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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Clayton Kershaw Survives Major Scare

Mar 21, 2015 1:17 AM

The Dodgers survived a major scare Friday when Clayton Kershaw was struck in the face by a line drive in a spring training game against the A's.

Kershaw collapsed on the mound after Andy Parrino's broken-bat liner struck him. The left-hander sat there for a minute or two as Dodgers trainers and manager Don Mattingly rushed out of the dugout, but after working his jaw a few times and consulting with trainer Stan Conte, Kershaw threw a warm-up pitch and remained in the game.

Kershaw said he lost part of a tooth, but was otherwise unharmed. He got through his five scheduled innings, striking out four batters and allowing one run, then threw more pitches in the bullpen. 

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

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New Commissioner Says New A's Ballpark A Priority

Mar 16, 2015 5:12 PM

New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says addressing the A's desire for a new ballpark is a top priority, though he's unsure what influence his office can have on the matter.

Manfred, who replaced Bud Selig, met with A's players Monday as part of his spring training tour.

Manfred says MLB will continue to be involved but prefers to let the A's and city of Oakland try to find a solution.

The Giants have prevented the A's from building a ballpark in San Jose, which is part of San Francisco's territory. San Jose's antitrust claims in a lawsuit against MLB were dismissed, and the city says it intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

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Sonny Gray To Start A's Opener

Mar 16, 2015 2:32 PM

Sonny Gray has been picked to start the A's opener for the second straight season.

Manager Bob Melvin made the announcement Monday, saying Gray will face the Rangers on April 6.

Gray pitched six shutout innings against the Indians in last year's opener, just the second pitcher in Oakland history to not allow a run on Opening Day.

The 25-year-old went 14-10 last season and led the A's in strikeouts with 183.

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Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers

Mar 12, 2015 8:03 AM

Hector Olivera is considering several offers in the four- to six-year range, and the infielder could come to terms with a team this week, according to sources.

The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

Olivera is believed to be Major League-ready.

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Jim Harbaugh Coaches First Base For The A's

Mar 8, 2015 12:31 AM

New U. of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was in camp and in uniform with the A's on Saturday at the invitation of Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Harbaugh was in full uniform instead of his trademark sideline khaki pants. He was wearing No. 4, his old number as a quarterback, while sporting a high-socks look.

"He requested those," Melvin said with a smile.

Melvin let Harbaugh coach first base against the Angels at HoHoKam Stadium.

Harbaugh came into the game in the third inning, and coached first base all the way to the A's win in the bottom of the ninth.

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A's Reddick Expected To Miss Opening Day

Mar 8, 2015 12:26 AM

Just a few hours after manager Bob Melvin said that the A's would be shutting down Josh Reddick for two weeks with a strained oblique, it now looks like Reddick will be out four to six weeks, preventing him from being in the team's Opening Day lineup.

"After I got the MRI, they were telling me that it could be two months," Reddick said during in-game comments to the Bay Area News Group. "So to hear this morning that it's just four to six weeks is actually comforting, something of a relief."

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Oakland's Venditte Records Out With Each Arm

Mar 4, 2015 7:56 AM

Oakland Athletics switch-pitcher Pat Venditte recorded two outs on Tuesday, one with each arm, against the San Francisco Giants.

"I didn't realize it was him when he started throwing, so it kind of tripped me out there for a second," Ben Zobrist said. "Obviously he does it well. It's not like he's weaker from one side than the other. Obviously he's able to throw all of his pitches and spot up from both sides. It's really fun to watch. It's an anomaly for sure."

Venditte signed a Minor League deal with the Athletics this spring after spending seven seasons in the New York Yankees organization.

A natural right-hander, Venditte paid particularly close attention to the new timers that have been installed in ballparks to regulate pace of play.

"For me, it's something I'm going to have to look at, because I don't want to get into a situation where I don't get one of my arms loose," he said. "Usually when I'm switching over, that second arm that I'm pitching with is going to be the first hitter. So I want to make sure I have enough time to get a feel for my pitches with both arms."

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Anthopoulos Has 'Pretty Good Relationship' With Beane

Feb 25, 2015 8:26 AM

Alex Anthopoulos says he has a good working relationship with Billy Beane, his contemporary in Oakland.

This past offseason, the Oakland Athletics traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I have a pretty good relationship with [A's GM] Billy Beane," Anthopoulos said. "We've done a bunch of small deals. The one thing about Billy, he's always open-minded and you can never offend him; you can ask about anybody at any time to make a deal.

"[Donaldson] is somebody we asked about right at the end of the season. We were adamantly told, 'He's not going to be moved.' Then we asked about him a little later. [Beane] was still adamant that [Donaldson] was not going to be moved. Then I guess, about a week before we did the deal, we asked about him again in a conversation, he again said he wouldn't move him, but it seemed in passing that one of the issues was they wanted to win this year. They might retool, but they weren't going to tear it down.

"[Beane] wasn't going to leave a hole at third base. I'm the one who introduced Lawrie at that point. We weren't going to trade Lawrie, but I wasn't getting anywhere with trying to get Donaldson. Once I introduced Lawrie to fill that hole for him, he seemed a little bit more open-minded and we took it from there. That was the only way I think things could get off the ground, because [Beane] still had every intention to win."

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Barry Zito To Return To A's

Feb 17, 2015 2:07 AM

Former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito will sign a minor league deal with the A's that includes an invite to major league camp, assistant GM David Forst told the Bay Area News Group, confirming multiple media reports.

Zito will receive a $1 million base salary if he makes Oakland's big league roster, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

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Jason Giambi Announces Retirement
Jason Giambi, 44, announced his retirement through a statement given to the New York Daily News.

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

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Sean Doolittle Making Progress During Rehab
A's closer Sean Doolittle is still expected to miss the start of the 2015 season.

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A's Hope Parker, Griffin Return In June
Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin combined for 26 wins for the A's in 2013.

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Jarrod Parker Loses Arbitration Case With A's
Jarrod Parker missed the entire 2014 season after having a second Tommy John surgery.

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Mulder Won't Attempt Another Comeback
Mark Mulder had a brief stint with the Angels cut short last season with a rupture of his Achilles tendon.

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Sean Doolittle Has Slight Rotator Cuff Tear
A's closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season.

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Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires
Arthur Rhodes had a 20-year career, changing uniforms 9 times in eleven years.

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Nationals, A's Agree To Clippard, Escobar Trade
Oakland just acquired Yunel Escobar this past weekend from the Tampa Bay Rays.

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A's, Chavez Avoid Arbitration With $2.15M Deal
Forced into the starting rotation by injuries, Jesse 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.

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Ben Zobrist 'Emotional' Over Leaving Rays
Ben Zobrist said he was "sad to be leaving Tampa Bay," in a phone interview on Sunday.

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A's Trade For Zobrist, Escobar From Rays
The A's send John Jaso, Daniel Robertson, and Boog Powell to the Rays.

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

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Athletics Release Nick Punto
Punto was due to make $2.75 million after his contract option for the 2015 season vested.

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A's Trade Derek Norris To Padres
Oakland got right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez for Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot.

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A's Acquire De La Rosa From Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have acquired cash from the Athletics for Eury De La Rosa.

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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.

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

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Indians To Acquire Brandon Moss
It has been reported that the Athletics will receive second base prospect Joe Wendle in return.

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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.

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