OAKLAND ATHLETICS NEWS

Bash Brother to Cash Brother: Canseco hits Japan bank plan

A Japanese economic plan has prompted Jose Canseco to jump into a whole new field - financial advice. The former slugging outfielder went on a Twitter rant late Wednesday night, saying the Bank of Japan's idea of negative interest rates ''is blowing my mind.'' ''Bank of Japan should call them willie wonka bonds ''YOU GET NOTHING. yOU LOSE!'' he posted. Canseco, who once let a...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles sign former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima to minors deal

Hideki Okajima last made an appearance in the Majors with the Oakland A's in 2013, but is trying to make his way back.According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Orioles have signed the 40-year-old lefty to a minor league deal without a spring training invite.The Orioles seem to be stock-piling lefty relievers -- Okajima would join Zach Britton, Brian Matusz,...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Japanese Reliever Hideki Okajima Inks Minor League Deal with Baltimore

According to a report by Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have signed former Boston and Oakland reliever Hideki Okajima, now 40 years old, to a minor league contract. Okajima’s contract does not include an invitation to major league spring training. Okajima’s interesting delivery (AP Photo/Bob Levey) Okajima last pitched in the majors in 2013 with the Athletics...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hideki Okajima lands minor league deal with Orioles

Veteran left hander Hideki Okajima will give pitching in the major leagues one more shot. The 40-year-old has signed a minor league contract with the Orioles after not pitching in the majors since 2013. Okajima spent the last two seasons pitching in Japan but was limited to just 10 games this past year. That he had to settle for a minor league deal without an invitation to spring...
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics walk, require steady runs for health

Walking into the O.co, Oakland Athletics fans will witness a menagerie of past players in the far distance of the outfield. These numbers, resting eternally while the comforting Oakland sunshine beams off this catalog of past heroes and recent champions, reminds A’s fans of one relatively recent player to don an Athletics jersey. His name was Rickey Henderson. Henderson, American...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Barreto, Manaea, Olson earn spots on MLB's Top 100 Prospects list

Recently, MLB.com released its list of the Top 100 prospects in the game.Three members of the Oakland Athletics were included in that list, as the A's have accumulated a few especially promising young players thanks in part to their trades of Josh Donaldson and Ben Zobrist.Infielder Franklin Barreto, picked up from the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the Donaldson trade, landed the...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Oakland Athletics Team Preview

2015 Season in Review The Oakland Athletics went from playoff representatives in 2014 (88-74) to last place in the West in 2015 (68-94). Their record was last in the American League and only better than two other teams (Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves) in the National League. It was their lowest win rate since 1997. The departure of Josh Donaldson (Toronto Blue Jays), Jeff...
Via The Fantasy Fix
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – Oakland Athletics

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Oakland Athletics. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List

Former top prospect Sonny Gray – who will be the next A’s prospect to make it big? With the first A’s players set to start turning up at the team’s spring training camp in just a few weeks, it’s time to present A’s Farm’s 2016 Top 10 Prospect List. It’s interesting to note that six players from last year’s list have made a return to this year’s list, including...
Via Athletics Farm
7 days ago  |  Discuss

A's catcher Stephen Vogt undergoes minor elbow surgery

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow that is expected to be fully healed by opening day. The team said the procedure was performed by Dr. Jon Dickinson at Presidio Surgical Center in San Francisco on Friday morning. Vogt had dead tissue removed from the elbow joint as well as a bone chip. Vogt said during FanFest...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A's have a big decision to make with Josh Reddick

The Oakland Athletics have a bit of a reputation for letting talented young players walk once they become too expensive for the team's preference.Usually, that mentality precludes trades that stockpile the minor-league roster while causing many to scratch their heads (see last offseason's Josh Donaldson trade). Looking ahead to 2016, Oakland now has another key decision to make...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics look to Beane and a man named Billy

Watching from the distance, scouts stood in awe of William Lamar Beane. Billy, a versatile outfielder, who could hit with power, had good wheels, and a solid hose (baseball language for the ability to get extra-base hits, run fast, and possess solid arm power, respectively), drew the attention of Major League Baseball Scouts. A five-tool player from Mount Carmel High School in San...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s GM David Forst Talks about the A’s Starting Rotation, Clubhouse Chemistry, an Extension for Reddick & Some of the Team’s Top Prospects

