• Cubs Trade Andrew Chafin To A’s

    Cubs Trade Andrew Chafin To A’s
    The A’s have made their first upgrade of deadline season, acquiring veteran left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin from the Cubs in exchange for minor league outfielder Greg Deichmann and minor league right-hander Daniel Palencia, per a club announcement.Chafin, 31, inked a one-year, $2.75MM deal over the winter. It contains a $5.25MM mutual option for the 2022 season ($500K buyout), though it’s exceedingly rare for both parties to pick up their side of a mutual option. Generally speakin
  • Athletics Acquire Andrew Chafin

    Athletics Acquire Andrew Chafin
    11:16pm: The A’s announced that they’ve acquired Chafin in exchange for Deichmann and minor league right-hander Daniel Palencia. The Chicago Tribune’s Meghan Montemurro reported just before the announcement that Palencia would be the second player.
    9:20pm: The Cubs and Athletics working to finalize a trade that would send Andrew Chafin from Chicago to Oakland, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (Twitter links). Minor league outfielder Greg Deichmann is one of two p
  • Athletics Nearing Deal To Acquire Andrew Chafin

    Athletics Nearing Deal To Acquire Andrew Chafin
    9:22pm: Minor league outfielder Greg Deichmann is one of the two players going to Chicago in the deal, Rosenthal tweets.
    Deichmann is a solid get in a deal for a rental reliever, as he’s a largely MLB-ready prospect enjoying a strong 2021 season in Triple-A. The 2017 second-rounder ranks ninth among Oakland farmhands at FanGraphs and at MLB.com, and he’s currently batting .300/.432/.449 (127 wRC+) in 257 plate appearances with Las Vegas.
    9:00pm: The Cubs and Athletics working to fina
  • Athletics Interested In Richard Rodriguez

    Athletics Interested In Richard Rodriguez
    The A’s are among the teams to show interest in Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez, tweets Jon Morosi of MLB Network.  Rodriguez was previously linked to the Blue Jays.  Surely, other teams have checked in as well.  The bullpen is a deadline priority for Oakland, according to Morosi.
    Since the beginning of June, five contenders sport bullpens with an ERA north of 4.50: the Yankees, Blue Jays, White Sox, Phillies, and Mets.  The Phillies, Yankees, Brewers, A’s, and M
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  • A's Considered Nelson Cruz Trade

    A's Considered Nelson Cruz Trade
    Before the Rays traded for Nelson Cruz, the Athletics gave some consideration to acquiring the slugger themselves, Shayna Rubin of the Bay Area News Group writes.  The A’s seemingly didn’t get close to a move, however, due to both the financial and prospect cost attached to Cruz, and Rubin wonders if payroll concerns in particular will keep the Athletics from making any particularly big deadline splashes.  While spending is always an issue for the club, money could be tight
  • Draft Signings: 7/24/21

    Draft Signings: 7/24/21
    Here are the latest Day Two draft picks to sign with their teams.  For more on the 2021 draft class, check out the prospect rankings and scouting reports compiled by Baseball America, Fangraphs, MLB Pipeline, The Athletic’s Keith Law, and ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.  As well, here is MLB Pipeline’s breakdown of the slot values assigned to each pick in the first 10 rounds, as well as the bonus pool money available to all 30 teams.
    All signings were reported by MLB Pipeline&
  • For Now, Oakland Moves Forward With Ballpark Plan

    For Now, Oakland Moves Forward With Ballpark Plan
    The city council approved an amended term sheet, 6-1, but doubts were raised by its members and the team’s president.
  • A’s Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Max Muncy

    A’s Agree To Terms With First-Rounder Max Muncy
    The Athletics have agreed to terms with first-round pick Max Muncy, reports Carlos Collazo of Baseball America (via Twitter). Muncy, the No. 25 overall pick, will receive a $2.85MM bonus that sits a bit north of his $2,740,300 slot value.
    Not to be confused with the Dodgers slugger (and 2012 A’s draftee) of the same name, Muncy is a high school shortstop out of Thousand Oaks High School in California. A late riser up draft boards, Muncy landed 26th on the pre-draft rankings of ESPN’s
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  • Latest On Athletics’ Stadium Situation

    Latest On Athletics’ Stadium Situation
    The City of Oakland released a proposed financial plan regarding development of a potential new waterfront stadium for the Athletics on Friday, reports Sarah Ravani of the San Francisco Chronicle. The A’s are unhappy with the terms, which team president Dave Kaval called a “step backwards” in the disucssions.
    The Oakland City Council is set to hold a non-binding vote on Tuesday regarding the A’s proposal for a $12 billion mixed-use development plan, which includes the sta
  • Cubs Claim Frank Schwindel Off Waivers From Athletics

