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Why are the Oakland A’s stocking up on first basemen?

Ike Davis This weekend, the Oakland A’s acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates. This signing comes less than a week after the Athletics signed designated hitter and first baseman Billy Butler. Many are confused as to why the Oakland A’s are signing more first basemen when they already have Brandon Moss, Kyle Blanks, Stephen Vogt, Nate Freiman and now Butler...
Via isportsweb.com
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Acquire Ike Davis

The saga of Ike Davis lives on.  ESPN’s Adam Rubin has reported that the Oakland A’s acquired the former Met from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for International signing money.  This will be the embattled slugger’s third team in less than a year’s time. A’s GM Billy Beane jumped right away to pick up the first baseman after he was designated for assignment by the...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Athletics get first baseman Ike Davis in trade with Pirates

  The Oakland Athletics have filled their second key position in five days, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27. Oakland, which lost in the American League Wild Card game to Kansas City, signed designated hitter Billy Butler to a $30 million, three-year contract Wednesday. The 27...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Acquire Ike Davis from the Pirates

Continuing their search for bats, the Oakland Athletics have acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international slot money. As A’s insider Susan Slusser indicates, it’s purely a depth move from the A’s standpoint. A source tells me the #Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the #Pirates for international slot money. It's strictly...
Via Sportsnaut
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Is Evil Empire Lurking In Shadows On Lester?

According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, there are six teams involved in the Jon Lester sweepstakes—and he warns us not to count out The Bronx Embalmers. Rosenthal states that while The Pinstriped Posers have denied interest, "the entire sport is bracing for them to snap to attention, as they always do". Of course, no outcome could be worse than The Evil Ones snaring Lester. Stay tuned.
Via FenwayNation
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Athletics acquire 1B Ike Davis from Pirates

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have filled their second key position in five days, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27. Oakland, which lost in the AL wild-card game to Kansas City, signed designated hitter Billy Butler to a $30 million, three-year contract Wednesday...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s acquire Ike Davis

The Oakland A’s have acuired 1B Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates. In return, the Pirates are receiving international slot money from Oakland. A source tells me the #Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the #Pirates for international slot money. It’s strictly a move for depth. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) November 23, 2014 Davis, 27, was DFA’d by Pittsburgh...
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Oakland Athletics Rumors: A's acquire Ike Davis from Pirates

Ike Davis was a hot topic last offseason as he was viewed as a first baseman with upside coming off a down season.  Although several teams were reportedly after him throughout the offseason it wasn't until the season began until the New York Mets finally dealt him away.  This year just days after being designated for assignment, Susan Slusser is reporting that he has been traded...
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Is Jon Lester Even Interested in the Cubs?

Jon Lester is in the sights of the Chicago Cubs, and they have a strong interest. The question though, is how interested in the Cubs is Lester? Interested enough to ask a long time former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster about what playing for the North Siders is like. A few days ago Dempster was on the Kap and Haugh” show talking about his time in Boston with Dempster. Back in 2013...
Via World Series Dreaming
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Rumors: Jeff Samardzija not going anywhere?

Rumors have swirled this offseason that the Oakland Athletics were ready to part ways with Jeff Samardzija as they have with many of their other pitchers who have entered the final years of their contracts, but Bob Nightengale of the USA Today is reporting that it doesn't appear that he is going anywhere. #452698384 / gettyimages.com Billy Beane says he plans on Jeff Samardzija...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester set to visit more teams

According to sources, Jon Lester, who met with the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves this week will be meeting with a few more teams next week. It is unknown when Jon Lester will make his final decision but we can only assume that it will be sooner or later. The Red Sox have stated they are willing to negotiate further with Jon Lester and his agent so they can get...
Via On-Base Talk
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jon Lester To Meet With At Least Two More Teams Next Week

Jon Lester isn’t done making the rounds on the free agent market. The former Boston Red Sox ace is set to meet with at least two more teams next week, WEEI’s Rob Bradford reported Friday, citing a source. But that doesn’t mean the Red Sox aren’t still in the hunt to land the southpaw. Bradford also reported that Boston showed a “willingness to negotiate” the offer they...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Lester Meeting With Two More Teams

According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, free agent lefty Jon Lester will meet with at least two more teams next week about a new contract. So far, Lester has reportedly met with the Red Sox, Braves and Cubs. It's believed that at least one of the two additional teams is the St. Louis Cardinals—and the 'wild card' fifth team could well be The Evil Empire.
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves President Of Baseball Ops: Signing Jon Lester Is ‘Long Shot’

The Atlanta Braves, if nothing else, are being realistic about their pursuit of Jon Lester. The Braves, who reportedly were scheduled to meet with Lester on Thursday, clearly entered into the situation with the understanding they face some stiff competition in their quest to land the free-agent pitcher. Braves president of baseball operations John Hart even noted that signing...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Is Billy Butler a good fit?

