Athletics Rumors & News

  • 7h
    Rob Bradford @bradfo

    Source familiar with negotiations doesn't forsee Lester signing soon. Still going through the process (meeting with teams, etc.)

  • Cubs have made offer 'north of $135 million' to Jon Lester

    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

  • Willingham retires after 11 seasons "Josh Willingham is retiring from baseball after an 11-year major league career, the outfielder told 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

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    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    A source tells me the #Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the #Pirates for international slot money. It's strictly a move for depth.

  • Switch-pitcher Venditte inks Minor League deal "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

  • Jose Canseco’s Finger Falling Off Apparently Was Bad Prank

    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

  • Report: A’s sign Billy Butler

    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

  • Source: Lester offer on table from Red Sox

    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

  • Source: Lester makes free-agent visit to chilly Wrigley "Hopefully Jon Lester brought a warm coat to Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Lester met with the Cubs in what was believed to be the second stop on his offseason tour of prospective teams, according to a source. The Wrigleyville area was in a deep chill because of an early blast of winter weather...." November 19

  • 8d
    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    #Cardinals have joined the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester according to a club source which makes sense after Miller trade

  • 8d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Athletics in serious talks with free agent Billy Butler. First reported: @CoverThoseBases.

  • Braves Meeting With Jon Lester This Week

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have a meeting with left-hander Jon Lester this week, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). While Lester has been connected to a number of teams, this appears to be the first instance of a serious link to the Braves. The Braves dealt Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden to the..." November 18

  • Jose Canseco is putting his gun and his severed finger up for sale

    Hardball Talk "If you haven’t been following former major leaguer Jose Canseco on Twitter, you’re really missing out. Recently, he tweeted about how his finger — surgically reattached after he had accidentally shot it off — fell off during a poker tournament. Now, Canseco tweets, he’s selling both the severed..." November 18

  • Sources: Royals have had talks with Lester's agents

    Fox Sports Kansas City "The Royals have had preliminary discussions with the agents for free-agent left-hander Jon Lester, according to sources close to the situation. Also, a representative from ACES Baseball Agency, which represents Lester, was believed to have been in Kansas City on Wednesday night. But a source..." November 14

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13

  • 13d
    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Source-Free agent pitcher Jon Lester will visit Cubs for formal meetings and tour next week .

  • A's, in need of a shortstop, looking into Asdrubal and Drew "The A's are among teams checking into free agent shortstops Asdrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew. Oakland's own shortstop, Jed Lworie, is also a free agent, but they have other options if Lowrie goes elsewhere. Either Cabrera or Drew would fit. They have pursued Drew in the past. The A's nearly..." November 10

  • A's adamant about keeping Donaldson, will listen on pitchers

    Fox Sports "First things first: The Oakland Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to major-league sources. The A's would listen if teams inquired on pitchers such as right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Scott Kazmir. However, they will not shop either and are adamant..." November 05

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05

  • Yankees have no plans to pursue free agents Pablo Sandoval, Jon Lester or Max Scherzer

    New York Daily News "Put the Panda heads away, Yankees fans; Pablo Sandoval isn’t coming to the Bronx. And you can add Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields to that list while you’re at it. According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the..." November 04

  • Shortstop is A's No. 1 need as free agency begins

    CSN Bay Area "The Major League offseason begins in earnest Monday night, and tops on the A’s to-do list is figuring out what to do at shortstop. Their seven free agents will hit the open market at 9 p.m. Monday, and Oakland isn’t expected to re-sign any of them before that happens. Of that group, no one’s..." November 04

  • 23d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    The A's did not extend a qualifying offer to Jed Lowrie.

  • A’s unlikely to make Jed Lowrie a qualifying offer

    San Francisco Gate "The A’s have no big-league ready at shortstop for next season – but even so the team doesn’t appear likely to offer free agent Jed Lowrie a qualifying offer in order to stay for one year. The qualifying offer amount – the same for all first-time free agents – is set at at $15.3 million this..." November 03

  • 27d
    Oakland Athletics @Athletics

    #Athletics name Darren Bush hitting coach, Scott Emerson bullpen coach and Marcus Jensen assistant hitting/catching coach.

  • Jose Canseco undergoes surgery after accidentally shooting finger

    Los Angeles Times "Former baseball star Jose Canseco is undergoing surgery after he accidentally nearly shot his finger off in his Las Vegas home Tuesday night, his fiancée Leila Knight told the Los Angeles Times. The shooting happened about 3 p.m. while Canseco was cleaning his gun at the kitchen table. There..." October 29

  • Jake Peavy, Jon Lester have eye on Cubs as package deal

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester to the Cubs as a free agent this winter? Jake Peavy has a better idea: a package deal. “No, I’m not offering a package to the Cubs,” the San Francisco Giants pitcher said, clarifying the impression he made while talking about himself, the Cubs and his pal Lester. “There’s a..." October 28

  • 33d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Cross Dave Magadan off the #Athletics' hitting coach list, he says he is sticking with #Rangers.

  • 33d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Brandon Moss had surgery to repair torn right hip labrum, other cleanup. He'll be on crutches for four weeks. #Athletics

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23

  • Dave Magadan won’t be Yankees hitting coach, but he could be front-runner with A’s

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees are in search of a hitting coach after firing Kevin Long earlier this month, but Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that Dave Magadan will not get the job. Still, it’s not all bad news. Now that Chili Davis has joined the Red Sox as hitting coach, Susan Slusser of..." October 20

  • 37d
    Susan Slusser @susanslusser

    Again, w/ correct spelling, sources tell Chronicle that Dave Hansen a candidate for #Athletics hitting job if not promoted by #Angels.

