A Moss pickup by the Indians would be a move to celebrate

So I was all set to write an article on the A’s specifically on Brandon Moss for Tuesday – something I hinted at in my article on Wednesday - and of course the next day the big new is the Indians have been in talks with the A’s to acquire Moss. Before I dive into numbers it is clear the A’s are selling, but they aren’t quite having a fire sale. They seem intent on not...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
14 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Looking to Trade Left-Handed Bat

After acquiring both Billy Butler and Ike Davis earlier this offseason, there is talk out of Oakland that the Athletics may trade one of their large number of left-handed bats at some point soon (via SF Gate). Oakland dealt its best right-handed bat Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox back in July. And with all due respect to Jonny Gomes that left a huge void in the lineup from...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Your 2015 Oakland A’s!

A’s GM Billy Beane: Rebuilding or retooling for another run?   With the A’s heart-breaking 2014 campaign now over, the A’s faithful are left wondering, “What’s next?” But before we examine the possible answers to that question, let’s first take a look at who’s set to stay and who’s set to go…   A’s Eligible Free Agents: Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Luke Gregerson...
Via Athletics Farm
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The MLB Playoffs Begin Today, And My A's Are Going Down

Yup, That's The FeelingNo team in baseball history has ever failed to make the playoffs after having the best record in baseball at the All Star Break... but all we need is two more terrible days for the dictionary definition of a beleaguered team, which is my Oakland A's, and we're going to have that.They will, of course, be called chokers... but to be fair, it's been far more of...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Craig Gentry, Jed Lowrie, John Jaso

The Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels Monday night to pull ahead in the AL Wild Card race by one game. MLB has their probability of getting to the postseason at 99%, with six games remaining. Below is a report on some injuries that could affect the team in October.Outfielder Craig Gentry (concussion) has not been cleared to play and, according to Susan Slusser of...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso, Craig Gentry, Sean Doolittle, Stephen Vogt

The Oakland Athletics lost 1-0 on Thursday to Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox, falling to 9.5 games back of the red-hot Los Angeles Angeles, and giving A's only a one game lead for the AL Wild Card. Some of the injuries that have plagued the team are updated below.Catcher John Jaso (.264/.337/.430, OPS+ 117 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 99 games) has been on the concussion...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

A's Jaso still out with concussion, headed back to Oakland for rest

  Oakland Athletics catcher John Jaso remains out indefinitely with a concussion after visiting a specialist. Manager Bob Melvin was hoping Jaso would be cleared to return after seeing Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. But the doctor wants Jaso to try a different routine. Melvin said Jaso, sidelined since last month, will return to Oakland and won't resume baseball activities...
Via AP on Fox
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics C John Jaso still out with concussion

CHICAGO (AP) Oakland Athletics catcher John Jaso remains out indefinitely with a concussion after visiting a specialist. Manager Bob Melvin was hoping Jaso would be cleared to return after seeing Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. But the doctor wants Jaso to try a different routine. Melvin said Jaso, sidelined since last month, will return to Oakland and won't resume...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

A Day In The Life of John Jaso’s Concussion

“I wake up fine,” said John Jaso of his relative morning clarity, as he recovers from a concussion he suffered when a mid-August pitch rattled his face mask. “As the day goes on, I get all the visual stimuli and start getting foggy.” And this he said after a relatively good day gave him the […]
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

A's acquire Adam Dunn from White Sox

In August, the Oakland Athletics have seen their once-potent offense fall of a cliff. The team has hit just 22 home runs this month to go along with a line of .224/.304/.351. The trade of Yoenis Cespedes has had much to do with those struggles, but nearly every other regular has struggled as well, most notably Jonny Gomes, Brandon Moss, Jed Lowrie, Derek Norris, Alberto Callaspo...
Via The Outside Corner
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: John Jaso’s future as a catcher

John Jaso Oakland A’s catcher John Jaso was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list this past week since his concussion symptoms have worsened over the past two weeks. He told the press that he was struck by a hard foul tip that bounced off of his face mask back in early August when the Oakland A’s were playing the Tampa Bay Rays. As of today, it is unclear as to how long...
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso likely going on concussion DL

It looks like Sean Doolittle will have some company on the disabled list, as Oakland Athletics teammate John Jaso appears to be headed to the concussion DL.  Susan Slusser has reported that his condition has not improved and that he should be placed on the DL tomorrow.John Jaso tells me he has concussion symptoms that have worsened over past two weeks. #Athletics— Susan Slusser...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agent Frenzy: Will Betts get better for Sox?

