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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Former Giants closer Casilla nearing deal with A’s - SFGate

Athletics buying low.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 08:24 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, santiago casilla

Oakland reportedly signs Trevor Plouffe | MLB.com

No dollar figures.

The 30-year-old infielder has come to terms on a deal with Oakland, pending a physical, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, free agents, trevor plouffe

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

OF Rajai Davis to join Oakland on 1-year, $6 million contract

The Oakland Athletics said they have agreed to a deal with former Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis on a contract a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden was for one year and $6 million.

Davis, who revived his career in his first season with Cleveland, was one of the crucial players who helped get the AL champions to the World Series. The 36-year-old led the AL with 43 steals and helped solidify the outfield when All-Star Michael Brantley wasn’t able to come back from shoulder surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:21 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rajai davis

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Renato Nunez Using Winter Ball As Springboard | BaseballAmerica.com

The true secret to his success?

“It makes me feel really good because my grandma, my mom, my cousins . . . everybody is able to watch me play,” Nunez said. “In the minor leagues it’s hard for my family to watch me play. So here, everybody goes to the field and watches me . . . It makes me feel real good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects, renato nunez

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Oakland and the Athletics turn their eyes to MLS exec

After graduating from Stanford in 1998, Dave Kaval and a buddy gave themselves a gift, a cross-country road trip in which they visited all 30 Major League ballparks. They wrote a book about it called “The Summer That Saved Baseball.”

Now, almost two decades later, Kaval has found a higher calling: Saving baseball for Oakland.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadiums

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A’s outlook: Options at second base ‘a concern’ for 2017 season | CSN Bay Area

Yeah, not having a short-term and long-term answer is a real problem.

Shortstop Franklin Barreto, Oakland’s top overall prospect, has logged some time on the right side of the bag in the minors and most recently in the Arizona Fall League. The 20-year-old Barreto figures to begin this season with Triple-A Nashville but will likely make his big league debut sometime in 2017.

Unlike center field — where the A’s lack both a short and long-term answer — team officials at least like their future options at second. The question is whether they seek immediate help via free agency or trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Monday, December 19, 2016

Is there any hope for baseball’s basement dwellers?

We know there’s hope for the teams that just finished in first place. But is there hope for the teams that just finished in last place?

We’ve spent the past week asking that question to people all over baseball, especially in the wake of this sport’s new labor deal. We exempted the Atlanta Braves, a team moving into a new ballpark. We also exempted the Minnesota Twins, a franchise that just installed what is essentially a whole new group at the top of its baseball operations department.

But that still left four fascinating last-place teams with lots of questions about where they’re going, how they’ll get there and how the new labor agreement could affect them (or not). Those teams would be the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Cincinnati Reds. You’ve heard of them, right?

So let’s buckle them all into our hot seat and hook them up to our cool new gizmo—the Hope Meter. Do they have hope on the field? Do they have hope off the field? It’s time to answer those questions, in order of impact on the franchise, for all four teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, padres, rays, reds, tanking

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Hopeful A’s fans sit down with the new boss - San Francisco Chronicle

Beane didn’t get many rave reviews, nor did the departed Wolff.

“I don’t know the inner workings,” Zach Kalkanis said, “but I feel Lew Wolff was very much against putting in the money to keep talent around. I’m hoping (Kaval) sees that this is a mistake. We’ve had our hearts broken before.”

“Billy Beane always has an excuse” for trading star players, Paul Garcia observed. “And they keep saying we’re a small market. We’re not dumb.”

No. But optimistic? And now listened to? Yes.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Holy Toledo! Bill King is Hall of Fame announcer, finally

Decades overdue but at least it finally happened.

Not only a magnificent baseball announcer, he was also a first rate announcer for basketball (Warriors) and football (radio). 

Share your Bill King stories in the comments.

Traderdave Posted: December 07, 2016 at 12:02 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Friday, December 02, 2016

A’s, Yonder Alonso agree on new deal

Alonso will not be going yonder.

The A’s have reached an agreement with first baseman Yonder Alonso. The one-year deal is for $4 million, The Chronicle has learned.

“Very excited to be back with such an amazing organization,” Alonso said in a text. “Me and my family are thrilled. I believe this team is not far at all from achieving a post season and winning a championship. I’m also very excited with the young core of players that came up last year and thrilled to see the guys down in the farm to help us achieve our goal. Ready to get to work in spring training which is not far away at all. I’m very excited once again to be back and be apart of this amazing club.”