  • A's Vogt recuperating from foot surgery

    Oakland Tribune "A's catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for a post-surgery checkup Thursday, then will fly back from Los Angeles to Washington state to begin six to eight weeks of recovery. Vogt had Dr. Kenneth Jung repair the plantar plates in his right foot Tuesday. Along the way, Jung removed scar tissue..." October 16

  • 49d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    A's say Brandon Moss will have hip surgery Oct. 21. Stephen Vogt to undergo right foot surgery Oct. 14.

  • Athletics Claim Jorge De Leon, Release Adam Dunn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have claimed righty Jorge De Leon off waivers from the Astros, the team announced on Twitter. To clear 40-man space, Oakland released Adam Dunn. Clearing Dunn from the roster was more a procedural mechanism than anything else at this point. The 34-year-old has indicated he is..." October 09

  • 49d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    A's say Brandon Moss will have hip surgery Oct. 21. Stephen Vogt to undergo right foot surgery Oct. 14.

  • 50d
    Darren Wolfson @DarrenWolfson

    Source: #MNTwins have contacted Chip Hale, and the A's have granted permission. So expect his interview in the near future.

  • Brandon Moss on batting average: “It’s the stupidest stat!”

    Hardball Talk "Brandon Moss was a big part of the Athletics’ offense both in the regular season, and in the American League Wild Card game against the Royals. In the one-game playoff, Moss homered twice and knocked in five runs, but it just wasn’t enough as the A’s were eventually the victims of a 12-inning, 9-8..." October 05

  • Beane: Trades put A's in playoffs "Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester as a part of it. "Simply put, if we don't have Jon Lester, I don't think we make the playoffs," the A's general manager said Wednesday as..." October 03

  • Diamondbacks add three names to list of potential managers

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks' search for a new manager further widened on Thursday with the addition of three more potential candidates. The club asked for and was granted permission to interview Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale and Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy, according to..." October 03

  • Expect Billy Beane & Co. to add new pieces to A’s jigsaw puzzle

    San Francisco Chronicle "Cycles are short for the Oakland A’s, general manager Billy Beane said Wednesday after the team’s excruciating 12-inning loss to the Royals in the American League wild-card game. And the way Beane discussed the team’s closing window of opportunity before the trading deadline might suggest that he..." October 02

  • A's Beane defends trades despite early exit "Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester as a part of it. "Simply put, if we don't have Jon Lester, I don't think we make the playoffs," the A's general manager said Wednesday as..." October 02

  • A’s option for Nick Punto vests at $2.75 million

    Hardball Talk "As part of a one-year, $3 million contract Nick Punto also got an option for 2015 that vested based on his days spent on the active roster. Punto told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he reached the magic number, so he’s now signed for $2.75 million." October 02

  • Previewing the Jon Lester sweepstakes

    CSN Chicago "Will Jon Lester be this year’s Anibal Sanchez or Masahiro Tanaka 2.0? The Lester-to-Chicago rumors started long before the Kansas City Royals eliminated the Oakland A’s late Tuesday night in a wild-card thriller. The speculation will only intensify now that Lester and the Cubs have all of..." October 02

  • Royals win AL Wild Card Game over A's in walk-off thriller, 9-8

    Kansas City Star "They knew. They all knew, even before it was official. They had waited long enough. They would start their celebration early. Christian Colon pumped his fist before he even touched third base. The Royals leaped over the dugout railing before Salvador Perez even touched first. The sound of..." October 01

  • accidentally published story about the Royals' losing "Wednesday night's back and forth battle in the first game of the postseason caused a headache for beat writers trying to get their game stories finished on deadline, as evidenced by publishing a story about the Kansas City Royals failed rally attempt despite the team's 9-8 victory. The..." October 01

  • MLB To Test Pace-Of-Game Initiatives In AFL

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would begin testing some ideas aimed at quickening the pace of game at the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Oct. 7 and run through the championship game on Nov. 15. Among the experimental rules are: • Batter’s Box Rule: The batter shall keep..." October 01

  • Brutal ending to a once-promising season will haunt A's

    Sporting News "Of all the brutal moments the A’s suffered through after the All-Star break — and there were plenty of them as they stumbled through a 29-38 record in the second half — the final gasps of the 2014 season were the cruelest. Of that, there is little debate. The A’s owned most of their AL..." October 01

  • Could Billy Beane bust up the A’s?

    Hardball Talk "My favorite thing from after last night’s game was watching old dinosaur newspaper columnists dropping “Moneyball” zingers. They were great because they showed that (a) those guys never, ever read the book or at the very least didn’t understand it; and (b) they were so confident in the power of..." October 01

  • 56d
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Melvin: "I have so much respect for Adam Dunn that it kills me he did not get into that game."

  • After Oakland's wild-card loss, Adam Dunn says he plans to retire

    Yahoo! Sports "This probably wasn't how Adam Dunn imagined things would go. Dunn was traded to the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31 as Oakland looked to add postseason power. It was going to be the slugger's first time in the playoffs in his 14-year career. He finished the regular..." October 01

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