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Athletics Acquire LHP Eury De La Rosa; DFA Fernando Rodriguez

The Oakland Athletics announced on Thursday that they have acquired LHP Eury De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations. Last season in 25 appearances, De La Rosa went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA, 1.391 WHIP, and a decent 3.49 FIP. While De La Rosa does not throw hard, his fastball has good sink and movement to go along with a decent breaking ball. At the...
Via Baseball Essential
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Athletics dump Fernando Rodriguez

On Thursday the Oakland Athletics designated reliever Fernando Rodriguez for assignment. The 30-year-old Rodriguez made seven appearances out of the A’s bullpen last season allowing one earned run over nine innings of work. He ad agreed to a one-year deal with the A’s earlier this month worth $635,000 to avoid salary arbitration. He is getting the boot off the 40-man roster...
Via Tireball.com
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Sox Reliever Okajima Signs With Yokohama

For five seasons, Hideki Okajima was a solid option out of the Red Sox bullpen. The now-38-year old posted a 3.11 ERA for Boston in 246.1 innings of work. Despite one World Series hiccup, he was pretty effective in the post-season—giving up no earned runs in 12.1 innings of ALCS play. He was a huge fan favorite—rousing the Fenway crowd when his entry song boomed over the loudspeakers...
Via FenwayNation
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Where do the A’s go from here?

Billy Beane and Brett Farmiloe – Photo Credit – Brett Farmiloe Sluggers Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson combined for a total of 151 home runs over the past two seasons for the Oakland Athletics. They were a big reason why they have been American League contenders over the past three seasons. None of those three will be on the team’s roster on Opening Day 2015...
Via Hot Stove MLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Oakland Athletics

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple 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: Atlanta / Colorado […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Recapping the A’s offseason trades so far

The Oakland A’s were very active during this year’s winter meetings. However, many are not sure if those trades will actually benefit the Oakland A’s for 2015. The Athletics traded away three of their strongest players – Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, and Jeff Samardzija. All of these players were All-Stars in 2014 and their presence will surely be missed next season. So,...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie Makes Little Girl’s Day After Being Traded

New Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie played parts of four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays before being sent out west for Josh Donaldson the day after Thanksgiving. And while Lawrie doesn’t have the name recognition on a national (or shall we say international level), he obviously had one huge fan north of the border. As you can see below, a six-year old girl named Amelia...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Could Marcus Semien be the A’s everyday starting shortstop?

Marcus Semien The Oakland A’s were very active during the MLB winter meetings in San Diego this week and completed a trade with the Chicago White Sox to acquire infielders Marcus Semien and Rangel Ravelo, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, and catcher Josh Phegley. The interesting pick up here is Semien. He is a infielder who can play second base, shortstop, and third base. It has...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: David Forst, Assistant General Manager, Oakland Athletics

David Forst was appointed to his current position in February of 2004 after serving as an assistant to the general manager and coordinator of professional scouting for the Oakland Athletics. His primary duties include assisting Billy Beane in all player acquisitions, contract negotiations and player evaluations. He agreed to sit down and talk at baseball’s […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Forced To Pitch: Jeremy Barfield Opens Up

Minor League free agent Jeremy Barfield spoke with Baseball Essential’s own Jack McNeil and Nick Hamelin on Wednesday, and the trio had quite the conversation. The 26-year-old outfielder turned pitcher turned outfielder again was nothing short of entertaining and insightful, offering the viewers a truthful look into his career to date. After seven Minor League seasons with the...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros reportedly ink Luke Gregerson to three-year deal

The Houston Astros wanted a top reliever, a sentiment we questioned yesterday. Today, they got him, inking former Oakland Athletic Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million deal. Luke Gregerson reaches 3 year, $18.5 million deal with Houston #Astros; becoming 3rd richest reliever in #MLB this winter. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 10, 2014   The A’s acquired...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

With Selling out of the Way, Billy Beane and the A’s Looking to Buy

The Oakland Athletics have traded three All-Stars since Thanksgiving. With this has come a ton of criticism from both the A’s fan base and experts around the baseball world. Coming off three consecutive trips to the playoffs, it made little sense that Oakland would sell off quality players for a bunch of no-name prospects. But in reality, this has been Beane’s philosophy over...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jon Lester agrees to six-year, $155 million deal with Chicago Cubs

