Oakland Athletics Wiretap

Astros Trade Jed Lowrie To Athletics

Nov 25, 2015 4:34 PM

The Houston Astros have traded Jed Lowrie to the Oakland Athletics less than a year after the infielder left Oakland to sign a three-year deal with Houston.

The Astros acquired right-hander Brendan McCurry in the deal.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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A's Trade Jesse Chavez To Jays For Liam Hendriks

Nov 21, 2015 1:23 AM

The A's have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Blue jays for fellow pitcher Jesse Chavez.

Hendriks became a full-time reliever for the first time with Toronto last season and went 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances.

Chavez has spent the past two seasons as a swingman with the A's and went 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 games this year, including 26 starts.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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A's Sign Rich Hill To $6M Deal

Nov 20, 2015 4:27 PM

The Oakland Athletics have signed Rich Hill to a one-year, $6 million deal.

Hill, 35, began the 2015 season with Washington's Triple-A club in Syracuse before going 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts and 29 innings with the Boston Red Sox in September. He had 36 strikeouts to five walks.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Athletics Hire Mark Kotsay As Bench Coach

Nov 12, 2015 4:49 PM

The Oakland Athletics have hired Mark Kotsay as bench coach.

During a 17-year Major League career, Kotsay spent the 2004-07 seasons with the A's.

"It's great to be back in Oakland. The time that I spent there from 2004 to 2007 I really reflect back on it with nothing but positives," Kotsay said on a conference call. "We had some great teams and I developed some great relationships here in this organization that have continued to stay strong throughout my journey in baseball."

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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Beane 'Cannot See' A's Trading Gray, Reddick

Nov 5, 2015 7:26 AM

The Oakland Athletics have a strong track record of trading star players, but Billy Beane tells Peter Gammons that he "just cannot see us trading [Sonny] Gray or [Josh] Reddick."

It is worth noting that Beane made a similar comment about trading Josh Donaldson last offseason before sending him to the Toronto Blue Jays.

"Trading Gray is not something I think we could do," Beane explained to Gammons. "We have to put a representative product on the field, and continue to dream we get a ballpark. We should have good pitching, with Gray, Jarrod Parker, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, Chris Bassitt, maybe Sean Manaea during the season."

Peter Gammons

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Barry Zito Announces Retirement From Baseball

Oct 19, 2015 6:48 PM

Barry Zito has decided to retire after 14 Major League seasons.

Zito announced his retirement Monday in a post on The Players' Tribune.

"My baseball career has been a mirror to my life off the field, full of euphoric highs and devastating lows," Zito wrote. "I've been at the top of a rotation and the 25th man on a roster. I've started Game 1 of a World Series in one year, and I've been left off of a postseason roster in another. I've been labeled as both drastically underpaid and severely overpaid. I've been praised as a savior and deemed a curse."

He leaves baseball with a record of 165-143 and a 4.04 ERA.

"Beyond all of the achievements, the single thing that fulfills me today is the acceptance of myself as a worthy and valuable person, regardless of what my stature or position in the world was on a given day of my career," Zito wrote.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Could Have Acquired Zobrist From A's For Refsnyder, Warren

Oct 8, 2015 3:48 PM

Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees turned down the opportunity to trade for Ben Zobrist from the Oakland A's.

The Yankees turned down an offer of Zobrist for Adam Warren and Rob Refsnyder.

The A's eventually traded Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals and has played well, but Refsnyder and Warren appear to be key components of the Yankees moving forward.

Chad Jennings/The Journal News

Tags: Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Supreme Court Rejects San Jose's Appeal Of A's Move

Oct 5, 2015 1:08 PM

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from San Jose in the northern California city's bid to lure the Athletics from Oakland.

The justices on Monday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed the city's antitrust claims against Major League Baseball, which blocked the Athletics' move to San Jose.

San Jose sued MLB in June 2013 for conspiring to block the relocation. San Jose is in Santa Clara County, part of the San Francisco Giants' territory under MLB's constitution.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants

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A's Hire First Female Coach In MLB History

Sep 30, 2015 8:08 AM

The Oakland Athletics have hired Justine Siegal as a guest instructor for the team's 2015 instructional league.

