Oakland Athletics Wiretap

Brewers Claim Stephen Vogt Off Waivers From A's

Jun 25, 2017 9:13 PM

The first-place Milwaukee Brewers added a veteran bat Sunday when they claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, the team announced.

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Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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A's Make History As Three Teammates Hit First Career HR In Same Game

Jun 25, 2017 12:53 AM

What was distinct about the home runs hit by Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto for the Athletics on Saturday, is that each was the first of the player's major league career.

They became the second trio of teammates in major league history to do that, and the other instance took place more than 100 years ago.

Elias Sports Bureau research shows that the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League (a league that competed with what we call the major leagues today) had three players -- Duke Kenworthy, Art Kruger and John Potts -- do this on April 26, 1914, against the Chicago Federals.

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A's Designate Stephen Vogt For Assignment

Jun 23, 2017 10:31 AM

The Oakland Athletics have designated Stephen Vogt for assignment.

Vogt was an All-Star in each of the past two seasons for the club.

He was hitting just .217 and the Athletics had move away from him as their primary catcher in favor of Josh Phegley.

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A's Working To Announce Site For New Ballpark

Jun 22, 2017 10:38 AM

Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval said this week that the team will announce its location to build a new ballpark within this calendar year.

The A's want the full plan to be in place — start of construction, length of time to build and an opening date — so fans have a timeframe.

"Obviously we're working as quickly as we can to make the announcement as soon as possible," Kaval said. "At that time, we'll not only let folks know what the final location is, but also the timeline to actually develop the ballpark, all the different approval processes and also the groundbreaking and the opening date. That will all be included in that announcement."

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Yonder Alonso Open To Extension With A's

Jun 19, 2017 7:48 AM

Yonder Alonso hopes to remain with the Oakland Athletics and is open to forgoing free agency by signing an extension at midseason.

Alonso believes Oakland's young players could make them competitive in the near future.

"I think that there is a great chance that I stay here," Alonso said. "I really do mean that. The guys they have, the young core that they have, are all guys I can relate to. ... A lot of players here say, 'I want to play well here, do well and get out.' I actually want to play well, do well and stay here."

Alonso, 30, is hitting .302/.397/.630 in 219 plate appearances this season.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros, Athletics Have Mutual Interest In Sonny Gray Trade

Jun 19, 2017 7:43 AM

The Oakland Athletics are monitoring the Houston Astros' farm system closely in preparation for a possible Sonny Gray trade.

There is mutual interest in getting something done. Houston's rotation has been decimated by injuries.

Gray has a 4.44 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 52.2 innings this season.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rays Acquire Trevor Plouffe From A's

Jun 17, 2017 12:50 PM

The Rays added some right-handed punch to their roster Saturday, acquiring infielder Trevor Plouffe from the Athletics.

The trade was announced less than two days after the Athletics designated Plouffe for assignment. Oakland will receive either a player to be named later or cash.

Plouffe batted just .214 with seven home runs in 58 games with the A's. 

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A's To Promote Matt Chapman

Jun 15, 2017 8:59 AM

The Oakland Athletics are set to promote third base prospect Matt Chapman.

He is expected to join the club's for Thursday's game against the New York Yankees.

Chapman, 24, was the 25th overall pick in 2014. Through 203 plate appearances with Triple-A Nashville, he is hitting .259/.350/.592 with 16 home runs.

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2017 MLB Draft First Round Results

Jun 13, 2017 9:11 AM

The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early. Here are the full results from the first round:

  1. Twins — Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra Catholic HS (California)
  2. Reds — Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, Notre Dame HS (California)
  3. Padres — MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (North Carolina)
  4. Rays — Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville
  5. Braves — Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  6. Athletics — Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (North Carolina)
  7. Diamondbacks — Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  8. Phillies — Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
  9. Brewers — Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
  10. Angels — Jordan Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)
  11. White Sox — Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
  12. Pirates — Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
  13. Marlins — Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (New Mexico)
  14. Royals — Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (California)
  15. Astros —J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  16. Yankees — Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
  17. Mariners — Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
  18. Tigers — Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
  19. Giants — Heliot Ramos, OF, Leadership Christian Academy (Puerto Rico)
  20. Mets — David Peterson, LHP, Oregon
  21. Orioles — D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Georgia)
  22. Blue Jays — Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
  23. Dodgers — Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  24. Red Sox — Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
  25. Nationals — Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
  26. Rangers — Bubba Thompson, OF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (Alabama)
  27. Cubs — Brendon Little, LHP, State College of Florida

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Sale Ties Own Record By Striking Out 10 Batters In 8th Straight Game

May 20, 2017 1:08 AM

Red Sox starter Chris Sale tied his own record by striking out at least 10 batters in an eighth straight game.

