Oakland Athletics Wiretap

Chip Hale Returns To A's As Third Base Coach

Oct 19, 2016 6:09 AM

The Oakland Athletics have re-hired Chip Hale and named him third base coach.

Hale spent the last two seasons as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Before taking the Arizona job, Hale spent three seasons as Oakland's bench coach under Bob Melvin.

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Mark McGwire, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner On Hall Of Fame Ballot

Oct 4, 2016 7:36 AM

Mark McGwire will get another chance to make the Hall of Fame.

McGwire joins Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner and seven others on the Today's Game Era ballot to be considered for election to Cooperstown in December.

"It's flattering. It's fantastic. I mean, thank you," McGwire said. "It's very flattering to have another opportunity to possibly get into the Hall of Fame. It's exciting."

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella and John Schuerholz round out the class of 2017 candidates on the new ballot.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

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A's Likely To Release Danny Valencia Before Season's End

Sep 12, 2016 6:49 AM

The Oakland Athletics are likely to release Danny Valencia before the end of the season, according to sources.

Valencia is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time this winter. If the Athletics cut him sooner rather than later, the two sides wouldn't have to wait until the non-tender deadline.

He is hitting .289/.346/.458 with 18 homers over 445 plate appearances in 2016.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor

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A's Release Billy Butler

Sep 12, 2016 12:53 AM

The Athletics have released designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler with one year left on his contract. He was hitting .276 with four homers and 31 RBIs in 85 games.

"It was time to move on,'' A's general manager David Forst said.

"The at-bats just weren't there.'' Said manager Bob Melvin: "We wish him the best, but it just never ended up being a great fit here.''


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Sonny Gray Open To Long-Term Deal With Athletics

Sep 9, 2016 4:14 PM

Sonny Gray is open to a long-term deal with the Oakland Athletics and has made that known to the club several times.

Gray is coming off the worst season of his Major League career.

"The way this year went, you never know what would come out of that," Gray said. "On my side, obviously, I'd love for it to be brought up or whatnot. But that's never been the case. And if it’s not here sometime, I don't know that it's worth doing."

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor

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Indians Agree To Acquire Coco Crisp From Athletics

Aug 31, 2016 7:42 AM

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to acquire Coco Crisp from the Oakland Athletics, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Major League Baseball still needs to approve the deal. It would have to become official by Wednesday for Crisp to be eligible for the postseason.

Crisp spent his first four seasons with the Indians.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Report: Two A's Have Clubhouse Altercation

Aug 22, 2016 1:18 AM

A season to forget in Oakland may have taken an unusual turn as two A's players engaged in an altercation that left one injured, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

A's players Billy Butler and Danny Valencia were involved in some sort of clubhouse spat Friday, according to the report. Since then, Butler has missed Oakland's games Saturday and Sunday with what manager Bob Melvin said was nausea and vomiting.

Valencia, who did not play in Sunday's game, issued a "no comment" about the alleged incident after the Athletics' 4-2 loss to the White Sox, but added, "What happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse."


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Coco Crisp Believes A's Are Trying To Avoid His Vesting Option

Aug 16, 2016 7:56 AM

Coco Crisp believes the Oakland Athletics aren't playing him in order to avoid his $13 million vesting option for next season.

"I'm extremely hurt, the way things are being handled," said Crisp, who is Oakland's longest-tenured player. "I'm not calling anyone names, but this is really frustrating and disappointing. This has been my favorite organization going back to when I was a kid, because of Rickey Henderson, and I've enjoyed playing here so much, and I've put it all out there. ... Up until recently, it's been tremendously enjoyable."

Crisp, 36, needs to play in 130 games this season for his option to vest. He has played in 93 of Oakland's 119 games, but he's not starting against left-handers and hasn't been used as a pinch hitter.

"This is shady. Everyone else is getting used off the bench," Crisp said. "BoMel can't even look me in the eye right now."

