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ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Oakland A’s trade rumors: Scott Kazmir edition

The Oakland A’s don’t want to move him, and he doesn’t want to be moved, but a trade of Scott Kazmir appears imminent. With the A’s struggling at 34-44 and Kazmir being in the last year of his two season contract, it would be unlike Billy Beane to keep Kazmir rather than receive maximum value with a trade. Kazmir’s value couldn’t be much higher than it is now. Normally...
Via isportsweb.com
54 minutes ago  |  Discuss

A’s Should Trade Kazmir Sooner Rather Than Later

It’s no secret that Scott Kazmir is one of 2015’s top mid-season trade chips. Though the deadline is still a little over a month away, the Oakland A’s could reap better rewards if they move their starter now instead of waiting until July 31. This latest series sweep at the hands of the Royals serves as a reminder that, while the A’s are capable of stringing together successes...
Via BaySportsNet
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sunday, June 28th: Joel Seddon Pitches Ports to Victory while Barry Zito Is Solid in Sounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Stockton Ports         4 Inland Empire 66ers  1 WP – Seddon 5-4 / 3.53 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win) RHP Joel Seddon delivered another impressive start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing just 4 hits...
Via Athletics Farm
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Saturday, June 27th: Argenis Blanco Pitches AZL A’s to Victory while Sean Nolin Earns 2nd Win for Sounds and Raul Alcantara Is Solid for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)   ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season) AZL D-backs  0 AZL A’s         4 WP – Blanco 2-0 / 1.80 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win) 19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Argenis Blanco was impressive on Saturday, allowing just 5 hits...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Suddenly, Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane is not looking so bad for the Josh Donaldson trade

Maybe we all should have given Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane the benefit of the doubt. After all, how many Major League GMs have had a movie made about them? Beane took considerable heat for trading third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason for third baseman Brett Lawrie and pitcher Kendall Graveman, as well as two other minor leaguers in...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday, June 26th: Beau Taylor’s Grand Slam Highlights Ports Win while Chris Bassitt K’s 8 in Sounds Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Catcher Beau Taylor (Grand Slam)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Stockton Ports       12 Inland Empire 66ers  3 WP – Finnegan 5-4 / 5.15 HR – Marincov (8), Taylor (4) Farmhand Of The Game: Catcher Beau Taylor (Grand Slam) With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 1st inning, catcher Beau Taylor came to the plate and slugged...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Nunez, Olson to take part in All-Star Futures Game

Two of the Oakland Athletics' top prospects were named to the Futures Game roster on Thursday and will take part in the game on Sunday, July 12 - ahead of All-Star Week festivities at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.First baseman Matt Olson, 21, the club's #1 prospect, and 21-year-old corner infielder Renato Nunez, their #4 prospect will represent the organization in the game...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy/Sell, Week 12: Lawrie’s Resurgence

Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B, OAK Verdict: Buy While he may not be making A’s fans forget about Josh Donaldson, Brett Lawrie has managed to scrap his way to fantasy relevance. In the past 30 days, according to the ESPN player rater, Lawrie has been the fifth best second baseman. At first glance, the combination of Lawrie’s BABIP and 26.4 K% points to a whole lot of regression coming...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Out With the Old, In With the Pulled Pork

Since May 1st, Billy Butler has hit .230/.289/.298 over the span of 47 games for the Oakland Athletics.  He has played a grand total of 2 games this season at first base, meaning he has had one priority, and that is to hit the baseball. He has under whelmed. There was much scuttle  after the 2014 season when General Manager Dayton Moore chose to opt out of the contract...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Griffin experiences minor setback in rehab work

The Oakland Athletics activated right-hander A.J. Griffin from the disabled list less than two weeks ago in hopes that he'd be able to rejoin the pitching staff sometime in early July. That could still happen, though Griffin - who is nearly returned from a lengthy time off recovering from 2014 Tommy John surgery - has now experienced something of a setback with Triple-A Nashville...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rickey Henderson had an eventful MLB debut on this day 36 years ago

On this day in baseball history in 1979, future Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson made his major league debut for the Oakland Athletics. Although the A’s lost to the Texas Rangers that day by a final score of 5-1, Henderson had a solid day in which he picked up two base hits and stole the first of an MLB record 1,406 bases in his illustrious career. From there, “The Man of Steal”...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Vogt dealing with minor elbow strain

Oakland Athletics catcher/first baseman Stephen Vogt was out of the A's lineup on Tuesday night in Texas with what team calls an 'elbow strain', but it isn't expected to be a big deal.In fact, Vogt will be in Wednesday night's lineup at first base against the Rangers.Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area mentioned on Tuesday that Vogt received a cortisone shot for his left elbow to alleviate...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics aren’t out of the hunt yet

