Found December 06, 2011 on Fangraphs:
Despite all the media attention around its drafting philosophies over the years, the Oakland Athletics organization really doesn’t have a great record with the amateur draft. Yes, the club has nabbed some intriguing players – such as Michael Choice and Grant Green – but the depth is definitely la...

Tigers' Dave Dombrowski says of Oakland's Gio Gonzalez: 'We're exploring everything'

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski talked today at the winter meetings in Dallas about Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez.

Athletics Rumors: Gonzalez, Trades, Matsui, Nix

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle,'s Jane Lee, and Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group bring us some Athletics-related tidbits out of Dallas... The Royals have some interest in Gio Gonzalez, and one scout views them as a good match for the A's, given Kansas City's deep farm system. GM Billy Beane has no reservations about trading with other...

Price deters Tigers from pursuing A's Gonzalez

The Tigers inquired about A's left-hander Gio Gonzalez at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday to see if they could do something bigger than expected for a good price. The asking price in return, however, apparently cooled that interest.

Forst maintaining Beane's mantra at Meetings

Standing in for GM Billy Beane at the Winter Meetings, A's assistant general manager David Forst assured the club has "a lot of options" when asked Wednesday if he's been pleased with the offers that have been put forward for Oakland's top players.

Beane, A's being sought by many in Dallas

Billy Beane isn't shying away from his popularity status at the Winter Meetings, where more than half of all team representatives paid a visit to the A's general manager on Monday.

Willingham declines A's arbitration offer

As expected, outfielder Josh Willingham officially declined arbitration from the A's, a decision confirmed by his agent on Wednesday evening before the 9 p.m. PT deadline.

Rays have serious interest in Willingham

ROGER MOONEY DALLAS A half-dozen teams are believed to be interested in free agent slugger Josh Willingham and the Rays are one of them. The right-hander, who put up career numbers last season in home runs (29) and RBIs…

Blue Jays enter the Gio Gonzalez sweepstakes

Toronto became the latest team to join the Gio Gonzalez fray at baseball's winter meetings, and the Blue Jays just might be a fine match for the A's All-Star left-hander. The Blue Jays and A's are frequent trade...

Free agent Matsui unlikely to return to A's

Though the window has been kept open for Hideki Matsui's possible return to the A's since season's end, Oakland general manager Billy Beane all but officially closed it Monday at the Winter Meetings.

Josh Willingham would be a welcome addition - Indians Comment of the Day

"Give me Josh Willingham over Michael Brantley in left every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Maybe Brantley will make a big jump up this season, but so far his bat is that of a fourth outfielder and his glove is that of a left fielder only. He had some big hits last year, but unfortunately he didn't have enough regular old hits for me to want him to be a starter. And...

A's sense momentum on getting San Jose stadium

So many teams want to talk to the A's about their pitchers that general manager Billy Beane said it's hard to schedule them all. "I feel like the hottest prom date here," Beane said Monday, the first day of baseball's...
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