David Forst said last week that with the A's out of contention, Crisp's playing time has been reduced so that the team can get a look at younger options.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

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A's Unsure If Sonny Gray Will Pitch Again In 2016

Aug 15, 2016 7:20 AM

Sonny Gray has yet to resume throwing and the Oakland Athletics don't know if he'll pitch for them again this season.

Gray is receiving treatment for muscle strains in his forearm while allowing fluid buildup in his elbow to subside. He won't be able to begin a strengthening program until the inflammation diminishes.

"It just depends," Bob Melvin said of Gray pitching again this season. "I don't know that it's necessarily important, but it's nice to know that you're healthy again and you don't have to worry about it in the offseason. But it's not like we're going to push him to try to get him out there just to get him out there."

Jane Lee/MLB

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A's Place Sonny Gray On DL With Forearm Soreness

Aug 7, 2016 2:05 PM

The A's placed starting pitcher Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, a day after leaving his start with soreness in his right forearm.

Oakland's ace left after five innings after feeling soreness in his right extensor muscle while giving up two runs and five hits in Oakland's loss to the Cubs.

The injury is the latest setback in a disastrous season for the 26-year-old Gray, who already has been on the DL because of a right shoulder injury.


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A's Suspend Strength And Conditioning Coach After Hidden Camera Found
Coach Mike Henriques was sent home from a recent road trip after a camera was set up to watch players working out.


Rich Hill Was Looking For Two-Year, $28M Extension
The Athletics discussed an extension with Rich Hill before trading him to the Dodgers.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

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Dodgers To Acquire Josh Reddick, Rich Hill From Athletics
Part of the package heading to Oakland will include young right-hander Jharel Cotton, but he's not the headliner.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Athletics Expected To Trade Rich Hill
The Athletics won't reach a contract extension with Rich Hill and are discussing trade scenarios.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Royals Send Brett Eiber To A's For Billy Burns
Outfielder Billy Burns will be assigned to the Royals' Triple-A affiliate, Omaha.

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Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza Enter Baseball Hall Of Fame
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza became a piece of baseball history on Sunday at Cooperstown.


Josh Reddick Upset Over Lack Of Extension Talks
Josh Reddick has expressed frustration over the lack of recent contract extension talks with the Athletics.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Cubs Showing Interest In Josh Reddick
Theo Epstein drafted Josh Reddick while serving as general manager of the Red Sox.

Jon Morosi/MLB

A's Ryan Madson Drawing Trade Interest
A number of teams, including the Blue Jays, Nationals, and Cubs, are looking for bullpen help.

San Francisco Chronicle

Likelihood Of A's Trading Josh Reddick Increasing
Josh Reddick is currently batting at a .296 mark through 52 games with the A's.

San Francisco Chronicle

A's Agree To Terms With Cuban Prospect Lazaro Armenteros
Outfielder Lazaro Armenteros receives a $3 million signing bonus from the Oakland A's.


Athletics Expected To Trade Rich Hill
The Athletics haven't considered trading Sonny Gray, but since they aren't in contention moving Hill makes a lot of sense.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Josh Reddick, A's Far Apart On Extension; Trade Possible
Josh Reddick will be a free agent after the season and despite a recent report that contract negotiations with the Athletics are back on, the sides remain far apart.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Andrew Lambo Has Surgery For Testicular Cancer
Andrew Lambo, who has played for the Athletics after being claimed off waivers from the Pirates, is recovering after undergoing surgery last week for testicular cancer.


Tim Lincecum Sharp In Comeback Win With Angels
After nearly a year away, Tim Lincecum pitched the Angels to a 7-1 win over the A's on Saturday afternoon.


Cubs Reacquire Chris Coghlan From Athletics
The Cubs have acquired Chris Coghlan from the Athletics for Minor League infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Athletics Place Rich Hill On Disabled List
The Athletics have placed Rich Hill on the disabled list with a strained right groin.

John Hickey/Bay Area News Group

A's Targeting June 10 Return For Sonny Gray
Sonny Gray continues to progress well from a strained trapezius muscle.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area