ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Detwiler begins spring audition with A's

Left-hander Ross Detwiler intends to sneak his way onto the A's roster with a strong spring showing. Otherwise, he's likely out the door.
Via Athletics.com
2 hours ago

A's Top 30 prospects list

Who do the Athletics have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Oakland's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Via Athletics.com
3 hours ago

Can Jesse Hahn Get His Groove Back?

You might have forgotten about Jesse Hahn, but I assure you he is alive and well and competing for a spot in the Oakland rotation this spring. Elbow issues cut his 2015 season short, and a shoulder strain and performance inconsistency limited him to 46 innings with the A’s last season when he posted a 5.63 FIP and an ugly 2% K-BB% mark. It was a lost year for Hahn. But Hahn was...
Via Fangraphs
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down the Athletics' Top 30 Prospects

The Athletics made the most of a tough situation in 2016, using the non-competitive year to audition a host of rookies in the big leagues, all the while furthering the development its top prospects.
Via Athletics.com
7 hours ago

Oakland's Phegley back in form after knee problem

MESA, Ariz. (AP) A change in his catching stance has Josh Phegley feeling fine and ready to resume his role as part of the Oakland Athletics' platoon at the position. Phegley, after taking some cuts in the batting cage early at spring training Thursday, leaned back and slightly to the side to demonstrate his previous staggered stance. It mysteriously caused fluid buildup in his...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Athletics hopeful Santiago Casilla to arrive in coming days

MESA, Ariz. (AP) As Santiago Casilla awaits his final paperwork to depart the Dominican Republic and rejoin the Oakland Athletics, he has been speaking with young baseball players at the team's academy in his home country. And keeping up with his throwing program so he is ready to go once he gets to the Arizona desert. A's manager Bob Melvin is hopeful that could be ''any day...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Reasons to Be Optimistic About Oakland’s Sean Manaea

Oakland A’s fans didn’t have many reasons to be optimistic in 2016. The team’s playoff odds peaked at 20%… on April 3rd. As the season wore on, Sonny Gray‘s ERA rose almost as high as the home runs against him flew. The team’s 69-93 final record was the icing on the cake. Sean Manaea provided one bright spot. Acquired from Kansas City in 2015 in exchange for Ben Zobrist...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rajai Davis eager to get started in second stint with A's

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Rajai Davis pulled on his Athletics cap straight away when he walked into Hohokam Stadium, then grabbed his sparkling new white cleats specked with green and took an admiring glance at the shoes before reaching for his green No. 11 jersey and putting it on right over his long-sleeve shirt with black slacks. ''I got to get this green and gold back on,'' Davis said...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Smash Mouth may have spoiled Sean Doolittle’s engagement announcement

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle took to Twitter to announce his engagement to Eireann Dolan by using bobbleheads as props on his Twitter account. That’s a fun and creative way to share the good news, as both have their likenesses captured in bobblehead form. The two are also pretty fun and light-hearted on Twitter, so this feels like it as par for the course for these...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 2/10: Football season ends just in time for baseball to begin

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and happy Friday to everyone. Welcome to YB's Box Score, what we're reading while waiting for John Wick to come get us.Happy birthday to Greg Norman, Mark Spitz, John Calipari, Ty Law, Lance Berkman, Mike Ribeiro and Alex Gordon. On this date in 1968, Peggy Fleming won the...
Via Yardbarker
14 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s to rename Coliseum field ‘Rickey Henderson Field’

The Oakland Athletics will honor one of their greats, Rickey Henderson. The club announced on Monday that in addition to naming him as a Special Assistant to the President, the field at the Oakland Coliseum will be known as Rickey Henderson Field. It’s a fitting tribute. The A’s have a lot of history. Still, perhaps no player is as synonymous with the Athletics (especially in...
Via Sportsnaut
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Oakland Athletics

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Oakland Athletics. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston...
Via Fangraphs
January 25, 2017  |  Discuss

A’s pitcher John Axford may have a second career as an Oscars prognosticator

Just like March Madness pools, many people participate in Oscar pools where people predict who will win in each Academy Awards category. For Oakland A’s pitcher John Axford, he takes this very seriously and recent history has shown that he’s pretty good. Over the past few years, Axford posts his predictions on Twitter and has done a very good job. Since 2013, Axford has an 81...
Via The Comeback
January 24, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins acquire Dan Straily from the Reds

Talk about getting water from a rock. Less than a year after picking up Dan Straily off waivers from the San Diego Padres, the Cincinnati Reds have reportedly flipped the veteran starter to the Miami Marlins for three prospects. Straily, 28, is coming off a rebound performance this past season. He posted a 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 34 games (31 starts) for the...
Via Sportsnaut
January 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s are making moves to stay competitive

Well the Oakland Athletics and Billy Beane look like they are up to their old tricks again this off-season. The Oakland A’s are known to bring up some very good prospects and turn them into starts, like Jason Giambi and Mark McGwire. They are also very good at taking those veterans, who are on their way down and help them restart their careers, like Rich Hill and Bartolo Colon...
Via isportsweb.com
January 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: A’s have reached out to Mark Trumbo

Weeks after missing out on a surprise target in Edwin Encarnacion, it looks like the Oakland Athletics are once again looking into a top-end free agent. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Oakland has reached out to American League home run champion Mark Trumbo. The level of interest is not known, but it continues what looks to be a surprise philosophy from the small-market...
Via Sportsnaut
January 04, 2017  |  Discuss
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