A's send Clippard to Mets for Single-A pitcher Meisner

The Oakland Athletics sell-off continued on Monday, as the club traded reliever tyler Clippard to the New York Mets in exchange for minor-league pitcher Casey Meisner:  Many expected Oakland to trade Clippard, considering their place in the AL West (last) and after having traded pitcher Scott Kazmir last week.  In Meisner, the A's receive a 6'7" 20-year-old who was selected by...
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Athletics-Dodgers Preview

There was a fear that Brett Anderson's last start could have ended his season. Instead, he'll be back on the mound six days later to take on his former team. The slumping Oakland Athletics begin a two-game series in Los Angeles on Tuesday night as the Dodgers open a five-game home stretch against the AL West. Anderson (5-5, 3.33 ERA) departed last Tuesday's 4-3 loss in Atlanta with...
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Top MLB trade rumors roundup

With the non-waiver Major League Baseball trade deadline less than a week away, rumors are starting to swirl about some of the biggest names on the market. In what will be a daily piece here at Sportsnaut over the next several days, here is a look at the latest rumors around the baseball world. The New York Yankees seem interested in Cole Hamels The hottest name around the MLB...
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Could Ben Zobrist still be a fit for the Mets?

When the Mets acquired utility man Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, it appeared the club would next look to improve its outfield. And while the Mets are looking to do just that, the team may look to the Oakland Athletics as utility man Ben Zobrist, the two-time All-Star, is still in the cards to be dealt, says Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Cincinnati Reds outfielder...
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Mets still have their eyes on some potential big-time acquisitions

The Mets are thinking big. Whether they act big remains to be seen. The team, after acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves on Friday, is exploring a number of larger trades, major-league sources say. Here, according to sources, is where the Mets’ various pursuits stand: A push for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the Mets under the impression that Colorado...
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The Cubs Need Offense. And Fast.

The Chicago Cubs are on a stretch of games where they are playing several losing teams. Going back to the last series before the All Star break, the Cubs have played 11 of 20 games against teams who are currently under .500 and have a record of 5-6. That is unacceptable in my mind, and they should be able to rack up the wins against the “cupcakes” in baseball. Unfortunately,...
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Oakland Deals Scott Kazmir to Astros, Ben Zobrist Next

 The Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros are two teams headed in different directions.  The Astros are competing for a playoff spot and the A’s, well it looks like they might be in rebuild mode all of a sudden,  And may prove to be the biggest sellers in Major League Baseball heading into the trade deadline. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that  the Oakland...
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Report: Mets, Athletics talks regarding Ben Zobrist “heating up”

The New York Mets‘ talks with the Oakland Athletics about a trade for Ben Zobrist are “heating up,” but no deal is imminent, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Oakland has identified what players they would want in a deal, Ackert adds. Talks between the two teams are at the point where they have begun discussing potential pieces in a deal. Jon Heyman of...
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New York Yankees: is their second basemen in the system or on the trade market?

With the July 31 trade deadline looming, every team in contention is checking the availability of players that could help their ball club heading into the playoff stretch; the New York Yankees included. Sure, their 50-41 record has them in the lead by four games in the American League East, and they have been in that spot most of the season with little production from second base...
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Los Angeles Angels trade rumors: actively seeking a bat

The calm before the storm has dragged on, and the dark clouds have moved in ready to pour down upon Major League Baseball in the form of trades before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. It seems that general managers across baseball are waiting on the edge of their seats to see which two teams agree to a deal first and open the floodgates for the rest of the league to join...
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Washington Nationals trading for Ben Zorbist?

As the MLB trade deadline nears, the Washington Nationals are poised to make some quick deals to enhance their lineup.  There are many rumors flying around but perhaps the most important one involves a 34-year-old utlity man.  It is odd when the most important trade is for a multi-position player, but sometimes odd is necessary. Bryce Harper Lets take a quick trip back in time...
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MLB Midseason Power Rankings: Where do the Athletics Stand?

