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Oakland A’s Offseason Perspective

Toward the end of the 2014 season, the Oakland Athletics fell into a slump that ultimately ruined their chances of going far into postseason. Post All-Star break, the A’s went 29-38, with a team average of only .233. The cause for this downfall is said to be caused by the trade that involved Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes was the main attraction in that lineup, with him lo longer in...
Via On-Base Talk
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s free agent rumors: Emilio Bonifacio

Emilio Bonifacio The Oakland A’s are in need of a quality middle infielder. Preferably one that can play shortstop since the likelihood of Jed Lowrie returning is slim. There have not been many rumors as to who the Athletics may be looking to add to their roster, but a player that would benefit the Oakland A’s in the middle infield would be Emilio Bonifacio. During the 2014 season...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

Let me start this off by saying I like Jon Lester and think he’s an excellent pitcher, but if this latest report is true, Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs have officially lost their minds. A report on Tuesday claims the Cubs have offered the free agent left-hander a six-year deal worth “north of” $135 million. Lester is the top lefty on the market this winter and I understand...
Via Rumors and Rants
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Looking to Trade Left-Handed Bat

After acquiring both Billy Butler and Ike Davis earlier this offseason, there is talk out of Oakland that the Athletics may trade one of their large number of left-handed bats at some point soon (via SF Gate). Oakland dealt its best right-handed bat Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox back in July. And with all due respect to Jonny Gomes that left a huge void in the lineup from...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco and fiancee break up after huge fight

Less than a month after Jose Canseco shot off his finger and was professing his love for his girlfriend Leila Knight for taking great care of him, the two have broken up. Canseco tweeted on Sunday that the two split: Leila and I have gone our separate ways.check back later and find out what happened...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Agree To Deal With Jon Lester

  According to a source, the Red Sox could soon have a reunion with free agent Jon Lester. The deal is said to be about 6 year in the $110-120 million range. Lester was traded in July to the Oakland Athletics along with Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes. Lester and the Red Sox tried to work out an extension back in spring training and throughout the 2014 season but the two sides...
Via Geeks and Cleats
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco's fiancée Leila Knight breaks it off with slugger

  Jose Canseco might be spending Thanksgiving with a broken heart.   The former slugger’s fiancée Leila Knight told TMZ Sports that she’s walking out on Canseco and breaking off their engagement. Canseco also confirmed the breakup via Twitter early Monday morning. Leila and I have gone our separate ways.check back later and find out what happened — Jose Canseco...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why are the Oakland A’s stocking up on first basemen?

Ike Davis This weekend, the Oakland A’s acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates. This signing comes less than a week after the Athletics signed designated hitter and first baseman Billy Butler. Many are confused as to why the Oakland A’s are signing more first basemen when they already have Brandon Moss, Kyle Blanks, Stephen Vogt, Nate Freiman and now Butler...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Rumors: Jeff Samardzija not going anywhere?

Rumors have swirled this offseason that the Oakland Athletics were ready to part ways with Jeff Samardzija as they have with many of their other pitchers who have entered the final years of their contracts, but Bob Nightengale of the USA Today is reporting that it doesn't appear that he is going anywhere. #452698384 / gettyimages.com Billy Beane says he plans on Jeff Samardzija...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Is Billy Butler a good fit?

Billy Butler This past week, the Oakland A’s signed ex-Kansas City Royal Billy Butler to a three year, $30 million deal. Even though Butler has a quality bat, it is curious that the Athletics would sign Butler to a multi-year deal instead of dealing with some of the more obvious problems in the middle infield and in left field. So, is Butler a good fit of the Oakland A’s?...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Hassan Now Claimed By the Baltimore Orioles

Alex Hassan’s, formerly of the Boston Red Sox (formerly the Oakland Athletics), head must be spinning. Earlier this week Alex Hassan was claimed by the Oakland Athletics. He followed that claim up with a heartfelt message to the Boston Red Sox organization. The Orioles were unsuccessful in their initial claim to Hassan last week when […]
Via Infield Single
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How Did Billy Butler Take His Extra Bases?

