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A’s Farmhands Who Could Play A Role For Oakland In 2016

Billy Burns: Who will be the next A’s farmhand to break through for Oakland? With the 2015 season turning out to be such a big disappointment for the A’s, the team’s plans heading into this offseason are probably just about as unclear as they’ve been in quite some time. General manager Billy Beane and the A’s front office could choose to head in many different directions...
Via Athletics Farm
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: How Ron Washington came full circle

Ron Washington played 564 games as a major league shortstop for five different teams. Although playing 10 years in the MLB, Washington is most well known for his up and down managerial career. Ron Washington and Eric Chavez After working in the New York Mets organization for five years, Washington was hired to be infield and third base coach of the Oakland Athletics in 1996. His...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Adam Jones be counted on in the three-hole?

In what is likely the defining baseball book of our generation, Billy Beane not so affectionately referred to Miguel Tejada as “Mr. Swing at Everything.” Not exactly known for his plate discipline or willingness to take a walk, Tejada never quite fit the mold of the patient hitters who helped shape the Oakland offense of the early 2000’s. Tejada drew just 287 walks during his...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: August 21st, 2015

There was a very interesting article about the dip in offensive statistics. In particular, walks are down considerably this year as compared to recent years and certainly since the last decade when offense was at its peak. Billy Beane cited capitalism but that’s just a fancy way of saying the sport goes through cycles. Teams increased their scouting efforts on finding pitching...
Via The Fantasy Fix
12 days ago  |  Discuss

WFAN pranked Joe Benigno with a hilarious prank about sabermetrics

With Mike Francesa on vacation, longtime WFAN veteran Joe Benigno was filling in as one of the hosts for the afternoon drive-time show.  To have fun on a Friday, producer Brian Monzo and co-host Gregg Giannotti played an amazing prank on Benigno. The pair wrote a fake article touting a new sabermetric stat championed by Billy Beane: FLUMP.  They even promoted the prank on Twitter...
Via Awful Announcing
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Butler frustrated first season with A's hasn't gone as planned

Signing Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million free agent contract shortly after the 2014 season ended was a decidedly 'non-A's' move, but that's just what Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane did.The deal was met with skepticism from many, considering Butler's statistical decline over the past few seasons with the Kansas City Royals...and so far in 2015, their hesitance...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

No JD, no problem? A's may wind up satisfied with Donaldson trade

Whenever Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane make a shocking trade, it's important to remember: context is everything. Shipping breakout star in 2014 and All-Star starting third baseman to the Toronto Blue Jays for a package of players including Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto hasn't paid off well for the A's just yet in 2015, with Donaldson...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: Why Sonny Gray should win the Cy Young Award

Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics, has always held firm that Sonny Gray is not for sale. The A’s have gotten much more than they could have hoped for out of the third year pitcher—who, by the way, is currently posting some blistering stats on the mound this season. How one could dream of trading the potential A.L. Cy Young winner is beyond comprehension. Yet...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics look to play spoiler role

The 2015 season has been a disappointment for the Oakland Athletics. Following a heartbreaking wild card loss to the Royals in 2014, the A’s made questionable trades, and lost several All-Stars from the year before. With that being said, the A’s still were projected to compete for a playoff spot, and possibly a division title. Billy Beane Athletics’ General Manager...
Via isportsweb.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane Compares Mets’ Staff To A’s

In an interview with Ken Davidoff of the NY Post, Athletics’ General Manager Billy Beane compared the Mets’ young pitchers to his star-studded rotation in Oakland during the early 2000′s. The A’s staff featured three top starters in Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson, who carried the team to multiple playoff berths. “There’s definitely […]
Via Mets Merized Online
25 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Immediate Future Murky in Wake of Recent Trades

View image | gettyimages.com Just in case there was any doubt, the Oakland A’s officially ruled out contention for the remainder of 2015.  General manager Billy Beane has traded pitchers Scott Kazmir, Tyler Clippard and utility player Ben Zobrist in return for five prospects; three of whom are at the Single-A level in the minor leagues, one at Double-A and one with major league...
Via TopSportsReport
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

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,...
Via Fox Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fox Sports
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fox Sports
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fox Sports
July 30, 2015  |  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...
Via Sportsnaut
July 29, 2015  |  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
July 29, 2015  |  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...
Via Fox Sports
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
July 27, 2015  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
July 26, 2015  |  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...
Via Fox Sports
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fox Sports
July 24, 2015  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
July 23, 2015  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s Need to Sell Now and Try Again Next Year

View image | gettyimages.com With the MLB trade deadline on the horizon there is more and more speculation on buyers and sellers.  For the Oakland A’s and their general manager Billy Beane it is clear which path they should take.  The team is 38-47 and their play has been inconsistent at best and hard to watch at worst. They had a chance to prove themselves as contenders...
Via TopSportsReport
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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