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Angels, Athletics Talked Reddick, Zobrist Before Dipoto Resigned

Jul 7, 2015 6:52 AM

The Los Angeles Angels inquired with the Oakland Athletics about Josh Reddick and Ben Zobrist before Jerry Dipoto resigned last week, according to sources.

The talks didn't gain traction as Oakland replied with a flat "no" regarding Reddick.

Reddick is earning $4.1 million this season and will be affordable for the A's next season as well in his final year of arbitration before free agency.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Athletics Acquire Aaron Kurcz From Braves

Jul 6, 2015 5:57 PM

The Atlanta Braves have traded Aaron Kurcz to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for an international bonus slot valued at $167,000.

The trade will allow the Braves to sign Venezuelan shortstop Juan Morales.

Mark Bowman/MLB

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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All-Star Game Starters Announced

Jul 5, 2015 9:24 PM


Leading Vote-Getter Josh Donaldson Sets All-Time Single-Season Voting Record, Edges Out AL Teammate Mike Trout for Top Overall Spot;

Bryce Harper Finishes as Top NL Vote-Getter, Sets All-Time NL
Single-Season Voting Mark;

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, MLB’s leading vote-getter, and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who led the National League in voting, will be among the starters in the 86th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The 2015 AL and NL All-Star starters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show” on ESPN.  

Donaldson, who collected 14,090,188 total votes, set a new all-time single-season voting record, surpassing Josh Hamilton’s 2012 total of 11,073,744 tallies.  

Harper receives his third Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and his second fan-elected start (2013), becoming the first player in Nationals-era history to claim multiple fan-elected starting assignments.  

Third baseman Todd Frazier of the host Reds received 9,233,686 votes, surpassing Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals (7,133,753) in the final week to earn his first fan election after being named an All-Star reserve in 2014.  

In the AL, reigning league batting champion Jose Altuve of the Astros reclaimed the top spot at second base in the final week, finishing with 9,634,464 votes to beat out Kansas City’s Omar Infante (8,999,117).  

Angels outfielder Mike Trout received 14,013,021 total votes, which was the second-highest total in the Majors behind Donaldson.  Trout will make his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive fan-elected start.

Joining Trout in the AL outfield will be Royals teammates Lorenzo Cain (12,399,127) and Alex Gordon (10,609,006).  

Rounding out the fan elections in the NL outfield alongside Harper is Giancarlo Stanton (7,036,537) of the Miami Marlins and Matt Holliday (6,362,653) of the Cardinals.  

Two-time AL Most Valuable Player (2012-13) Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers garnered 13,834,271 votes en route to his 10th career All-Star selection (also 2004-07, 2010-14) and third consecutive fan election.  

Cabrera’s NL counterpart will be Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, who received 9,119,375 votes to attain his second consecutive fan-elected start.  

Giants catcher Buster Posey will make the start behind the plate in the NL, marking his third career Midsummer Classic selection (2012-13) and second career fan-elected start (2012).  

For the AL, Royals backstop Salvador Perez tallied 13,747,294 votes to receive his first career starting assignment in the Midsummer Classic after making the AL squad as a reserve in each of the last two seasons.  

In the AL’s tightest race, Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (10,632,184) claimed his fourth All-Star selection (2009, 2013-14) as he held off Kendrys Morales (10,320,500) of the Royals.  

Up the middle of the NL infield will be Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (7,574,750) and Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta (8,478,474).  Joining Altuve up the middle of the AL infield is Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who tallied 11,960,907 votes to receive his first career All-Star selection. 

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Red Sox Inquired About Donaldson, Were Told He Wasn't Available

Jun 30, 2015 4:00 PM

The Boston Red Sox inquired about Josh Donaldson before signing Pablo Sandoval last offseason, according to the Boston Herald.

The Oakland Athletics, who eventually traded Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, told the Red Sox that Donaldson wasn't available.

