ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Hill won't start on Sunday, may head to DL

A's left-hander Rich Hill is making progress with the blister on his left middle finger, just not enough to pitch Sunday in Cleveland. Instead, Sonny Gray will take his regular turn to close out a three-game road series with the Indians, while Oakland mulls whether to place Hill on the disabled list.
Via Athletics.com
3 hours ago

Oakland A’s outfielders flashing their muscle in 2nd half

The Oakland A’s lineup is hot in the second half of the season so far. No, seriously. Through the first couple weeks, their 107 wRC+ ranks fifth in baseball (Angels, Astros, Red Sox, Reds), not to mention standing as a huge improvement over their mark of 89 from the first half. In particular, the outfield has been khrushing the ball. Their four outfielders (Khris Davis, Josh Reddick...
Via Athletics Nation
4 hours ago

Athletics scratch Rich Hill from Sunday start

According to Oakland Athletics beat writer Jane Lee, starting pitcher Rich Hill will not make his scheduled start on Sunday versus the Cleveland Indians. Hill last toed the rubber for Oakland on July 17, a start versus the Toronto Blue Jays that concluded in only a five-pitch outing. He’s been dealing with a lingering blister, one […] The post Athletics scratch Rich Hill from...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 hours ago

The Case for Keeping Josh Reddick

Josh Reddick is the near-ideal trade candidate. He’ll be a free agent at the end of the season, he’s continued to hit ever since rebounding from a disappointing 2013 campaign, and he’s playing for a team in the Oakland Athletics that’s eight games under .500 and has virtually no chance at the playoffs. Reddick is headed to free agency in market populated by few decent players...
Via Fangraphs
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raul Alcantara dominates in his first two starts for Triple-A Nashville

In the winter before the 2012 season, the Oakland A's acquired Raul Alcantara in the trade that netted Josh Reddick for All-Star closer Andrew Bailey. Alcantara was a high-ceiling pitching prospect at the time, and he ranked toward the top of our Community Prospect List for a while. However, Tommy John surgery interrupted his progress and tanked his prospect value, and he's spent...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Kendall Graveman and Jesse Hahn: A closer look at their recent dominant outings

All pitch selection info and charts are courtesy of Brooks Baseball. And a bit from MLB Gameday. After the 2014 season, the Oakland A's infamously traded away four popular All-Stars in an attempt to youthenize their roster. No, that's not a word. Enyoungen their roster? Spell check says no. The A's traded away four popular All-Stars to reload their roster with younger players and...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

A's OF Josh Reddick got drilled by two throws on one steal attempt

Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 in the Oakland Athletics’ 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers, scoring one run and upping his average to .300 on the year. The most exciting play of the game for him came in the top of the sixth inning.After singling off Yu Darvish, Reddick stole second base. The throw was a bit off and on the first-base side of the bag as it ricocheted off of Reddick into...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Davis homers twice, Crisp goes deep as A's beat Rangers 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Khris Davis homered twice, Coco Crisp also went deep and the Oakland Athletics beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 6-4 on Wednesday night. The A's have won four consecutive series for the first time since May 2014. Crisp's two-run homer in the eighth, on a 99 mph fastball from Matt Bush (3-2), put the A's up 4-3. Davis added another two-run shot, his 25th...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Coco Crisp’s RISP production worth a second look?

Coco Crisp has the Majors’ best batting average with runners in scoring position, but he’s not drawing trade interest. Coco Crisp isn’t talked about much by those discussing deals that could be made with the trade deadline upon us next Monday. Maybe that’s a mistake. Crisp gave the A’s the lead in Tuesday’s 6-3 win over Texas with a fourth-inning homer that carried into...
Via Inside the A's
2 days ago

Gray area: 8 Ks, 1 bad inning as A's win 6-3 at Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Sonny Gray had a season-high eight strikeouts and overcame one volatile inning, Josh Reddick drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Tuesday night. Reddick's two-run homer in the fourth was one of three homers by the A's. Coco Crisp and Marcus Semien also went deep. Gray (5-9) pitched six innings, retiring 12 of the first...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Column: Marcus Semien has turned into the A’s most untouchable player

In a recent article, ESPN’s David Schoenfield made a list of each team’s most untouchable player with the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaching. His criteria was pretty simple: “For the contenders,” Schoenfield wrote, “I considered prospects or young players who have been mentioned in rumors.” For teams not expected to contend, he he looked at […...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Sean Doolittle plays impromptu shadow baseball with boy

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When a baseball-loving boy stopped Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle by chance Monday to check out the A's bandanna worn by the pitcher's dog, the little guy got an impromptu opportunity to play shadow baseball with a big leaguer. Doolittle and girlfriend Eireann Dolan were walking their Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, Stella, on Monday afternoon in San Francisco when...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics activate Stephen Vogt from family medical leave list

