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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

Tags: New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

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.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

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

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players

Jun 9, 2015 10:18 AM

The first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft was nearly split between college and high school players.

Nineteen of the 36 selections, which included several compensation picks, were out of college. If you include Brady Aiken, who was pitching for IMG Academy before undergoing Tommy John surgery, there were 17 high school players selected in Monday night's first round.

College players dominated the top 10. Seven landed among first 10 players drafted.

 

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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.

Baseball America

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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN

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

Yahoo.com

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.

Keith Law/ESPN

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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A's Place Ben Zobrist On DL With Torn Knee Cartilage
The A's purchased the contract of infielder Max Muncy from Triple-A Nashville to take Ben Zobrist's place on the 25-man roster.

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