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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

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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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

Sep 23, 2015 7:09 AM

Former teammates Tim Hudson and Barry Zito will face off on Saturday when the San Francisco Giants visit the Oakland Athletics.

The game could be the last hurrah for both pitchers. Hudson has said he'll retire after the season, while Zito pitched at the Triple-A level all season hoping for another chance in the Major Leagues.

"It's icing," Zito, 37, said. "I came to peace with the fact that Omaha was my last start. I had an inning on the Sunday game. Monday was our last game. The team threw me a little party. We had a baseball pinata in there and a champagne shower, because I was thinking this probably would be it. I never came out officially [to retire] and obviously still kind of seeing what happens. I was hanging out at home. I definitely didn't think this was going to happen. This is all bonus, like triple-bonus situation right now."

In addition to the Hudson-Zito matchup, the Athletics plan to honor Hudson, Zito and Mark Mulder, formerly their Big Three, in a pregame ceremony on Sunday.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Barry Zito Thrilled To Be Pitching Again

Sep 20, 2015 10:14 PM

Called up from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, Barry Zito gave up two runs, two hits and a walk in the eighth inning in his first big league game since 2013 in the A's 5-1 loss to the Astros on Sunday.

"Just being in spring training with them was awesome," the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner said. "Obviously being able to be with the team during the regular season is huge. It's a bonus for sure. I didn't expect it. That's an understatement."


Tags: Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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A's Confident Marcus Semien Can Play Multiple Positions

Sep 18, 2015 7:04 AM

The Oakland Athletics viewed Marcus Semien as a shortstop when they acquired him last December, but that may not be the plan moving forward.

Semien's 34 errors lead all Major League defenders and have tied the Oakland record for most errors by a player in one season, regardless of position. He has improved as the season as progressed. Just six of his errors have come post-All-Star break.

Despite the progress, Billy Beane isn't ready to commit to Semien as the team's shortstop next season.

"Right now, we're committed to (Semien) for this year, and like I said, we like his progress and hopefully he continues it," Beane said. "The game is a game of competition. I don't see any immediate competition right now, but at some point, that will arrive on the scene.

"The thing with Marcus is he's got the ability to play any position. He can play second, third, short, the outfield. He's always got that in his back pocket. We do have some guys coming, but they're not nearly ready."

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor

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Athletics Bring Up Barry Zito From Triple-A Nashville

Sep 16, 2015 3:58 PM

The Oakland Athletics called up Barry Zito from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday.

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.

The left-hander, who didn't pitch in 2014, attempted to make Oakland's major league club during spring training but was assigned to Nashville.

David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that Zito was called up strictly to pitch in relief and would not make any starts for the A's.


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Athletics Don't Plan To Trade Top Prospects

Sep 10, 2015 7:08 AM

Billy Beane says he doesn't plan on trading away the Oakland Athletics' best prospects this offseason.

Oakland is hoping the young talent will develop into Major League production in the near future.

Since July of 2014, Beane has dealt a lot of young talent -- including top prospect Addison Russell.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Trade Rumor

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Bob Melvin's Extension With A's Runs Through 2018

Sep 10, 2015 7:03 AM

The Oakland Athletics have made a commitment to Bob Melvin despite a losing season.

The Athletics announced a two-year contract extension for Melvin that takes him through the 2018 season.

"It's not lost on me that during a year like this, these are things that don't typically happen," Melvin said. "I'm very fortunate and appreciative for that. As a team this year I believe we've underachieved. The one thing that the front office has always done for me here is given me good players. We've underachieved this year, and I'm responsible for that.

"I'm fully committed to this team, this organization and this fan base to get this thing turned around sooner than later," he said.

The A's are 385-339 under Melvin.

Associated Press

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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

Angels, Athletics Talked Reddick, Zobrist Before Dipoto Resigned
The Angels inquired with the Athletics about Josh Reddick and Ben Zobrist before Jerry Dipoto resigned last week, according to sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

Mark Bowman/MLB

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Red Sox Inquired About Donaldson, Were Told He Wasn't Available
The Red Sox inquired about Josh Donaldson before signing Pablo Sandoval last offseason, according to the Boston Herald.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

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

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Sources: Mets, A's Have Discussed Zobrist
The Mets and Athletics have discussed a trade involved Ben Zobrist, according to sources on both sides.

John Harper/New York Daily News

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