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Oakland A’s trade rumors: Scott Kazmir edition

The Oakland A’s don’t want to move him, and he doesn’t want to be moved, but a trade of Scott Kazmir appears imminent. With the A’s struggling at 34-44 and Kazmir being in the last year of his two season contract, it would be unlike Billy Beane to keep Kazmir rather than receive maximum value with a trade. Kazmir’s value couldn’t be much higher than it is now. Normally...
Via isportsweb.com
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Kazmir on A's and trade rumors: 'I would love to stay here'

The Oakland Athletics followed up a five-game winning streak by allowing themselves to get swept by the visiting Kansas City Royals this past weekend, bumping them back down to 10 games under .500 at 34-44 entering play Monday.  Their continued inconsistency has fueled trade speculation for their veteran players, among them free-agent-to-be Scott Kazmir. Despite the trade buzz,...
Via Fox Sports
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

A’s Should Trade Kazmir Sooner Rather Than Later

It’s no secret that Scott Kazmir is one of 2015’s top mid-season trade chips. Though the deadline is still a little over a month away, the Oakland A’s could reap better rewards if they move their starter now instead of waiting until July 31. This latest series sweep at the hands of the Royals serves as a reminder that, while the A’s are capable of stringing together successes...
Via BaySportsNet
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sunday, June 28th: Joel Seddon Pitches Ports to Victory while Barry Zito Is Solid in Sounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Stockton Ports         4 Inland Empire 66ers  1 WP – Seddon 5-4 / 3.53 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Joel Seddon (7 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 3 K / Win) RHP Joel Seddon delivered another impressive start for Stockton on Sunday, allowing just 4 hits...
Via Athletics Farm
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rockies-Athletics Preview

There's hasn't been a whole lot for the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics to feel good about this season. At least a young player for each team is making each game a little more exciting. Nolan Arenado looks to extend a pair of impressive streaks for the Rockies, while Athletics rookie Billy Burns brings one of his own into Monday night's matchup in Oakland. Colorado (33-42...
Via AP on Fox
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Saturday, June 27th: Argenis Blanco Pitches AZL A’s to Victory while Sean Nolin Earns 2nd Win for Sounds and Raul Alcantara Is Solid for Stockton

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win)   ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season) AZL D-backs  0 AZL A’s         4 WP – Blanco 2-0 / 1.80 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Argenis Blanco (5 IP / 5 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 6 K / Win) 19-year-old Venezuelan RHP Argenis Blanco was impressive on Saturday, allowing just 5 hits...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Suddenly, Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane is not looking so bad for the Josh Donaldson trade

Maybe we all should have given Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane the benefit of the doubt. After all, how many Major League GMs have had a movie made about them? Beane took considerable heat for trading third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason for third baseman Brett Lawrie and pitcher Kendall Graveman, as well as two other minor leaguers in...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday, June 26th: Beau Taylor’s Grand Slam Highlights Ports Win while Chris Bassitt K’s 8 in Sounds Victory

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Catcher Beau Taylor (Grand Slam)   CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A) Stockton Ports       12 Inland Empire 66ers  3 WP – Finnegan 5-4 / 5.15 HR – Marincov (8), Taylor (4) Farmhand Of The Game: Catcher Beau Taylor (Grand Slam) With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 1st inning, catcher Beau Taylor came to the plate and slugged...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Young has not allowed a run in his last 16 1/3 innings on the road

Although the Oakland Athletics' longest winning streak of the season has ended, Scott Kazmir has a chance to continue his success at home. Kazmir brings the lowest home ERA in the majors into his start Saturday against the surging Kansas City Royals. Beginning with a May 27 start in which he left after three innings because of shoulder tightness, Kazmir (4-4, 2.70 ERA) has yielded...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phegley paying dividends for A's in part-time duty

Josh Phegley was acquired by the Oakland Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade prior to this season - but he wasn't exactly considered by many to be a key part of the deal.So far for the A's, though, he's done an admirable job backing up Stephen Vogt at the catcher position, despite getting limited playing time. Athletics Nation put together a thorough look at Phegley's impact...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Nunez, Olson to take part in All-Star Futures Game

Two of the Oakland Athletics' top prospects were named to the Futures Game roster on Thursday and will take part in the game on Sunday, July 12 - ahead of All-Star Week festivities at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.First baseman Matt Olson, 21, the club's #1 prospect, and 21-year-old corner infielder Renato Nunez, their #4 prospect will represent the organization in the game...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy/Sell, Week 12: Lawrie’s Resurgence

Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B, OAK Verdict: Buy While he may not be making A’s fans forget about Josh Donaldson, Brett Lawrie has managed to scrap his way to fantasy relevance. In the past 30 days, according to the ESPN player rater, Lawrie has been the fifth best second baseman. At first glance, the combination of Lawrie’s BABIP and 26.4 K% points to a whole lot of regression coming...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thursday, June 25th: Tim Atherton & Brad Mills Pitch Hounds & Sounds to Shutout Victories while Snappers Drop 9th Straight