    Cubs Claim Frank Schwindel Off Waivers From Athletics
    The Cubs announced they’ve claimed first baseman Frank Schwindel off waivers from the Athletics and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa. Oakland designated Schwindel for assignment earlier this week. The Cubs had a vacancy on the 40-man roster, so no additional move was necessary.
    Oakland signed Schwindel to a minor league deal over the winter and selected him to the big league roster late last month. He only tallied twenty plate appearances with the A’s before they removed him from t
  • Athletics’ GM David Forst On Deadline Approach

    Athletics’ GM David Forst On Deadline Approach
    Athletics’ general manager David Forst recently spoke to Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle to discuss the state of the team coming out of the All-Star break and moving towards the July 30 trade deadline. The club is planning on making additions, which is unsurprising given that they are currently holding down a wild card spot and are also just 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Astros in the AL West.
    More specifically, the team seems to be focused on bullpen upgrades, a need tha
  • Why a Vote This Tuesday Could Force the Athletics Out of Oakland

    Why a Vote This Tuesday Could Force the Athletics Out of Oakland
    A vote on Tuesday could be the final straw that pushes the Athletics out of Oakland. For a nomadic team that has moved twice before, everything old is new again.
  • Vote Could Force Athletics Out of Oakland

    Vote Could Force Athletics Out of Oakland
    A vote on Tuesday could be the final straw that pushes the Athletics out of Oakland. For a nomadic team that has moved twice before, everything old is new again.
  • Athletics Designate Frank Schwindel For Assignment

    Athletics Designate Frank Schwindel For Assignment
    The A’s announced they’ve reinstated first baseman Mitch Moreland from the COVID-19 injured list. To open space on the active and 40-man rosters, fellow first baseman Frank Schwindel has been designated for assignment.
    Moreland landed on the COVID IL on July 4. The left-handed hitter now returns to his designated hitter/first base role, where he’s been a bit disappointing to this point. Moreland is hitting .238/.286/.388 with six home runs across 175 plate appearances
  • Where Have You Gone, Dustin Pedroia?

    Where Have You Gone, Dustin Pedroia?
    For decades, second basemen were the smallest players on the field. But with game strategies evolving, and double plays evaporating, the position is getting supersized.
  • Second Baseman Are Growing as Baseball Evolves

    Second Baseman Are Growing as Baseball Evolves
    For decades, second basemen were the smallest players on the field. But with game strategies evolving, and double plays evaporating, the position is getting supersized.
  • Rob Manfred Gets Nostalgic About All-Star Game

    Rob Manfred Gets Nostalgic About All-Star Game
    The return of the All-Star Game is a welcome bit of good news for Rob Manfred, but the upcoming expiration of the sport’s collective bargaining agreement looms over everything.
  • Manfred: A’s fate in Oakland to be decided in coming months

    Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the fate of the Athletics in Oakland will be determined in the next few months.
  • Pirates draft Louisville C Davis at No. 1, Leiter to Texas

    The Pittsburgh Pirates opened the amateur draft with a Louisville slugger.
  • MLB Draft: Rickey Henderson and JJ Guinn Are Still Close After 45 Years

    MLB Draft: Rickey Henderson and JJ Guinn Are Still Close After 45 Years
    J.J. Guinn was a police officer and a part-time scout when he signed Rickey Henderson. Their bond, and Guinn’s connection with many other players, goes far beyond baseball.
  • A’s Select Jacob Wilson, Place Chad Pinder On IL

    A’s Select Jacob Wilson, Place Chad Pinder On IL
    The Athletics announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of infielder Jacob Wilson from Triple-A Las Vegas and placed Chad Pinder on the 10-day injured list due to a hamstring strain. A’s skipper Bob Melvin tells reporters that Pinder’s injury is going to sideline him “awhile,” noting that the strain is in the middle of the hamstring muscle and that such injuries are “probably at least a month” (Twitter link via Matt Kawahara of the San Franci
  • Derby-Ohtani-Soto, Gallo-Story, Olson-Mancini, Pérez-Alonso

    Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani is the top seed for Monday night's All-Star Home Run Derby at Denver's Coors Field.
  • Soto, Gallo fill out field for Home Run Derby at Coors Field

