CSN Bay Area "The Oakland A’s announced Friday that outfielder Shane Peterson has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs. In addition, infielder Nick Punto was released to clear a spot on the 40-man roster following the trade Thursday with San Diego. Peterson was designated for assignment Dec. 11 when..." December 20
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 20
CBSSports.com "Just over five months ago I was sitting in Minneapolis for the All-Star Game discussing how the Oakland Athletics were represented by six members of the AL All-Star team -- and one on the NL, as they had recently traded for NL All-Star Jeff Samardzija. With catcher Derek Norris now having been..." December 19
ESPN.com "The Oakland Athletics have traded starting catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres, sources told ESPN.com's Buster Olney on Thursday. Norris, in his third MLB season, posted career highs in 2014 of .270 in batting average with 10 homers and 55 RBIs for the A's. It was part of a busy..." December 19
Stephen Vogt got his walking boot off today. Says it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without pain.
A's announce they've acquired LHP Eury De La Rosa from Arizona for cash. Fernando Rodriguez designated for assignment.
Larry Brown Sports "Troubled former MLB pitcher Brad Halsey was found dead at the base of a cliff on Halloween, and people are still unsure whether his death was suicide or accidental. One thing we know for certain is that Halsey had multiple issues with drugs and likely had mental problems. USA Today’s Josh Peter..." December 18
giants, a's, mets, cards, twins among teams to show interest in asdrubal cabrera, who could play 3b or 2b as well as ss
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
I'm hearing Lowrie wants three years, so we'll have to see how market plays out for him. Lives in Houston in offseason.
CSN Bay Area "Free agent infielder Albert Callaspo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, according to multiple media outlets. The deal is worth $3 million, with an additional $1 million in performance incentives, according to Fox Sports. The news of an agreement was first reported by ESPN..." December 10
Source confirms Jon Lester is signing with #Cubs and getting a six-year, $155 million deal.
CSN Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with one of the biggest free agents on the market. Jon Lester has picked the Cubs over the other finalist - the Boston Red Sox - in a move that signals the Cubs are now taking the next step in the rebuilding of the franchise. When the Cubs open the 2015 season..." December 10
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
#Athletics acquire Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley and Rangel Ravelo from White Sox for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.
Braves are close to signing Alberto Callaspo
Sources: If the White Sox do deal for Jeff Samardzija, return would be Marcus Semien and prospects. A's would slot Semien in at shortstop.
ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs are bringing back right-handed starting pitcher Jason Hammel, a source confirmed Monday. Hammel, 32, will get a two-year deal for $18 million with a club option for a third season and a $2 million buyout, according to sources. The Cubs signed him to a one-year deal last..." December 08
Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan reports that the deal is done. Moss has been traded from the A’s to the Indians for infielder Joe Wendle. Who turns 25 in April, has never been above Double-A and is already a 2B/DH, which doesn’t bode well for his long term chances, but there you go." December 08
Sources: Lester decision unlikely before winter meetings.
Indians-A's deal for Brandon Moss (one way or the other) should reach conclusion Friday.
Just talked with Beane On idea traded Donaldson due to fight with him: “It’s so absurd to respond further is to give it credibility” #A’s
CBSSports.com "The Dodgers have expressed interest in both top free-agent starters Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, and it appears they may make a late try for Lester, who's expected to make a decision among four or so teams within a week or so. WEEI radio station in Boston first suggested that, in fact, the..." December 04
CSN New England "The Jon Lester Sweepstakes could be reaching a conclusion soon. One baseball executive said it's "likely'' that the free agent pitcher will make his choice before the end of the week. Earlier reports had Lester wanting to finalize his deal before the winter meeting officially kick off..." December 03
Yahoo! Sports "If you're still trying to make sense of why the Oakland Athletics would trade their best player, third baseman Josh Donaldson, to the Toronto Blue Jays, there's a salacious story floating around that might explain it. If you're into that sort of thing. Donaldson was sent to the Toronto Blue..." December 03
CSN Bay Area "The A’s agreed to one-year contracts with first baseman Ike Davis and reliever Fernando Rodriguez on Tuesday, and they non-tendered first baseman Kyle Blanks and outfielder Andrew Brown. Blanks and Brown now become free agents. Oakland tendered contracts to all 12 of their remaining..." December 02
The Score "The San Francisco Giants became the latest team Monday to join a string of confabs for highly coveted free agent Jon Lester, but it appears no club has matched the offer the Chicago Cubs made the 30-year-old left-hander. Sources told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Cubs offered Lester a six-year..." December 02
ESPN.com "New Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie has a grassy-knoll theory -- in a roundabout sort of way -- as to why he missed so many games the past three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Lawrie, who joined the A's as part of the five-player trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Blue..." December 02
Hardball Talk "In a move that presumably signals his retirement as a player, longtime big leaguer Carlos Pena has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst for the upcoming season. Pena was the 10th overall pick in the 1998 draft and played 14 seasons in the majors for eight different teams, including a brief..." December 01
San Francisco Gate "As I reported yesterday, the White Sox are among the teams with interest in Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija, and while many outlets today are reporting that shortstop Alexei Ramirez is the A’s target, I’m hearing that minor-league shortstop Tim Anderson is also a player Oakland likes a..." December 01
Beane says unlikely #Athletics look to add a shortstop via free agency.
Told that there have not been any recent trade discussions between #Braves and A's.
Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox would put their money where their mouths are if they pull off a trade with the Oakland Athletics for Jeff Samardzija. The former Cubs right-hander, whose presence between Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in the starting rotation would instantly legitimize the Sox’ threat to the Tigers..." November 30
MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have struck a deal to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Athletics, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Infielder Brett Lawrie, righty Kendall Graveman, and shortstop Franklin Barreto are part of the package going back. . While we wait for the rest of this deal to..." November 30
Hardball Talk "The trade between the Athletics and Blue Jays involving Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie has been made official. MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the A’s have made a couple of additional roster maneuvers, designating outfielder Kyle Blanks and pitcher Josh Lindblom for assignment. The Athletics..." November 29
Billy Beane: pic.twitter.com/Uim4DyP6B4
Josh Reddick tells me he is shocked by Donaldson trade. "This doesn't make sense to me. We just traded our best player the last 2 years."
Hardball Talk "Earlier this week Peter Gammons reported that the Cardinals planned to bring in free agent left-hander Jon Lester for a visit, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Cardinals “had no plans to bring Lester to St. Louis for a..." November 29
Hardball Talk "Yesterday, we learned that the Marlins were considering Evan Gattis and Chris Davis as trade options for an upgrade at first base. You can add Brandon Moss of the Athletics to the list, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, as well as Allen Craig of the Red Sox (via Clark Herald of the Miami Herald). The..." November 29
Source familiar with negotiations doesn't forsee Lester signing soon. Still going through the process (meeting with teams, etc.)
CSN Chicago "Jon Lester is still one of the biggest dominos to fall in Major League Baseball's offseason. It's not even December yet, but Lester has already drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants in addition to the Boston Red Sox - his former team - and the..." November 25
ESPN.com "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told ESPN.com on Monday. Willingham, 35, hit .253 with 195 home runs during a career that included stints with the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and Kansas..." November 24
MLB.com "The A's reportedly have signed a right-handed pitcher and a left-handed pitcher, all in one move. The ambidextrous Pat Venditte will take his switch-pitching talents to Oakland on a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to big league Spring Training, according to a recent tweet from his..." November 22
NESN "Jose Canseco is a prankster. Just not a very good one, apparently. After shooting his middle finger off and having it reattached, the former MLB slugger said it fell off again during a poker tournament. He then expressed interest in selling the detached finger on eBay. It turns out the..." November 21
San Francisco Gate "According @MLBDailyRumors, the A’s have signed DH-first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the A’s were in talks with Butler, and I am told by team sources that the sides are “engaged.” ESPN’s Buster Olney also is reporting that the..." November 19
ESPN Boston "The Boston Red Sox made a contract offer to pitcher Jon Lester when he met with the team's owners earlier this week, according to a major league source. The terms of the offer were not disclosed, and the source said he did not expect Lester to make a quick decision. Lester met with the..." November 19