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Friday, April 18, 2014

A’s, Doolittle agree to 4-year extension

OAKLAND—The Athletics have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle on a new five-year contract for the 2014 through 2018 seasons. The agreement also includes club options for both the ‘19 and ‘20 seasons.

The A’s have always gone for these long-term contracts for young pitchers, but I think this is the first time they’ve done it with a reliever. Along with Johnson’s $10M signing the A’s seem to be shifting away from “relievers are fungible”. Who knows what the terms are, of course. (This is really a 4-year extension since as stated it includes this year).

Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: April 18, 2014 at 06:46 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, moneyball

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Robothal: What a relief! A’s could use bullpen differently than other teams

The natural question, now that Jim Johnson has thrown five consecutive scoreless innings, is whether the $10 million reliever soon will return to the closer’s role.

Well, what if the Athletics refuse to entertain the notion?

What if they take a wrecking ball to traditional bullpen roles and use their best relievers in the highest-leverage situations, regardless of inning?

If ever there was a general manager who would be willing to defy baseball’s conventional wisdom, it’s Billy Beane.

And if ever there was a team deep enough in dominant relievers to attempt an unorthodox but potentially optimal usage pattern, it’™s the A’s.

I’m not saying it’s going to happen. I’m not saying it should happen. I’m just saying that it wouldn’t surprise me if the A’s declined to re-establish Johnson as their closer, alternating him with other relievers in the role instead. ...

To be sure, a one-inning closer who pitches mostly in save situations is not conducive to an optimal bullpen. On the other hand, the creation of an entirely new usage pattern would require not just a strong manager, but also strong-minded relievers.

Melvin might very well be that kind of manager. Gregerson, Doolittle and Johnson might very well be those kinds of relievers. Still, the concept works better in a vacuum. And teams don’t play in a vacuum, not in an age of multi-million-dollar relievers who crave predictability and managers who face immediate 140-character second-guessing after every blown save.

Would the competitive advantage gained from a non-traditional bullpen be worth the potential disruption to so many in uniform? That is a question that not even the most gifted sabermetrician could answer, unless he or she could get inside the head of every reliever and every manager. It would be easy if they all were robots. But they’re not.

Managers get second-guessed plenty as it is—by fans, by reporters and yes, by their GMs. If I were a manager, I’d strive to be less rigid with my bullpen than most. But that’s easy for me to say as I sit here musing at my laptop. It’s a lot more difficult sitting in a dugout, making heat-of-the-moment decisions.

Even free thinkers such as Joe Maddon seem to prefer traditional bullpen management; the Rays invent new closers almost every season, but they do not try to reinvent the role. The Athletics, to this point, have operated in similar fashion. And if they returned to a typical setup—say, Otero and lefty Fernando Abad in the sixth; Doolittle, Gregerson and Cook in the seventh and eighth; Johnson in the ninth—they almost certainly would be quite good (assuming, of course, that Johnson was pitching well enough to reclaim his job).

Indeed, the debate might be more fun in theory than meaningful in reality; Epstein once told Baseball Prospectus that optimal bullpen usage would create only a “small” competitive edge. The Athletics, to be sure, are in a commanding position no matter which approach they take. All of their relievers—even the long man, lefty Drew Pomeranz—are quite good.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bullpens, relievers

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A’s Jim Johnson sinking into a rut

Johnson has faced 26 batters so far and 16 of them have reached base. He’s walked six and struck out four. Batters are hitting .529, albeit with no extra-base hits and a .600 BABIP.

theboyqueen Posted: April 09, 2014 at 11:40 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Friday, April 04, 2014

A’s-Mariners game postponed — tarp was left off infield

It just became official. Tonight’s A’s-Mariners game was called off because the field at the Coliseum is unplayable.

It’s an embarrassing situation all around, and the fans who showed up booed — and had every right to do so — when the PA man announced the cancelation at about 15 minutes after the 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch.

Apparently, the tarp was left off the field overnight, and the rain soaked the field. The grounds crew has worked on the dirt for hours, especially where the shortstop and second baseman play.

theboyqueen Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:07 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mariners, oakland coliseum

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jonah Keri: 2014 AL West Preview

This article is pretty much what it sounds like. Keri goes over each team, additions and subtractions, and projections. It makes me fondly remember the days of team season previews on baseball primer.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A’s starters Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin likely out to start season - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

Pitchers getting hurt.

Major news, and not good, for the A’s today: projected Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker is likely to miss the start of the season because of a forearm injury; Parker will visit orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Monday. And A.J. Griffin, the team’s No. 4 starter, will see Dr. Doug Freedberg in Scottsdale today because of elbow discomfort.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2014 at 08:38 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. griffin, athletics, injuries, jarrod parker

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Lew Wolff exploring temporary stadium for A’s

There is precedent for teams building temporary stadiums. In 2010, Empire Field was erected in Vancouver to house the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League for the 2010 season and part of 2011. The 27,528-seat venue was built by the Nussli Group in just three months at a cost of $14.4 million, during the time when a retractable roof was being installed at the Lions’ permanent stadium.

theboyqueen Posted: March 08, 2014 at 09:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Josh Reddick robs Mike Morse of 2 HRs in same game

Videos in link. Poor Mike Morse.

Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: February 26, 2014 at 09:56 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, robbery, wizards

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Coco Crisp staying with A’s

The Athletics have mutual strong feelings about their do-everything center fielder and speedy leadoff man, who is staying with the A’s for an additional two seasons after agreeing Friday to a new contract through 2016 that adds $22.75 million in guaranteed money.

Also a $13m option for 2017.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 09, 2014 at 11:10 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Friday, January 24, 2014

Portland ready, willing and hoping for baseball

Portland doesn’t have a big league baseball team.

However, there is a growing effort to bring a franchise to the city. And Portland has something other cities lack.

Portland’s backers of baseball have the blueprint for a state-of-the-art baseball-only stadium, which would have a retractable roof and seat 35,000. They have community support, including that of the current city administration. A site, endorsed by mayor Charlie Hales, has been chosen, next to Memorial Coliseum and the new Rose Garden, home of the NBA’s Trailblazers.

“We have the land and the infrastructure,” said architect Barry Smith.

The supporters believe they can find an ownership group, possibly a major Japanese firm, along the lines of Nintendo, which owns the Seattle Mariners.

All the folks in Portland need is a team.

Land and infrastructure? Why that’s practically a team!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 24, 2014 at 09:52 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, expansion, portland, relocation

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Schoenfield: The 10 worst mascots ever

1. Crazy Crab (Giants)
2. Chief Noc-a-Homa (Braves)
3. Original Pirate Parrot (Pirates)
4. Twinkie the Loon (Twins)
5. Charlie-O (A’s)
6. Ribbie and Roobarb (White Sox)
7. Bernie Brewer (Brewers)
8. Dandy (Yankees)
9. Junction Jack (Astros)
10. Rootin’ Tootin’ Ranger (Rangers)


Sunday, January 05, 2014

A Decade After Moneyball, Have The A’s Found A New Market Inefficiency?

It’s a trap, but behold it anyway…

60 percent of [Oakland’s] plate appearances were taken by fly-ball hitters, who by definition compose 16 percent of the league. No other team in the past nine years has touched 45 percent. Beane’s roster was so ground-allergic that only 0.8 percent of their plate appearances were taken by “ground-ball hitters.” That’s not just a concentrated effort to target fly balls. That’s a mission statement…

Oakland fly ball hitters hit .302 against [ground-ball] pitchers, a matchup occurring nine percent of the time. Another way of putting that: In 547 plate appearances against ground-ballers, fly ball-hitting Athletics (such as low-salary acquisitions like Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss) hit like $16-million Matt Holliday. The rest of the time—over 90 percent of PAs—they hit like Chase Headley. The 38 percent of their fly ball hitters’ plate appearances against neutral pitchers resulted in a .282 True Average. That’s better than the solid league TAv in that matchup (.276)—and it occurred for the Athletics four times as often!...

But doesn’t O.co Coliseum stifle fly balls?

Yes, it still does… But… Because Athletic batters had the platoon advantage so often, they hit many line drives, and “quality line drives” at that (only Tampa Bay, also a fly ball-inclined team, bested Oakland’s line drive TAv)... The purpose of acquiring fly ball hitters isn’t necessarily to hit fly balls—it’s also to hit line drives.

The District Attorney Posted: January 05, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sabermetrics

Friday, December 20, 2013

Baer: Grant Balfour still has many things to say about the botched deal with the Orioles

Grant Balfour isn’t going to let this issue go silently into the night. After the Orioles backed out of a two-year, $15 million contract with Balfour, the right-hander said he is considering filing a grievance. He continued to defend himself, saying that he has multiple doctors on his side vouching for his health. He also has a consistent track record of health and consistency over the last six seasons.

There’s still more. …

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, closers, orioles

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A’s acquire Corey Brown from Nationals

Corey Brown was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the A’s for cash considerations.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mets agree to two-year/20 million contract with Bartolo Colon

The Mets and right-hander Bartolo Colon have agreed to a two-year contract worth $20 million, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported the deal, which is still pending a physical.

Solid move. He’ll give the Mets some innings and the contract isn’t so big that it’ll be a big deal if they have to eat it. I do worry that he’ll give a lot of his value back with baserunning and hitting.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: December 11, 2013 at 09:43 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mets

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Colorado Rockies acquire pitcher Brett Anderson from A’s | MLB.com

The Rockies acquired left-handed starting pitcher Brett Anderson and cash considerations from the Athletics on Tuesday for lefty starter Drew Pomeranz and Minor League righty Chris Jensen, the teams announced.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2013 at 07:04 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rockies, trades

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Padres acquire Seth Smith from A’s for Luke Gregerson

I do subscribe to the theory that Padre relievers are made-up people.

Clearing out their outfield logjam a bit following the deal for Craig Gentry earlier today the A’s have traded Seth Smith to the Padres for reliever Luke Gregerson.