The Jon Lester sweepstakes has come to a close. The big-name pitcher has made his decision, and he’ll be taking his talents to Chicago to reunite with (former Red Sox general manager) Theo Epstein. The deal, which was first reported by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, is reportedly for six years and $155 million. Passan notes that the Red Sox were second in the bidding, with an offer of...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester to sign six-year, $155 million deal with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly outbid the Boston Red Sox for the services of one Jon Lester. According to multiple reports, Lester will join the Cubs on a whopping $155 million contract over six years. Jon Lester, Cubs agree on six-year, $155M deal, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Red Sox are runners-up. Their final bid: six for $135M. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10,...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet the Prospects: Oakland’s New Farm System

Billy Beane has made quite the splash this hot stove season, trading away three of the Oakland Athletics’ 2014 All-Stars in just a matter of days. What did Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, and Jeff Samardzija net the A’s? Aside from 3B Brett Lawrie, mostly unknown prospects hoping to make a name for themselves in Oakland. LHP Sean Nolin Acquired in the Josh Donaldson deal, Sean...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

How Will Jon Lester Age?

It’s Winter Meetings time, so that means the ratio of rumors to actual stuff happening is exponentially high. Some modestly sized moves have happened, however, and the possibility of something really big is in the air. The one big shoe that could drop at any given moment is the signing of lefty Jon Lester, most […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox acquire Jeff Samardzija from A's

It has been a busy night for the Chicago White Sox (and fake reporters). Before people could even finish wagging their fingers at GM Rick Hahn for giving a massive four-year deal to closer David Robertson, Hahn completed a much rumored deal for the White Sox to acquire Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics for IF Marcus Semien, SP Chris Bassitt and an additional player. ...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Are New Favorites To Land Jon Lester

Tired of the latest Lester rumors? Just wait a minute. This morning, word is that the Giants met late last night with one of Jon Lester's agents and have offered the lefty a seven-year deal—topping all other offers in duration. This could be the tipping point that sends Lester back to The Bay Area (albeit in different laundry). Other reports suggest that this offer is—essentially—a...
Via FenwayNation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs ‘close to a deal’ to bring back Jason Hammel

Some people are just so impatient. They have to have everything right here and now. Take the Cubs for example. They need starting pitching help, so they went out and got some tonight, rather than waiting until the Winter Meetings actually start tomorrow morning, you know, like normal civilized people would. sources: jason hammel is close to a deal to return to the chicago cubs...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija With the baseball winter meetings underway, it is widely known that the Oakland A’s are open to hearing offers for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. This right handed pitcher came to the Oakland A’s from the Chicago Cubs in July 2014 and was a great addition for the Oakland A’s starting rotation. His 7-11 record does not reflect the success Samardzija had...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Five questions to ask ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings

If you like being pelted with blurry pebbles of information for three or four days in a row (with the occasional blockbuster-ish boulder), prepare yourself: the Winter Meetings are coming. Every general manager in baseball will be at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego Dec. 7–11, swapping names and tossing around enormous sums of money like playing cards. Alongside them, about...
Via The Sports Post
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco looking for new wife, hits on Shania Twain

Jose Canseco has had a rough couple of months. Losing a finger then your model fiancée (a couple of days before Thanksgiving) would take a lot out of any man. But this Bash Brother isn’t going to go down looking, because he is totally trying out the Joel Embiid playbook and prowling on Twitter for a new mate. In an ideal world, that mate is country royalty in the form...
Via Busted Coverage
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco and fiancee break up after huge fight

Less than a month after Jose Canseco shot off his finger and was professing his love for his girlfriend Leila Knight for taking great care of him, the two have broken up. Canseco tweeted on Sunday that the two split: Leila and I have gone our separate ways.check back later and find out what happened...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Canseco accidentally shot off his finger

In one of the more bizarre sports stories in recent memory, it appears former MLB slugger Jose Canseco has shot the middle finger off his hand. Canseco’s fiancée, Leila Knight, told TMZ Sports on Tuesday night that the 50-year-old was cleaning his gun at his home in Las Vegas when the gun discharged, blowing the middle finger off his left hand. Knight said Canseco didn’t...
Via NESN.com
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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