Remember when Billy Butler stole a base against the Angels in the playoffs? Of course you do. It was beautiful and it was absurd, and it psychologically cemented the notion that there was nothing the Angels could do to slow the Royals down. Even Billy Butler was having his way, however he wanted to. It […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oops! Lester's Newton House Sells For $1.85M

Just in case you weren't depressed enough over the news about Boston's second low-ball offer to Jon Lester, more disturbing news has arisen. According to The Los Angeles Times, Lester sold his Newton home for $1.85 million yesterday. The Colonial—which is situated on the Charles River—is a 3,300 square foot manse that has its own wine cellar. The Lesters just recently bought...
Via FenwayNation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester’s Ball From First Pitch With A’s Is Up For Auction (Photo)

There’s a pretty good chance Jon Lester’s tenure with the Oakland Athletics has lasted less than half a year. But that doesn’t mean his brief stay by the Bay Area wasn’t memorable, right? That seems to be the mindset of the team’s official online auction, which put an interesting item up for bid Monday. Yes, that’s a baseball, but it’s not...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Billy Butler deal may not be totally crazy

At first glance, it seems crazy. A bad-body post-peak designated hitter that was under replacement last year… three years? $30 million? Billy Butler to the Athletics? A team that has never had three ten million dollar players on the roster at one time did so for the first time in order to sign a guy […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco goes on Twitter rant on space, 'Comet Transport'

Jose Canseco hit some moon shots during his MLB days, and apparently he believes that makes him an expert on space travel. The former slugger took to Twitter to divulge some theories about how “comet transport is the key to our survival” because it would open up new industries like “asteroid mining (and) interstellar trade.” Comet Transport is the key to our survival...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Former A's first baseman Kelvin Moore dies in Georgia

  Former Oakland Athletics first baseman Kelvin Moore, who played parts of three major league seasons, has died. He was 57. The A's confirmed Wednesday, with information provided by the family, that Moore died Sunday in Georgia of cardiac arrest. He had multiple illnesses in recent years, including diabetes. Moore was a member of Oakland's 1981 American League West champion...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco rips media: 'I don't care about my finger'

Jose Canseco is mad. And it has nothing to do with the recent hand injury he sustained while cleaning one of his guns. Never mind…it kinda does. Sick of the media and how the edit my life To make me seem like the bad guy — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 7, 2014   You see, not long after the October 28 shooting that destroyed the middle finger on his left hand...
Via Hall of Very Good
20 days ago  |  Discuss

What Has Worked in the Postseason

Billy Beane once famously said that his poop doesn’t work in the postseason, and ostensibly he wasn’t talking about his digestive system. The Athletics will spend another offseason wondering about it. The rest of baseball’s fandom usually thinks about the victors as models. Do the Giants and Royals represent some sort of sea change, do […]
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

One of the biggest coups of the 2014 Major League Baseball season was the Boston Red Sox landing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland A’s in exchange for a few months of Jon Lester. Cespedes finished the season with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs, while Lester was decent for the A’s and will now hit free agency. Meanwhile, Cespedes has a year left on his contract. That...
Via Rumors and Rants
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dark horse team interested in Yasiel Puig: Athletics

In just two days after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season ended, Yasiel Puig’s name has come up in trade rumors. On Thursday, George Ofman of WBBM Newsradio in Chicago said the Dodgers were looking to move Puig and the Chicago Cubs would be one of the teams interested in acquiring the 23-year-old. The other team interested could be the Oakland Athletics, according to Tim Kawakami...
Via Sports-Glory
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Dunn to retire after 14-year MLB career

Adam Dunn watched the American League Wild Card Game from the bench, not once stepping on the field in the Oakland Athletics’ 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals in 12 innings. Dunn, who was on a postseason roster for the first time in his career, plans to retire. “That’s probably it,” said Dunn, who waited 14 season and 2,001 games to get to the postseason. The 34-year-old...
Via Sports-Glory
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

The Oakland Athletics are coming off yet another heart-breaking postseason exit, this time at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in an amazing extra-inning Wild Card game loss on Tuesday night. For a team that had expectations to win the World Series throughout the vast majority of the year, the 2014 season has to be nothing less than a downright failure for the team. This is only...
Via Sportsnaut
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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