There's a little more than five weeks left in the fantasy baseball season. Don't get caught napping while other people pick up YOUR free agents! Here's this season's 20th edition of Free Agent Frenzy. Please note that, as always, no player will be mentioned in this space more than once in a four-week span, because we don't want to beat you over the head all year long about the same...
Via Fox Sports
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics-Braves Preview

The last time the Atlanta Braves had a .500 record was the first time it was possible. 1-1. If they don't open a three-game home series against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night with a victory, they'll be back to the break-even mark for the first time since April 1. Atlanta's slide has quickened considerably over the last two-plus weeks, and it reached this point after Thursday...
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August 14, 2014  |  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
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Aug 8

A sub-30 point effort on Wednesday gave way to a nice pair of showings for me yesterday. My Official Lineup scored 141.35 points thanks to a big performance by Jon Lester and some late-game homer heroics from both Kyle Seager and Giancarlo Stanton. In retrospect I wish I’d kept Russell Martin and Gregory Polanco in the lineup to complete my Pirates stack rather than make the swap...
Via Baseball Professor
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Beat Twins 3-0 Behind Complete Game Shutout from Jon Lester

A game after the A’s failed to complete the three game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, suffering a 7-3 loss instead, they went back to work Thursday night against the Minnesota Twins with their newly acquired ace looking for his second win in green and gold. Jon Lester, pitching to Derek Norris with the full “Fosse Formation” in the lineup and two additional catchers (Stephen...
Via BaySportsNet
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Royals at Oakland A’s, August 1-3

The Kansas City Royals head west to take on the revamped Oakland Athletics in a three-game set that marks the first meeting between the two teams. The Royals went just 1-5 against the A's last year and were swept in Oakland. That result in this series could spell doom to the Royals seemingly already bleak playoff chances, so it might be in their best interest to win a few games....
Via Pine Tar Press
August 01, 2014  |  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
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A’s Continue Winning Ways, Take Series From Rangers

Just one year ago, an A’s-Rangers series in July would have been a much-anticipated, and heated, matchup between division rivals. This season, however, it merits as a mere flyover series and, frankly, a rank embarrassment for the hard-charging A’s if they failed to come away with a series win. Oakland took care of business this weekend by winning two of three from the Rangers...
Via BaySportsNet
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: John Jaso pulled with knee irritation

After crushing a two-run homer in the sixth inning of the Oakland A's 5-1 victory over the Texas Rangers, catcher John Jaso left in the eighth inning with a "twinge" in his left knee, according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group (video here and below). Jaso, who is hitting .285/.362/.459 (OPS+ 131) with seven homers and 33 RBI, could play Sunday. He was replaced by Derek...
Via Sports Injury Alert
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Jul 25

When last we spoke on Wednesday, I suggested a Pirates stack and a high-upside Cubs starter facing the Padres in challenging hitting conditions. Well, the Pirates were mediocre and the Cubs starter imploded so our results were fairly average: 100.60 points and a 420th-of-1,140 finish. We didn’t place in the GPP but won a good chunk of our double-ups. Our three hidden players were...
Via Baseball Professor
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Wednesday, Jul 23

Yesterday I took several stabs at the $20,000 first prize in what was a very top-heavy prize structure, but ultimately I came up short. My best lineup on the day finished 200th-of-5,647 and yesterday’s Official Lineup finished 704th-of-5,647 (pictured below). Our starting pitchers were great and Neil Walker was a nice lineup differentiator, but the rest was a little too ho-him...
Via Baseball Professor
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching Up With: Oakland A’s Catcher Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt didn’t get his first taste of life in the majors until the age of 27, when he made it into 18 games for Tampa Bay. The A’s acquired him at the start of last season and called him up to the big club from Sacramento midway through the year. And with John Jaso sidelined through much of the second half, Vogt played a pivotal role in the A’s pennant run. Many were disappointed...
Via Athletics Farm
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dawn of the Planet of the A’s

The Oakland A's have been the team to beat in the first half of 2014. They own the best record the majors, their offense, which is comprised of a ragtag bunch of misfits from the other side of the tracks, ranks second among all teams in RBIs and total bases. They lead the league in ERA and WHIP, and they just upgraded their rotation with the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason...
Via Razzball
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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