Oakland Athletics Wiretap

Lester Makes Pickoff Throw For First Time In Two Years

Apr 14, 2015 7:17 AM

Jon Lester threw to first base on Monday night for the first time since April 30, 2013.

The left-hander is relatively quick to the plate, which has limited base stealers the past two seasons. He has allowed just 28 stolen bases in 37 attempts over that span. However, the St. Louis Cardinals stole three bags in his first start with the Chicago Cubs on April 5.

Lester's throw to first on Monday night was errant, suggesting teams may test him more often and that he had a reason not to throw anywhere but home plate over the last two years.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Injury, Stats

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Ross Heard From A's Almost Immediately After Release

Apr 10, 2015 11:03 AM

Cody Ross heard from the Oakland Athletics almost immediately after he was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend.

A number of other clubs reached out to Ross, but none seemed to be as good a fit as the Athletics.

"To be honest with you, I couldn't be any more excited," Ross said. "I know how much fun this team has had in the past and how successful they've been. That had a lot to do with the decision I made.

"From the outside looking in, it's just a team that has a lot of passion, plays the game the right way, plays hard. Does all the little things right. That's the type of team I want to play on. Just a bunch of grinders that go out and play hard and want to win on a nightly basis."

Jane Lee/MLB

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Athletics To Sign Cody Ross

Apr 8, 2015 7:38 AM

The Oakland Athletics will sign Cody Ross once he clears release waivers on Wednesday.

The club will be responsible for the pro-rated portion of the league minimum for his salary, while the Arizona Diamondbacks, who released him, will be on the hook for the remainder of his $8.5 million salary and $1 million option buyout.

Oakland was searching for a veteran outfielder in the wake of Coco Crisp's elbow surgery.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Barry Zito Accepts Assignment To Triple-A Nashville

Apr 5, 2015 1:47 AM

Left-handed veteran Barry Zito is accepting his assignment to Triple-A Nashville, according to an ESPN.com report on Saturday.

The 36-year-old didn't work his way back from a year out of baseball only to stop his comeback bid now just because he didn't make the A's opening-day roster.

"I didn't stay in shape for a year to come back here and go all in and go sit at home. Why should I rush to go sit at home?" Zito said. "A lot of the retired guys that I've talked to that I've played with over the years, I think they ended up bitter in the end and they kind of rushed into that. A lot of the guys I talked to regretted that they didn't just keep going, put your pride aside and go play baseball."

ESPN.com

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Crisp Reportedly Needs Surgery, Out 6-8 Weeks

Apr 2, 2015 8:25 AM

Coco Crisp will miss the start of the season because he needs surgery to remove a bone spur and chips in his right elbow, according to a report.

The Oakland Athletics would be without the outfielder for 6-8 weeks.

Crisp has dealt with elbow soreness all spring. He hit 246/.336/.363 in 126 games last season.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Josh Reddick Won't Be Ready On Opening Day

Mar 29, 2015 8:07 PM

A's outfielder Josh Reddick says he won't be ready for opening day because of his injured oblique, according to an Yahoo.com report.

Reddick played five innings in a minor league game Sunday and reported no issues with swinging a bat, running the bases and sliding.

''It's a huge relief,'' he said. ''I wasn't really worried about anything bothering me, went out there and got a couple of three-ball counts. Swung hard trying to hit it far.''

Yahoo.com

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Clayton Kershaw Survives Major Scare

Mar 21, 2015 1:17 AM

The Dodgers survived a major scare Friday when Clayton Kershaw was struck in the face by a line drive in a spring training game against the A's.

Kershaw collapsed on the mound after Andy Parrino's broken-bat liner struck him. The left-hander sat there for a minute or two as Dodgers trainers and manager Don Mattingly rushed out of the dugout, but after working his jaw a few times and consulting with trainer Stan Conte, Kershaw threw a warm-up pitch and remained in the game.

Kershaw said he lost part of a tooth, but was otherwise unharmed. He got through his five scheduled innings, striking out four batters and allowing one run, then threw more pitches in the bullpen. 

ESPN.com

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

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New Commissioner Says New A's Ballpark A Priority

Mar 16, 2015 5:12 PM

New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says addressing the A's desire for a new ballpark is a top priority, though he's unsure what influence his office can have on the matter.

Manfred, who replaced Bud Selig, met with A's players Monday as part of his spring training tour.

Manfred says MLB will continue to be involved but prefers to let the A's and city of Oakland try to find a solution.

The Giants have prevented the A's from building a ballpark in San Jose, which is part of San Francisco's territory. San Jose's antitrust claims in a lawsuit against MLB were dismissed, and the city says it intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

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Sonny Gray To Start A's Opener
Sonny Gray went 14-10 for the A's last season.

ESPN.com

Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

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Jim Harbaugh Coaches First Base For The A's
Jim Harbaugh was in full uniform, wearing No. 4, his old number as a quarterback.

ESPN.com

A's Reddick Expected To Miss Opening Day
Josh Reddick will be out four to six weeks with a strained oblique.

ESPN.com

Oakland's Venditte Records Out With Each Arm
Pat Venditte signed a Minor League deal with the Athletics this spring after spending seven seasons in the Yankees organization.

Jane Lee/MLB

Anthopoulos Has 'Pretty Good Relationship' With Beane
The Blue Jays and Athletics have agreed to a handful of trades in recent years.

Mike Bauman/MLB

Barry Zito To Return To A's
Barry Zito will receive a $1 million base salary if he makes the A's big league roster.

ESPN.com

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

Jordan Bastian/MLB

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Sean Doolittle Making Progress During Rehab
A's closer Sean Doolittle is still expected to miss the start of the 2015 season.

MLB.com

A's Hope Parker, Griffin Return In June
Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin combined for 26 wins for the A's in 2013.

MLB.com

Jarrod Parker Loses Arbitration Case With A's
Jarrod Parker missed the entire 2014 season after having a second Tommy John surgery.

ESPN.com

Mulder Won't Attempt Another Comeback
Mark Mulder had a brief stint with the Angels cut short last season with a rupture of his Achilles tendon.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Sean Doolittle Has Slight Rotator Cuff Tear
A's closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season.

ESPN.com

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

Yahoo.com

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

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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