Athletics Rumors & News

  • 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

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Reddick has been scratched with a right oblique strain.

  • 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 06

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 "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

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    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.

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

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

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    A's beat jarrod parker. He gets 850K.

  • Mark Mulder cancels comeback, will stay retired

    Hardball Talk "Last year Mark Mulder‘s comeback attempt with the Angels ended when he tore his left Achilles’ tendon during spring training. After sitting out the entire season Mulder talked about possibly trying another comeback this year, but today the two-time All-Star told Jerry Crasnick of that..." February 03

  • Athletics' Sean Doolittle tears rotator cuff, not expected for start of season

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a slight tear in his left rotator cuff and is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the season, the team announced Friday." January 24

  • Athletics Avoid Arbitration With Fernando Abad

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have avoided arbitration with lefty Fernando Abad, MLBTR has learned. He will earn $1,087,500 for the coming season, his first of arbitration eligibility, and can also achieve award bonuses in the deal. Joe Stiglich of tweeted previously that his understanding was that..." January 24

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    A's and Sogard agree to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.

  • A's catcher Vogt nearly recovered from foot surgery

    Oakland Tribune "Stephen Vogt has sore feet, but the A's catcher isn't complaining. He spent 9½ weeks in a boot following surgery on his right foot Oct. 14, and the soreness is just a matter of getting acclimated to not having his foot encased in a boot for all that time. His surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Jung,..." January 22

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    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    Fernando Abad/OAK/1.225M/850K Jerry Blevins/WSH/2.4M/2.2M Brandon Crawford/SF/3.95M/2.4M Danny Duffy/KC/3.0M/1.75M

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    Mike Perchick @TheREALPerchick

    Relief pitcher Tyler Clippard filed at $8.85 million, #Athletics countered at $7.775 million

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    jarrod parker files at $1.7M, a's at 850K

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    Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon

    Arthur Rhodes, 45, hasn't pitched in big leagues since 2011. But I heard that he officially retired today. Was All-Star for #reds in 2010.

  • A's sign Reddick, Lawrie and three others to one-year contracts

    Oakland Tribune "The A's on Friday agreed to terms with five arbitration-eligible players -- reliever Ryan Cook, third baseman Brett Lawrie and outfielders Sam Fuld, Craig Gentry and Josh Reddick. All received one-year contracts. Reddick hit .264 with 12 homers and 54 RBI last season, but he also had two stints..." January 17

  • Nationals acquire INF Yunel Escobar from A’s "Adding depth to their middle infield, the Washington Nationals acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, in exchange for right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard. Escobar, an eight-year Major League veteran, joins the Nationals after stops in Atlanta (2007-10),..." January 15

  • San Jose's lawsuit over MLB antitrust exemption gets stopped in its tracks

    Athletics Nation "The A's organizational quest to move to San Jose took a major hit this morning, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling affirming a district court's prior decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the City of San Jose, thereby upholding Major League Baseball's exemption..." January 15

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Yunel has indeed been traded to nats.

  • A's, Chavez agree to terms on 1-year, $2.15-million deal

    The Score "The Oakland Athletics avoided arbitration with right-hander Jesse Chavez by agreeing to a one-year, $2.15-million deal Monday, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Chavez, 31, is one of the few players to survive the radical offseason overhaul orchestrated by general manager Billy Beane, and..." January 12

  • Athletics' Parker, Griffin doubtful for Opening Day

    The Score "When the Oakland Athletics host the Texas Rangers at Coliseum on Opening Day it's doubtful that either Jarrod Parker or A.J. Griffin will be in the starting rotation, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Both pitchers are still recovering from Tommy John surgery - Parker had the..." January 12

  • A's acquire utility man Zobrist, SS Escobar from Rays "The A's replenished the depth of their lineup as well as their bench Saturday by acquiring utility man Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays. Oakland had to part with catcher John Jaso and two Minor League prospects, infielder Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog..." January 11

  • Josh Reddick is now on board with Billy Beane’s plan

    Hardball Talk "The Athletics caught the baseball world off guard earlier this offseason when they traded star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays. Josh Reddick openly criticized the logic behind the deal at the time by saying that it didn’t “make sense” to trade someone who had been their best player..." January 10

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Zobrist and Y. Escobar going to #Athletics, Jaso and Daniel Robertson going to #Rays. First reported: @susanslusser.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    nick punto agrees to deal with #diamondbacks

  • Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06

  • Athletics offseason: Recreating Josh Donaldson in the aggregate

    Athletics Nation "One of the famous scenes from the film Moneyball involves Billy Beane revealing his plan for replacing Jason Giambi. He explains that the A's are too poor to find another first baseman with a .477 OBP and 38 home runs, but that the team can replace his production by finding a decent successor at..." January 05

  • The average major league salary is up to $3.8 million

    Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24

  • MLB, umpires reach agreement on new contract

    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 21

  • A's release Punto; 1B/OF Peterson claimed by Cubs

    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

  • Fearless Billy Beane continues dealing All-Stars "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

  • A's deal C Derek Norris to Padres "The Oakland Athletics have traded starting catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres, sources told'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

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    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.

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    A's announce they've acquired LHP Eury De La Rosa from Arizona for cash. Fernando Rodriguez designated for assignment.