ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

A's can't muster much offense vs. Cards

Rookie Luke Weaver allowed one run over six innings Friday to pick up his first Major League victory. Jedd Gyorko slugged a two-run home run off A's starter Ross Detwiler, who allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Yonder Alonso had two hits for Oakland, including a home run.
Via Athletics.com
1 hour ago

Jaycob Brugman is now leading the charge for Triple-A Nashville

The Triple-A Nashville Sounds have an 11-game lead in their division with 11 games left to play, so by my calculations they are looking solid for a playoff berth in the Pacific Coast League. In fact, their 77-56 record is the best in the entire league. The Sounds did that mostly via strong pitching, surely with some help from their tough home ballpark — they’ve allowed the fewest...
Via Athletics Nation
4 hours ago

Phegley suffers setback with right knee

A's catcher Josh Phegley has suffered a setback with his surgically-repaired right knee, precluding him from beginning a scheduled Minor League rehab assignment Saturday.
Via Athletics.com
4 hours ago

Liam Hendriks has been the Oakland A’s best reliever in the 2nd half

... and it’s not particularly close. We’re in the home stretch of the 2016 season, and the bullpen continues to be the strongest area of the Oakland A’s. The offense is somewhere in the bottom 10 of MLB, the defense is dead last, and the rotation is one of the five or so worst in the game. But the pen ranks middle of the pack in ERA and WAR, offsetting a couple too many blown...
Via Athletics Nation
6 hours ago

Khris Davis and Others Who Have Pressed Before

Khris Davis has maintained excellent exit velocity all year, and has 33 home runs to his name, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t pressed at times with his new team. His walk rate is less than half what it used to be, and his swinging-strike rate is up nearly 20%. The Oakland outfielder admitted that his decision on when to swing hasn’t been at its finest this year. “I was...
Via Fangraphs
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Meet the new and improved Kendall Graveman

Just over a week ago, and just days after having spoken with the Hall of Fame pitcher and childhood idol Greg Maddux, Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman had a performance worthy of the Hall of Famer. It was big news in the baseball world when Graveman, who’s had his ups and downs since stepping into the big […] The post Meet the new and improved Kendall Graveman appeared...
Via Today's Knuckleball
11 hours ago

Cards' Weaver to start against A's Detwiler (Wentzville Holt)

ST. LOUIS -- On paper, the Oakland Athletics are the kind of team the St. Louis Cardinals should beat.At 55-72, Oakland is 19 1/2 games out of first place in the American League West and going nowhere fast.However, the games aren't played on 8 1/2-by-11 sheets of paper, and the way St. Louis continues to struggle at Busch Stadium, the Athletics look like a threat to play a spoiler...
Via FOX Sports
13 hours ago

Graveman gleaning wisdom from early struggles

Kendall Graveman has been quietly piecing together a superb sophomore season, transforming from fringe starter to rotational mainstay.
Via Athletics.com
1 day ago

Projecting Max Schrock, the Return for Marc Rzepczynski

A 13th-round pick last year, infielder Max Schrock — received by Oakland today from Washington in exchange for left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski — has made something of a name for himself by putting up strong offensive numbers in the lower levels. He’s hitting .333 between two levels of A-ball this season, largely due to an 8% strikeout rate. That’s encouraging coming...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Compelling Reason To Remain a Fan

The Oakland Athletics are in the midst of a disaster. With that in mind, the pertinent question is, “Why stay an A’s Fan?” The so-called re-tooling was mired by injury and low performance for the Oakland Athletics. The biggest stars like Sonny Gray are scuffling, and things got so bad that Billy Butler and Danny Valencia […] Oakland Athletics: Compelling Reason To Remain...
Via Swingin' A's
1 day ago

Graveman earns 10th win, Athletics take series from Indians

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kendall Graveman pitched into the seventh inning to become Oakland's first 10-game winner this season, and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to win the series. The A's took two of three games from the AL Central leaders, who had swept a three-game set from Oakland in July. Cleveland went into the day with the best record in the American...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s looking at waterfront site for new ballpark

The Oakland Athletics’ search for a new ballpark has taken them near the waterfront. Phil Matier and Andy Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle report Oakland A’s co-owner John Fisher is expected to scout the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal on Thursday as a possible location for a proposed new stadium. The terminal is currently a cargo-loading area. The Oakland A’s current...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics place Marcus Semien on paternity list, recall J.B. Wendelken