Smith put up some big numbers in Colorado early in his career, but hit just .246 with a .738 OPS in 242 games for Oakland during the past two seasons…

Gregerson has posted consistently excellent numbers as a setup man for the Padres, including a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past three seasons and a career strikeout rate of 9.1 per nine innings. However, much like Smith’s numbers were once helped by Coors Field, his career ERA away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park is 3.85.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:59 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, luke gregerson, padres, seth smith, trades, transactions

A’s get Craig Gentry from Rangers for Michael Choice

Choice for Gentry… I’m nostalgic for Bloomberg already!

Not afraid to trade within the division the A’s and Rangers have agreed to a deal that sends 30-year-old center fielder Craig Gentry to Oakland and outfield prospect Michael Choice to Texas, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Gentry is incredibly fast and a fantastic defensive center fielder with a .280 batting average and .355 on-base percentage in 323 career games, although those totals likely overstate his offensive ability because he’s typically been platooned a lot.

Choice was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect coming into this year, and hit .302 with 14 homers and an .835 OPS in 132 games at Triple-A as a 23-year-old…

UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the A’s will also get right-hander Josh Lindblom and the Rangers will also get minor league infielder Chris Bostick.


Athletics Acquire Jim Johnson From Orioles For Jemile Weeks

Weeks will make you want a Schoop.

The Athletics have officially acquired closer Jim Johnson from the Orioles in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) was the first to report the deal. The Orioles also pick up a player to be named later or future considerations in the deal, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

The Baltimore closer had been projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to earn a $10MM+ payday through arbitration for the Orioles, but will now have the opportunity to try and break eight figures in Oakland…

The big right-hander has led the bigs in saves over 2012-13, with 101 total to his credit. Last year, he pitched to a 2.94 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 as well as a 58% ground-ball rate…

Weeks, meanwhile, has failed to reproduce his outstanding 2011 campaign, when he posted a .303/.340/.421 triple-slash in 437 plate appearances at age 24. Though he has struggled in the bigs since that campaign, Weeks did muster a .271/.376/.369 in Triple-A last year and still has the capacity to steal 15 to 20 bags a year.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2013 at 02:10 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jemile weeks, jim johnson, orioles, trades, transactions

Monday, December 02, 2013

Athletics To Sign Scott Kazmir

Presumably on Rick Peterson’s recommendation.

The A’s and Scott Kazmir have reached an agreement on a two-year, $22MM contract, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio (Twitter link)...

Kazmir, who turns 30 next month, reemerged as a legitimate Major League starter in 2013… After pitching to a 5.54 ERA in 299 innings from 2009-11 and seeing his average fastball velocity drop below 87 mph, Kazmir returned with a 92.5 mph heater and posted a 4.04 ERA In 158 innings for the Indians. He averaged 9.2 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings to go along with a 40.9 percent ground-ball rate…

The Kazmir signing likely puts an end to Oakland’s interest in a reunion with Bartolo Colon. Kazmir figures to join a rotation that includes Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin and one of Tommy Milone, Dan Straily and Brett Anderson. Anderson, who makes $8MM in 2014 and has a $12MM option for the 2015 season, appears to become a prime trade candidate as a result of this signing (if he wasn’t already).

The District Attorney Posted: December 02, 2013 at 04:03 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, free agents, indians, scott kazmir, transactions

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ted Lilly To Retire

Theodore Roosevelt will no longer be the man in the arena.

Also, another Expo down…

Left-hander Ted Lilly’s comeback attempt has stalled due to persistent shoulder and back pain, and the 15-year veteran is set to announce his retirement from professional baseball, he told Andreina Salas Guzman Venezuelan news outlet El Universal (Spanish link)...

Lilly, 37, recently had nerve endings in the right side of his neck cauterized in an attempt to alleviate neck pain that had been hampering his ability to pitch. That procedure seems to have been effective, as he told Guzman his neck feels ok, but he’s far from pain free: “It’s principally the pain in my back and shoulder. I’m having problems there. I feel like I can’t return to being the pitcher I was a few years ago.”...

Lilly’s career will come to a close with a 130-113 record, a 4.14 ERA and 1,681 strikeouts in 1982 2/3 innings of Major League action.

The District Attorney Posted: November 28, 2013 at 02:51 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, cubs, dodgers, expos, retirements, ted lilly, yankees

Monday, November 25, 2013

Major league baseball auctions

No news but just thought it was funny that they were auctioning some of these items.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: November 25, 2013 at 06:41 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Youtube: 1988 World Series, Game One

I know this isn’t news, but did you guys know that there are whole games from the past on Youtube?

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: November 25, 2013 at 05:41 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers, history, video, youtube

Short-term Coliseum deals for A’s, Raiders

The stadium is so bad, fans are jumping from the upper deck to get out of it!

The A’s would remain at O.co Coliseum for at least two more years - and not get shoe-horned into AT&T Park with the Giants as baseball had threatened - under a proposed lease extension on which stadium officials are scheduled to vote Monday.

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority also will consider a one-year lease extension for the Raiders. The deal leaves the door ajar for the team to move out of Alameda County after the 2014 season, although the only apparent Bay Area option would be to share the fledgling Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with the 49ers.

Neither lease agreement solves long-term questions of whether Oakland can keep the A’s, Raiders and Warriors from leaving town.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2013 at 02:47 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadium deals

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