    The field is set for the All-Star Home Run Derby.
  • Trevor Rosenthal To Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery

    Trevor Rosenthal To Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery
    Athletics reliever Trevor Rosenthal tore a labrum in his hip and will require surgery, manager Bob Melvin told reporters (including Shayna Rubin  of the San Jose Mercury News). He won’t pitch this season.
    2021 will go down as a completely lost season for Rosenthal, who began the season on the injured list with shoulder soreness. Further evaluation revealed he’d need to undergo surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, which he did in early April. The hope had been that R
  • Home Run Derby Field Finalized

    Home Run Derby Field Finalized
    The eight-man field is set for the 2021 Home Run Derby. Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini, Royals catcher Salvador Pérez, Athletics first baseman Matt Olson, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo will compete in the event.
    Ohtani has been perhaps baseball’s biggest story in 2021. The two-way star has a league-best thir
  • Eight-Player Field Finalized For Home Run Derby

    Eight-Player Field Finalized For Home Run Derby
    TODAY: The full list of Derby competitors is complete.  Nationals outfielder Juan Soto announced via social media that he’ll be participating, while MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that Rangers slugger Joey Gallo is the final man in the field.
    Soto’s inclusion is interesting, as his relative lack of power has been the major storyline of his 2021 season.  Soto has a .438 slugging percentage and 10 homers in 2021, as opposed to 69 home runs and a .557 SLG in his first
  • Athletics 1B Olson joins All-Star Home Run Derby

    Athletics 1B Olson joins All-Star Home Run Derby
    Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson is joining the All-Star Home Run Derby at Denver's Coors Field on July 12.
  • D-backs Claim Jordan Weems, Designate Ryan Buchter

    D-backs Claim Jordan Weems, Designate Ryan Buchter
    The Diamondbacks announced Monday that they’ve claimed right-hander Jordan Weems off waivers from the Athletics. Veteran lefty Ryan Buchter was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move.
    Weems, 28, was designated for assignment himself over the weekend. He’s allowed three runs in 4 1/3 frames for Oakland this season and, dating back to last summer’s debut, has yielded a total of eight runs on 12 hits and 10 walks with 22 strikeouts in 18 1/3 frames.
    A third-round
  • A’s Select Sam Moll, Designate Jordan Weems For Assignment

    A’s Select Sam Moll, Designate Jordan Weems For Assignment
    The Athletics announced a trio of roster moves today, first and foremost selecting the contract of recently-acquired Sam Moll, placing him on the active roster. To make room, Domingo Acevedo was optioned to Triple-A and Jordan Weems was designated for assignment.
    Moll returns to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2017 — the last time he was a member of the Oakland organization. Acquiring Moll from the Diamondbacks seemed like a depth move because he wasn’t on the 40-man roste
  • Athletics Acquire Sam Moll From Diamondbacks

    Athletics Acquire Sam Moll From Diamondbacks
    The Athletics announced they’ve acquired reliever Sam Moll from the Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations. Moll was not on the Arizona 40-man roster, so he’ll serve as high minors bullpen depth with the A’s for now.
    It’s something of a homecoming for Moll, who appeared in eleven games for Oakland back in 2017. That marks the extent of his major league experience to date. The left-hander has a much lengthier track record at Triple-A, where he’s logged
  • Cam Bedrosian Elects Free Agency

    Cam Bedrosian Elects Free Agency
    JULY 2: Bedrosian has cleared outright waivers and elected free agency, the A’s announced.
    JUNE 29: The Athletics announced they’ve selected the contract of first baseman Frank Schwindel. To crate active and 40-man roster space, Oakland designated right-hander Cam Bedrosian for assignment. Additionally, the A’s reinstated righty J.B. Wendelken from the injured list and optioned infielder Vimael Machin to Triple-A Las Vegas.
    The promotion makes for a nic
  • Melvin: Mark Canha Unlikely To Return Before All-Star Break

    Melvin: Mark Canha Unlikely To Return Before All-Star Break
    Athletics outfielder Mark Canha is unlikely to return to the club before the All-Star Break, manager Bob Melvin tells reporters (including Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle). Canha, who landed on the injured list with left hip tendinitis last week, recently underwent platelet-rich plasma injections in both hips. A somewhat prompt return from the 32-year-old would be a huge boon for the A’s, who trail the Astros by half a game in the AL West. An ever-underrated contributor,
  • Athletics Unlikely To Pursue Trevor Story

