Oakland Athletics Wiretap

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.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires

Jan 18, 2015 1:12 PM

Though he hadn't appeared in a major or minor league game since 2011, veteran Arthur Rhodes quietly held on to a remarkable career that spanned 20 big league seasons.

According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, that changed on Friday as the now 45-year-old left-handed reliever just as quietly made his retirement official.


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Nationals, A's Agree To Clippard, Escobar Trade

Jan 14, 2015 8:32 PM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to send Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Yunel Escobar.

Oakland just acquired Escobar this past weekend, along with Ben Zobrist, from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Nationals will reportedly play Escobar, who is predominately a shortstop, at second base.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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A's, Chavez Avoid Arbitration With $2.15M Deal

Jan 12, 2015 4:41 PM

The Oakland Athletics have avoided arbitration with Jesse Chavez by coming to terms on a one-year, $2.15 million deal.

The 31-year-old right-hander had a breakout season in 2014.

Forced into the starting rotation by injuries, 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

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ben Zobrist 'Emotional' Over Leaving Rays

Jan 12, 2015 1:25 AM

A day after getting traded to the A's, Ben Zobrist noted that he was "sad to be leaving Tampa Bay."

"Today's been a little bit harder of a day than yesterday," said Zobrist in a phone interview Sunday. "Yesterday was a little bit of a shock. Didn't really spend much time thinking about it, though, because I had a birthday party thing going on with a friend of mine, so I wasn't thinking about it a whole lot.

"This morning I woke up and kind of realized our time in Tampa Bay is definitely over. It was definitely a little bit emotional."



Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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A's Trade For Zobrist, Escobar From Rays

Jan 10, 2015 3:46 PM

The A's have acquired infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Rays for catcher John Jaso and a pair of minor league players. 

The Rays also received top shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson, minor league outfielder Boog Powell and cash considerations.


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Diamondbacks Sign Nick Punto

Jan 7, 2015 4:34 PM

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

If the Diamondbacks add Punto to their 40-man roster, they will only have to pay him the major league minimum of $507,500 -- or a prorated share if he's added after Opening Day.

Punto is guaranteed $2.75 million from the Oakland Athletics, who released him in December.

Associated Press

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

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Athletics Release Nick Punto

Dec 22, 2014 7:57 AM

The Oakland Athletics have released Nick Punto.

Punto was released to make room for right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez, who were acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres for Derek Norris.

The 14-year veteran was due to make $2.75 million after his contract option for the 2015 season vested.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Injury

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A's Trade Derek Norris To Padres

Dec 19, 2014 8:37 AM

The Oakland Athletics have traded Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres.

Oakland got right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez for Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot.

"I'm excited; this is a big opportunity," Norris said. "A chance to get out of the platoon."

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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A's Acquire De La Rosa From Diamondbacks

Dec 18, 2014 5:00 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired cash from the Oakland Athletics for left-hander Eury De La Rosa.

De La Rosa, 24, began the 2014 season with Triple-A Reno and posted a 2.52 ERA in 36 relief appearances before being called up by Arizona July 5.

He then went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 25 games for the Diamondbacks.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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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.


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


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.


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.


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

A's Acquire Ike Davis From Pirates
Ike Davis batted .235 in 131 games for the Pirates last season.


A's, Billy Butler Agree On Three-Year, $30M Deal
Billy Butler hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs for the Royals this past season.


Donaldson, Carter, Herrera Have Super 2 Status
The trio are among 26 players with less than three years of Major League service who have qualified for salary arbitration.


Dodgers Name Farhan Zaidi As GM
The Dodgers have hired Farhan Zaidi as general manager and Josh Byrnes as senior vice president of baseball operations.


Former MLB Pitcher Brad Halsey Dies In Climbing Accident
Former pitcher Brad Halsey has died in a recreational climbing accident.


A's Claim Taylor Thompson Off Waivers From White Sox
The A's have claimed RHP Taylor Thompson off waivers from the White Sox.

San Jose Mercury News

Sources: Dodgers To Name Farhan Zaidi New GM
The Dodgers are expected to name A's assistant GM Farhan Zaidi as their next GM.


A's Unlikely To Make Lowrie Qualifying Offer
The Athletics don't have a Major League ready shortstop for next season.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Red Sox Close To Deal With Chili Davis
The Red Sox are close to a deal to make Chili Davis their new hitting coach.