Athletics Rumors & News

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Jose Canseco is getting back in baseball as a television analyst covering the A's

    CBS Sports "Jose Canseco is back in baseball. According to Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area, Canseco is joining NBC Sports California as an on-air analyst for their pre- and postgame coverage of the Oakland Athletics, one of his former teams. From Stiglich: “I’ve got quite a bit of experience. I’ve pretty..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • A’s demote Jesse Hahn; Andrew Triggs, Raul Alcantara in rotation

    San Francisco Chronicle "Onetime A’s No. 3 starter Jesse Hahn was sent to minor-league camp Sunday as the A’s solidified their opening-week rotation, with Andrew Triggs becoming the No. 4 starter and Raul Alcantara No. 5. The rest of the roster also is coming into focus, too: Outfielder Alejandro De Aza is expected to..." March 27

  • A’s starting rotation looks set

    San Francisco Chronicle "Just going by the pitching schedule, it’s fairly easy to see how the A’s rotation will shake out. In order right now, it’s Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton — already announced as the 1-2-3 starters — followed by Andrew Triggs and Raul Alcantara. The clear odd man out: Jesse..." March 26

  • Athletics tab Graveman as Opening Day starter

    San Francisco Chronicle "As soon as the A’s announced that Sonny Gray would open the season on the disabled list, it was clear that Kendall Graveman would be the Opening Night starter, and Thursday, manager Bob Melvin made it official. “He’s up for it,” Melvin said. “I talked to him about it when Kendall went down and..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • A’s still waiting on results of tests on Sonny Gray’s arm

    San Jose Mercury News "The A’s likely will not get results on the exam starter Sonny Gray underwent Monday in Chicago until Tuesday. Gray, who was surprised by an MRI last week that showed a late strain in his right arm, met with orthopedic specialist Dr. Anthony Romeo to have his right arm checked out. “We haven’t..." March 21

  • Billy Beane expects Franklin Barreto to join A’s at some point this season

    Fanrag Sports "The Oakland Athletics will not begin the season with their top prospect on the big league club, but Billy Beane indicated that time could be coming soon for Franklin Barreto. Despite having just turned 21 less than a month ago, Barreto could push for a spot on the A’s in 2017. But for now, the..." March 17

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • A’s Smolinski to undergo surgery for sore shoulder

    San Francisco Chronicle "Outfielder Jake Smolinski, who told The Chronicle earlier in the week that his sore right shoulder wasn’t responding to treatment as well as he hoped, will have surgery to determine the extent of the problem Friday in Scottsdale. Manager Bob Melvin said there is no timetable for Smolinski’s..." March 14

  • Sonny Gray Shut Down Three Weeks Due To Lat Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray has been shut down for three weeks with what the club is terming a “moderate” lat strain, tweets MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The setback means that Gray will open the year on the disabled list and may not pitch until late April, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco..." March 09

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Bizarre insurance clause will keep Sonny Gray out of the World Baseball Classic

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s ace Sonny Gray is out of the World Baseball classic after being denied insurance coverage for the event, according to Oakland general manager David Forst. “I know Sonny’s bummed,” Forst said. “He wanted to pitch and we were excited to let him do that.” Gray did not comply with all..." February 26

  • Liam Hendriks withdraws from WBC

    CBS Sports "Hendriks has decided not to pitch for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. His decision to withdraw from the WBC does not appear to be injury-related, but instead just a personal decision not to go." February 25

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • A’s Khris Davis leaning toward not playing in WBC

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s left fielder Khris Davis, who is on Team Mexico’s roster for the World Baseball Classic, is strongly leaning toward not participating in the event, The Chronicle has learned. Davis, who is likely to address his WBC status on Sunday morning when he reports to Oakland’s camp, wants to focus..." February 19

  • 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

    Sportsnaut "“The dream is over, baby.” In a recent letter to The Players’ Tribune, 12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announced his retirement. After telling a story of a pick-up slow-pitch softball game, Swisher said it’s time to hang up his cleats. WHEW! That felt goooood. It’s like a weight has..." February 17

  • Barry Zito first Cy Young winner on Billboard charts

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito joined an exclusive club of just one this week by becoming the first Cy Young winner to make the Billboard charts. His debut album, No Secrets EP, sold 1,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. That ranks it No. 15 on Americana/Folk Album Sales, No. 18 on..." February 16

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • A's to name field at Oakland Coliseum after Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson

    CBS Sports "Rickey Henderson is one of best and most beloved players in Oakland Athletics history. Now, everyone will know that by looking at the name of the field on which the A's play. How's that? Because on Monday the A's announced they would rename the Oakland Coliseum's playing surface to pay homage..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Khris Davis Wins Arbitration Hearing Against Athletics

    MLB Trade Rumors "Khris Davis has won his arbitration hearing against the Athletics, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter). As a result, the Oakland left fielder/designated hitter will earn $5MM instead of the $4.65MM figure submitted by the team. Davis is represented by Octagon." February 01

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • A’s Sonny Gray accepts Team USA invite for WBC

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s ace Sonny Gray, a 2015 All-Star, has accepted an invitation from Team USA to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, Gray said in a text to The Chronicle. The right-hander played for the U.S. National team in 2009-10 and often has referred to how much he enjoyed that experience. Gray is coming..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Report: Henderson Alvarez could return to MLB by May

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez could be ready to return to the mound in May, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The 26-year-old hurler signed a one-year contract with the Athletics prior to the 2016 season, but never suited up for the big league team due to an ongoing recovery..." January 30

  • Athletics trade Dillon Overton to Mariners for catching prospect

    Seattle Times "Despite a series of shaky outings last season as a rookie, lefty Dillon Overton still seemed a good gamble to the Mariners in their ongoing quest to deepen their organizational pitching depth. The Mariners acquired Overton, 25, on Thursday from Oakland in a trade for minor-league catcher..." January 27

  • A’s bring back veteran Adam Rosales to bolster the infield

    San Jose Mercury News "The A’s continue to tune up their roster ahead of spring training, signing free agent infielder Adam Rosales to a one-year deal, clearing room on the 40-man roster by designating left-handed pitcher Dillon Overton for assignment. At the same time, the club dealt outfielder Brett Eibner, who was..." January 25

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • 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