittle 'progressing well,' still not throwing

    CSN Bay Area "Still no word on when Sean Doolittle will begin throwing. The closer continues doing strengthening exercises in his rehab from a slight rotator cuff tear in his throwing shoulder, and Melvin said things are progressing well. " March 06

  • 25d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Reddick has been scratched with a right oblique strain.

  • 27d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    The A's have decided to move Coco Crisp to left field in attempt to help keep him healthy.

  • Josh Reddick gave up his number to Billy Butler for an Xbox

    Hardball Talk "John Hickey of the Mercury-News reports that Josh Reddick gave up his number 16 to Billy Butler when Country Breakfast signed with the A’s. The price? Not high: “For Reddick, giving up 16 wasn’t a major hardship, particularly since he got a new X-Box from Butler out of it as a token of..." March 03

  • 31d
    Joe Stiglich @JoeStiglichCSN

    Chavez starts Wed, Zito on Thurs. brad Mills starts Tuesday's opener. #Athletics

  • Athletics claim Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles

    Hardball Talk "The Athletics have claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles, the club announced Friday afternoon. To make room for Hassan on the 40-man roster, the A’s moved pitcher A.J. Griffin to the 60-day disabled list. It’s the second time the Athletics have claimed Hassan off waivers..." February 28

  • Coco Crisp is dealing with a case of pinkeye again

    Hardball Talk "Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp missed more than a week down the stretch in 2012 due to pinkeye and John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News reports that he’s dealing with it again. Pinkeye, which is also called conjunctivitis, involves redness and swelling between the eyelid and eye surface...." February 28

  • 31d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #BlueJays, #Athletics among teams talking to Viciedo.

  • A’s third baseman Lawrie is a bundle of energy

    San Francisco Chronicle "Nobody in baseball illustrates how the business of the game can break the heart of a fan more than Brett Lawrie. He’s the new A’s third baseman, acquired from Toronto in a November trade that sent fan favorite Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays. A’s fans were understandably distraught at losing..." February 26

  • San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks

    Hardball Talk "There has been increasing sentiment around baseball that something should be done about the use of smokeless tobacco by ballplayers. At one point Bud Selig claimed he’d propose a ban on it across all of baseball. While that hasn’t happened, the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement did outlaw..." February 25

  • 37d
    John Hickey @JHickey3

    RHP Taylor Thompson (shoulder) will need at least one more flat ground throwing session before he gets on a mound for #Athletics

  • 42d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the #Athletics and come to spring camp.

  • Blue Jays win Josh Donaldson arbitration case

    Bluebird Banter "Jon Heyman of CBS Sports informed us that Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays were in a salary arbitration hearing on Thursday and today we found out that the arbitrator sided with the Jays. Last month, the Blue Jays filed their offer of $4.3 million while Donaldson requested $5.75..." February 14

  • Athletics and Tyler Clippard avoid arbitration

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration, the team announced in a tweet. The deal is for $8,300,000, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Clippard had submitted for $8,850,000 and the team had offered $7,775,000." February 12

  • After whirlwind winter, Butler excited to join A's

    CSN Bay Area "Billy Butler is a man of his word. Upon signing with the A’s in November, he was determined to pry jersey No. 16 away from Josh Reddick, saying Reddick would get a nice gift in return. Sure enough, Reddick was soon the owner of a new Xbox One system. “I’ll probably take him out to dinner a..." February 11

  • New A's first baseman Ike Davis hopes to bounce back

    San Jose Mercury News "One of the rituals of spring training is the physical exam that players must take before suiting up for the first time, and it's a good bet no one on the A's roster is looking forward to that more than Ike Davis. The first baseman, picked up in a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates over the..." February 10

  • A's pointing to June returns for Parker, Griffin

    MLB.com "The A's pitching depth undoubtedly figures to be one of their biggest strengths this season. As many as six pitchers will be in competition for just three rotation spots behind Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, and that group doesn't even include Tommy John patients Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, who..." February 09

  • Sean Doolittle not expected to miss much time at the beginning of the season

    Hardball Talk "Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is dealing with a “slight” tear of his rotator cuff, but as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, he isn’t expected to miss much time following the beginning of the regular season. Doolittle suffered the injury during his off-season throwing program." February 09

  • 51d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    There is still no timetable for Doolittle's return but the general consensus seems to be he might not miss a ton of time to start season.

  • 51d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Melvin says Vogt, coming off foot surgery, might not catch in spring games initially but will be catching bullpen sessions. #Athletics