Although the Oakland Athletics are currently in last place in the American League West Division standings, they are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. They have a 17-11 record dating back to May 23 and have won six of their last eight games. Oakland has been on fire recently mainly because of a surging offense and dominant starting pitching. In the last eight games,...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #68: Gray skies turned red – Angels 12, Athletics 7

When you go down by five runs to Sonny Gray, you aren’t supposed to come back. That’s basically a death sentence, especially with an offense like that of the Angels. Yet, some way, somehow, the Angels turned everything Gray to Halo Red in one incredible half inning. Could this be a turning point on their season? Maybe, but we’ve been fooled before. But maybe this time it will...
Via Monkey with a Halo
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s are baseball’s least fortunate team

On Friday the Oakland A’s suffered yet another loss, dropping their record to 29-41 on the year. It’s hard to believe that this is the same team that went to the playoffs in each of the last three years. Sure Billy Beane traded several key players, Josh Donaldson being the biggest, and perhaps the players are still demoralized by their absolutely terrible playoff loss last...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Is baseball ready for an openly gay player?

O.co Coliseum prepares for the Athletics’ LGBT Pride Night. The Athletics had an LGBT Pride event Wednesday night, and the night was peppered with love for many people that haven’t always felt comfortable at the ballpark. Opera Singer Breanna Sinclaire, the first trans singer accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s master’s program according […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: Tyler Clippard

The July 31st trade deadline is nearing, and the Oakland A’s (26-39) should have a clear plan by now. Whereas last year the A’s were serious buyers, collecting both Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija, the team’s unfortunate start to 2015 undoubtedly means selling at the deadline. The A’s have a few interesting players, Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard are probably the most...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s switch-pitcher Pat Venditte placed on DL

Baseball fans hoping to catch The Pat Venditte Show will have to wait at least another two weeks to do so. The Oakland A’s on Friday placed Venditte, the first switch-pitcher to appear in the majors in 20 years, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. The 29-year-old Venditte made headlines last Friday when he threw with both arms in a scoreless two-inning...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie sends flowers to fan injured by broken bat

Tonya Carpenter, the woman who was struck by a broken bat during a Boston Red Sox-Oakland A’s game at Fenway Park on Friday night, is still recovering in the hospital and has been upgraded to fair condition. A bouquet of flowers from Brett Lawrie has helped lift her spirits. Lawrie is the player whose broken...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie sends flowers to fan hit by his broken bat

The Oakland A’s third baseman sent flowers and a note Tuesday to the hospital room of 44-year-old Tonya Carpenter, who is recovering from her injuries at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “Sending my thoughts and prayers,” Lawrie’s note read, according to WCVB-TV in Boston. The Carpenter family responded with a message of its own. “Brett, (the flowers) are the...
Via NESN.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Fan struck by broken bat in Boston expected to survive

Fans take risks by attending games, and much to the dismay of all of us, Tonya Carpenter experienced that danger first-hand on Friday night when a broken bat struck her in the head. Fortunately and thankfully, she is expected to survive what are considered life-threatening injuries, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN. The message was brief, yet direct. The report said...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vanditte pitches left and right handed in same inning

Your browser does not support iframes. On Friday, the A’s called up Pat Venditte from Triple-A. Ordinarily, a roster move involving a relief pitcher wouldn’t necessarily be of note. This one, however, was. Venditte is ambidextrous and can effectively pitch both left-handed and right-handed. He did so on Friday. Venditte entered Oakland’s game against the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pat Venditte makes major league debut, confuses everyone

The switch pitcher has arrived. Oakland Athletics reliever Pat Venditte, who can throw as both a lefty and a righty, made his major league debut on Friday night in Boston. Of course, this isn’t exactly a situation you see every day, so we saw some interesting things happen over the course of the day. Earlier in the day when Venditte was called up, Oakland labeled him an “SHP”...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox fan injured by broken bat, taken off in a stretcher

A scary situation occurred at Fenway Park in Boston as the Red Sox were hosting the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. A fan was struck by a broken bat in the top of the second inning and was forced from the stands in a stretcher. A video by Deadspin, which we will not embed here due to its graphic nature, shows the bloodied woman screeching in pain as she is being wheeled off in...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics call up switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

Be prepared to drop everything and run to a computer or television when the Oakland Athletics are playing, because you might witness a rare event. Pat Venditte, a relief pitcher, holds a tremendously unique talent: He can pitch with either arm. Venditte has been called up from the Nashville Sounds to the big-league club, according to Gary Sharp of Omaha radio station 1620 The...
Via Sportsnaut
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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