    Athletics Unlikely To Pursue Trevor Story
    The Athletics are unlikely to pursue Rockies star shortstop Trevor Story in advance of the July 30 trade deadline, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. Instead, Passan suggests Oakland could look to add “an impact bat” in the outfield.
    Strictly from an on-field perspective, a Story pursuit would make a lot of sense for the A’s, who trail the Astros by half a game in the AL West. Oakland shortstops (almost exclusively Elvis Andrus) have hit just .229/.272/.306 (62 wRC+) across
  • Athletics Designate Cam Bedrosian For Assignment

    Athletics Designate Cam Bedrosian For Assignment
    The Athletics announced they’ve selected the contract of first baseman Frank Schwindel. To crate active and 40-man roster space, Oakland designated right-hander Cam Bedrosian for assignment. Additionally, the A’s reinstated righty J.B. Wendelken from the injured list and optioned infielder Vimael Machin to Triple-A Las Vegas.
    The promotion makes for a nice birthday present for Schwindel, who turns 29 years old today. The big right-handed hitter earned the call wit
  • Athletics Sign Homer Bailey To Minors Contract

    Athletics Sign Homer Bailey To Minors Contract
    The A’s signed right-hander Homer Bailey to a minor league deal earlier this week and assigned the veteran to Triple-A Las Vegas.  This is Bailey’s second stint with Oakland, after first joining the organization via a trade from the Royals in July 2019 and then posting a 4.30 ERA over 13 starts and 73 1/3 innings in the green and gold.
    Bailey was a front-of-the-rotation arm during his prime years in Cincinnati, which included no-hitters in both 2012 and 2013.  This led to a
  • Athletics Place Mark Canha on Injured List With Hip Strain

    Athletics Place Mark Canha on Injured List With Hip Strain
    JUNE 26: Canha’s MRI revealed tendinitis in his left hip, Melvin told Rubin and other reporters.  Fortunately, nothing seems wrong with the part of Canha’s hip that was addressed by his 2016 surgery.
    JUNE 25: The A’s announced that Canha has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hip strain. Infielder Vimael Machin is up from Triple-A Las Vegas in his place.
    JUNE 24: Athletics outfielder Mark Canha left today’s 5-1 Oakland victory over the Range
  • Umpire Substance Checks Put Pitchers in Awkward Positions

    Umpire Substance Checks Put Pitchers in Awkward Positions
    As M.L.B. rolls out its “enhanced enforcement” of rules on prohibited substances, pitchers have faced T.S.A.-like checks on their way back to the dugout.
  • Athletics’ Mark Canha To Undergo MRI On Left Hip

    Athletics’ Mark Canha To Undergo MRI On Left Hip
    Athletics outfielder Mark Canha left today’s 5-1 Oakland victory over the Rangers after two innings due to a left hip strain, manager Bob Melvin told Shayna Rubin of the San Jose Mercury News and other reporters.  Canha will receive an MRI to explore the problem, which Melvin indicated has been bothering the outfielder prior to today.
    One of the sport’s more underrated players, Canha would represent a big loss to the Oakland lineup if he had to miss any time on the injured list.
  • Mark Canha To Undergo MRI On Left Hip

    Mark Canha To Undergo MRI On Left Hip
    Athletics outfielder Mark Canha left today’s 5-1 Oakland victory over the Rangers after two innings due to a left hip strain, manager Bob Melvin told Shayna Rubin of the San Jose Mercury News and other reporters.  Canha will receive an MRI to explore the problem, which Melvin indicated has been bothering the outfielder prior to today.
    One of the sport’s more underrated players, Canha would represent a big loss to the Oakland lineup if he had to miss any time on the injured list.
  • Athletics’ Mike Fiers likely not throwing another month after injection

    Athletics’ Mike Fiers likely not throwing another month after injection
    Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers likely won't throw for at least another four weeks after an injection for his sprained right elbow.
  • Minor MLB Transactions: 6/22/21

    Minor MLB Transactions: 6/22/21
    The latest minor moves from around baseball:The Diamondbacks announced that utilityman Ildemaro Vargas has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Reno. The 29-year-old has bounced around the league a bit in recent seasons, suiting up for Arizona, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and the Cubs. Through 55 MLB plate appearances in 2021, Vargas has hit just .137/.200/.176. As a player who has previously been outrighted in his career, Vargas has the right to elect free agency.
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  • A’s Select Domingo Acevedo, Option Jesus Luzardo

