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Oakland A’s free agent rumors: Hector Olivera

Hector Olivera Even though the Oakland A’s seem to be pretty content with their acquisitions this offseason, it was reported that there was a big Athletics presence in the stands at Hector Olivera’s showcase in the Dominican Republic. The A’s were also joined by the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves, and the San Diego Padres who are all scouting Olivera. Olivera is...
Via isportsweb.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Meet Julianna Zobrist — Christian Singer and Wife of Ben Zobrist

Was it any surprise to anyone that Athletics general manager Billy Beane traded for sabermetric darling Ben Zobrist? I mean, there was a film made based off the genius of “Moneyball” so it makes sense that they now own one of the premiere players of the advanced stat movement. As an added bonus for Billy, Julianna Zobrist (Ben’s wife) happens to be a Christian singer. And...
Via Busted Coverage
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Comeback Kid: How Scott Kazmir Resurrected His MLB Career

Some players fear that independent baseball leagues are where big league dreams go to die. But a stint with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League helped Scott Kazmir resurrect
Via Stack
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton Making Comeback

Free-agent right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton is trying to make a comeback to the major leagues. Blanton will hold an open workout, which includes a bullpen session, for teams interested in his services next week on February 4th, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Joe Blanton holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on Feb 4 in Nashville area. He’s healthy...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton wants to pitch in 2015

Joe Blanton did not throw a single pitch in baseball in 2014, but he would like to pitch in 2015. The former Phillies pitcher is reportedly set to hold a public work out and throwing session in front of any interested parties next week (February 4 according to MLB Trade Rumors). The Phillies need a starting pitcher… I would not expect the Phillies being among any potential teams...
Via Macho Row
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton Comes Out of Retirement, To Hold Open Workout and Bullpen Session

View image | gettyimages.com The former 'fifth ace' of the 2011 Phillies' rotation has decided to come out of retirement, according to MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes. Dierkes adds that the 34-year-old right hander will be holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on February 4th in the...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #98: Sonny Gray | SP | OAK

Heading into last season I was very high on Sonny Gray. He made his debut in mid-2013 right before the All-Star break and pitched to some impressive ratios across 64 solid innings. Following up his notable rookie campaign, he was able to put up very similar numbers over a full season’s worth of innings and ended up as the 27th-best SP on ESPN’s Player Rater. If you look at...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Prospects to watch in 2015

The Oakland A’s have acquired numerous young players this offseason and their prospect pool has grown exponentially. Some of these prospects are already on the 40-man roster while some are non-roster invitees for spring training. So, lets go back to the minor leagues and see who are the prospective players for watch for 2015. Matt Olson Olson is the Oakland A’s number one prospect...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days 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
6 days 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...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
7 days 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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7 days 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...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves sign veteran OF Jonny Gomes to 1-year deal

The Atlanta Braves added Jonny Gomes's name to a long list of offseason veteran signings, bringing in the journeyman outfielder on a one-year deal, according to multiple media reports. Gomes will be expected to compete for the team's left field spot, left vacant with the trade of Justin Upton, possibly in a platoon situation. The contract will have a vesting option, according to...
Via Fox Sports South
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Braves sign veteran OF Jonny Gomes to 1-year deal

The Atlanta Braves added Jonny Gomes's name to a long list of offseason veteran signings, bringing in the journeyman outfielder on a one-year deal, according to multiple media reports. Gomes will be expected to compete for the team's left field spot, left vacant with the trade of Justin Upton, possibly in a platoon situation. The contract will have a vesting option, according to...
Via Fox Sports South
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
7 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
7 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...
Via Tireball.com
8 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
8 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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