Boston went on to sign Sandoval for five years and $95 million.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Athletics Still Weighing Trade Options

Jun 30, 2015 8:02 AM

Billy Beane hasn't decided what approach the Oakland Athletics will take to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Oakland is 10 games out in the American League West and more than eight games back in the Wild Card race.

"Time will tell, it's an important time period," Beane said "Despite having played better in the last couple weeks, we're still in quite a hole. Any definitive direction would be decided by how we do moving forward."

Scott Kazmir, Tyler Clippard and Ben Zobrist are rumored trade chips.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Mets, A's Have Discussed Zobrist

Jun 25, 2015 3:39 PM

The New York Mets and Oakland Athletics have discussed a trade involved Ben Zobrist, according to sources on both sides.

Zobrist can become a free agent after the season, but there is no indication that Oakland is close to a trade.

John Harper/New York Daily News

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Royals Have Interest In Cueto, Leake, Zobrist

Jun 23, 2015 8:14 PM

The Kansas City Royals are looking for upgrades on the trade market and have cast a wide net.

Kansas City has shown interest in Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Ben Zobrist.

The Cincinnati Reds have received calls from a number of teams regarding Cueto, Leake and Aroldis Chapman.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Nationals Interested In Arizona's Middle Infielders

Jun 22, 2015 8:25 PM

The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in acquiring a middle infielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report.

The Diamondbacks have a lot of depth in the infield, which could be used as a trade chip.

Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Cliff Pennington are all capable of handling either shortstop or second base. Aaron Hill, though expensive, comes with quite a bit of experience at second base.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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A's Activate A.J. Griffin, Then Sent To Triple-A Nashville

Jun 14, 2015 12:47 AM

Just over 13 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery to have a replacement ligament put in his right elbow, A's starter A.J. Griffin came off the DL Saturday.

That doesn't mean he'll be joining the A's, however. He's been activated and optioned to Triple-A Nashville, the team for whom he started Friday night, throwing 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and six runs, four of them homers.





San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.


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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Fan Hit By Broken Bat Expected To Survive
A woman hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park on Friday night is expected to survive the injuries.


Woman Injured At Fenway Park Remains In Serious Condition
A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands on Friday night is in serious condition at a Boston hospital.


Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Makes Debut For A's
Pat Venditte pitched two innings, allowing only Haley Ramirez's hit and no runs with one strikeout in the A's 4-2 loss.


Fan Suffers Serious Injuries At Fenway Park
A women was hit by a broken bat Friday night, and police said her injuries were life threatening.


Yankees Interested In Ben Zobrist
The Yankees have had issues at second base and have interest in acquiring Ben Zobrist from the Athletics.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Athletics Call-Up Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte
Pat Venditte, 29, has been an effective reliever in the Minor Leagues amid the novelty of him pitching with both arms.

Aaron Gleeman/NBC Sports

A's Place Sean Doolittle On DL With Shoulder Strain
Sean Doolittle was placed on the DL Saturday, just two days after making his first appearance of the season.


Cubs Expected To Pursue Ben Zobrist
Ben Zobrist is under contract for $7.5 million this season. He'll be a free agent this coming fall.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Jon Lester Remains Hitless In Major League Career
After going 0-for-2 against the Nationals on Wednesday, Jon Lester is now 0-for-59 at the plate during his Major League career.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

A's Place Coco Crisp On DL With Cervical Strain
The A's have recalled pitcher Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville.


Athletics Considering Role For Ron Washington
Oakland leads the Major Leagues in errors (43) by a wide margin. Ron Washington, most recently manager of the Rangers, is known as a terrific infield coach.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Beane Preaches Patience With Struggling Athletics
The Athletics have the worst record in the Major Leagues (14-26), but Billy Beane isn't panicking.


King Felix Gets 2,000th K In Win Against A's
Felix Hernandez and the Mariners defeated the A's 4-3 on Sunday.


Jarrod Parker Suffers Potentially Serious Setback
The A's suffered setbacks to two rehabbing starters, Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

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