The A’s tendered contracts to all their arbitration-eligible players, including Sonny Gray, Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt and Liam Hendriks.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, yonder alonso

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Athletics sign Matt Joyce to 2-year, $11 million deal - MLB Daily Dish

The Athletics have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million contract with outfielder Matt Joyce, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal is pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt joyce

Friday, November 25, 2016

Matt Chapman, Franklin Barreto top Oakland A’s farm system in 2016 | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Franklin Barreto, Midland (119 games), Nashville (four games): While scouts grade Barreto’s speed as average, the A’s top prospect contradicted that notion by stealing 30 bases to lead Oakland Minor Leaguers. But after also being caught stealing 17 times, Christenson sees plenty of room for improvement.

“He definitely has above-average speed. I think he’s a daring baserunner. He’s trying to figure out when is the best times for him to run,” the manager said. “I think that’s the main thing he needs to work on, picking better spots and reading slide steps and understanding when he has a better chance to be called safe when he does attempt to steal bases.”

After a slow first half, Barreto became more patient at the plate, working a career-best 36 walks with a .284 average across the two levels.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Thursday, November 17, 2016

New A’s president Dave Kaval focused on stadium, community - San Francisco Chronicle

What’s he willing to sacrifice to get this photo removed from the internet?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 08:32 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ownership

Lew Wolff out as A’s managing partner

I guess he doesn’t know the way to San Jose….

Traderdave Posted: November 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Notes: The Nationals are in the mix for Chris Sale | FOX Sports

Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.

The Nationals can.

Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.

Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.

The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Oakland A’s, Smashmouth in Twitter war

Days after San Jose band Smashmouth used its Twitter account to defend 49ers general manager Trent Baalke from criticism, the band was back at it again Friday — and this time, the target of the band’s ire, the Oakland A’s, fired back.

Before it was over, A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle had jumped in to try to keep the peace, but the “All Star” performers and the 1989 World Series champions were too busy taking their swings to back down.

The tweet tiff began with a fairly innocent observation from San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter John Shea, noting that it’s been quite a year for former Athletics fan favorite Coco Crisp. From there, things went downhill quickly.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 29, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, smash mouth, social media

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

A’s wish list: turnaround for Sonny Gray; adding outfielders - San Francisco Chronicle

Valencia has some talent. If the A’s get rid of him, it’s tough not to believe he’s a world-class jerk.

The offense in general is an issue after the A’s finished last in runs and on-base percentage. “Let’s be frank, we have a lot of ground to make up,” Beane said.

The A’s have numerous roster questions to iron out before Nov. 18, when they must finalize their 40-man roster to protect minor-leaguers from the Rule-5 draft, and the non-tender deadline in early December. Outfielder Danny Valencia and starter Henderson Alvarez (who recently had his second shoulder surgery) are non-tender candidates. Outfielder Sam Fuld, a free agent, is unlikely to be back after season-ending shoulder surgery, although a minor-league deal is a possibility.

Valencia was among the team’s better offensive performers, but there were discussions about releasing him after his fight with first baseman Billy Butler in August, and there might not be a spot for him or enough at-bats with the A’s emphasis on youth.

“We’ll take a look at it going forward,” Melvin said. “It depends on the dynamics of what we’re trying to do. He did perform for us. Whether that position we have targeted for him is there or not, I’m not sure.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2016 at 10:19 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, danny valencia

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Danny Valencia optimistic about his 2017

Valencia has put up pretty good numbers the last two years. He consistently hits the ball hard. If he can’t find regular playing time, he must be the biggest jerk ever.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, danny valencia

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Athletics release Billy Butler

The Athletics have released first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler, as first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Butler, 30, hit .276/.331/.403 with four home runs in 85 games in his second season with Oakland after signing a 3-year, $30 million deal last winter. The A’s will pay him almost $12 million next season as part of that contract.

