Multiple Report: A’s Emerge as Potential Landing Spot for Jon Lester

Despite already making the biggest trade of the MLB season, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane doesn’t appear content sitting idly by as the trade deadline looms. According to multiple reports around the baseball world, Oakland has emerged as a potential landing spot for Boston Red Sox staff ace Jon Lester, who is likely going to be moved prior to the non-waiver deadline...
Via Sportsnaut
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trade Rumors Involving the Angels

WEDNESDAY – Jim Bowden of ESPN tweeted earlier that the A’s were “in” on Lester. Don’t be surprised if Billy Beane makes one more big deal for the A’s by the deadline….and they are “in” on Jon Lester #A’s— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 30, 2014 (12:56 PM) Heyman says that the Athletics may be the “mystery team” in on Lester.(12:51 PM) Jon Heyman of...
Via In The Neutral Zone
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Possible A's could emrge as a possible mystery team for Jon Lester

The A's, who already acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, are said to have at least some involvement in the Jon Lestery derby, according to people familiar with the talks. It isn't known what Oakland's chances ar at this point, but they already pulled off one surprise by landing Samardzija and Hammel together in a deal with the Cubs. Oakland would appear to have...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

The two most dangerous potential playoff teams

According to Billy Beane, the only GM to ever be portrayed by Brad Pitt (because that means something), the playoffs are a crapshoot.  But you know what he thinks, and evidence certainly suggests he might be right.  When you’re playing shorter series such as a one game playoff or a best of five, any team in baseball can get hot for three games.  The 2001 Seattle Mariners may...
Via The Outside Corner
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

The two most dangerous potential playoff teams

According to Billy Beane, the only GM to ever be portrayed by Brad Pitt (because that means something), the playoffs are a crapshoot.  But you know what he thinks, and evidence certainly suggests he might be right.  When you’re playing shorter series such as a one game playoff or a best of five, any team in baseball can get hot for three games.  The 2001 Seattle Mariners may...
Via Bloguin Best
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Exclusive: Talking Top Prospects with A’s Special Assistant Grady Fuson

Long-time baseball man Grady Fuson served as the A’s scouting director from 1995 until 2001, when the team drafted such talented players as Eric Chavez, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito and Rich Harden. He left the A’s at the end of 2001 to become the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers and, after moving on to head up the Padres scouting department, Fuson eventually...
Via Athletics Farm
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Fox Next Brandon Moss?

Remember when Brandon Moss went hitless in 6 at bats back in 2011 with the Phillies?  He was released that offseason and the shrewd GM of the A's, Billy Beane, inked him to a minor league contract and watched him blossom into one of the game's best run producers.  Moss has hit .268/.887 with 171 R, 58 DBL, 74 HR, 210 RBI, and a 7.6 WAR in 324 games over the past 3 seasons...
Via We Should Be GM's
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing Moneyball In Toronto?

from Kavitha A. Davidson at Bloomberg View, After missing the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs think it's time for a different approach. And the success of the Oakland A's this season should give them hope. The Leafs have fired assistant general managers Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle, replacing both with "boy wonder"...
Via Kukla's Korner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane Scouting Report From 1985: ‘Impressive. Could Be A Good One’

The American League West-leading Oakland A’s arrived at the 2014 all-star break with a record of 59-36 — baseball’s best mark. Seamheads will…
Via Busted Coverage
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: second base edition

Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane recently told Jim Bowden of ESPN’s “GM’s Office” video blog that the he hopes the team is still active in the trade market prior to the July 31 deadline but what move could be made to make a already deep team, deeper? The Oakland A’s might have one of the league’s most potent offenses so far this season but they have gotten little...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 489: Statcast`s Impact on Player Evaluation by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and and Sam discuss Billy Beane`s Wall Street Journal op-ed and how Statcast will affect scouting and player evaluation.
Via Baseball Prospectus
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: Billy Beane’s Approach

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports Something strange is happening. Billy Beane is going against traditional sabermetric dogma by trying to win the championship that has eluded him and his franchise since he took over in the late 90s. Over the weekend, Beane and his team traded three top prospects to the Chicago Cubs for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Beane has been...
Via The Sideline
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane Expects Tech-Driven Sports Revolution

This is some pretty deep stuff from Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, who went out there earlier this month and acquired two top-of-the-rotation starting pitchers for the best team in baseball. Beane is well-known around baseball as a genius. And his most recent piece of advice/work gives us a deeper understanding of how his mind works and where the sports world might...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Samardzija Trade Increases Pressure on Billy Beane’s ‘Moneyball’ A’s to Cash In and ‘Win Now’

