Athletics don’t need much in the way of free agents in 2017

The now-vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and current general manager David Forst began dismantling the Oakland Athletics after their epic collapse in 2014. The pair of front office execs traded away six of their seven 2014 All-Stars for prospects and some unproven MLB-ready players. They’ve since traded a couple more players, such as […] The post Athletics don’t...
Via Today's Knuckleball
10 hours ago

Oakland A’s dinger roundup: The first MLB homer of each new rookie

The Oakland A’s have started letting some of the kids play, and that means a lot of firsts by players we’ve been following for years in the minors. On Thursday, Chad Pinder finally connected on his first MLB home run, which is exciting because it’s one step closer to my autographed 2014 AN Day Stockton Name Tag being worth something. Now that a handful of the new guys have...
Via Athletics Nation
23 hours ago

Graveman proud of his durability

A's pitcher Kendall Graveman provided stability to a rotation that had very little all year. Graveman never skipped a start, totaling a career-high 31 of them, and his performance only bettered with time, further magnifying his durability.
1 day ago

Pinder's first HR not enough as A's fall

Mike Zunino's home run in the seventh broke a tie and Seattle tacked on another run in the eighth in a victory over the A's on Thursday. Chad Pinder hit his first big league home run and the A's got one more run in the ninth before Edwin Diaz closed things out for Seattle.
1 day ago

Forget these final losses. The Oakland A’s future has begun to arrive.

The Oakland A’s last won a game on Sunday, in their home finale against the Rangers. Jharel Cotton threw seven sparkling innings, and Ryan Dull fanned three batters in a scoreless 9th. The lineup put together a seven-run rally, capped off by a towering homer by Ryon Healy; he and catcher Bruce Maxwell posted three-hit days. Matt Olson notched his first MLB hit, and Joey Wendle...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Gray's return to mound short but sweet for A's

A's pitcher Sonny Gray, who spent nearly two months rehabbing a forearm injury, made his first appearances since Aug. 6 on Wednesday, as he tossed a scoreless first inning against the Angels.
2 days ago

Athletics Activate Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray is back in action for the Athletics after missing about seven weeks with a forearm strain, with the club announcing his activation from the 15-day DL. Gray is expected to start today for one final time this season, but he’ll be limited to a strict pitch count. Gray, 26, is looking to end his forgettable campaign on a relative high note by returning to the major league...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Athletics' Gray will come off DL to start vs. Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- One of the American League's best pitchers last year will make his first start in more than seven weeks when the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels conclude their three-game series Wednesday night at Angel Stadium. Oakland right-hander Sonny Gray, an All-Star last year, will be activated from the disabled list to start for the first time since Aug....
Via FOX Sports
3 days ago

Pleskoff Scouting Report: Jharel Cotton

TEAM: Oakland Athletics AGE: 24 POSITION: Pitcher BATS: Right THROWS: Right HEIGHT: 5-foot-11 WEIGHT: 195 lbs. ACQUIRED: The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Cotton in the 20th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He had attended Miami-Dade College and East Carolina University. On August 1 this year, the Dodgers traded Cotton to the Oakland Athletics along with pitcher Grant...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

Jharel Cotton: the next Oakland Athletics ace?

When selling players at the trade deadline, teams do not receive an ace pitcher in return. In 2016, the Oakland Athletics rewrote this rule. On Aug. 1, the A’s moved left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, Oakland acquired three unknown players. One was named Jharel Cotton, a right-handed pitcher that possessed no Major League...
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Athletics’ Sonny Gray up to par in Saturday throwing session

Oakland Athlettics ace Sonny Gray hasn’t pitched live since enduring a strained forearm on August 6, but did look good in his throwing session on Saturday morning. Sonny Gray threw to hitters this morning, it went great. Matt Olson says Gray looked just the same as he did when he saw him this spring. — Susan […] The post Athletics’ Sonny Gray up to par in Saturday throwing...
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6 days ago

