The Rise of the Los Angeles Angels

It was supposed to be Oakland’s division to lose, remember? It was always supposed to be Oakland. Then one day, the Los Angeles Angels decided they finally wanted to play to their level of potential, and then some, clinching the AL West on Wednesday. I had Oakland winning the West this season, as did many people around the country, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect...
Via The Sports Post
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks fire general manager Kevin Towers

His team’s awful play finally caught up with Kevin Towers, who was relieved of his job as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Tony La Russa, the franchise’s chief baseball officer, delivered the long-expected news in a statement Friday morning, as the D-backs currently boast a record of 59-81, the third-worst mark in baseball. Towers led the Diamondbacks...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Low-budget A’s make big-market play

On some Major League teams this year Tommy Milone, with his six wins and 3.55 ERA, would be approaching the level of Ace.  On this year’s Oakland Athletics squad, even with season-ending injuries to AJ Griffin and Jarrod Parker, he has been reduced,  to the role of Triple-A insurance policy. The A’s have been the league’s most dominant team this year, at least according to...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics again strong, but have they improved?

Photo by Kirby Lee of USA Today Sports For the second straight year, the Oakland Athletics have quickly jumped out to a considerable lead in the American League West. Their record, 39-26, is the best in the American League, and they have the most road wins in the league with 22. The A’s hold a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Billy Beane’s magic is working...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Designate Trevor Cahill for Assignment

Well this trade didn’t necessarily work out for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The NL West bottom feeders designated right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill for assignment on Monday, likely marking the end of a career that didn’t even last three full seasons.  Trevor Cahill has been designated for assignment per @Dbacks — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) June 9, 2014 Cahill is 1-6...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

It's Time We Start Respecting Sonny Gray

When the 2014 season began, the Oakland Athletics look poised to repeat as AL West champions for the third year in a row. Then season-ending injuries to A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker occurred before a pitch was thrown. This left 24-year-old Sonny Gray to carry on as their 'ace' alongside what could be labeled as a makeshift rotation – a good one at that. So far, he's done...
Via The Sports Post
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Struggles Against Mariners Continue, Jesse Chavez handed 1st Loss

Following an impressive April in which Jesse Chavez was a revelation for the A’s filling into a rotation vacated by the injured Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, the 30-year old righty struggled to keep his success going in first start of May. Chavez had compiled a 2-0 record with a mind-blowing 1.89 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 38 innings pitched, spanning six starts. He was tied...
Via BaySportsNet
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Could Emerge as Potential Trade Partner for Mets

Update (5/3/2014): MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Athletics are likely to either deal for starting pitching or move Drew Pomeranz to the rotation. With both Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, the Athletics have had to rely on youngster Sonny Gray and veteran Scott Kazmir to lead the rotation. So far those two, along with Jesse Chavez, have delivered...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox, A’s Use ‘Moneyball’ Strategy To Produce Same World Series Odds

Every Red Sox fan – and even those casual baseball followers who saw the movie “Moneyball” – knows that Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane turned down a five-year, $12.5 million offer from the Sox in the fall of 2002 to take the same job with the A’s. It’s hard not to wonder “what if,” considering the Red Sox have won three World Series since then, and Beane’s...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Oakland Athletics Are At It Again

Going into the season many assumed the Oakland Athletics would repeat as AL West champions, especially if the bats of Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes could come alive again as they did in 2012. Those two aren't quite there yet. Despite 4 home runs to start the season, Cespedes maintains a slash line of only .238/.316/.464, while Reddick is doing poorly with numbers of .232/.303...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Perils of a Second Tommy John Surgery

An epidemic within an epidemic?  It seems that way.While much has been written, spoken, and publicized over the growing number of pitchers to succumb to the dreaded Tommy John surgery in recent time, this spring brought forth a significant faction of those who would pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews for a second time.Prior to 2014, no less than 37 major league pitchers have underwent...
Via Baseball Essential
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Another Day, Another Tommy John Surgery

If there's anything in baseball that annoys me more than hypocritical fans, it's season-ending injuries. To be fair, the distance between the two isn't even close; season-ending injuries almost hurt me. This 2014 season has already presented plenty, all in the name of Tommy John. How is it that every name on the following list is a very notable one? Are we any closer to preventing...
Via The Sports Post
April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB rumors: Athletics and Indians sign major league players to minor league deals