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Tim Atherton (8 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  5 San Antonio Missions    0 WP – Atherton 5-3 / 5.31 HR – Nunez (10) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Tim Atherton (8 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 7 K / Win) RHP Tim Atherton turned in his best start yet for Midland on Thursday, allowing...
Via Athletics Farm
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics finish off 3-game sweep of Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Sonny Gray won his fifth consecutive start at Texas, Josh Reddick drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game series sweep with a 6-3 victory Thursday. Reddick had a two-run single with two outs in the seventh immediately after Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk off Sam Freeman to break a 3-3 tie. Reddick's sac fly an inning earlier...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics finish off 3-game sweep of Rangers with 6-3 win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Sonny Gray won his fifth consecutive start at Texas, Josh Reddick drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game series sweep with a 6-3 victory Thursday. Reddick had a two-run single with two outs in the seventh immediately after Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk off Sam Freeman to break a 3-3 tie. Reddick's sac fly an inning earlier...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Out With the Old, In With the Pulled Pork

Since May 1st, Billy Butler has hit .230/.289/.298 over the span of 47 games for the Oakland Athletics.  He has played a grand total of 2 games this season at first base, meaning he has had one priority, and that is to hit the baseball. He has under whelmed. There was much scuttle  after the 2014 season when General Manager Dayton Moore chose to opt out of the contract...
Via Royals Blue
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Griffin experiences minor setback in rehab work

The Oakland Athletics activated right-hander A.J. Griffin from the disabled list less than two weeks ago in hopes that he'd be able to rejoin the pitching staff sometime in early July. That could still happen, though Griffin - who is nearly returned from a lengthy time off recovering from 2014 Tommy John surgery - has now experienced something of a setback with Triple-A Nashville...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets and A’s Discussing Deal For Zobrist?

While he wouldn’t go into detail regarding trade talks, on Wednesday Sandy Alderson told John Harper of the Daily News that he understands the urgency to get the ballclub help. “It would be nice to do something if we could to improve the team and give it a psychological boost,” Alderson said. With the Mets looking to add some thump to their lineup, could Ben Zobrist be the...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday, June 24th: Jaycob Brugman’s 9th-Inning HR Helps Hounds Win while Joey Wendle Has Big Day in Sounds Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  10 Frisco RoughRiders         9 WP – Healy 3-1 / 2.20 HR – Brugman (3) Farmhand Of The Game: Outfielder Jaycob Brugman (3 for 5 / Home Run / 2 RBIs) With the game tied in the top of the 9th, outfielder Jaycob Brugman led...
Via Athletics Farm
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Hit Parade Triumphs 8-2 As Graveman Holds Strong

The Oakland Athletics were firing on all cylinders Wednesday night in Arlington. In what has been a rare sight up to this point in 2015, the team’s pitching, batting, and fielding excelled through nine frames to leave the Rangers in the dust. Despite having a league-worst 3-13 record against left-handed starters, the A’s wasted no time before making a statement in the first...
Via BaySportsNet
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Bats Stay Alive in Fourth Straight WIn

The A’s wasted no time getting to work during their Wednesday night contest in Arlington. Third baseman Brett Lawrie hit a first-inning grand slam, while Josh Phegley continued to make his statement with his second home run in as many games in the second. All of this equaled an 8-2 victory for Oakland to take a stranglehold on the series, and their fourth straight win. The A...
Via BaySportsNet
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Weird stats: the Oakland A’s outscore their opponents, but still lose

Baseball is full of surprising statistics that prove that numbers most certainly do lie. For example, a team like the Houston Astros have an awful batting average, but find themselves with one of the best records in all of baseball. This is not the weirdest statistic from the first half of the 2015 MLB season, however. The Oakland Athletics are in the midst of one of their worst...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rickey Henderson had an eventful MLB debut on this day 36 years ago

On this day in baseball history in 1979, future Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson made his major league debut for the Oakland Athletics. Although the A’s lost to the Texas Rangers that day by a final score of 5-1, Henderson had a solid day in which he picked up two base hits and stole the first of an MLB record 1,406 bases in his illustrious career. From there, “The Man of Steal”...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's reaping the benefits of a red-hot Brett Lawrie

The Oakland Athletics were relying on new third baseman Brett Lawrie to be a catalyst on both sides of the field this season, and he's definitely delivering. So far with his new club, Lawrie is slashing .286/.322/.416 with 21 extra-base hits in 255 official at-bats and playing mostly solid defense at third. While he isn't quite having the same MVP-caliber year as the guy he replaced...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Vogt dealing with minor elbow strain

Oakland Athletics catcher/first baseman Stephen Vogt was out of the A's lineup on Tuesday night in Texas with what team calls an 'elbow strain', but it isn't expected to be a big deal.In fact, Vogt will be in Wednesday night's lineup at first base against the Rangers.Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area mentioned on Tuesday that Vogt received a cortisone shot for his left elbow to alleviate...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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