    A’s Select Domingo Acevedo, Option Jesus Luzardo
    3:15pm: The A’s officially announced the pair of moves.
    2:47pm: Acevedo is indeed on his way to the big leagues, and Shayna Rubin of the San Jose Mercury News reports (via Twitter) that Jesus Luzardo is being optioned to Triple-A.  Luzardo has struggled as both a starter and a reliever this season, posting a 6.87 ERA over 38 innings and surrendering 11 homers in that brief stint on the mound.
    7:30am: The Athletics are planning to select the contract of reliever Domingo Acevedo, r
  • A’s Expected To Select Domingo Acevedo, Option Jesus Luzardo

    A’s Expected To Select Domingo Acevedo, Option Jesus Luzardo
    2:47PM: Acevedo is indeed on his way to the big leagues, and Shayna Rubin of the San Jose Mercury News reports (via Twitter) that Jesus Luzardo is being optioned to Triple-A.  Luzardo has struggled as both a starter and a reliever this season, posting a 6.87 ERA over 38 innings and surrendering 11 homers in that brief stint on the mound.
    7:30AM: The Athletics are planning to select the contract of reliever Domingo Acevedo, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (Twitter link). Oakland alrea
  • Athletics Expected To Select Domingo Acevedo

    Athletics Expected To Select Domingo Acevedo
    The Athletics are planning to select the contract of reliever Domingo Acevedo, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (Twitter link). Oakland already has a vacancy on the 40-man roster, so they’ll only need to make an active roster move to accommodate his promotion.
    Acevedo began his career in the Yankees organization. He didn’t sign until he was 18 years old (two years later than is typical for international amateur prospects) but he nevertheless quickly became one of the more well-
  • A’s Place Stephen Piscotty On 10-Day Injured List, Recall Skye Bolt

    A’s Place Stephen Piscotty On 10-Day Injured List, Recall Skye Bolt
    The Athletics have placed Stephen Piscotty on the 10-day injured list because of a left wrist sprain, the team announced. Skye Bolt will be recalled to claim Piscotty’s roster spot.
    Bolt was only recently sent down to Triple-A on June 16th. The injury to Piscotty allows Oakland to turn right around and bring him back to the active roster. Bolt had been serving as an injury replacement for the recently-returned Ramon Laureano. In nine games of action with the A’s, Bolt went 1-for-13 a
  • An Old Yankees Draft Pick Comes Back to Haunt Them

    An Old Yankees Draft Pick Comes Back to Haunt Them
    James Kaprielian continued a strong start for red-hot Oakland. The Mets, meanwhile, lost a nail-biter to Washington.
  • Athletics Reinstate Ramon Laureano From 10-Day IL

    Athletics Reinstate Ramon Laureano From 10-Day IL
    The A’s have reinstated outfielder Ramon Laureano from the 10-day injured list, the team announced.  Outfielder Skye Bolt was optioned to Triple-A in the corresponding move.
    A strained right hip sent Laureano to the IL on May 28 (retroactively), so he’ll return after missing just short of three weeks.  The injury interrupted an excellent campaign for “Laser Ramon,” who was hitting .257/.332/.503 with 11 home runs over 205 plate appearances.
    After an average 2020
  • Athletics manager Bob Melvin’s contract option exercised for 2022

    The winningest manager in Athletics history is staying put through at least next season after the club exercised Bob Melvin's contract option for 2022.
  • Athletics Exercise 2022 Option On Bob Melvin’s Contract

    Athletics Exercise 2022 Option On Bob Melvin’s Contract
    The Athletics announced this afternoon they’ve exercised their 2022 option on the contract of manager Bob Melvin. The 59-year-old is now set to lead the Oakland clubhouse next year in what will be his eleventh full season at the helm.
    Hired on an interim basis on June 6, 2011 (and given the full-time position a few months later), Melvin is the league’s longest-tenured active manager with one team. Since the start of his first full season as skipper in 2012, the A’s have gone 76
  • A's Hopeful Trevor Rosenthal Can Return In Mid-August

    A's Hopeful Trevor Rosenthal Can Return In Mid-August
    The Athletics are still hopeful that Trevor Rosenthal will be able to pitch for the team this season, writes Martin Gallegos of MLB.com. Oakland currently has a mid-August target for Rosenthal, who developed thoracic outlet symptoms this spring after signing a surprising one-year, $11MM deal with the A’s. He underwent surgery prior to Opening Day, and while he’s not yet throwing, Rosenthal is progressing through a strength program. The Oakland bullpen has been a middle-of-the-pack un

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