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Billy Butler gave Josh Reddick X-Box for uniform number

After spending the first eight years of his major league career with the Royals, Billy Butler signed with the A’s as a free agent in November. For the past seven seasons, he has worn uniform No. 16. Thanks to Josh Reddick, Butler will be wearing the same number with Oakland. Reddick was happy to oblige,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 minutes ago  |  Discuss

A's switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand. Venditte is a rare switch-pitcher. He hopes that versatility will make him a perfect fit for an Oakland club that values it so much. While there is intrigue with...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: The good, the bad, and the ugly of the intrasquad games

The Oakland A’s held two intrasquad games this weekend, giving everyone a first look at some of the new players that the A’s acquired this offseason. Even though more will be revealed about each player throughout the rest of the Cactus League games that start next week, these short games did give everyone a glimpse of what to expect for this upcoming season. Let’s take a look...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Mills, Chavez, Zito slated for Spring Training starts

Brad Mills Brad Mills, Jesse Chavez and Barry Zito are scheduled to start the first three games of Spring Training for the Oakland A’s. Mills will get the nod in Tuesday’s opener against the San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. During the 2014 regular season, Mills was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the A’s to the Toronto Blue Jays and back again to the A’s...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phegley hopes his style will catch on in Oakland

MESA, Ariz. (AP) It appears as though 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year for Josh Phegley. His wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to the couple's first child any day now. And Phegley figures to get a decent amount of playing time at catcher as the season moves forward for the Oakland A's. Phegley came to Oakland along with shortstop Marcus Semien as part of a December trade...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s player profile: Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte

Pat Venditte The Oakland A’s have one player at training camp this spring that everyone is talking about. That would be ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte. Yes, you heard me correctly. Venditte can pitch both left and right handed, and he is pretty good. Venditte has been in the minor leagues for seven years with the New York Yankees but had the opportunity to sign with the Oakland...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ike Davis Still Has Dirty Taste In His Mouth

In an exclusive interview with Andy Martino of the Daily News, former Mets first baseman Ike Davis still has a bad taste in his mouth from his time in New York. Nearly a year removed from New York, he can now acknowledge several hard truths: His Valley Fever returned last spring, which was not previously known (Davis feels much better now, he says, but his 2014 Mets physical revealed...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Will Rely on Vogt, Phegley to Handle Talented Staff

“I Believe In Stephen Vogt” was a popular chant amongst the A’s faithful in the right field bleachers during the 2014 season. This season, the Athletics management has unofficially adopted the same mantra by trading away All-Star catcher Derek Norris and left-handed platoon mate John Jaso, in favor of a catching core led by Vogt, the same man who once took 33 at-bats to get...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bay Area's Semien in the mix for A's shortstop job

MESA, Ariz. (AP) In the last year, the Oakland Athletics traded away two of their top shortstop prospects, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. To fill the hole in their organization, the A's acquired Marcus Semien in a trade this winter. Now the kid from the Bay Area is set on being in the opening-day lineup for his hometown team. The 24-year-old Semien was born in San Francisco...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito in Oakland, A Retrospective

For the first seven years of his major league career, Barry Zito was a superstar ace for the Oakland Athletics. After a seven year, $126 million stay in San Francisco and a one year hiatus from the sport, Zito is set to return to his former home on a minor league contract for the 2015 season. In what was a dramatic fall from grace, Zito’s career since signing with the Giants...
Via Batting Leadoff
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics 2015 Season Preview

We have now hit that time of year. Pitchers and catchers have already reported. Though opening day is a little ways away, baseball has started in the eyes of the die-hard fans. The off-season has come to a conclusion, and the focus is on what to expect out of the upcoming series of baseball months. It also means the return of www.johnpielli.com ‘s 30-1 MLB countdown previews...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ike Davis Looks to Connect

Over the last few years it’s become pretty well accepted that a strikeout isn’t dramatically worse than any other kind of out for hitters. But that being said, making contact is still almost always better than not making contact. There might be a rare instance in which you’d prefer to swing through a pitch because […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Athletics Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Oakland Athletics. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Oakland’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the A’s system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Athletics, The Phillies, And Short Pitchers

If you watch the Athletics, you may have noticed something about their pitching staffs over the last few years. They’re… shorter than average. Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, and Jarrod Parker are all six foot one or shorter, and none of the A’s pitchers are taller than six foot six. Look across the country at the […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Prospect Profile: Franklin Barreto

When the Blue Jays and Athletics were batting names back and forth in the Josh Donaldson deal, there was one name that Oakland GM Billy Beane did not waver on in return for his slugging 3rd Baseman: 19 year old Venezuelan Shortstop Franklin Barreto. A fabled youth player, Barreto was well known to scouts prior to the Blue Jays signing him for $1.45 million in 2012.   He made...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ambidextrous Hurler Pat Venditte Tries To Latch On With Athletics

Pat Venditte has been throwing with both arms since he was three years of age, the youngster continued to practice with his father as he matured, perfecting the craft from both sides of the bump and the rest is history. Venditte who signed as a non-roster invitee with the Oakland Athletics in the offseason hopes to double his chances gun slinging with both arms this spring for the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cactus League Countdown: Oakland Athletics

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Via Fox Sports Arizona
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito is attempting a comeback with the Athletics

On Monday afternoon, long-time Oakland Athletics first baseman Jason Giambi retired. On Monday night, long-time Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito rejoined the club on a minor league deal. Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the #Athletics and come to spring camp. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 17, 2015   The...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Athletics sign Barry Zito

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports Veteran left hander Barry Zito is returning to the team that drafted him. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting Zito has a deal with the Oakland Athletics. Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the #Athletics and come to spring camp. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 17, 2015 ...
Via Sports-Glory
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #69: Sean Doolittle | RP | OAK

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! By now you probably know Sean Doolittle has had an eventful offseason, at least healthwise. If you didn’t know that, read this. You probably also that we compiled these rankings back...
Via Baseball Professor
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick sends great 'Dumb and Dumber' tweet about A's

Josh Reddick just needed to have a little faith in his general manager. The Oakland Athletics have made some head-scratching moves this offseason, most notably trading their star, Josh Donaldson, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 28. Like the rest of the baseball world, Reddick was confused by the trade, but he took his doubt a step further and openly criticized his ballclub, stating...
Via NESN.com
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie visits girl who was devastated when he got traded

YouTube videos of kids crying over sports are really nothing new, so when a Toronto Blue Jays fan posted one of his inconsolable 6-year-old daughter after Brett Lawrie was traded, most people probably watched it and moved on. Not Brett Lawrie, though. The third baseman, who was shipped to the Oakland Athletics for Josh Donaldson, saw the viral video and took notice. So on Friday...
Via NESN.com
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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