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
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 CSNBayArea.com tweeted previously that his understanding was that..." January 24
A's and Sogard agree to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.
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
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
Relief pitcher Tyler Clippard filed at $8.85 million, #Athletics countered at $7.775 million
jarrod parker files at $1.7M, a's at 850K
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.
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
MLB.com "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
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
Yunel has indeed been traded to nats.
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
The Score "When the Oakland Athletics host the Texas Rangers at O.co 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
MLB.com "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
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
nick punto agrees to deal with #diamondbacks
MLB.com "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 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
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
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
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
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