Siegal will work with players Oct. 4-17 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex in Mesa, Ariz. She was the first woman to throw batting practice for a Major League team a few years ago.

"This was a great moment," Siegal said. "I feel qualified for this job. I have a lot to learn, but I feel I've worked my way up the ranks. I can't stress enough how thankful I am for the opportunity."

The Athletics are the first Major League team to hire a female coach. In 2009, Siegal also became the first woman to be hired as a coach at any professional level, when she served as first-base coach for the Brockton Rox, an independent baseball team.

Alyson Footer/MLB

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Yankees Inquired About Josh Donaldson Early Last Offseason

Sep 23, 2015 4:52 PM

The New York Yankees called the Oakland Athletics about the availability of Josh Donaldson in the early part of last offseason.

Billy Beane assured Brian Cashman that Donaldson wouldn't be traded.

Alex Anthopoulos of the Toronto Blue Jays also called and simply wouldn't take no for an answer, using persistence to get Donaldson.

"Alex is and was certainly relentless," Oakland assistant general manager David Forst said. "That is his personality. But we didn't trade Josh to make Alex go away."

The Blue Jays eventually made an offer that the Athletics couldn't refuse.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Hudson, Zito Will Face Off In Oakland On Saturday
Tim Hudson has said he'll retire after the season, while Barry Zito pitched at the Triple-A level all season hoping for another chance in the Major Leagues.

Associated Press

Barry Zito Thrilled To Be Pitching Again
A's pitcher Barry Zito gave up two runs, two hits, and a walk in the eighth inning on Sunday against the Astros.


A's Confident Marcus Semien Can Play Multiple Positions
The Athletics viewed Marcus Semien as a shortstop when they acquired him last December, but that may not be the plan moving forward.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Athletics Bring Up Barry Zito From Triple-A Nashville
Barry Zito pitched seven seasons for Oakland from 2000-06, going 102-63 with a 3.53 ERA and winning the AL Cy Young Award after a dazzling 23-5 campaign in 2002.


Athletics Don't Plan To Trade Top Prospects
Since July of 2014, Billy Beane has dealt a lot of young talent -- including top prospect Addison Russell.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Bob Melvin's Extension With A's Runs Through 2018
The Athletics have made a commitment to Bob Melvin despite a losing season.

Associated Press

Athletics To Extend Bob Melvin
The duration and terms of the manager's extension haven't been reported.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Ron Washington To Coach Third-Base For A's
The A's dismissed Mike Gallego on Monday.


Mets Acquire Eric O'Flaherty From Athletics
The Mets have acquired left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty and cash from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Athletics Claim Danny Valencia From Blue Jays
Danny Valencia was claimed from outright waivers as opposed to revocable trade waivers, so no trade will need to be worked out.

RealGM Staff Report

Athletics To Hold Onto Jesse Chavez?
The Athletics have begun selling off parts, but may hold onto Jesse Chavez this week.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Source: Royals Acquire Zobrist From A's
The Royals have acquired Ben Zobrist from the Athletics, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

A's 'Deep' In Talks On Ben Zobrist Trade
Ben Zobrist, who is expected to be dealt before Friday's non-waiver deadline, could be moved very soon.

Jane Lee/MLB

Mets Acquire Tyler Clippard From A's
The Mets have acquired Tyler Clippard from the Athletics in exchange for Minor League right-hander Casey Meisner.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets Making Progress On Tyler Clippard Trade
Other teams are still in play for Tyler Clippard, including the Nationals, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Yankees are out on the reliever.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

A's Expected To Trade Tyler Clippard Soon
The deal could take place soon, perhaps as early as Monday.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tim Hudson Beats A's, Now Has Win Against All 30 Teams
Giants veteran Tim Hudson became only the 15th pitcher to defeat all 30 current teams in major league baseball.


Astros Discussed Samardzija With White Sox Before Kazmir Deal
Houston ultimately opted to make the deal for Scott Kazmir because they were more comfortable with the Oakland Athletics' asking price.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Astros Acquire Kazmir From Athletics For Prospects
The Astros have acquired Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jacob Nottingham and Daniel Mengden.


No Ongoing Talks Between Mets, Athletics On Zobrist
A previous report had suggested that the two clubs had reached the stage of discussing prospects in a deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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