Before heading into their opening day match up versus one another, the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians each signed a former big-leaguer to minor league deals. Joe Blanton, a first round pick of the Athletics back in 2002, finds his way back into the organization after spending 6 years between the Phillies, Dodgers, and Angels. The Indians signed catcher George Kottaras...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Braden Gets a New Gig, Jarrod Parker’s Outlook and Thoughts on Pablo Sandoval’s Contract Situation

Dallas Braden has landed a new gig. The former Oakland Athletics lefty will join the lineup on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight as a studio analyst, according to a story on the network’s website. It’s great news and well-deserved for the starter, whose promising career was cut short by a shoulder injury after just five seasons. Ultimately, though, I think that the fiery Braden, who...
Via BaySportsNet
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Tommy John Surgeries Causing Problems

Photo credit: Panchito24 While Major League Baseball teams must always be prepared to deal with unexpected injuries that can have a lasting impact on the big league club, it’s always brutal to find out players seasons are deemed over before the season even begins. Along with settling position battles, determining who will make the team, and developing prospects who have a chance...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

How Recent Pitcher Injuries Affect the Playoff Race

There has been a flurry of injuries to pitchers over the last week, and some of them have decided to or are close to getting the dreaded Tommy John Surgery that will keep them out for the entire 2014 season. This will have a significant impact on the playoff picture, especially given that Jarrod Parker, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Patrick Corbin and Cory Luebke all pitch for teams...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy John Update: Melden Undergoes Second Procedure, Parker Scheduled, Beachy Awaits

Kris Medlen got the very unwelcome word earlier this week that would confirm his suspicion. He would need to undergo his second season ending Tommy John surgery (medically known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction).Medlen last pitched on March 9th and was removed from the game in the fourth inning after experiencing elbow discomfort. That's when all the ugly suspicion started...
Via The Sports Blogette
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kris Medlen, Jarrod Parker will each require a second Tommy John surgery

The news is not good for the 2013 NL East Champion Atlanta Braves and the 2013 AL West Champion Oakland Athletics – each team is losing one of their most valuable pitchers from last season to the same injury. Both Kris Medlen and Jarrod Parker will miss the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery, the second such surgery for each player. The 28-year old Medlen had a 3.11 ERA...
Via The Outside Corner
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: Paging Barry Zito

Suddenly, the Oakland Athletics starting rotation is looking incredibly dicey. A.J. Griffin has been shutdown for three weeks as he deals with an “ailing right elbow.” Jarrod Parker’s entire 2014 season has been wiped out, as the right-hander will require Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Even Scott Kazmir is struggling with triceps tightness, although it’s...
Via BaySportsNet
March 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Storylines: Oakland's pitching depth gets put to the test

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI. Here are the stories from Monday, March 17th. Top Stories The AL West-favorite Oakland Athletics got dealt a significant blow on Monday discovering that...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker’s season comes to an end

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker needs to have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar-collateral ligament in his right (pitching) elbow confirmed Susan Slusser. Jarrod Parker needs Tommy John surgery again. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 17, 2014 As is the standard case with this procedure, Parker will be out for this entire 2014 season. “We’re...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tommy John Surgery Claims Kris Medlen and Jarrod Parker

Baseball continues to lose young talented pitchers to Tommy John surgery at an alarming rate.  The Atlanta Braves will be without Kris Medlen this season and the Oakland Athletics have lost Jarrod Parker as well.  Last season the New York Mets sent Matt Harvey under the knife and he will miss most, if not all of this season.Kris Medlen completed his first full season as...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker to undergo second Tommy John surgery

Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker will undergo his second Tommy John surgery on March 25. The Athletics pitcher will miss the entire 2014 season but should be ready in time for the 2015 season. Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday, A's announce. — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) March 17, 2014 A.J. Griffin (elbow) is also on the shelf meaning that Jesse Chavez...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Ace Jarrod Parker Needs Elbow Surgery, Will Miss 2014 MLB Season

PHOENIX — Oakland Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker needs elbow ligament-replacement surgery and will miss the season. Parker was examined Monday in Gulf Breeze, Fla., by Dr. James Andrews, who repaired his elbow on Oct. 28, 2009, when Parker was with Arizona. Parker is to have surgery again on March 25. Parker had a 10.61 ERA in three spring training starts. He becomes the...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker To Miss 2014 Season with Second Tommy John Surgery

The Oakland Athletics had a curveball thrown into their plans (pardon the pun) of three-peating as AL West Division Champs Monday morning when it was announced that planned opening day starter Jarrod Parker would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2014 season. Parker had recently been shut down following the revelation that he was experiencing forearm tightness in his...
Via BaySportsNet
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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