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Athletics, infielder Eric Sogard agree on 1-year contract

  Infielder Eric Sogard has reached a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration, and left-hander Fernando Abad also agreed to a one-year deal Friday. Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, asked for $1,425,000, while the A's offered $900,000. Abad will earn $1,087,500. He had a 1.57 ERA over a career-high 69 appearances in his first full...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who are the potential substitute closers?

Before the 2015 season has even begun, the Oakland A’s have been struck with some bad news. Their closer, Sean Doolittle, has sustained an injury. It has been reported that Doolittle has a minor rotator-cuff tear, which will not require surgery. Even though management is categorizing this injury as “slight”, Doolittle will miss the start of the 2015 season. So, who will be...
Via isportsweb.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

A's reliever Doolittle not expected ready for start of season

  Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area. Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and irritation before he begins rehabilitation under the...
Via AP on Fox
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle to Miss Start of 2015 Season

Oakland A’s closer Sean Doolittle is expected to miss the start of the 2015 season because of a rotator cuff injury. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Sean Doolittle won’t be closing games for the Oakland A’s when the 2015 season starts. With ESPN reporting that Doolittle has a rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder, it appears the left-hander won’t be available early...
Via The Sports Journal
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

A’s Lose Closer Sean Doolittle For The Start Of The Season

Sean Doolittle. Photo Credit: Juan DeLeon/Icon SMI Oakland Athletics’ All-Star closer Sean Doolittle will not be ready for Opening Day. As of Friday, the A’s do not know when he will be able to return to the team. “At this point, we have no time frame for Sean’s return,” assistant general manager David Forst wrote in an email to MLB.com beat writer Jane Lee, “but we...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A's reliever Doolittle not expected ready for opening day

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area. Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and irritation before he begins rehabilitation...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB News: Oakland A’s closer to miss start of 2015 season

The Oakland A’s will begin the 2015 season without their All-Star closer Sean Doolittle, due to a slight rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder. Doolittle, 28, received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his shoulder last week to decrease inflammation and irritation in the area, and he will be reevaluated at a later date before Oakland determines what happens next. He visited...
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Athletics, Eric Sogard agree on $1,075,000 contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Infielder Eric Sogard has agreed to a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration. Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, had asked for $1,425,000, while the A's had offered $900,000. He batted .223 with a home run and 22 RBIs in 117 games for the A's last season. Of Sogard's 92 starts - 80 at second base and 12 at shortstop...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes, Braves Agree To One-Year Contract Reportedly Worth $4M

Jonny Gomes is headed to Atlanta. The Braves confirmed Thursday that they signed the former Boston Red Sox outfielder to a one-year contract with a vesting option for 2016. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported that the deal is worth $4 million. The Red Sox signed Gomes prior to the 2013 season, and although he wasn’t one of the top performers, his timely...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braves agree to deal with OF Jonny Gomes

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes have agreed to a one-year contract with a vesting option. Gomes, who played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, could be part of a left field platoon in a new-look outfield. He could share time with former Yankees prospect Zoilo Almonte, who signed as a free agent. The Braves confirmed the deal Thursday. The 34-year-old Gomes...
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MLB News: Braves to sign Jonny Gomes

The Atlanta Braves have a one-year deal with free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. Gomes has a one-year deal with Braves with a vesting option, according to source. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) January 23, 2015 Gomes, 34, spent last season with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s, hitting for a collective .234 AVG, with six homers and and...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Geovany Soto: A Case For A Major League Deal

Geovany Soto. Photo Credit: Getty Images Geovany Soto is a 32-year-old catcher, who honestly has never been that great at the plate. It’s understandable that he hadn’t been signed until now. It’s late January and he’s not the most desirable player in the world. However, he deserved better than the contract he signed Thursday with the Chicago White Sox. Soto signed a minor...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox sign Geovany Soto to minor league deal

getty images The White Sox have signed catcher Geovany Soto to a minor league contract. Soto will also receive an invitation to spring training where he will try to land the backup job behind Tyler Flowers with the White Sox. If he is able to win the job he should see a fair amount of at-bats next season. Last season Soto was limited to just 24 games due to injuries when he hit...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Sign Geovany Soto To Minor-League Deal

According to Bruce Levine of WSCR-670 radio in Chicago, veteran catcher Geovany Soto has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox. Former Cub catcher Geo. Soto signs minor league deal with Chicago White Sox — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 22, 2015 At age 32, he could find a fit backing up Tyler Flowers. Soto won Rookie of the Year for the Cubs in 2008, however...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist bids farewell to Rays fans with full-page ad

Former Tampa Bay Rays utility player Ben Zobrist paid an emotional farewell to Rays fans with this full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times. Zobrist was traded to the Oakland Athletics (along with teammate Yunel Escobar, already traded to the Washington Nationals) earlier this offseason. Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, took out an ad in today's Tampa Bay Times. pic.twitter...
Via Bloguin Best
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist: Bona fide star or solid utility man?

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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who will be the everyday starter in left field?

While the Oakland A’s infield is full of new faces, there has not been that many changes when it comes to the outfield. Like last season, Coco Crisp will start in center while Josh Reddick will handle right field. However, when it comes to left field, the everyday starter is a bit of a mystery. Sam Fuld (2011) Right now, the Oakland A’s have Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry covering...
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5 days ago  |  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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist takes out newspaper ad to say goodbye to fans, teammates

Ben Zobrist said a heartfelt "goodbye" to his former fans and colleagues Sunday. The two-time All-Star, traded to the Oakland Athletics on Jan. 10, published a note to Tampa Bay Rays players, officials and fans in Sunday's edition of the Tampa Bay Times. The utility man spent nine seasons with the Rays and closed as the franchise's leader in doubles (229) and walks (542). In addition...
Via Fox Sports Florida
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jesse Chavez is a diamond in the rough for the Oakland A’s

Jesse Chavez   Urban Dictionary defines a diamond in the rough as someone or something that has hidden exceptional characteristics and future potential. For the Oakland A’s, Jesse Chavez embodies that definition. Player Development In seven years of MLB service, Chavez has played for five different teams in a variety of capacities. From middle relief to starting, he has made...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

A's reach 1-year deals with 5 players, avoid arbitration

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right fielder Josh Reddick and new third baseman Brett Lawrie are among the players to reach agreements on one-year contracts with the Oakland Athletics and avoid arbitration. Right-hander Ryan Cook, outfielders Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry also agreed to one-year contracts, the team said Friday. The new-look A's have made nine trades this offseason involving 27...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s bullpen is overflowing with pitchers

Sonny Gray Right now the Oakland A’s have ten starting pitchers. This includes Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin, Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, Jesse Chavez, Jesse Hahn, and Drew Pomeranz. In addition to these ten starting pitchers, the Oakland A’s also have eight relief pitchers in the bullpen. Most are familiar faces from last year like closer...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Appellate court upholds MLB antitrust exemption in lawsuit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited ruling in the appeal of San Jose’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball today. The lawsuit involves the proposed relocation of the Oakland Athletics to the city. As Wendy Thurm has previously discussed quite extensively (here, here, and here), after MLB delayed its approval of the relocation […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

San Jose loses appeal over proposed Oakland Athletics move

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the city of San Jose against Major League Baseball, which accused the sport of illegally blocking a proposed move of the Oakland Athletics to the area. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday that the suit was barred by baseball's antitrust exemption, established...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss
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