Billy Butler This past week, the Oakland A’s signed ex-Kansas City Royal Billy Butler to a three year, $30 million deal. Even though Butler has a quality bat, it is curious that the Athletics would sign Butler to a multi-year deal instead of dealing with some of the more obvious problems in the middle infield and in left field. So, is Butler a good fit of the Oakland A’s?...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Hassan Now Claimed By the Baltimore Orioles

Alex Hassan’s, formerly of the Boston Red Sox (formerly the Oakland Athletics), head must be spinning. Earlier this week Alex Hassan was claimed by the Oakland Athletics. He followed that claim up with a heartfelt message to the Boston Red Sox organization. The Orioles were unsuccessful in their initial claim to Hassan last week when […]
Via Infield Single
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox Alex Hassan Claimed Off Waivers By Orioles From A’s

There probably won’t be any heartfelt messages following this break-up. The relationship was too short-lived. Alex Hassan, who was claimed off waivers from the Boston Red Sox by the Oakland Athletics earlier this week, already is moving on to a new organization. Hassan was claimed off waivers from the A’s by the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. Hassan tweeted a heartfelt...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester is in Cubs Sights, but What if They Miss?

Everyone knows that the Chicago Cubs really covet Jon Lester. They have not hid their desire to add a top of the rotation starter to their rotation which already boasts breakout pitcher Jake Arrieta and emerging potential talent like Kyle Hendricks. Before the 2014 season ended, everyone looked right at Lester saying that he was the most likely pitcher the Cubs would pursue, and...
Via World Series Dreaming
3 days ago  |  1 Comment

How Did Billy Butler Take His Extra Bases?

Remember when Billy Butler stole a base against the Angels in the playoffs? Of course you do. It was beautiful and it was absurd, and it psychologically cemented the notion that there was nothing the Angels could do to slow the Royals down. Even Billy Butler was having his way, however he wanted to. It […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oops! Lester's Newton House Sells For $1.85M

Just in case you weren't depressed enough over the news about Boston's second low-ball offer to Jon Lester, more disturbing news has arisen. According to The Los Angeles Times, Lester sold his Newton home for $1.85 million yesterday. The Colonial—which is situated on the Charles River—is a 3,300 square foot manse that has its own wine cellar. The Lesters just recently bought...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Jon Lester Accept 'LowBall II' From Sox?

Multiple media reports indicate that the Red Sox have offered Jon Lester six years and between $110 and $120 million. That works out to between $18.3 million and $20 million per year for the lefty ace. Most observers of the free agent market (including Lester's ex-teammate Curt Schilling) have pegged Lester's worth at around $140-$150 million. Moreover, there are new reports that...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Rumors: Team offers Jon Lester undisclosed contract

The Boston Red Sox had an abysmal 2014 season in which they won 71 games after coming off a World Series championship in 2013. At 23rd in the Major Leagues in ERA, improving the pitching staff is a top priority for the Red Sox this winter. Signing Jon Lester, who spent all but a couple months of his Major League career with the Red Sox, is a possibility after he was offered a contract...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester’s Ball From First Pitch With A’s Is Up For Auction (Photo)

There’s a pretty good chance Jon Lester’s tenure with the Oakland Athletics has lasted less than half a year. But that doesn’t mean his brief stay by the Bay Area wasn’t memorable, right? That seems to be the mindset of the team’s official online auction, which put an interesting item up for bid Monday. Yes, that’s a baseball, but it’s not...
Via NESN.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester Will Not Be A Cardinal in 2015

So Jim Bowden has a Twitter account and posted this to it yesterday: #Cardinals have joined the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester according to a club source which makes sense after Miller trade — Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) November 18, 2014 Wha? Like Jon Lester? The real Jon Lester? The guy that this was written about on Boston.com? ESPN sabermetrician Dan...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Offer Jon Lester Between $120 and $120 Million

According to  Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have offered free-agent starting pitcher Jon Lester a six-year contract in the $110-$120 million range. This is somewhat of an interesting development considering that Boston wouldn’t go higher than a four-year deal worth between $70 and $80 million during the spring training. It’s not as much about the dollar...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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