San Francisco Chronicle "The A's are due for a fall, and in a refreshing change, Billy Beane isn't alone in the realization. Every so often, ownership makes it clear that this "cash-strapped" label is a total fabrication. The A's are a "small-market" team only because they choose to be. Between baseball's..." December 07
AZ Snake Pit "It certainly backs up much of what has been suspected - that the trade of Heath Bell was not the last item, and the D-backs are looking for a power outfield arm. Interestingly, they appear to be thinking for the long term as well: Cespedes has only two years of service time, so would be under team..." December 05
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
Source: Luke Gregerson going to A's for Seth Smith. 1-for-1 deal.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Sources: Yankees among many teams showing interest in A's starter Brett Anderson. A's likely to deal him at Winter Meetings.
According to @JeffPassan the A's have traded Michael Choice TX for Craig Gentry; Choice better bat &power potential. Gentry better FLD & Arm
Oakland Tribune "The A's continued their pre-winter meetings roster overhaul Tuesday with the trade of former first-round pick Michael Choice to the Texas Rangers in exchange for veteran outfielder Craig Gentry, a career .280 hitter who is a stolen-base threat, and pitcher Josh Lindblom. Oakland is also sending..." December 03
Baseball America names Billy Beane executive of the year for the second time. #Athletics
CBSSports.com "The Athletics have acquired right-hander Jim Johnson from the Orioles for second baseman Jemile Weeks, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the deal. Baltimore was reportedly shopping their closer for salary relief in recent weeks. Johnson, 30,..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
Oakland is said to be working through Brett Anderson trade possibilities; Seattle and Cleveland are among the interested teams.
MLB.com "With more catchers coming off the market, the Rangers are looking at Kurt Suzuki to partner with Geovany Soto behind the plate for them in 2014. Suzuki was the Athletics starting catcher from 2008-12 before being traded to the Nationals. The Athletics then acquired him on Aug 23, this past..." December 03
Sources confirm Kazmir to the #Athletics and pursuit of Colon at an end.
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Kazmir deal with a's will be 2 years. good for him.
San Francisco Chronicle "Two weeks before baseball’s winter meetings, the A’s might be revving up for action. There were rumblings on Tuesday that Oakland is currently working on several fronts, potentially looking at trade possibilities while still eyeing the free agent market. One major-league source told me that the..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Athletics get Fernando Abad for A ball OF John Wooten
Fansided "Any time Billy Beane picks up a prospect or any Major League player that’s been over looked, I think I get a little more excited just because of the talent he’s been able to find. Yes, I’m once again talking about that movie ‘Moneyball’. Seriously, I think it’s on Netflix or something, you all..." November 23
MLB.com "Jeremy Barfield is the son Rickey Henderson never had. Entwined by Jesse Barfield, Jeremy's father and Henderson's Yankees teammate, their wardrobes looked identical -- "He used to dress me up as if I was his son in the same outfits as him," says Jeremy -- and so did a few of their baseball..." November 23
CSN Bay Area "It wasn’t so long ago that the Oakland A’s approached the winter months in clear rebuilding mode. But as their standing in the American League West has improved, their mindset has justifiably changed. They will return the core of a team that won 96 games in 2013, and they have the potential to..." November 22
Chris Young agrees to mets deal pending physical. OF has some pop, good defender
#Athletics want Colon back, but only at price they deem reasonable. Hudson probably more trustworthy. Would have mentored Gray, Parker, etc.
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Braden told me he threw a 25-pitch session on Tues, his control is good and his fastball mid-80s. He had shoulder capsule surgery in 2012.
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
CSN Chicago "The Cubs don’t plan to make a huge investment in a free-agent catcher like Brian McCann or Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Instead, sources say, the Cubs have Kurt Suzuki on their radar as they try to find a catcher to complement building-block piece Welington Castillo. Suzuki, 30, has built up a..." November 13
MLB.com "Considered a can't-miss prospect, shortstop Addison Russell proved scouts right in his first full season in 2013. Russell finished with double-digit totals in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases, and you could count on two hands the number of Minor Leaguers who did that. There were..." November 13
Hardball Talk "Nick Punto has agreed to a one-year deal with the A’s, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. Lee reports that the contract also includes an option for 2015, so the 36-year-old might stick around in Oakland for a couple seasons. Punto has played for four teams in the past four seasons, hitting..." November 13
CBSSports.com "There's a surprise entry in the Nelson Cruz sweepstakes, and it's the Oakland A's. The Mariners, Mets and Phillies are among other teams in pursuit of Cruz, who hit 27 home runs in a suspension-shortened season. A's general manager Billy Beane likes to pick his spots for the big play, and..." November 13
CBSSports.com "A's lefthander Brett Anderson, the team's Opening Day starter in 2013, could become available in trade. Whether Anderson is ultimately traded may depend on whether the A's are able to re-sign Bartolo Colon. Oakland is aiming to make a one-year deal with Colon, who turned out to be the ace of..." November 12
Gammons Daily "While the Cardinals are shopping for a shortstop—Troy Tulowitzki, Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus, Erick Aybar, et al—they are also interested in Oakland’s Jed Lowrie, who can give them length in their batting order. The Athletics could trade Lowrie and send Addison Russell to the majors this..." November 12
CBSSports.com "The A's are planning to make a one-year offer to free agent pitcher Bartolo Colon, the ace of this year's staff. Colon told A's writers during the playoffs that he might be interested in playing three more years in total. However, the A's apparently would like to keep Colon, who's 40 now, on a..." November 12
CSN Bay Area "An important date on the Oakland A’s offseason calendar is approaching. That would be Dec. 2, the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their players eligible for salary arbitration. It’s worth an early look as the A’s have 10 such players to make decisions on this winter – outfielders Josh..." November 10
CSN Bay Area "There’s some interesting reading (or make that viewing) from ESPN’s Buster Olney, who addressed Bartolo Colon’s free agency status in a video blog posted Wednesday. Olney reports that team executives around the majors are “running in the other direction from this pitcher” because of Colon’s age..." November 09
San Francisco Chronicle "Free-agent closer Grant Balfour, who set an A's team record for consecutive saves last season, is attracting notice from several deep-pocketed potential contenders, including the Tigers and Yankees, according to a major-league source. Other interested teams include the Rockies, Angels and..." November 08
MLB.com "The top contenders for baseball's four major individual honors, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, were revealed Tuesday on MLB Network. The winners of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards (Monday), Managers of the Year (Tuesday), Cy Young Awards (Nov. 13) and..." November 06