Found January 19, 2012 on
The Outside Corner:
The Oakland Athletics are currently in talks with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes. If they sign Gomes, I think will have officially hopped off the Billy Beane bandwagon, because the team's offense right now is an absolute horror show.
Assuming Gomes is in the fold, Beane has four outfielders to play the corners alongside Coco Crisp: Gomes, Collin Cowgill, Josh Reddick, and Seth Smith. For their careers, Gomes and Reddick are good against lefties, with a .877 OPS for Gomes, and a .785 OPS for Reddick. Cowgill (in his brief career) and Smith cannot hit lefties very well. Against righties, Smith is excellent (.882 OPS career), while the other three aren't great. Looking at Cowgill's AA numbers from 2010 (since the 2011 splits aren't available due to a variety of issues), he had a .888 OPS against lefties, and a .783 OPS against righties, another definitive split.
So by that logic, Oakland has three outfielders that can hit lefties, and just one that can hit righties...
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According to a report from Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes, the Oakland Athletics are "very interested" in adding Manny Ramirez as a designated hitter. Rojas also reported that the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays recently watched Ramirez hit in an indoor cage.Ramirez, 39, has been working out since December and plans
to have open workout sessions for clubs interested...
The Athletics have agreed to sign Jonny Gomes, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that the A's were nearing a deal with the Petaluma, California native.
Gomes, 31, posted a .209/.325/.389 line with 14 homers in 372 plate appearances for the Reds and Nationals in 2011. The ACES client has a career .311/.407/.456...
The Oakland Athletics are shopping first baseman Brandon Allen, according to Jerry Crasnick, due to their excess number of first base candidates. MLBTR mentions the Pirates as a team that would be a fit for Allen. The connection seems to be based off the fact that the Pirates are looking for a first baseman, but doesn’t suggest that the Athletics have had contact with the Pirates...
A's general manager Billy Beane ultimate goal is to have the A's in a good place if they're given permission to build a new ballpark in San Jose. He started working toward that goal with a number of offseason moves.
The Oakland Athletics are "very interested" in making Manny Ramirez their designated hitter next season, a well-informed source told ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com.
The A's are nearing a deal with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A deal with the ACES client could be completed by Monday.
Conor Jackson and Johnny Damon were also considerations for the A's, who were looking for an outfielder capable of hitting left-handers, according to Slusser. GM Billy Beane has traded for...
Josh Reddick came back to Massachusetts on Thursday night to be honored as the Red Sox's Rookie of the Year for 2011. In an otherwise comfortable return, the only wrinkle was that Boston is no longer his hometown during baseball season.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Oakland Athletics and Jonny Gomes are working to finalize a deal that would provide the team with outfield depth.
The Oakland Athletics and Jonny Gomes were working Thursday to finalize a deal that would provide the team with outfield depth, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The person confirmed the pending contract on condition of anonymity because the club had yet to formally announce the acquisition of Gomes, who grew up in nearby Petaluma and is still loved in wine country.