Athletics Rumors & News

  • 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

  • A's Managing Partner Lew Wolff Stepping Down

    CSN Bay Area "Lew Wolff is reportedly no longer the managing partner of the Oakland A's. He is stepping down, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle. Majority team owner John Fisher will take over the role. Wolff has served in this role and owned a piece of the club since 2005. More to..." November 17

  • Prospect-rich Braves could trade for Gray or Archer if not Sale

    MLB.com "The Chicago White Sox, looking to start a rebuilding phase, have said they'll listen on any player on their roster with three or fewer years of team control remaining, including Chris Sale. The Braves, nearing what they hope will be the final stage of their own rebuild, recently signed veteran..." November 15

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Five potential MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "The 2016-17 season has already yielded a few MLB trades, but there are more to be made. Which ones make the most sense for all teams involved? Where should All-Star pitchers like Sonny Gray and Chris Sale wind up? Can the Red Sox find a home for Pablo Sandoval? How can the champs improve? Would..." November 14

  • Athletics GM: 'We have money to spend' to improve outfield

    CSN Bay Area "The A’s made their first significant deal of the offseason by trading Danny Valencia to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday for minor league right-hander Paul Blackburn. The move hardly comes as a surprise as Valencia lost the starting third base job to Ryon Healy in July and didn’t appear to be..." November 13

  • A's Trade Danny Valencia to Mariners

    NBC Bay Area "The A's on Saturday traded infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia to the Mariners, according to multiple national reports. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! was first to report the news. Greg Johns of MLB.com has reported the A's will receive minor leage pitcher Paul Blackburn in return." November 12

  • Athletics' brass is more than happy to listen to trade pitches

    Fox Sports "It has become the catchphrase of this offseason — of every offseason, really: “Depends upon what the market will bear.” The expression is your handy answer if you want to know how many veterans the Tigers will trade, which starting pitcher the Rays will deal, whether the White Sox will..." November 11

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Athletics claimed RHP Josh Smith off waivers from the Reds

    CSN Bay Area "The Oakland A’s claimed right-handed pitcher Josh Smith off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds, the club announced on Friday. Smith spent most of the season with the Reds and was 3-3 with a 4.68 ERA in 32 games, including two starts. He allowed a .247 opponents batting average, which broke down..." November 05

  • A’s, Marlins prospects combine to throw rare fall-league no-hitter

    Today's Knuckleball "In its 25th season of existence, the Arizona Fall League has not seen many box scores with zeros in hit columns. Prospects from the A’s and Marlins helped add to this small list on Tuesday. Three pitchers combined to throw just the third no-hitter in Arizona Fall League history today, with..." November 01

  • A's could be stripped of revenue-sharing dollars

    San Francisco Chronicle "By all accounts, Major League Baseball’s talks with its players union about a new contract are proceeding smoothly. But, sources say, the agreement could be costly to the long-struggling Oakland A’s. The A’s are in danger of losing some or even all of their substantial annual check from..." November 01

  • The Oakland A's viciously trolled Grammy-nominated band 'Smash Mouth' on Twitter

    Fox Sports "I'm sorry for what I'm about to do. I truly, truly apologize. However, I cannot stop myself. Okay, here we go. You know, Twitter is a cold place, and they say it gets colder -- particularly when you're one-time Grammy-nominated band Smash Mouth. The official Twitter account for the..." October 29

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • Athletics claim Giovanni Soto off waivers from Cubs

    Today's Knuckleball "The fallout from the Chicago Cubs making the move to promote utility man Kyle Schwarber for some World Series designated hitter responsibilities will send a minor league pitcher to California from Iowa. Chicago designated relief pitcher Giovanni Soto for assignment in order to place the injured..." October 26

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • A's Name Chip Hale Third Base Coach

    CSN Bay Area "The Oakland A’s named Chip Hale as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2017 season, the club announced on Tuesday morning. The A’s also named Jeff Collins as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Josh Cuffe as Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach. The remainder of the A’s..." October 18

  • A’s coaches coming back; Chip Hale may be added

    San Francisco Chronicle "All of the remaining A’s coaches are expected back next season, The Chronicle has learned, and the team is talking to former Arizona manager Chip Hale about the open third-base coach position. Hale, fired by the Diamondbacks this month, was the A’s bench coach from 2012-14, is a close friend..." October 15

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Commissioner Manfred, Mayor Schaaf both want A’s in Oakland

    San Francisco Chronicle "Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s commissioner, was quizzed about the A’s stadium situation before Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park and he indicated that the A’s could have their own new facility across the bay ... sometime. At the very least, Manfred provided a vague time frame, a first for..." October 11

  • Melvin sees A's rotation as 'area of strength' next season

    CSN Bay Area "Identifying capable, healthy starting pitchers was a day-to-day proposition for the A’s at times this season. Out of that hardship, the A’s wound up uncovering some promising rotation candidates, to the point that manager Bob Melvin now looks at his starting staff as a strength. “The..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Athletics outright Eric Sogard, five others to Triple-A Nashville

    Today's Knuckleball "The Oakland Athletics announced on Thursday that the club has outrighted infielders Eric Sogard and Tyler Ladendorf, right-handed pitchers J.B. Wendelken, Fernando Rodriguez and Donn Roach and outfielder Andrew Lambo to Triple-A Nashville. Sogard, 30, did not appear in the big leagues this..." October 06

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06