Oakland Athletics Wiretap

Oakland's Venditte Records Out With Each Arm

Mar 4, 2015 7:56 AM

Oakland Athletics switch-pitcher Pat Venditte recorded two outs on Tuesday, one with each arm, against the San Francisco Giants.

"I didn't realize it was him when he started throwing, so it kind of tripped me out there for a second," Ben Zobrist said. "Obviously he does it well. It's not like he's weaker from one side than the other. Obviously he's able to throw all of his pitches and spot up from both sides. It's really fun to watch. It's an anomaly for sure."

Venditte signed a Minor League deal with the Athletics this spring after spending seven seasons in the New York Yankees organization.

A natural right-hander, Venditte paid particularly close attention to the new timers that have been installed in ballparks to regulate pace of play.

"For me, it's something I'm going to have to look at, because I don't want to get into a situation where I don't get one of my arms loose," he said. "Usually when I'm switching over, that second arm that I'm pitching with is going to be the first hitter. So I want to make sure I have enough time to get a feel for my pitches with both arms."

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Anthopoulos Has 'Pretty Good Relationship' With Beane

Feb 25, 2015 8:26 AM

Alex Anthopoulos says he has a good working relationship with Billy Beane, his contemporary in Oakland.

This past offseason, the Oakland Athletics traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I have a pretty good relationship with [A's GM] Billy Beane," Anthopoulos said. "We've done a bunch of small deals. The one thing about Billy, he's always open-minded and you can never offend him; you can ask about anybody at any time to make a deal.

"[Donaldson] is somebody we asked about right at the end of the season. We were adamantly told, 'He's not going to be moved.' Then we asked about him a little later. [Beane] was still adamant that [Donaldson] was not going to be moved. Then I guess, about a week before we did the deal, we asked about him again in a conversation, he again said he wouldn't move him, but it seemed in passing that one of the issues was they wanted to win this year. They might retool, but they weren't going to tear it down.

"[Beane] wasn't going to leave a hole at third base. I'm the one who introduced Lawrie at that point. We weren't going to trade Lawrie, but I wasn't getting anywhere with trying to get Donaldson. Once I introduced Lawrie to fill that hole for him, he seemed a little bit more open-minded and we took it from there. That was the only way I think things could get off the ground, because [Beane] still had every intention to win."

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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Barry Zito To Return To A's

Feb 17, 2015 2:07 AM

Former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito will sign a minor league deal with the A's that includes an invite to major league camp, assistant GM David Forst told the Bay Area News Group, confirming multiple media reports.

Zito will receive a $1 million base salary if he makes Oakland's big league roster, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

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Jason Giambi Announces Retirement

Feb 16, 2015 5:17 PM

Jason Giambi, 44, announced his retirement through a statement given to the New York Daily News on Monday.

"After 20 seasons, I have decided to officially announce my retirement as a Major League Baseball player," Giambi wrote. "I really want to thank my wife, Kristian, for going on this journey with me. She's always been my rock. She's always been there for me with support and love, and I really couldn't have done this without her. She's been everything to me, and I don't think I can state in words how much she's meant to me. I love you and thank you."

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.


First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Sean Doolittle Making Progress During Rehab

Feb 8, 2015 7:38 PM

A's closer Sean Doolittle is encouraged by his progress from a left shoulder injury, but he is still expected to miss the start of the 2015 season, according to an MLB.com report.

The southpaw, diagnosed with a slight rotator cuff tear last month, received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection to alleviate inflammation and irritation, and Doolittle told reporters at FanFest on Sunday, "I feel a lot better now than I did."

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A's Hope Parker, Griffin Return In June

Feb 8, 2015 7:33 PM

On Sunday, A's manager Bob Melvin and assistant general manager David Forst reiterated that June remains a potential timetable for Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin to return to the pitching staff, barring any setbacks.

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Jarrod Parker Loses Arbitration Case With A's

Feb 7, 2015 1:44 PM

A's pitcher Jarrod Parker has lost his salary arbitration case after missing the entire 2014 season, according to an ESPN.com report.

Parker was given an $850,000 salary on Saturday by Elizabeth Neumeier, Robert Herzog and Mark Irvings instead of the the right-hander's request of $1.7 million. The sides argued their positions a day earlier.

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Mulder Won't Attempt Another Comeback

Feb 4, 2015 9:24 AM

Mark Mulder won't chase another Major League comeback this season.

The left-hander, 37, hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2008.

He had a brief stint with the Los Angeles Angels cut short last season with a rupture of his Achilles tendon.

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Sean Doolittle Has Slight Rotator Cuff Tear

Jan 24, 2015 2:04 AM

A's closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area.

Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and irritation before he begins rehabilitation under the direction of athletic trainer Nick Paparesta, assistant GM David Forst said Friday. There is no timetable for Doolittle's return, although doctors believe the left-hander will recover to pitch without needing surgery.

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Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires
Arthur Rhodes had a 20-year career, changing uniforms 9 times in eleven years.

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Nationals, A's Agree To Clippard, Escobar Trade
Oakland just acquired Yunel Escobar this past weekend from the Tampa Bay Rays.

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A's, Chavez Avoid Arbitration With $2.15M Deal
Forced into the starting rotation by injuries, Jesse Chavez had a 3.45 ERA with 8.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 42 percent ground-ball rate in 146 innings.

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Ben Zobrist 'Emotional' Over Leaving Rays
Ben Zobrist said he was "sad to be leaving Tampa Bay," in a phone interview on Sunday.

MLB.com

A's Trade For Zobrist, Escobar From Rays
The A's send John Jaso, Daniel Robertson, and Boog Powell to the Rays.

ESPN.com

Diamondbacks Sign Nick Punto
The Diamondbacks have signed Nick Punto to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Associated Press

Athletics Release Nick Punto
Punto was due to make $2.75 million after his contract option for the 2015 season vested.

Associated Press

A's Trade Derek Norris To Padres
Oakland got right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez for Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot.

Associated Press

A's Acquire De La Rosa From Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have acquired cash from the Athletics for Eury De La Rosa.

Associated Press

Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang Should Draw Interest
It is being reported that the Giants, A's, and Mets are interested in Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang.

MLB.com

White Sox Acquire Both Samardzija, Robertson
Jeff Samardzija will hit free agency after the 2015 season.

ESPN.com

Indians To Acquire Brandon Moss
It has been reported that the Athletics will receive second base prospect Joe Wendle in return.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

White Sox In Serious Talks To Acquire Samardzija
The White Sox are believed to be the front-runner to acquire Jeff Samardzija from the Athletics.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

A's Have Multiple Suitors For Moss
The Athletics are actively engaging in trade talks with the Indians on Brandon Moss, according to a source.

Jane Lee/MLB

Jeff Samardzija May Be Traded Next
Trade rumors involving A's pitcher Jeff Smardzija have been linked to both the White Sox and the Braves.

MLB.com

Jays Acquire Josh Donaldson From A's For Four Players
The Blue Jays have dealt Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin and Franklin Barreto to the A's for Josh Donaldson.

ESPN

Moss Aware Oakland's Additions May Affect Him
Brandon Moss is working his way back from hip surgery and has kept close tabs on what the Athletics have done so far this offseason.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Report: Cubs Offer Lester $135M Deal
Jon Lester has drawn interest from multiple teams and has an offer on the table from the Cubs.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

Red Sox Still 'Very Much Engaged' With Lester
Even after signing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox remain "very much engaged" with free-agent Jon Lester, according to a report.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Giants Have Shown Interest In Jon Lester
The Giants will have money to spend if Pablo Sandoval does sign with the Red Sox.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports