Oakland Athletics Wiretap

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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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury

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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.

ESPN.com

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

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A's Suspend Strength And Conditioning Coach After Hidden Camera Found

Aug 6, 2016 1:24 AM

The Athletics said a team employee has been suspended after it was discovered that he hid a camera inside the weight room at the O.co Coliseum.

Strength and conditioning coach Mike Henriques was sent home when the A's were on a recent road trip. Henriques said he set up the camera to watch players working out and rehabilitating from injuries. He is in his fifth year with the team.

The A's said Friday that there is an ongoing investigation. Yahoo! Sports first reported the story and said an independent law firm is handling the investigation.

ESPN.com

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Rich Hill Was Looking For Two-Year, $28M Extension

Aug 4, 2016 7:41 AM

The Oakland Athletics discussed an extension with Rich Hill before trading him to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hill is believed to have been seeking a deal in the range of $28 million over two seasons.

Oakland has re-signed pitchers after trading them at midseason before.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Trade Rumor

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Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players

Aug 2, 2016 7:39 AM

There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

The trades involved 49 players. Monday began with 18 teams within 5.5 games of a Wild Card berth and trip to the postseason.

Richard Justice/MLB

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers To Acquire Josh Reddick, Rich Hill From Athletics

Aug 1, 2016 1:05 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to acquire Josh Reddick and Rich Hill from the Oakland 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

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Official Trade

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Athletics Expected To Trade Rich Hill

Aug 1, 2016 12:52 PM

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

Hill has been one of the most discussed pitchers on the trade market all season long.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Royals Send Brett Eiber To A's For Billy Burns

Jul 30, 2016 6:10 PM

The Royals announced today that they have acquired outfielder Billy Burns from the Athletics in exchange for outfielder Brett Eibner. Burns is currently at Nashville (AAA) and will be assigned to the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate, Omaha.

Burns, 26, has played in each of the last three Major League seasons with the A’s and is batting .234 with 11 doubles, four triples, 14 stolen bases and 32 runs scored in 73 games this year. His 14 steals are tied for eighth in the American League. 

Press Release

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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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.

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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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN

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.

ESPN.com

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

A's Place Sonny Gray On DL With Strained Trapezius
Sonny Gray is 3-5 in nine starts with a 6.19 ERA for the Oakland A's.

ESPN.com

Yankees Experience Plumbing Issues At Oakland Coliseum
Maintenance workers spent almost an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet on Saturday.

ESPN.com

Josh Reddick To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Thumb
Josh Reddick is expected to miss four to six weeks of action after fracturing his left thumb against the Yankees on Thursday night.

Jane Lee/MLB

A's Chris Bassitt Needs Tommy John Surgery
Chris Bassitt will need reconstructive surgery on his injured pitching elbow, according to the Athletics.

Associated Press

Josh Reddick Not Aware Of Extension Talks With A's
Josh Reddick says he's not aware of any substantive extension talks that took place between his agents and the Athletics during the spring.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

A's Reportedly Set To Call Up Sean Manaea
Sean Manaea will reportedly be called up by the club and make his Major League debut against the Astros on Friday.

Cash Kruth/MLB