According to a statement released by the club on Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics have placed starting shortstop Marcus Semien to the paternity list while recalling right-handed relief pitcher J.B. Wendelken from Triple-A Nashville. Semien and his wife, Tarah, welcomed a son on Monday night. Oakland waited until Wednesday to put him on the paternity list, […] The post Athletics...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Andrew Triggs doing best to carve spot in 2017 A’s rotation

Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Triggs made his fourth big league start for the Oakland Athletics on Monday. It was his third straight start since being called up from the A’s Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds on August 5, which was his eighth time moving between the team’s big league club and the minors. Technically, that’s an Oakland franchise record […] The post Andrew...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

For the A’s Jake Smolinski, the fun starts in center field

Jake Smolinski has been putting on a defensive show in center since getting the chance from the A’s. Jake Smolinski can’t fly, but as he showed Tuesday night in the Coliseum, he can put on a good impression. He did it in the eighth inning Tuesday, racing into the right center field gap to chase down a rocket off the bat of pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall. It was, to say the least...
Via Inside the A's
2 days ago

Davis hits 33rd home run in A's 9-1 win over Indians

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and scored three times, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Davis had struck out in six consecutive at-bats before hitting his 33rd home run of the season off starter Danny Salazar. That's the most by an Oakland player since Jack Cust hit 33 in 2008...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Dull trying to rediscover his focus in grueling season

Ryan Dull, here paired with catcher Stephen Vogt, is trying to fight his way out of an August skid. When reliever Ryan Dull began the season by not allowing any of the first 36 base runners he inherited to score, the A’s right-hander knew that kind of unprecedented success wasn’t going to last forever. Six of the last 10 inherited runners he’s faced have scored. And the season...
Via Inside the A's
3 days ago

A's teammates reportedly fight over sponsorship

Billy Butler was unavailable to play over the weekend after suffering complications following his fight with teammate Danny Valencia. Now we have an idea of what led to the fight. According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the two Oakland A’s teammates fought on Friday night after Butler made some comments to a product rep about the cleats Valencia wears. The...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Butler, A's teammate injured after altercation

Billy Butler and Danny Valencia got into an altercation which was bad enough that it caused Butler to miss the past two games against the Chicago White Sox, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser reports Butler was injured after an incident on Friday night involving Valencia, his Oakland Athletics teammate. The Athletics’ designated hitter has been...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Manaea, Checking Them Off

If you want to know the most insidious part of my job, it’s deciding what to write about when. Some of the decisions aren’t that crafty — sometimes I have to sit on a Kenta Maeda interview because August just wrote him up, for example. Other times, it’s a small move, like publishing a piece about a pitcher on the day he pitches instead of the day before. But there are times...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Coco Crisp: A’s are being ‘shady’ by benching me

Coco Crisp believes the Oakland A’s are intentionally keeping him on the bench in order to avoid his vesting option for next season kicking in, and you can imagine how the veteran feels about it. After he did not play in Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, Crisp could no longer remain silent. “I’m extremely hurt, the way things are being handled,” he told Susan Slusser...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray may be out for year with forearm issue

Not long ago, Sonny Gray was one of baseball’s brightest young pitchers. He has endured something of a lost season in 2016, however, and that season may have already come to an end. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, Gray still isn’t throwing and may not return before season’s end. Sonny Gray is still shut down from throwing. No telling if he'll be able to pitch again this...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the Oakland Athletics that have played in at least 3 All-Star Games

18 players in the history of the Oakland Athletics franchise (including the time spent in Philadelphia) have appeared in three or more All-Star Games while with the team. How many of these All-Star A's can you name? Clue: Number of All-Star Games-Position/Years active with team
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Oakland A’s coach suspended for spying on players with hidden camera

Oakland Athletics strength and conditioning coach Michael Henriques has been suspended for planting a hidden camera in the team’s weight room at O.co Coliseum, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Henriques reportedly admitted to installing the camera, and claims to have used it to “observe players working out and rehabilitating injuries while the team traveled”: An Oakland...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: A’s strength trainer planted hidden cameras to spy on players in weight room

Oakland A’s strength trainer, Michael Henriques, was recently suspended by the club after having been caught using a hidden camera to spy on the team. This information came out on Friday, via Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, who reports the club had an independent investigator come in, and that MLB “including its Department of Investigations, and the Players Association” monitored...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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