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Red Sox add a bullpen option, acquire Ryan Cook from A's

The Oakland Athletics traded right-hander Ryan Cook to the Boston Red Sox On Friday for a player to be named or cash in yet another cost-cutting move by general manager Billy Beane. Cook was pitching for Triple-A Nashville but has been a key member of the Oakland bullpen in the past, even making four appearances for the A's early in the year. Earlier in the day, Oakland acquired...
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A's trade Cook to Red Sox for player to be named or cash

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Ryan Cook to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash in yet another cost-cutting move by general manager Billy Beane. Cook was pitching for Triple-A Nashville but has been a key member of the Oakland bullpen in the past, even making four appearances for the A's early in the year. Earlier Friday, Oakland...
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Beane on A's outlook: 'We need more young players' in system

Last season, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane went 'all-in', making a number of high-profile win-now trades hoping to ensure the A's of a successful October. It didn't happen, and the club lost then-No.1 prospect Addison Russell, recent Draft pick Billy McKinney and other promising prospects in what wound up being a failed effort to win a World Series. A year later,...
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Beane on A's moves 'We need more young players' in system

Last season, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane went 'all-in', making a number of high-profile win-now trades hoping to ensure the A's a successful October. It didn't happen, and the club lost then-No.1 prospect Addison Russell, recent Draft pick Billy McKinney and other promising prospects in what wound up being a failed effort to win a World Series.A year later, Beane...
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Beane on A's moves 'We need more young players'

Last season, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane went 'all-in', making a number of high-profile win-now trades hoping to ensure the A's a successful October. It didn't happen, and the club lost then-No.1 prospect Addison Russell, recent Draft pick Billy McKinney and other promising prospects in what wound up being a failed effort to win a World Series.A year later, Beane...
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Beane on A's trade decisions: 'We need more young players'

Last season, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane went 'all-in', making a number of high-profile win-now trades hoping to ensure the A's a successful October. It didn't happen, and the club lost then-No.1 prospect Addison Russell, recent Draft pick Billy McKinney and other promising prospects in what wound up being a failed effort to win a World Series.A year later, Beane...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

It’s time to stop giving A’s GM Billy Beane the benefit of the doubt

Prior to their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night, the Oakland Athletics traded super utility man Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals. This came on the heels of the team moving starter Scott Kazmir and closer Tyler Clippard. In what amounts to a fire sale, the A’s received solid returns for Clippard and Zobrist while seemingly striking out in their bounty for...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s News and Notes: Beane Makes Trades For the Future, Gray Shuts Out Dodgers

Just when you thought you’d gotten used to the Oakland A’s pattern of flipping prospects for major league-ready talent, Billy Beane just decided to switch things up again. With days to spare ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, the A’s have now completed swaps for all three of their expected trade chips. Scott Kazmir, Tyler Clippard, and Ben Zobrist were all impending free...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospects learn quickly about tricks of the trade deadline

Each summer, teams, media and fans are consumed by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. "Buyers" try to shore up their bench or rotation, while "sellers" shed assets with an eye on the future. But what happens to the prospects involved in those mega-deals? When Athletics general manager Billy Beane scratched his incessant itch to deal on July 23, pitcher Scott Kazmir was sent to...
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Persistence helped Jays land Tulowitzki; is pitching next?

When Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos acquired Josh Donaldson last offseason, it was because he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Same thing with Troy Tulowitzki. Just as Anthopoulos wore down Athletics GM Billy Beane, he wore down Rockies counterpart Jeff Bridich, according to major-league sources with knowledge of the talks. Anthopoulos first asked the Rockies about Tulowitzki...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Beane: A's 'happy to get' Meisner in Clippard deal as club eyes future

The Oakland Athletics shed another expiring contract on Monday, trading reliever Tyler Clippard to the New York Mets in exchange for Single-A right-hander Casey Meisner. The deal came a few days after general manager Billy Beane shipped lefty Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for a pair of Single-A prospects, so these latest moves indicate he and the A's are dealing with an eye...
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A's GM Billy Beane remains optimistic about new ballpark

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics general manager Billy Beane remains optimistic Oakland will get a new ballpark. Someday, some way. He's not sure how it will happen, but hopes it occurs during his tenure running the club. ''Because like everybody else, as much as everybody else likes stability, I can assure you nobody wants it more than I do,'' Beane said. ''I would anticipate it...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins trade rumors: Tyler Clippard edition