A’s GM David Forst In what’s become his annual winter interview with bloggers, A’s general manager David Forst addressed a wide range of topics covering both the major league squad as well as some of the system’s top prospects at A’s FanFest on Sunday. In his session, Forst discussed how he sees the team’s starting rotation shaping up, whether or not the A’s may...
Via Athletics Farm
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics thrilled with new-look bullpen heading into season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Sean Doolittle scoured the room and chatted up some of his new teammates, Oakland's bearded closer couldn't help but envision the potential of an experienced, new-look bullpen for the Athletics going into 2016. From offseason acquisitions John Axford and Ryan Madson to Marc Rzepczynski and Liam Hendriks, manager Bob Melvin has a long list of relievers to...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Your 2016 Nashville Sounds

Yesterday we previewed the Oakland A’s 2016 major league roster, and today it’s time to take a look ahead at the Triple-A Nashville Sounds roster for the coming season. The Sounds will be beginning their second season as the A’s top affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, with Steve Scarsone returning as the team’s skipper. And many of the organization’s top young hitting...
Via Athletics Farm
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Your 2016 Oakland A’s

Newly-minted A’s GM David Forst As we sit here in late January, there are still about two and a half months to go until opening day for the A’s. But the first spring workouts are just a month away and the first spring games are just six weeks away. It looks like most of the A’s major offseason work may be done, but you can never be too sure with Billy Beane and David Forst...
Via Athletics Farm
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Right fielder Reddick gets $6.575M, one-year deal from A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right fielder Josh Reddick has reached agreement on a $6.575 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration. Oakland also settled with right-hander Fernando Rodriguez on a $1.05 million, one-year deal Friday. He asked for $1.05 million and paperwork necessitated the club offer the same salary. Reddick batted .272 with 20...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

A's plan for Parker to start, despite second TJ operation – but should they?

Jarrod Parker is just 27 years old, but he faces an uphill climb back to the big-leagues. Parker established himself as one of the Oakland Athletics’ promising young pitchers in 2012, going 13-8 with a 3.47 ERA for the eventual AL West winners and was fifth in Rookie of the Year voting. He followed that up in 2013 with a 12-8 record and 3.97 ERA, and started three postseason games...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Reddick had big plans in place if he won the Powerball jackpot

If you were somehow unaware, the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday night was a hefty $1.6 billion. With the zeroes added in, that looks like $1,600,000,000. That's a lot of money.Some folks let their imagination run wild all day, thinking of the glorious things they would buy and places they would go with their winnings, and Oakland Athletics star Josh Reddick was one of them.In a post...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A's and 1B Yonder Alonso agree on $2.65 million deal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Oakland Athletics have agreed on a $2.65 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Alonso was acquired in a trade with San Diego last month that also brought reliever Mark Rzepczynski to Oakland and sent pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Padres. In 2015, Alonso hit .282 with five home runs and 31 RBIs in 103 games...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Beane: A's want to keep Gray, have resisted 'pretty aggressive suitors'

In Sonny Gray, the Oakland Athletics have something of a gold mine. He's young (26), cost-controlled (he won't be eligible for arbitration until 2017 and can't be a free agent until 2020) and is among he the league's top pitchers (14-7 with a 2.73 ERA for the last-place A's in 2015). At the same time, the A's also hold in their possession one of the most potentially valuable trade...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Major Questions for the 2016 Oakland Athletics

The 2016 Oakland Athletics are coming off a terrible record that could have been good. They lost 22 games by one run or less, and they did that with a pitching staff ravaged by injury, a rotation that seemed, at times, to be chosen by throwing darts at the remaining names, and some wonderful pitching […]
Via Baseball Essential
28 days ago  |  Discuss

A's trade right-hander Arnold Leon to Blue Jays for cash

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Arnold Leon to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash. The teams announced the deal Tuesday. Leon had been designated for assignment last week when Oakland finalized its contract with Henderson Alvarez. Leon made his big league debut with the A's last year and was 0-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 19 games over six separate stints...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Alvarez can earn $1.6M in bonuses under deal with A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Henderson Alvarez can earn $1.6 million in performance bonuses based on starts in addition to his $4.25 million salary as part of his one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. The 25-year-old right-hander can earn $100,000 each for 12 and 15, $150,000 for 18, $200,000 for 21, $300,000 for 24, $350,000 for 26 and $400,000 for 28 under the deal announced...
Via AP on Fox
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Top 20 Prospects

Less than two years, ago the Athletics had one of the best prospects in all of baseball. Rated as a top-15 prospect, Addison Russell was the future face of the Oakland franchise. But how things have changed. Instead, Russell was dealt to the Cubs, along with promising outfielder Billy McKinney and power-arm Dan Straily, in […]
Via Baseball Essential
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss
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