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  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Orioles sign left-hander Hideki Okajima to minor league deal

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles have signed Japanese left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima to a minor league deal, according to an industry source. The deal with Okajima, who turned 40 in December, does not include a major league spring training invitation. He will report to the Orioles’ minor league camp in..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Healthy Doolittle looks to restore order to A's bullpen

    CSN Bay Area "Sean Doolittle has enjoyed a non-newsworthy offseason, which is how the A’s closer likes it. Last January, he made headlines when his aching shoulder left him unable to even play catch. That foretold a frustrating season that relegated Doolittle to just 12 appearances, and Oakland’s bullpen..." January 30

  • Oakland A's catcher Stephen Vogt has elbow surgery, will recover in 4 to 6 weeks

    Athletics Nation "Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, according to a press release from the club. Vogt is expected to recover in four to six weeks, which would put his initial start of activity between the end of February and the middle of March. The..." January 30

  • Donaldson credits Zito for helping him win AL MVP

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson credits an encounter with Barry Zito three years ago for guiding him down the path to becoming American League MVP. The former Oakland Athletics third baseman accepted the award Jan. 23, and recalled a time when he noticed the former San Francisco Giants..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Billy Butler talks about conditioning and the Athletics’ bad chemistry

    Hardball Talk "A’s DH Billy Butler appeared at whatever Caravan/FanFest/Magical Mystery Tour the A’s, like every other team, have in January. There were a number of issues on the table, but the two that stuck out were his conditioning and the A’s team chemistry, as reported by John Shea of the San Francisco..." January 25

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Sean Doolittle, A’s bullpen looking far better

    San Francisco Chronicle "Sean Doolittle said he feels physically normal, and that’s great news for the A’s. After missing most of the 2015 season, Doolittle said he has no more shoulder issues and won’t be restricted in spring training. “I promised I wouldn’t tell anybody I’m in the best shape of my life because..." January 25

  • A's, Reddick poised to discuss contract extension

    The Score "After agreeing earlier this month to a $6.575-million contract for 2016, his final season before free agency, outfielder Josh Reddick told reporters he's now ready to discuss a long-term extension with the Oakland Athletics. The interest is mutual, too, as Athletics vice president of baseball..." January 25

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    John Hickey @JHickey3

    Doubts that RHP Jesse Hahn (elbow) would be ready to go in #Athletics this spring are gone. He's throwing "with no pain," he said

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Athletics Avoid Arbitration With Josh Reddick

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have agreed to a $6.575MM price tag with outfielder Josh Reddick, Jon Heyman reports on Twitter. MLBTR had projected him at an even $7MM, so he’ll come in a fair bit below that number." January 15

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    yonder Alonso, a's agree at $2.65M

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Beane: A's resisting 'aggressive suitors' for ace Sonny Gray

    CSN Bay Area "Billy Beane reiterated Sunday that the A’s aren’t looking to trade ace Sonny Gray anytime soon. Speaking on MLB Network Radio, Oakland’s top baseball ops official said he’s turned away several teams who have come hard after Gray, a first-time All-Star last season who finished third in the..." January 11

  • Beane: A's fending off 'pretty aggressive suitors' for Gray

    The Score "There's never a dull offseason in the Oakland Athletics' front office, and this year is no exception with executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane making a flurry of moves to his budget-conscious club. One trade chip Beane has retained, however, is young right-hander Sonny..." January 10

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Blue Jays acquire RHP Leon from Athletics

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays added another arm to their pitching mix Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Arnold Leon from the Athletics. The Blue Jays will send Oakland cash considerations or a player to be named later to complete the trade. Leon debuted with Oakland last year, posting a 4.39 ERA in 19..." January 05

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy

    Forbes.com "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

  • At 35, former Red Sox Rich Hill ready to pitch in for A’s

    Boston Globe "It was one of the feel-good stories of 2015. Rich Hill, age 35, had his baseball career reborn after making four magnificent starts in September for the Red Sox that earned him a one-year, $6 million free agent deal with the Oakland Athletics. “It really kind of feels that way,” said Hill..." December 27

  • Postseason hero Dave 'Hendu' Henderson dies at 57

    Yahoo! Sports "Former major league outfielder Dave Henderson, who was best remembered for his postseason heroics with the Boston Red Sox during the 1986 ALCS, died Sunday at the age 57. Affectionately nicknamed 'Hendu' by his friends and teammates, Henderson played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball,..." December 27

  • A’s Sonny Gray is among the best — and getting better

    San Francisco Chronicle "Sonny Gray’s star is on the rise. After finishing third in the AL Cy Young race, the A’s starter is one to watch for 2016. He’s just turned 26, making him the youngest of the league’s elite pitchers, nearly two years younger than Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, and Oakland has Gray under..." December 22

  • Yes, there is tanking in baseball

    ESPN "In Monday’s column, I listed the growing industry issue of teams tanking seasons as one of 10 storylines to watch for 2016. In response, John Stolnis insists in this piece that the Phillies are not tanking. He also misses the point of the larger issue. As written here many times in the past..." December 22

  • A.J. Griffin signs with the Rangers

    Hardball Talk "A.J. Griffin once looked like a long-term rotation building block for the A’s, but his career was derailed by Tommy John elbow surgery in 2014 and he’s yet to get back on track. Oakland cut Griffin loose following back-to-back missed seasons and now the 28-year-old right-hander has joined the..." December 21

  • The Dodgers spent more on payroll in 2015 than both World Series teams combined

    USA Today "At the Tacoma News Tribune, Bob Dutton passes along figures obtained by the Associated Press showing the complete payrolls of all 30 Major League teams, including “salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and..." December 21

  • Source: A's still in hunt for Scott Kazmir

    CSN Bay Area "The A's remain in pursuit of free agent lefty Scott Kazmir, hoping to bring back a pitcher who was an All-Star wearing green and gold in 2014. A source with knowledge of the situation said Oakland is still in the running to sign Kazmir, one of the top starters left on the open market. That..." December 21

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Jarrod Parker gets 850K with a's, with 425K guaranteed

  • Henderson Alvarez agrees with A's

    ESPN "The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free-agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez pending completion of a physical exam, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com. The physical is more than a formality for Alvarez, who posted an 0-4 record with a 6.45 ERA in four..." December 19

  • Report: A's close to deal with Henderson Alvarez

    The Score "The Oakland Athletics have been one of the busiest teams this fall, and now they appear to be on the verge of acquiring a starting pitcher. Right-hander Henderson Alvarez and the club are closing in on a one-year deal, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The deal is believed to be worth..." December 18

  • Orioles, Royals, A's interested in free-agent Scott Kazmir

    CBS Sports "Ex-A's star Scott Kazmir is said to have multiple three-year offers, probably in the $12-13-million range, with the A's, Royals and Orioles among interested teams (plus the Dodgers, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports). Kazmir is said to be looking for a four-year deal. " December 18

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    Athletics Farm @AthleticsFarm

    1B Nate Freiman has been released by #Athletics. .220/.279/.321 last year with Triple-A @nashvillesounds

  • Safer path sought for Cubans to reach MLB

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball will "try very hard" to establish a safer method of getting Cuban ballplayers to the United States and is "cautiously optimistic" about playing Spring Training games on the island in March, chief legal officer Dan Halem said at the outset of MLB's goodwill trip to..." December 16

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