Found August 02, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
In their push for a playoff berth, the A's have called up starting pitcher Dan Straily, and will start him tomorrow night against the Blue Jays. Straily will be replacing Travis Blackley in the Oakland rotation, sending Blackley to the pen. The 23-year old Straily, not on any top prospect radar coming into the year, has absolutely burst onto the scene in 2012 after being a 24th round pick in 2009. Straily has shown flashes of brilliance across his minor league career, striking out 149 in 148 innings in 2010 with low-A Kane County, and striking out 154 in 160 innings last season with high-A Stockton. This season though, Straily has been a phenom. He leads all of baseball with 175 strikeouts in 138 1/3 innings for AA Midland and AAA Sacramento. Perhaps more impressive is that Straily has walked just 37 hitters this season, leading to a stellar 4.73 strikeout to walk ratio. During trade talks near the deadline, the A's were involved in discussions for players like Ch...

A's to call up prized prospect to start Friday

The Oakland Athletics plan to call up right-hander Dan Straily, who has more strikeouts than any other pitcher in professional baseball, to start Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Straily has 175 strikeouts in 138 1-3 innings while splitting time between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento this season. The 23-year-old also has a 2.60 ERA in 22 minor league games. A fourth...

A's call up minors' Ks leader

Right-hander Dan Straily, who leads the minor leagues with 175 strikeouts, will be called up by the A's and make his major-league debut Friday night against the Blue Jays. Straily, 23, is 8-6 with a 2.60 ERA and just 97 hits allowed in 138 1/3 innings over 22 starts between Class AA and Class AAA this season. He has a 1.36 ERA since being promoted to Class AAA Sacramento, and...

Canseco files bankruptcy in Nevada

Former Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco has filed for bankruptcy protection in Nevada. The 1986 American League rookie of the year and 1988 league MVP with the A's is seeking asset liquidation in Chapter 7 documents filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas. Canseco's bankruptcy attorney, Mark Segal declined to comment Wednesday. The bankruptcy petition...

Athletics 4, Blue Jays 1

Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer to back another strong outing by Bartolo Colon, and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Thursday night. Brandon Inge and Seth Smith also drove in runs for the A's, who improved to 14-5 since the All-Star break. Oakland, held to no more than one run in three of its previous four games, moved past the Los Angeles Angels...

Straily Joins A's For Series With Toronto

Rookies have played a prominent role in the Oakland A's success this season and the A's will be calling on yet another prospect to make his major league debut this weekend. Dan Straily, easily the A's best minor league pitcher this season, will make his debut on Friday. Chris Biderman looks at the four-game set and Straily's impending debut.

Oakland Athletics trade Kurt Suzuki to Washington Nationals

It looks like waiver trades are occurring earlier and earlier than before. On the same afternoon that saw Cliff Lee claimed and Joe Blanton traded to the Dodgers, the Nationals acquired a veteran catcher to support Jesus Flores. Suzuki was deemed expendable by the Athletics following the promotion of Derek Norris and trade for George Kotteras. Moving Suzuki allows the...

A's will keep exploring moves in August

The Oakland A's were expected to be among the big wheelers and dealers before Tuesday's trade deadline, but the team was quiet, failing to obtain a shortstop. The team's only move was Sunday's acquisition of catcher George Kottaras, who made his Oakland debut Tuesday in an 8-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at the Coliseum. Kottaras had one of the Athletics' three...

Nationals acquire Kurt Suzuki from the Athletics

The Washington Nationals have acquired veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Oakland Athletics for catcher David Freitas the team announced. Before the trade deadline, the Nationals were involved in talks with the Rangers regarding Yorvit Torrealba, but they didn't go nowhere. Suzuki, 28, hit .218/.250/.286 with 1 HR and a 49 OPS+ in 278 plate appearances for the A's this...

A's Swap Suzuki For Prospect

Relatively quiet at the deadline, the Oakland A's made a move on Friday, dealing veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Washington Nationals for prospect David Freitas.

Blue Jays-Athletics Preview

On the heels of a record-setting July, the Oakland Athletics have hit a snag. The Athletics look to avoid a third straight defeat Thursday night when they host the Toronto Blue Jays, who are at risk of matching their longest losing streak of the season. Oakland (56-48) went a franchise-best 19-5 in July but ended the month with an 8-0 loss to Tampa Bay, then opened August by falling...

Three Post-Waiver Trade Targets: Pitchers

Dave Cameron already covered the best and most obvious candidate in Cliff Lee here. Here are three more pitchers who could get moved as a post-waiver deal: Brandon McCarthy McCarthy could potentially pass through waivers due to the shoulder injury he suffered back on June 24. Although he’s already in the middle of a rehab assignment, he was crushed (six runs in 3.2 innings) in...

Who Are You, Chris Carter?

How does Billy Beane do it? He consistently inserts these random players in to a hodge podge lineup and every 3 or 4 years he gets himself a pretty good team. It’s not nearly as romantic as they make it all sound in Moneyball, and most of it is due to the pitchers, but I’m still impressed. The Red Sox can barely put a winning team on the field with a 180 million dollar roster...

Top Ten Fantasy Baseball Prospects for the Stretch Run

A few of these guys are up as of recently. Others aren’t, but should be soon. And then a few more might not surface this year, but the mere possibility of their being called up warrants a mention. Please understand that I’m using the term “prospects” loosely here — some of the names that follow graduated their prospect status long ago. Anyway. My top ten prospect(ish...
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