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Jesse Hahn, RJ Alvarez go to A’s in Derek Norris trade

The Oakland A’s are clearly in rebuilding mode, but at least Billy Beane is getting some really nice players in return for his trades. The A’s on Thursday agreed to trade catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres for pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. The Padres are also receiving Seth Streich. Norris was...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres Acquire Derek Norris

Multiple reports are indicating that the Oakland Athletics have traded All-Star catcher Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres. This brings the total of departed A’s All-Stars from a season ago to four. As Billy Beane continues to gut his roster, the Padres found a solid backstop to replace those who have departed thus far this offseason. The A’s will reportedly acquire a minor...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A's acquire lefty De La Rosa from Arizona for cash

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Athletics have acquired left-hander Eury De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash. Oakland made the announcement Thursday, the latest trade in another offseason full of them for general manager Billy Beane. The A's designated right-hander Fernando Rodriguez for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster. Right-hander Jorge De Leon, who was designated...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Where do the A’s go from here?

Billy Beane and Brett Farmiloe – Photo Credit – Brett Farmiloe Sluggers Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson combined for a total of 151 home runs over the past two seasons for the Oakland Athletics. They were a big reason why they have been American League contenders over the past three seasons. None of those three will be on the team’s roster on Opening Day 2015...
Via Hot Stove MLB
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the Winter Meeting Moves Made the Los Angeles Dodgers Better?

Baseball’s Winter Meetings were held in San Diego this year. But it was another California city that stole the show. No team, save for Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s, has had a more radical transition to a roster this off-season. Consider everything that went down for the Dodgers since just Wednesday. In the middle of the afternoon, the Dodgers traded for the Philadelphia Phillies’...
Via Batting Leadoff
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy and Ruben, Or The Opposite Ends Of Fan Pain

This Graphic Is Also PainfulA brief note about some of the MLB goings-on, because, well, the blog covers it from time to time.In the past week, Oakland A's GM Billy Beane has, seemingly, torn apart the core of a playoff club that was, well, the best team in baseball for the first half of 2014. He's shipped away both corners of one of the rare teams that has actual power, failed to...
Via Five Tool Tool
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: David Forst, Assistant General Manager, Oakland Athletics

David Forst was appointed to his current position in February of 2004 after serving as an assistant to the general manager and coordinator of professional scouting for the Oakland Athletics. His primary duties include assisting Billy Beane in all player acquisitions, contract negotiations and player evaluations. He agreed to sit down and talk at baseball’s […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Hot Stove Report: Samardzija Traded, More Moves to Come?

It’s been a difficult off season to keep up with all of the moves that Billy Beane has made in shuffling around the A’s roster in preparation for the 2015 season and beyond. Most recently, the A’s completed a trade Tuesday sending Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Marcus Semien, Chris Bassit, Rangel Ravelo and Josh Phegley. The departure...
Via BaySportsNet
9 days ago  |  Discuss

With Selling out of the Way, Billy Beane and the A’s Looking to Buy

The Oakland Athletics have traded three All-Stars since Thanksgiving. With this has come a ton of criticism from both the A’s fan base and experts around the baseball world. Coming off three consecutive trips to the playoffs, it made little sense that Oakland would sell off quality players for a bunch of no-name prospects. But in reality, this has been Beane’s philosophy over...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet the Prospects: Oakland’s New Farm System

Billy Beane has made quite the splash this hot stove season, trading away three of the Oakland Athletics’ 2014 All-Stars in just a matter of days. What did Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, and Jeff Samardzija net the A’s? Aside from 3B Brett Lawrie, mostly unknown prospects hoping to make a name for themselves in Oakland. LHP Sean Nolin Acquired in the Josh Donaldson deal, Sean...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

A Rolling Beane Gathers No Moss

*knock, knock* "You almost done in there?" Sorry, I'm just not sure how long this Billy Beane dump is going to last in Oakland. It started last year with Yoenis, then Josh Donaldson and now Brandon Moss. So far this offseason, replacing Donaldson and Moss is Ike Davis, Billy Butler and Brett Lawrie. Beane's addicted to seeking out bargains. What a Beane counter! He's like...
Via Razzball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: White Sox Close to Acquiring Jeff Samardzija

Is surely does appear that Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics are blowing it up. Just hours after the team traded All-Star Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians, multiple reports now indicate that the A’s are close to sending starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the Chicago White Sox. Sources: #WhiteSox close to acquiring Samardzija from #Athletics. @JonHeymanCBS and @JeffPassan...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Trade Brandon Moss to Cleveland for 2B Prospect Joey Wendle

Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s front office continued their off season rebuilding project Monday by trading All Star 1B/DH Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians. The deal, rumored for the past week, was finally completed this morning for Double-A second baseman Joey Wendle. Wendle, a 24-year old left-handed hitter, batted .253/.311/.414 with eight homers and 50 RBI last season...
Via BaySportsNet
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Trade Brandon Moss to the Indians

Athletics General Manager Billy Beane now appears to be in full rebuilding mode. Shortly after trading star third baseman, Josh Donaldson, to the Blue Jays, the A’s have traded Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league second baseman, Joe Wendle. Moss batted .235 this season with 25 home runs and 81 RBI. Over the past three years, Moss has been a dangerous...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians “inching close” to Trading for Brandon Moss

Billy Beane is at it again, but this time, dangling his 1st basemen for trade bait, Brandon Moss. As the Winter Meetings begin on what would usually be a mundane Monday, the hot stove is burning, and teams across the league are rumored to be involved with players such as Jeff Samardzija and Brandon Moss, both of the Oakland Athletics. While Samardzija is tied very closely to the...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Jays Fan is the Only Person Furious About the Brett Lawrie Trade

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Athletics last week in a trade that was borderline shocking to the baseball world. In return, Oakland received four players, including third baseman Brett Lawrie from Toronto. Although it was not stunning to see Billy Beane deal an established player for prospects, it was Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Josh Donaldson, Billy Beane Feud Sparked Trade With Blue Jays

A rift with general manager Billy Beane apparently led to Josh Donaldson’s departure from Oakland. The All-Star third baseman was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday for fellow third baseman Brett Lawrie, left-handed pitcher Sean Nolin, right-hander Kendall Graveman and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto. The deal, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, was...
Via NESN.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson, Billy Beane clashed over off days

The trade of Josh Donaldson by the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays seemingly shocked everyone across the baseball landscape…well, except for those closest to the situation. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report paints the picture of  star player clashing swords with his GM over what seems to be a largely mundane situation. Multiple sources cite a verbal altercation between...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson, Billy Beane clashed over off days

The trade of Josh Donaldson by the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays seemingly shocked everyone across the baseball landscape…well, except for those closest to the situation. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report paints the picture of  star player clashing swords with his GM over what seems to be a largely mundane situation. Multiple sources cite a verbal altercation between...
Via Bloguin Best
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane, Josh Donaldson clashed before trade

The Oakland A’s decision to trade Josh Donaldson this offseason came as a shocker, even by Billy Beane standards. Donaldson has been the A’s best player and was an MVP candidate the past two years. Why would the team be motivated to deal him? Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller says that a personal issue between Beane...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Beane and Josh Donaldson were clashing

When the Oakland Athletics sent franchise cornerstone Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays the day after Thanksgiving, it raised way more questions than answers. Why trade someone that was considered your best player? Why do so with that player still under team control at a cheap price for the foreseeable future? Now a few days after the smoke has cleared, it seems that we are...
Via Sportsnaut
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Perception and the Market of Star Player Trade Value

On Friday night, when the A’s announced they traded Josh Donaldson for Brett Lawrie and three prospects, the public reaction was swift and harsh. How could Billy Beane trade one of the best players in baseball for so little in return? Did he not even bother calling other teams to let them know that Donaldson […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

How the A's might be shifting gears

Nothing’s ever really settled in Oakland. They can’t afford to settle, not if they want to be able to keep up despite their budget constraints. The A’s always have to be trying to think one step ahead, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but Billy Beane, if nothing else, is doubtlessly bold. And […]
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Among Teams Vying For Samardzijia

(Getty Images)Multiple sources (including from the Olde Towne Team's house organ Boston Globe) suggest that the Red Sox are one of several teams talking to Billy Beane about a trade for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzijia. The soon-to-be 30-year old right-hander went 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA between the Cubs and the A's in 2014. For his 7-year career, the former Notre Dame wide-receiver...
Via FenwayNation
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Brett Lawrie turn it around in Oakland?

From the perspective of the Oakland Athletics, the trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a package of players headlined by Brett Lawrie on Friday night represents a much more disappointing picture than for the other club involved in the deal. Despite that this is the typical way in which Billy Beane operates, in addition to the fact that Donaldson was...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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