The trade deadline is now only five days away, and teams are frantically trying to improve their rosters in order to rise above the rest of the league. While most blockbuster trades happen as close to the trade deadline as possible, there have already been two in the past few days. Scott Kazmir was traded from the Oakland A’s to the Houston Astros earlier this week, and, just moments...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Field of Schemes

Lew Wolff is listed on the Oakland Athletic’s website as an owner and managing partner. The real estate magnate and hotel owner was of course the head of the partnership that purchased the team in the Spring of 2005. Wolff’s name is the one we hear the most when it comes to team finance and the ever-present issue of getting the club a shiny new ballpark. Some fan’s may not...
Via BaySportsNet
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The MLB trading deadline needs to be moved to later in the season

I think it’s high time, given the advent of two wildcard teams in each league, to move the end of July trading deadline back by at least two weeks. The truth is that there are still too many teams in the hunt for the postseason.  Looking at the wildcard standings ahead of Friday’s games, there are only four American League teams that are more than 5.5 games out of a playoff...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Beane on Kazmir deal, A's future trade plans: 'We have to be realistic'

After waffling for a while about whether to 'buy' or 'sell', the Oakland Athletics traded one of their valuable assets on Thursday, sending Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for a pair of prospects.As the day went on, general manager Billy Beane spoke with the media regarding the decision to deal Kazmir and focus on the future. As Beane told Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area, he considered...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the A's reunite with Yoenis Cespedes?

When Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane traded popular Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox on July 31, 2014, it sent shockwaves around the league. Yes, the club received Jon Lester in return, but A's players were caught off-guard by the deal, as was pretty much everyone else (especially initially).  In the months since the deal, Cespedes has moved from...
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Social media reaction: A's bid farewell to Kazmir after trade to Houston

Billy Beane officially kickstarted trade deadline season on Thursday morning, shipping lefty Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers.  As news of the trade began circulating online, Kazmir was in the A's clubhouse hugging his now ex-teammates and exchanging goodbyes before heading on his way.  The vibe in the clubhouse before Thursday afternoon...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane Did What?

July 5, 2014 Traded Billy McKinney, Addison Russell, Dan Straily and cash to the Chicago Cubs. Received Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. July 31, 2014 Traded Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 competitive balance round B pick to the Boston Red Sox. Received Jonny Gomes, Jon Lester and cash. August 31, 2014 Traded Nolan Sanburn to the Chicago White Sox. Received Adam Dunn and cash....
Via BaySportsNet
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Scott Kazmir Trade: The A's Sell Out And Sell Well

Good And GoneToday, my A's put a bullet in the head of their 2015 hopes, and honestly, it wasn't a minute too soon. In sending out LHP SP Scott Kazmir to the division rival Astros for two Single-A prospects, they officially announced their intent to flush the last 10 weeks of the season in an effort to re-stock the system, and amen to that. While many advanced metrics show the team...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics-Giants Preview

General manager Billy Beane set aside his "Moneyball" tactics before last season's trade deadline and reshaped the rotation in a futile attempt to bring the Oakland Athletics a championship. Now Beane is back to selling off potential rentals rather than acquiring them as Oakland sits in the AL West basement. One day after dealing free-agent-to-be Scott Kazmir, the A's send Jesse...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros acquire Kazmir from A's for two prospects

The Astros have acquired left-hander Scott Kazmir from the A's in exchange for  right-hander Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. It's the first significant trade of the season, and of course it comes from A's GM Billy Beane. FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade, which was later confirmed by the A's via Twitter. Kazmir, 31, revived his career over...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: A's looking for Triple-A talent in potential Kazmir deal

With just ten shopping days remaining before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, the whispers are starting to circulate at a quicker rate of speed. Oakland Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir is one of the most attractive big-ticket pitching options presumably on the trade market, and a dazzling eight shutout innings over the weekend in front of scouts for at least four clubs...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: A's Hahn to have lengthy DL stint with flexor tendon issue

It doesn't sound as if the Oakland Athletics will see Jesse Hahn back on the pitching mound for the foreseeable future.  Reports a few days ago had Hahn expected to be shelved for two weeks due to a right forearm strain, but now his absence will take a bit longer than that.  A new report from John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group quotes general manager Billy Beane as indicating...
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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