A’s Play The ‘Why Not?’ Game, Sign Barry Zito To Minor-League Deal

Billy Beane is getting the band back together. Okay, maybe not – but he and the Oakland A’s have agreed with lefty Barry Zito on a minor league deal for 2015, as reported by Susan Slusser of the SF Chronicle. Slusser mentions in her piece that Zito has been working recently with the same trainer that helped Scott Kazmir resurrect his career prior to his signing a two-year deal...
Via BaySportsNet
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Next move may be as important as last ones for Padres, Preller

Something Athletics general manager Billy Beane said the other day got me thinking about A.J. Preller and the Padres. “If one of these (trades) doesn’t work, we’ll make another one because that’s what we do,” Beane said at the Athletics’ FanFest. “We’re not going to wait around.” Those should be words to live by for Preller, the Padres’ frenzied first-year GM...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s 2015 Fan Fest Finale

After a tumultuous offseason in which the Athletics completely overhauled their roster in a barrage of jaw-dropping trades and head-scratching acquisitions, the loyal fan base came out in force on a stormy Sunday afternoon to support their club and get some answers. Billy Beane opened his eighteenth offseason as GM of the A’s wheeling and dealing as aggressively as he ever has...
Via BaySportsNet
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Potential underdogs in the race to sign Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada In 2012, the Oakland A’s decided to make a big move for an above-average player and signed Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a 4-year, $36 million dollar contract. Now, the Athletics are once again looking at Cuban baseball players hoping to bring one back to the Bay Area for the 2015 season. Even though the Oakland A’™s have been more closely tied with free...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s & Nashville Sounds 2015 Roster Outlook

GM Billy Beane was a busy boy this offseason For the moment, as we sit here perched on the precipice of February, let’s go out on a limb and assume that the majority of the A’s offseason work is now finally done – which is never an entirely safe bet with general manager Billy Beane at the helm. But considering the massive amount of roster turnover and the vast number of new...
Via Athletics Farm
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The five best and five worst GM’s in baseball

What makes a general manager a “good” general manager? Is it a willingness to take risks? An emphasis on sabermetrics? Or the discipline to hold the line, be patient, and trust a process? It could be any of those things; conversely, all of those things can also make a GM a “bad” one. It’s a fine line to walk. With that in mind, who are some of the best and worst GM’s...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The five best and five worst GMs in baseball

What makes a general manager a “good” general manager? Is it a willingness to take risks? An emphasis on sabermetrics? Or the discipline to hold the line, be patient, and trust a process? It could be any of those things; conversely, all of those things can also make a GM a “bad” one. It’s a fine line to walk. With that in mind, who are some of the best and worst GM’s...
Via The Outside Corner
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: The Oakland Trade Machine

Last week was all about the Hall of Fame, but this week has given us plenty to discuss and dissect. Oakland is on pace to make about 132 trades, arbitration numbers are starting to roll in, and teams are finding inexpensive deals for decent talent. Last but not least, however, one team’s specific “claim to fame” this offseason is that their dog won an award. Not only that...
Via The Sports Post
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

A's trade Yunel Escobar to Nationals for Tyler Clippard

Apparently, the Oakland Athletics think Marcus Semien can be their starting shortstop after all. OK, that’s burying the lede a bit. Just days after acquiring Yunel Escobar from the Rays, general manager Billy Beane flipped the shortstop to the Nationals, reportedly in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to report Escobar had been dealt...
Via The Outside Corner
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

What is Billy Beane doing?

We should all know this by now – they do things differently out in Oakland. Billy Beane is as unconventional as they come, and his brilliant mind has famously led to a complete transformation of the way we view the game of baseball, and specifically the way executives manage their teams. Beane has ratified the improbable notion that it’s feasible for a small-market club to consistently...
Via Baseball Essential
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

In Ben Zobrist, the Athletics get their rent-a-star (and more)

This hasn’t been the typical offseason for Billy Beane, as we all know. He has traded away… pretty much every one that was on their Opening Day roster last season: Having some fun with the 2014 #Athletics Opening Day lineup on the @CSNAuthentic telestrator. — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) January 11, 2015 But that shouldn’t surprise anyone, because...
Via Batting Leadoff
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

In GM Billy Beane A’s Fans Should Always Trust

Billy Beane & Bob Melvin. Photo Credit: Getty Images. There’s a mantra in Oakland and most of the fanbase had given up on it this year, while few of us asked the naysayers for patience. That mantra is “In Billy We Trust.” “In Billy We Trust” refers to the Oakland Athletics‘ general manager Billy Beane.  Since the 2014 July 31st trade deadline, Beane had been in...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

With latest A's trade, Billy Beane's earlier moves make sense as part of plan

Let's go almost back to the beginning, back to the Josh Donaldson trade. It didn't look like equal value then. It doesn't look like equal value now. But more than two months later, the Oakland Athletics' plan makes much more sense. The aggregate matters most. The aggregate always matters most. That is true not just for the A's, but also for every other club, including their trading...
Via Fox Sports
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick approves of Billy Beane’s offseason moves

After numerous reports that outfielder Josh Reddick was not on board with general manager Billy Beane’s offseason moves – things changed on Saturday. Reddick’s displeasure came when Beane dealt away Josh Donaldson early this offseason and reportedly told reproter Susan Slusser that “This doesn’t make sense to me. We just traded our best player the last 2 years.” From...
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

After Trades, Franklin Barreto is A’s Future Shortstop

Billy Beane and company pulled off a major trade Saturday morning acquiring super-utility man Ben Zoberist and SS Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays. For Zobrist and Escobar, the A’s gave up two of their best prospects in SS Daniel Robertson and OF Boog Powell, along with big league catcher John Jaso. That means that in less than 6 months, Beane has traded away two of the...
Via Baseball Essential
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick sends great 'Dumb and Dumber' tweet about A's

Josh Reddick just needed to have a little faith in his general manager. The Oakland Athletics have made some head-scratching moves this offseason, most notably trading their star, Josh Donaldson, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 28. Like the rest of the baseball world, Reddick was confused by the trade, but he took his doubt a step further and openly criticized his ballclub, stating...
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s add Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar, continuing surprising offseason

The curious offseason of the Oakland Athletics continues with general manager Billy Beane picking up one of the more coveted players on the trade market in Ben Zobrist. The Nationals, Giants and Cubs had been rumored to be pursuing the 33-year-old super-utilityman, but it’s the A’s swooping in with a January surprise. According to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Susan Slusser...
Via The Outside Corner
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Moving Toward a Unified Theory of the A’s Offseason

Perhaps all of the wheeling and dealing is not over just yet, but seeing as it’s been a few weeks since the Oakland A’s have made a trade, perhaps Billy Beane‘s manic winter has wound down to something like a conclusion. Here’s more or less what’s happened so far: In Out Taylor Thompson Adam Dunn […]
Via Fangraphs
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Three lessons Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane learned the hard way

The Oakland Athletics 2014 season was a tale of two halves. Although the A’s had a 59-36 (.621) record by the All Star Break, they went 29-38 (.433) to close out the regular season. After clinching a postseason bid on the 162nd game with a 4-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, the A’s ended their season with a 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Wild Card...
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Oakland A’s Trade Candidates

Dan Otero #61 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the 12th inning against the Kansas City Royals during the American League Wild Card game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s have experienced an unpredictable offseason. GM Billy Beane has completed a franchise overhaul in trading Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Jeff...
Via The Sports Journal
January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Remember all the speculation about Billy Beane possibly trading Josh Donaldson because of a conflict of personalities? It looks like we have confirmation that that was not the case. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi published a piece on Tuesday about how the Donaldson trade between the A’s and Blue Jays unfolded. The trade, which was announced on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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
December 18, 2014  |  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
December 18, 2014  |  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
December 16, 2014  |  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
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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