The MLB all-star game has come and gone.  With the players back on the field, it’s time for business.  With the end of the all-star break, we at TopSportsReport decided it’d be a good time to evaluate where every team stands.  For that reason, we have released our mid-season power rankings.  As part of the article, there are also bold predictions for each team moving forward...
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New York Yankees trade rumors: Ben Zobrist edition

If the New York Yankees acquire Ben Zobrist, current second baseman Stephen Drew will not be wearing pinstripes for much longer. With the MLB trade deadline now less than two weeks, the New York Yankees are amping up their search for a player who can help them down the stretch as they attempt to win their 41st American League Pennant. At 49-40 on the season, the Yankees sit atop...
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Baltimore Orioles trade rumors: Zobrist/Bruce edition

Though the Baltimore Orioles are just four games back of first place in the American League East, the team limped into the All-Star break, losing eight of ten games. With just two weeks until the trade deadline, it may be time for them to make a move. A few players around the league—mostly guys who play on teams that are out of the post-season race already—have been named as...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Trade Rumors: Second Base Edition

As we all take a break from the grind that is the 162 game Major League Baseball season, it’s time to dive into the problems (and yes there are some) on the Kansas City Royals. The biggest issue, however, may not be the starting rotation. It’s at second base, and it’s Omar Infante Omar Infante, your great defensive work we love, the poor bat you have, not so much. A few years...
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Oakland Athletics need to move Ben Zobrist

The Oakland Athletics have a 41-50 record on the season, good enough for last place in the American League West division. Oakland is currently 8.5 games back from the AL West leading Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Based on the poor performance of the Athletics, it’s safe to say that they will probably be sellers when the trade deadline approaches. Some pieces, such as ace Sonny...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Trade Buzz: Zobrist, Upton, Prado, Byrd On Mets Radar

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides an extensive assessment of the Mets needs as the trade deadline nears including a lot of the latest buzz. He lists Ben Zobrist, Justin Upton, Martin Prado, Marlon Byrd, Juan Uribe, Jean Segura, and Aramis Ramirez as players the Mets could be keying in on. Padres people were said to be scouting the Mets system, leading to speculation New York could...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers trade rumors: Ben Zobrist edition

The Texas Rangers are currently in their worst skid of the season. Five consecutive losses have dropped the Rangers to third place in the American League West, now seven games behind the first place Houston Astros. The sudden downturn has revealed some glaring weaknesses within the ball club. The Rangers have proven helpless against left-handed pitching. During the five-game losing...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets trade rumors: a healthy player, please

No matter how much New York Mets fans want the team to make a move, as they really should, it doesn’t look like they are going to do anything, even though the team has been absolutely decimated by injuries all season. If they weren’t going to trade for a healthy player and/or an actual bat when things were looking as bad as ever, then it’s unlikely that they’re going to...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Should The Mets Stay The Course?

Mark Simon of ESPN NY argues that the Mets should not make a big move at the trading deadline. With the Mets playoff odds sitting at 19% according to Fangraphs, he believes the Mets are unlikely to climb back in the race even with a trade for Justin Upton or Ben Zobrist. “So though it might seem like the Mets are in the hunt, when your odds are that low, you’re not a two-month...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

With scouts watching, A's Kazmir leaves start early with triceps issue

Lefty Scott Kazmir is one of the Oakland Athletics' most attractive trade targets, along with infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist.  On Wednesday night in New York, Kazmir threw three strong innings and left the game early with what was eventually called 'triceps tightness' - an issue has dealt with before during his season and a half with Oakland. That he didn't make it past three...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Alderson Sees More Options In Expanding Trade Market

Mike Puma of the New York Post spoke to Sandy Alderson about how the trade market is evolving and the possibility of trading for a hitter. The Mets general manager said that the trade market is just beginning to reveal itself and if you haven’t noticed, Sandy is right. In the last 5-6 days, names have begun to emerge and so have some of the buyers and sellers. Ben Zobrist has...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

With A's playing well, Zobrist tunes out incessant trade talk

As far as players seemingly always on the trade rumor circuit, Ben Zobrist is in a league all his own. The 'super utility' player, who joined the Oakland Athletics prior to this season, is once again dealing with a ceaseless hum of trade buzz around him wherever he goes. His status as a free-agent-to-be makes him an alluring 'rental' player for clubs seeking improvement ahead of...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mets are the team no one wants to see add a bat

Of the 16 teams across Major League Baseball with a record better than .500, the New York Mets, along with the Detroit Tigers are the only two with a negative run differential. Both teams have gotten on the red side of the run ledger by different means. The Mets rank in the bottom-five in the league with 293 runs scored. The teams below them, the Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Are Willing To Overpay For Ben Zobrist

Updating this previous report that the Mets and Oakland A’s were discussing a deal for Ben Zobrist, comes a new report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. When Sandy Alderson recently stated he was willing to “overpay” for the right hitter to help his lineup, he was referring to Zobrist the Post reports. However, it now appears that the switch hitting Zobrist has now –...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss
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