Fantasy Roundup: Brandon Moss’ Decline

After the Jon Lester-Yoenis Cespedes I said I liked the deal for the A’s because Jason Hammel forgot how to get outs and the A’s offense would be able to replace Cespedes’ offensive output in the aggregate. Since the trade the A’s offense has not been very good; they are 22nd in wOBA and 24th in OPS, which is steep decline considering how good the offense was prior. The A’s...
Via Baseball Professor
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Will Jason Hammel be replaced?

Jason Hammel Things were looking up for Oakland A’s starting pitcher Jason Hammel early in August when he earned his first win in an Athletics uniform. But in his last outing against the Atlanta Braves, Hammel gave up five earned runs in three innings pitched. Since coming to Oakland, Hammel has a 1-5 record with 7.00 ERA. Right now, Hammel is the weakest pitcher in the starting...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Straily Called Up, Junior Lake Sent Down

The Chicago Cubs announced that a part of the 5 player deal that sent Jeff Samardzjia and Jason Hammel California bound is making his Cubs debut on Saturday. It isn’t Addison Russell, he seems set to spend at least another year in the minors. Nor is it Billy McKinney, he’s still in advanced A ball. It is… DAN STRAILY! Probably the least discussed component of the early July...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs and the hunt for pitching

By now you know that the Chicago Cubs are in search of pitching to augment their position-player prospect base. The Cubs could fill out a starting eight of prospects -- and then some -- but finding a five-man rotation to help them compete in the coming years is still a work in progress. Any fan knows this by now, and when the Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel earlier...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Athletics Come Back to Haunt Oakland

With the flurry of trades, acquisitions and other moves Billy Beane routinely makes each season, it is no surprise that there are a massive amount of players in the MLB that have at one time or another been on the A’s roster. It is unorthodox, however, that these former Athletics always seem to put a pounding on their former club. Sunday was no different, as Kurt Suzuki (OAK, 2007...
Via BaySportsNet
11 days ago  |  Discuss

How Will the Chicago Cubs Rotation Fill Out?

The Chicago Cubs have been seen as a team that is piling up top prospect after top prospect. However those prospects are only in the hitting department. Hitting doesn’t win games; it’s pitching as well as defense that wins games. Theo and company have finally decided that it is time to hunt for the next generation pitchers. Chicago has some pitching prospects in their system...
Via Sports Mockery
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly gives up 3 runs in debut as Rays are shut out by A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Hammel pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning to snap a four-start losing streak since being traded to Oakland, leading the Athletics past the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Tuesday night. Hammel (1-4) allowed seven hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings. He entered the game with a 9.53 ERA since the A's acquired him and Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago...
Via Fox Sports Florida
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Hammel Battles His Way to 1st Win, A’s Beat Rays 3-0

Jason Hammel was pitching for his place in the A’s rotation Tuesday night, and despite working himself into a jam seemingly every inning, he got the seems to have managed to keep his spot for now with his first win as an Oakland A, 3-0 over the Rays. After losing his first four starts for the A’s since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 4th, Hammel turned in his best...
Via BaySportsNet
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. Despite a rough beginning to his tenure in Oakland, Jason Hammel remains a part of the Athletics' starting rotation. The right-hander tries to avoid a fifth loss in as many starts with his new team Tuesday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Hammel (0-4, 9.53 ERA) went 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 17 starts for the Chicago...
Via Fox Sports Florida
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sun funnies: How does Chris Bosio improve pitchers, anyway?

Seriously?How does Chris Bosio do it? Explain Jason Hammel. Explain how Kyle Hendricks misses bats.Explain... Tsuyoshi Wada.If you were watching last night and saw Wada limit the 1st place Dodgers to 2 runs and 6 hits with 6 strikeouts over his 5.2 innings... you might have seen the cutaway to Bosio that I captured above.Note his right hand.Bosio...simply uses his brain.Have you...
Via Cub Reporter
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Rundown: A’s Make A Flurry of Trades

On Thursday the Athletics significantly improved their rotation and acquired one of the best defensive outfielders in the majors. Let’s get the trade logistics out of the way first. The A’s traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. Several minutes later the A’s reacquired Sam Fuld from the Twins for the disgruntled Tommy Milone. My initial reaction...
Via Baseball Professor
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins acquire Tommy Milone from A’s