Butler’s deal with Oakland was a puzzling one when completed, and the former Royal hit just .258/.325/.394 with 19 home runs in 236 games with the A’s. He will hit free agency once again this winter, hoping to gain a chance with a club looking for some offense. Any team that signs Butler will owe him only the league minimum salary next season, so he should draw some interest.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:54 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

An A’s ballboy put forth an All-Star, all-out effort on a grounder, but nope | MLB.com

He lays it out.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ball boys

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oakland A’s trade Marc Rzepczynski to Washington Nationals

The A’s announced this morning that LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 3.00) was traded to the Nationals, along with cash, for minor league 2B Max Schrock. Max Schrock, age 21 and taken out of South Carolina in the 13th round last year, seems like a weirdly excellent pickup. He’s the Nationals’ #17 prospect according to MLB.com, which sounds about right for a reliever trade in late August, but he’s having an incredible debut season.

Across A and High-A this year, he’s hit a combined .333/.378/.456 with 9 homers and 22 stolen bases over 543 PAs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marc rzepcyznski, nationals, trade

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Report: A’s owner to tour waterfront site for new ballpark

Momentum may be building for an A’s stadium at the Howard Terminal site near Jack London Square.

A’s co-owner John Fisher will take what the San Francisco Chronicle called “a hush-hush tour” of that site at Port of Oakland, which mayor Libby Schaaf has long promoted as a landing spot for the team.

Fisher, who is usually quiet publicly but holds a majority stake in the A’s, will reportedly be joined on the Thursday visit by port officials familiar with real estate, environmental aspects and technical issues.

“It’s no secret I think this would be a great place for (the A’s) to move, and it gives us more options as we continue to talk to the Raiders about the Coliseum site,” Schaaf told the Chronicle. Both the Raiders and the A’s would like their own facilities, rather than the shared stadium they now have, and the Coliseum site is considered not large enough for both.”‹

The waterfront site has previously been amo

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, new ballpark

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A’s Billy Butler hurt by Danny Valencia in altercation, sources say

Despite facing left-handed starters Saturday and Sunday, designated hitter Billy Butler was not in the lineup for the Athletics. Manager Bob Melvin said Butler was out sick due to nausea and vomiting, though he ruled out the flu.

There seems to be more to this story than a simple illness, however. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Butler was injured in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. No one with the A’s has commented on the incident. From Slusser:

“No comment,” Valencia said after the team’s 4-2 loss to the White Sox. “What happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.”

Fair or not, Valencia has a reputation for being a clubhouse liability because he’s changed teams so often in his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2016 at 09:19 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy butler, clubhouse chemistry, danny valencia

Monday, August 15, 2016

Coco Crisp ‘hurt,’ believes A’s trying to prevent option

But now the A’s longest tenured player is upset and told The Chronicle he is convinced that the team is deliberately not using him in order to avoid having his $13 million vesting option for 2017 kick in.

“I’m extremely hurt, the way things are being handled,” said Crisp, who did not play in Monday’s 5-2 loss at Texas. “I’m not calling anyone names, but this is really frustrating and disappointing. This has been my favorite organization going back to when I was a kid, because of Rickey Henderson, and I’ve enjoyed playing here so much, and I’ve put it all out there. … Up until recently, it’s been tremendously enjoyable.”

Crisp, 36, needs to play in 130 games for his option to vest. He has played in 93 of Oakland’s 119 games, but is not starting against left-handed pitchers and manager Bob Melvin, who uses his bench liberally, has not been using Crisp to pinch hit. That has heightened suspicions that Crisp is being held out for contract reasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2016 at 11:22 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, coco crisp, vesting options

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Rewind: Home is where the power is for Khris Davis | CSN Bay Area

“He’s got the most power to right field that I’ve seen,” A’s shortstop Marcus Semien said. “Wherever the pitch is, he’s trying to hit it there. He knows he can hit it out of the park anywhere, so that’s a special gift to have.” Davis, 28, came over in a February trade from Milwaukee, and while he was floundering through a rough April during his first month with his new club, hitting coach Darren Bush still credited the work ethic he was showing in the batting cage. Now that Davis has busted out, tying for fifth in the American League in homers and leading the A’s with 72 RBI, Bush says he’s happy that all the work is paying off. But he also doesn’t deny Davis’ natural tools.

“It’s strength, but it’s hand strength,” Bush said. “He’s got really good bat speed, he has bat speed from the beginning to the end. He keeps his bat in the zone a long time. You see guys like the other Chris Davis, you see guys like Miguel Cabrera. Those guys have that kind of strength. He’s the same way, a ton of strength in his hands.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, khris davis

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