It was only a matter of time before former Cubs P Jeff Samardzija was to be dealt. Having recently refused to sign a contract extension with the Cubs, his days in the Windy City were numbered. All that was in question was his destination. Unexpectedly, the move happened well before July 31—on Friday night, to be exact—as the Oakland Athletics swooped in and nabbed both Samardzija...
Via The Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Draft Pick 2015 Watch Begins

It was fun while it lasted, a 4-game win streak and a run of 18-13 since May 30th had visions of Cubs' relevance dancing in my head. But then TheJedi receivedt the the quality and depth of prospects they hoped for from Billy Beane and that Cubs 2014 ballon deflated and whizzed off into the darkness. Don't get me wrong, it's not that they really had a chance of doing much...
Via Cub Reporter
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Samardzija Without The A’s Is Even More Unspeakable

So, we had our first July 31st trading deadline deal, and it paid off for all the A's fans who paid Oaktown's own, Bubb Rubb, to break into Billy Beane's office and turn his iCal forward a month. "Any ideas what you want to do for the 4th of July, Billy?" "I celebrated last month with some friends." Screen spirals out and slam cuts to Bubb Rubb...
Via Razzball
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor Accomplishments: Week 14

Happy Sunday again gang - hope there weren't too many of you that overdid it with your personal firework shows to celebrate the 4th - baseball (as always) seems to help us in that regard every year around this time, and the big Billy Beane shocker provided everyone a great finale for a lot of contenders. Of course this also helps bring more clarity for those looking to make a...
Via Razzball
24 days ago  |  Discuss

I’m rooting for Jeff Samardzija and the Oakland A’s, and so should you

Jeff Samardzija was traded along with Jason Hammel to the Oakland A’s late Friday night.  I believe it was a good trade for both teams, a break-even at worst, and will hopefully give the A’s the boost they need to make it to the World Series under Billy Beane‘s watch. I grew up in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area and as such spent a copious amount of time following the Giants...
Via World Series Dreaming
24 days ago  |  Discuss

After Big Trade, Oakland Athletics Don’t Appear to be Done Dealing

Even after acquiring two valuable starting pitchers in the form of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs on the Fourth of July, it doesn’t appear that the Oakland Athletics are done dealing. General manager Billy Beane, who normally plays his cards close to the vest, wasn’t shy in indicating that more moves could be on the way.  More moves ahead? Beane: "...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

After sacrificing two top prospects, the A’s are now all in for 2014

A’s general manager Billy Beane was famously quoted in Moneyball saying “my #@!% doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs.” He couldn’t possibly have made it any more clear Friday that he no longer feels that way. In trading his preseason No. 1 and No. 2 prospects to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, Beane was trying to give a team...
Via Pro Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Athletics Are Going All In For A Title

“Screw it, we’re going for it all.” -Billy Beane Well, the notorious Oakland Athletics general manager didn’t actually say that publicly, but tonight’s blockbuster trade indicated that’s most certainly the approach he’s taking this year to try to bring a World Series title back to Oakland in the 25th anniversary season of its last one in 1989. While most of the country...
Via Standing O Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling by R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

The A`s go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.
Via Baseball Prospectus
26 days ago  |  Discuss

BREAKING! Oakland A's acquire Jeff Samardzija & Jason Hammel

Billy Beane worked his magic once again, acquiring two of the best arms to bolster his rotation.via bleedcubbieblue.comKen Rosenthal was first on the scene to break the big news;Exact deal: Russell, McKinney and Straily to #Cubs for Samardzija, Hammel.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 5, 2014As for when A's fans can expect to see their newly acquired starters;Hammel pitched...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Dark Horse General Manager Candidates

The San Diego Padres fired Josh Byrnes last week, ending a 938 day streak without a major league general manager getting the ax, as Ben Lindbergh recently noted at Baseball Prospectus. There are currently 18 teams that have employed the same GM for the past five years and plenty more that are working on three or four years of front office stability. San Diego, obviously, is not one...
Via Padres Public
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s making money ball look easy

With the best record in Major League Baseball and their sites set on their third straight AL West championship, the Oakland A’s are now making money ball look easy. Make no mistake though, money ball is an not easy thing to pull off. The A’s front office, led by General Manager Billy Beane have made all the right moves to keep the team at the the top of the division, even while...
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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