2016 MLB Farewells: Oakland Athletics

It is that part of the year where pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is time to say an early goodbye to some of our summertime friends who will not be joining us in the fall–up next are the 2016 Oakland Athletics. Moneyball didn’t work…again. Most people didn’t expect anything...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics weren’t expected to contend for an AL West title or wild card spot in 2016, based mostly on the competition they faced within their division. The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners all looked like potential contenders, while the A’s were building for the future and likely to spin off veteran pieces like Sonny Gray, Rich Hill and Josh Reddick...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Khris Davis homers twice as A's beat AL-best Rangers 5-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Khris Davis homered twice, giving him 40 for the season, and the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 5-2 on Sunday to keep the Rangers from moving closer to the AL West title. Davis is the first A's player to hit 40 homers since Jason Giambi had 43 in 2000. Davis has 10 homers in 15 games against the Rangers. With two weeks left in the regular season, the magic number...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Things to watch for in the last Oakland Athletics homestand of 2016

The Oakland Athletics season has not been good and there has not been much of a reason to watch it. Oakland is 65-83 and is already eliminated from making the playoffs. It would seem that there is not much of a reason to watch the last few games that Oakland has at home. However, there are plenty of reasons to watch the final games in the Coliseum. Here is why. 1. They can impact...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler signs with Yankees

Billy Butler’s unemployment stint did not last very long. The DH signed with the New York Yankees on Wednesday, just days after being released by the Oakland A’s. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says the Yankees will use Butler against lefties. They got him as a platoon guy specifically for the next few weeks, as they will face multiple southpaws. Source confirms: #Yankees sign Billy...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Alonso, Semien hit 2-run doubles; A's top Royals 8-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien hit two-run doubles as the Oakland Athletics beat Kansas City 8-0 for the third straight game on Wednesday night to further ruin the Royals' postseason chances. The 2015 World Series champion Royals are five games out in the American League wild card with 17 games left and would have to climb over five teams. A's rookie left...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Oakland Call-Ups Renato Nunez and Matt Olson

On Monday, the Oakland Athletics promoted a couple of hitting prospects from Triple-A: Renato Nunez and Matt Olson. Both Nunez and Olson came off the bench on Monday to make their big-league debuts. With Billy Butler out of the picture, and Danny Valencia likely soon to follow, Nunez and Olson might see a decent chunk of playing time these next two weeks. Olson’s numbers have trended...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every A's MLB player to hit 30 home runs in a season

A member of the Athletics has hit 30 or more home runs in a season 60 times. This includes all MLB iterations of the A's from Philadelphia to Kansas City to Oakland. The 27 sluggers on this impressive list include some Hall of Famers. How many of them can you name? Clue: Number of Home Runs-A's location-Year
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Jharel Cotton’s Changeup Is Objectively Impressive

Oakland right-hander Jharel Cotton made his major-league debut on Wednesday. The results were positive: over 6.1 innings, Cotton conceded just a lone run on two hits — the product, that run, of a homer by the Angels’ C.J. Cron. The process, while entirely adequate, was also slightly less positive: over those 6.1 innings and against those same 22 batters, Cotton recorded just...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland Athletics recall Mengden and his scary stats

Halloween is more than one month away. But the Oakland Athletics have already experienced a season of scary performances from their rotation. Now, the A’s are feeling further discomfort by management’s recent recall of starting pitcher Daniel Mengden. On Sept. 3, the Athletics recalled Mengden from the Nashville Sounds. Not surprisingly, A’s GM David Forst, scouts, and fans...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Khris Davis and Others Who Have Pressed Before

Khris Davis has maintained excellent exit velocity all year, and has 33 home runs to his name, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t pressed at times with his new team. His walk rate is less than half what it used to be, and his swinging-strike rate is up nearly 20%. The Oakland outfielder admitted that his decision on when to swing hasn’t been at its finest this year. “I was...
Via Fangraphs
August 26, 2016  |  Discuss

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