The Oakland Athletics have reinstated catcher Stephen Vogt from the family medical leave list and optioned 31-year-old Matt McBride to Triple-A Nashville. Oakland placed Vogt on the list due to an undisclosed family issue Saturday. By rule, he had to miss at least three days, so the Athletics are activating him at the earliest possible […] The post Athletics activate Stephen Vogt...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

Jesse Hahn’s return to Triple-A just a matter of A’s schedule while Oakland doesn’t know when Rich Hill will pitch again

Jesse Hahn had a pretty good idea he was only coming up for one start, thanks to a schedule quirk. Jesse Hahn, brought up from Triple-A to start Sunday, left the game having not allowed a run in 7.2 innings. When his teammates left after the game for Arlington, Texas, Hahn remained behind and will fly Tuesday to a different destination. He will be heading back to Nashville to rejoin...
Via Inside the A's
4 days ago

Unhappy Butler expresses displeasure about role following winning homer that saves Hahn effort

For a guy who hit the game-winning home run and averted the anguish of a ruined Jesse Hahn pitching performance, Billy Butler didn’t sound like a very happy man following Sunday’s 3-2 A’s victory over Tampa Bay. Butler is laboring through his worst major-league season by far. He’s been so unproductive –- two home runs and 22 RBIs as he entered Game No. 99 ...
Via Inside the A's
5 days ago

Oakland Athletics trade rumors: who will buy Madson?

When the Oakland Athletics signed Ryan Madson, they acquired a solid closer. However, the struggling A’s will likely sell their bullpen ace. Before the deadline, the Athletics will benefit from leveraging Madson’s rising stock and big-game experience. For prospective buyers, who require a back-end reliever, the current Athletics closer has the potential to provide lights-out...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie Is Completely Different and Exactly the Same

If you’ve been following baseball over the last several seasons, you likely know at least two things about Jed Lowrie. The first is that he’s had some trouble staying on the field for a full season during his career; the second, that he wears a two-flap helmet in a league of men who insist they only need one. A slightly more dedicated fan could probably tell you that Lowrie has...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs reportedly interested in Josh Reddick

Slated to become a free agent this upcoming winter, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick will likely find himself on another team between now and the August 1st trade deadline. As the longest-tenured member of the A’s, it’s not going to be easy for the team’s brass to move him. But picking up something of substance in a trade is better than the alternative of seeing him...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics trade rumors: where should Danny Valencia go?

With the Oakland Athletics calling up prospect 3B Ryon Healy to the big leagues, that all but spells out the end of days for Danny Valencia in Oakland. With the trade deadline less than two weeks away, it would be quite surprising to see Valencia in an Oakland uniform come August 1st. Valencia should be one of the better pieces on the trade market as he as posted a slash line of...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB focusing on new stadiums for A's, Rays before expansion

There will come a time down the line when Major League Baseball dives deep into potential expansion possibilities, a topic Commissioner Rob Manfred has not been shy about discussing since taking over the position from Bud Selig, who oversaw expansion projects in Colorado, Florida (twice), and Arizona to go with the relocation of the Expos to Washington D.C. Manfred will likely one...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics trade rumors: selling A’s pitchers

Oakland Athletics fans may now break the seal on their tissue boxes and sulk, since the A’s are sellers at this year’s trade deadline. Here is a trio of A’s pitchers the team may consider moving, before the Aug. 1 deadline. Oakland Athletics left-handed starter Rich Hill Ever since Rich Hill arrived in Oakland, the A’s have enjoyed Hill’s ability to eat innings and win...
Via isportsweb.com
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Royals have strong interest in Josh Reddick

Josh Reddick is viewed as a player who will be a big factor on the trade market at the deadline period, and it sounds like the Kansas City Royals have particular interest in him. Reddick, who is batting .296 with a strong .371 OBP and .429 slugging percentage this season, will be a free agent after the year. Since his Oakland A’s are not contending, they are likely to deal him...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Coco Crisp suspended a game for throwing bat at ump

Not surprisingly, Oakland A’s outfielder Coco Crisp has been suspended one game by MLB for throwing his bat at an ump on Thursday. Crisp was ejected after he lost his composure in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros. He struck out swinging, afterward arguing with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Then came the bat-throwing incident, which led to his ejection and suspension...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Coco Crisp ejected after throwing bat at umpire’s feet

Coco Crisp had one of the more weird ejections you will see on a Major League Baseball field. Crisp tossed his bat at the feet of home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn, along with his helmet, and then walked straight into the dugout. This came after Crisp was called out on strikes in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros and Doug Fister. Crisp didn’t look back at Reyburn once...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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