Posted December 24, 2011 on athletics.scout.com
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Athletics designate Powell and Miller for assignment

In an announcement by the Oakland Athletics, the team has designated catcher Landon Powell and outfielder Jai Miller for assignment.  The move was done to accommodate the trade that the team had with the Nationals this week. Image by Ethan Bloch under the Creative Commons License.

A's prep for grand opening in San Jose

It almost seems like a dare. The Oakland Athletics are again dismantling, this time in preparation for a move to San Jose that baseball has yet to formally consider, much less approve. "We have no chance but to operate under the possible illusion that we'll get a new stadium," A's general manager Billy Beane said Friday. "It's really the only answer for...

Athletics could get San Jose territory rights

Sources close to Bob Nightengale of USA Today say that the Oakland Athletics will be granted permission by February to move to San Jose.  The territory rights to San Jose are currently being held by the San Francisco Giants. The decision is not official and sources close to the San Jose Mercury News (as reported by Joe Stiglich and Tracy Seipel) say that “nothing has changed....

Beane On Stadium, Payroll, Draft, Trades, Free Agents

Athletics GM Billy Beane spoke to reporters after the Gio Gonzalez trade was made official earlier today. Here's a recap of the news... "We’re putting a team together as if we’re going to have a new stadium," said Beane according to MLB.com's Jane Lee (on Twitter). "I don’t think we have any other choice." Beane said that payroll will be...

Suzuki passing on holiday traditions to daughter

A's catcher Kurt Suzuki has been busy prepping for the 2012 season but is also using the offseason to take in moments with his wife and baby daughter, who is enjoying her first holiday season.

Done deal: Nats land A's Gonzalez for prospects

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has kept his eye on Gio Gonzalez for the last decade or so. Now, the left-hander is a member of Rizzo's starting rotation.

Oakland designated two the Mets should be interested in...

After the Gio Gonzalez trade the Oakland A's had to designate two players for assignment, two days before Christmas Laden Powell and Jai Miller found out they are no longer on Oakland's major league roster. Powell is the least interesting of the two to me because of the signing of Rob Johnson, Powell is a 29 y/o right handed catcher who was a first round pick in 2004 by Oakland...

We’ve Seen These So-Called Nice Hauls From Beane Before

Athletic’s GM Billy Beane is getting lots of praise today for the hauls he’s apparently gotten for young pitchers Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez, two pitchers Beane hailed as the part of the sustainable winning run he predicted back in 2007 when he traded his team’s best players at the time; Nick Swisher and Dan Haren. Now five years later, both players are gone and apparently...

Oakland Lands The Right Names For Gio

Early in the off-season, it appeared that Oakland was eyeballing some of the biggest prospect names in the game in exchange for Gio Gonzalez. They quickly realized that getting back a player like the Yankees' Jesus Montero was not going to happen, but what they received from the Nationals on Thursday was the next best thing, as they received a high quality package of prospects.

Nationals Win in Gio Gonzalez Trade

As Ted already covered this morning, the wait to see who the Washington Nationals' first big signing would be ended on Thursday afternoon, as they acquired LHP Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics. We’ve already covered the base level stats several times, so we won’t do much but remind you. In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Gonzalez threw more than 400 innings, posted a...

Oakland A's reportedly granted permission to move to San Jose

A's general manager Billy Beane declined comment on a report that the A's will receive permission by February to move to San Jose.

Bats: After Gonzalez Trade, Yankees Will Keep Looking

The Yankees liked pitcher Gio Gonzalez, but the price was too high.
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