Sale reached the double-digit mark when he fanned the A's Josh Phegley to end the seventh inning Friday night. Sale had previously struck out at least 10 batters in eight straight games in 2015 when he pitched for the White Sox.

The only other pitcher in modern-era history with eight straight double-digit strikeout games is Pedro Martinez.

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Ross Detwiler Opts Out Of Contract With Athletics
The Athletics have released Ross Detwiler from his Minor League contract after he exercised his opt-out clause with the club.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Yonder Alonso Has Incorporated Front Leg Kick
Yonder Alonso has enjoyed a burst in power thanks to a commitment to improving himself as a hitter.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Athletics Send Jharel Cotton To Triple-A Nashville
Jharel Cotton, 25, is 3-4 with a 5.68 ERA in seven starts this season.

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Josh Reddick Wanted To Sign Extension With A's
Josh Reddick is very happy to be a member of the Astros, but maintains that he had a strong desire to sign an extension with the Athletics before he was traded at last summer's deadline.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Oakland Prospect Casey Thomas Dies At 24
The Athletics drafted Casey Thomas in the 34th round last June.

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Sonny Gray To Begin Season On DL With Lat Strain
Sonny Gray will begin the season on the disabled list with a lat strain and has been shut down from throwing for the next three weeks.

Associated Press

Sonny Gray Won't Pitch For Team USA
A's pitcher Sonny Gray was denied insurance coverage for the World Baseball Classic since he didn't pitch in more than 10 innings after August.

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A's To Name Field In Honor Of Rickey Henderson
Rickey Henderson is the Athletics' all-time leader in runs scored (1,270), walks (1,227) and stolen bases (867).

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Khris Davis Wins Arbitration Hearing With Athletics
Khris Davis was victorious in his arbitration hearing against the Athletics and will make $5 million in 2017.

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Santiago Casilla Returns To A's On Two-Year Deal
The A's could use Casilla as a late-inning options, including a possible role in the ninth inning.

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Astros Remain In Contact With A's On Sonny Gray
The Astros continue to look for upgrades in their starting rotation and have been in contact with the Athletics regarding Sonny Gray.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Athletics Agree To Two-Year Deal With Santiago Casilla
Santiago Casilla, 36, broke into the major leagues with the A's in 2004 and remained with the club through the 2009 season.

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Trevor Plouffe Agrees To Deal With Athletics
Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a contract with the Athletics, according to a source.

FOX Sports

Athletics Have Reached Out To Mark Trumbo
Mark Trumbo slugged a Major League-high 47 home runs in 2016.

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Athletics, Rajai Davis Agree Upon $6M Deal
Rajai Davis, 36, led the American League with 43 steals for the Indians last season.

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Edwin Encarnacion Received Two Offers From Athletics
Before signing with the Indians, Edwin Encarnacion received a pair of contract offers from the Athletics.

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Six Teams Have Made Offers To Edwin Encarnacion
While it appears as though the Blue Jays are out of the running, six teams have made offers to Edwin Encarnacion.

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M's, Marc Rzepczynski Agree To Two-Year, $11M Deal
Lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski posted a 2.64 ERA in 47 2/3 innings last year with the A's and Nationals.

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Athletics To Sign Matt Joyce
The Athletics will sign Matt Joyce to a two-year, $11 million contract.

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Braves Also Pursuing Chris Archer, Sonny Gray
The Braves, who have already been linked to Chris Sale in reports, are also pursuing Chris Archer and Sonny Gray, according to sources.

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