Chip Hale rejoins Bob Melvin's coaching staff in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is returning to the Oakland Athletics organization as third base coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.Hale replaces Ron Washington, who took the same position with the Atlanta Braves to be closer to his home in New Orleans.In two seasons as Arizona manager, Hale went 148-176 before being fired Oct. 3, one day after the...
Via Associated Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chip Hale Returns To Athletics As Third Base Coach

The Athletics announced today that Chip Hale has been re-hired by the organization and will fill the role of third base coach that was vacated when Ron Washington took the same title with the Braves earlier this month. Hale, whose talks with the A’s were first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, has spent the past two seasons managing the D-backs but was...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Chip Hale to return to Oakland A's as 3B Coach

Out with the old, in with the old. In Ron Washington's vacancy, Chip Hale will be returning to the Oakland A's to coach third-base. “We’re thrilled to bring Chip back to the organization and to retain the rest of our coaching staff,” said A’s GM David Forst. #GreenCollar — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) October 18, 2016 Hale was the...
Via Athletics Nation
1 day ago

Athletics hire Chip Hale as third base coach; rest of staff to return

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the Oakland Athletics are hiring Chip Hale to be their third base coach. The rest of the coaching staff will return next season, as well. Hale was fired by the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 3 after serving as their manager for two seasons. He went 148-176 at the helm with the D’Backs, but was dismissed on the...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

New Oakland A’s stadium closer than ever after Vegas Raiders stadium funding approved

If all goes according to plan with the Raiders and Warriors, the Athletics will soon be the sole tenant of the Oakland Coliseum complex. The Nevada Legislature approved $750 million in public financing for a planned $1.9 billion stadium, with the remainder to be paid by the Raiders and the family fortune of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is expected...
Via Athletics Nation
4 days ago

Pair of A's prospects impress in return to mound

A pair of Oakland Athletics pitching prospects impressed in their respective returns to the mound on Friday in Arizona Fall League action, as right-handers Dylan Covey and Frankie Montas combined to toss seven strong innings to help Mesa defeat Surprise, 10-4.
5 days ago

Athletics scouting report: Stockton Ports Sandber Pimentel

SANDBER PIMENTEL Organization: Oakland Athletics || 2016 club: Stockton Ports (A-Adv.)Position: 1B/DH || Age: 22 || DOB: September 12, 1994 || Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DRAcquired: November 1, 2011 (int’l free agent) || 2016 prospect rank: None2016 stats: 117 games, 417 AB, .237/.342/.436/.779, 18 2B, 21 HR, 60 BB, 145 K, 1 SB Pimentel’s 2016 He may have been...
Via Today's Knuckleball
8 days ago

Oakland A’s payroll estimate 2017-19, with 2017 MLBTR arbitration estimates

Oakland's youth movement and the potential non-tender of third-year arbitration players means the Athletics have quite a bit of payroll room to spare this offseason. Matt Swartz’s arbitration estimates have been published at MLB Trade Rumors, and now we can plug those numbers into the payroll spreadsheet to produce an active roster payroll estimate of around $65 million to start...
Via Athletics Nation
9 days ago

Healy, Gossett named A's MLB Pipeline Prospects of the Year

Ryon Healy was named one of Oakland's Prospects of the Year and Daniel Gossett was selected as MLBPipeline's Athletics Pitcher of the Year.
9 days ago

Athletics scouting report: Stockton Ports catcher Argenis Raga

ARGENIS RAGA Organization: Oakland Athletics || 2016 club: Stockton Ports (A-Adv.)Position: C || Age: 22 || DOB: July 22, 1994 || Birthplace: Maracay, VenezuelaAcquired: July 22, 2010 (undrafted free agent) || 2016 prospect rank: None2016 stats: 84 games, 289 AB, .263/.329/.356/.686, 19 2B, 2 HR, 29 BB, 62 K, 5 SB Raga’s 2016 A converted infielder that has the build...
Via Today's Knuckleball
10 days ago

Eric Sogard Elects Free Agency

Second baseman Eric Sogard was among the many players the Athletics outrighted off their 40-man roster earlier this week. That may have ended Sogard’s tenure with the organization, as the 30-year-old has elected free agency in lieu of an assignment to Triple-A Nashville, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter link). Sogard, whom the Padres chose in the...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
11 days ago

Athletics Outright Henderson Alvarez, Jarrod Parker, Felix Doubront

The Athletics have outrighted pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Jarrod Parker and Felix Doubront to Triple-A Nashville, reports’s Jane Lee (Twitter link). Each of the three was a likely non-tender candidate, as Alvarez recently underwent shoulder surgery, while Parker underwent a UCL/flexor tendon repair back in April and Doubront underwent Tommy John surgery in April as well...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
12 days ago