The Oakland A’s are seemingly the most active team at this year’s deadline. After acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 4, Oakland made a bigger splash on Thursday by acquiring Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox. With a logjam of starting pitchers, the Athletics made a trade with the Minnesota Twins that […]
Via Full Scale Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics trade Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld

The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld. The A’s moved Milone just hours after acquiring All-Star pitcher Jon Lester in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox. Milone, 27, is 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts this season.  But he has spent most of this past month in the minors. Fuld, 32, returns...
Via Sports-Glory
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins buy low on Tommy Milone

With an abundance of starting pitching following this morning’s Jon Lester trade, the Oakland Athletics have flipped Tommy Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld. As others have said, it's Tommy Milone to Minnesota for outfielder Sam Fuld. Deal is straight up. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014 Milone had a 3.55 ERA in 16 major league starts this season, but was demoted...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Hammel Struggles Again

Hammel hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far for Oakland (Photo: Beck Diefenbach/Special to the Chronicle) Since being acquired from the Cubs, Jason Hammel has had two disaster starts and two average starts. Yesterday was his worst start as member of the Athletics. Six of the eight runs he allowed came in the first inning, all with two outs. From the very beginning of the game...
Via Baseball Professor
22 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Drop Series to Astros, Hammel Struggles Again

A matchup between the mighty A’s and the lowly Astros would seem to be a gross mismatch on paper but, as the age-old cliche dictates, that’s why they play the games on the field. The first place A’s dropped two out of three to the Astros this week, putting them in danger of losing ground to the second place Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. Also of concern was...
Via BaySportsNet
22 days 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
22 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Tons of teams after Jon Lester

As baseball’s 2014 trade deadline approaches it is looking more and more like the Boston Red Sox will move Jon Lester out of town. Reports late Tuesday night confirm that at least four teams are after the 30-year-old three-time All-Star. The Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are all apparently in on the big lefty and the Red Sox are...
Via Rumors and Rants
23 days ago  |  Discuss

5 MLB Trades That Need to Happen Before Deadline

With the MLB trade deadline nearing, there promises to be a nice amount of wheeling and dealing in the coming weeks. The likes of Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Brandon McCarthy and Huston Strett are already off the market. This tells us a story of contending teams valuing pitching over hitting at this point in the process.  Continuing with that theme, we are going to check in on...
Via Sportsnaut
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Jones first since 2005 with five RBI, two steals in a game

It’s a very rare combination and one that was very profitable for those fortunate enough to own him in fantasy leagues; Adam Jones knocked in five runs and stole two bases Saturday in Baltimore’s 8-4 win over Oakland. Jones had a three-run homer off Jason Hammel in the first inning and then a two-run single in the fourth. Both times, he drove in Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cubs Column: All-Star Break Edition

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/http://dealbook.nytimes.com/ Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report Like Us on Facebook!   I could easily write this most recent edition of The Cubs Column by using three simple words to tell you what you already know: the Cubs suck. I could even get a little ambitious...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

What is Tommy Milone’s future with the Oakland A’s?

Tommy Milone When the Oakland A’s acquire Chicago Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone was bumped from the starting rotation and sent straight down to Triple-A despite going 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA in his prior 11 starts. Many – including Milone – were shocked by this move since he had been so successful throughout June. So, as Milone...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Cubs planning to trade Starlin Castro?

getty images With the recent trade of pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel it has been assumed by some that short stop Starlin Castro could be the next to go. That may not be the case reports David Lennon of New York Newsday. Castro, 24, could be replaced by 20-year-old Addison Rusell who was acquired from Oakland for Samardzija and Hammel. Lennon believes that the Cubs could...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Jason Hammel says he's fine after severe thumb cramp

The Oakland A's lost to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday by the score of 5-2. Even with the loss, the A's are 57-34, three and a half games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. Jason Hammel made his first start for the A's since coming over from the Chicago Cubs. He allowed two earned runs, six hits and three strikeouts over five innings...
Via Sports Injury Alert
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade needs for every MLB contender

The July 31 MLB trade deadline is three weeks away, but trading season already got off to an explosive start with the A’s getting Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs. The Yankees soon followed by acquiring Brandon McCarthy from the D-Backs. It’s possible that Oakland wiped out the trade market for starting pitching with its deal, but there could still be some big names...
Via The Outside Corner
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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