A's remove 9 from 40-man, lose Alcantara to Reds

The A's have removed nine players from their 40-man roster in 24 hours, outrighting eight of them to Triple-A Nashville, while letting infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara go on waivers to the Reds.
13 days ago

Injury-plagued Athletics win one more game, still last place

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray showed up at spring training eight months ago with big aspirations for himself and the Oakland Athletics this season. None of it worked out. He struggled and got injured more than once. That's just the kind of year the A's had, another similar story for the small-budget franchise hit by the injury bug time and again. ''I'm not happy with the way...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Manaea, Vogt lead Oakland to 3-2 win over Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) During the final few weeks of the season, Sean Manaea provided the Oakland Athletics a glimpse of what they hope to see over a longer haul starting next season. Manaea continued his solid close to 2016 by throwing six innings and allowing two runs as Oakland finished the year with a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Since coming off the disabled list in...
Via Associated Press
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Oakland’s Mount Davis Killing Fly Balls?

My favorite part of my job is when players ask me questions. It’s difficult enough to come up with questions on a daily basis, so it’s great to get a free piece — and it’s even better when the question came from someone who plays the game every day. Once you make it to the Show, it’s all about staying in the Show, and that means making the most of your athletic talents...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Jharel Cotton: the next Oakland Athletics ace?

When selling players at the trade deadline, teams do not receive an ace pitcher in return. In 2016, the Oakland Athletics rewrote this rule. On Aug. 1, the A’s moved left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, Oakland acquired three unknown players. One was named Jharel Cotton, a right-handed pitcher that possessed no Major League...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

A Dialogue on the Urgent Matter of Jharel Cotton’s Cutter

In light of Oakland right-hander Jharel Cotton‘s minor-league success, his major-league success (which includes a 1.50 ERA over three starts) isn’t an entirely surprising development. More surprising, perhaps, is how he’s achieved that success — less by means of his celebrated changeup and more by means of his barely-ever-mentioned-once cut fastball. Curious as to what might...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Farewells: Oakland Athletics

It is that part of the year where pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is time to say an early goodbye to some of our summertime friends who will not be joining us in the fall–up next are the 2016 Oakland Athletics. Moneyball didn’t work…again. Most people didn’t expect anything...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s why the Oakland Athletics love Khris Davis

Several years into the 21st century, the Oakland Athletics finally have their second player in this millennium to reach a home run milestone. His name is Khris Davis, and he became the fourth outfielder in the history of the franchise and only the second A’s player in the 21st century, to acquire 40 home runs. The last player to accomplish this feat was Jason Giambi, who slugged...
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics weren’t expected to contend for an AL West title or wild card spot in 2016, based mostly on the competition they faced within their division. The Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners all looked like potential contenders, while the A’s were building for the future and likely to spin off veteran pieces like Sonny Gray, Rich Hill and Josh Reddick...
Via The Comeback
September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Billy Butler signs with Yankees

Billy Butler’s unemployment stint did not last very long. The DH signed with the New York Yankees on Wednesday, just days after being released by the Oakland A’s. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal says the Yankees will use Butler against lefties. They got him as a platoon guy specifically for the next few weeks, as they will face multiple southpaws. Source confirms: #Yankees sign Billy...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Projecting Oakland Call-Ups Renato Nunez and Matt Olson

On Monday, the Oakland Athletics promoted a couple of hitting prospects from Triple-A: Renato Nunez and Matt Olson. Both Nunez and Olson came off the bench on Monday to make their big-league debuts. With Billy Butler out of the picture, and Danny Valencia likely soon to follow, Nunez and Olson might see a decent chunk of playing time these next two weeks. Olson’s numbers have trended...
Via Fangraphs
September 13, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every A's MLB player to hit 30 home runs in a season

A member of the Athletics has hit 30 or more home runs in a season 60 times. This includes all MLB iterations of the A's from Philadelphia to Kansas City to Oakland. The 27 sluggers on this impressive list include some Hall of Famers. How many of them can you name? Clue: Number of Home Runs-A's location-Year
September 10, 2016  |  Discuss

The Oakland Athletics recall Mengden and his scary stats

Halloween is more than one month away. But the Oakland Athletics have already experienced a season of scary performances from their rotation. Now, the A’s are feeling further discomfort by management’s recent recall of starting pitcher Daniel Mengden. On Sept. 3, the Athletics recalled Mengden from the Nashville Sounds. Not surprisingly, A’s GM David Forst, scouts, and fans...
September 05, 2016  |  Discuss

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