Oakland Athletics Wiretap

Athletics Release Nick Punto

Dec 22, 2014 7:57 AM

The Oakland Athletics have released Nick Punto.

Punto was released to make room for right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez, who were acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres for Derek Norris.

The 14-year veteran was due to make $2.75 million after his contract option for the 2015 season vested.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Injury

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A's Trade Derek Norris To Padres

Dec 19, 2014 8:37 AM

The Oakland Athletics have traded Derek Norris to the San Diego Padres.

Oakland got right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez for Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot.

"I'm excited; this is a big opportunity," Norris said. "A chance to get out of the platoon."

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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A's Acquire De La Rosa From Diamondbacks

Dec 18, 2014 5:00 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired cash from the Oakland Athletics for left-hander Eury De La Rosa.

De La Rosa, 24, began the 2014 season with Triple-A Reno and posted a 2.52 ERA in 36 relief appearances before being called up by Arizona July 5.

He then went 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 25 games for the Diamondbacks.

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang Should Draw Interest

Dec 13, 2014 10:09 PM

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be posted by the Korean Baseball Organization on Monday, according to FoxSports.com, and should draw plenty of interest.

Kang, 27, is a power-hitting shortstop who has spent the last seven seasons playing for the Nexen Heroes. He's coming off a career year in which he hit .354 with 39 home runs, 115 RBIs and a 1.189 OPS in 116 games.

Although the shortstop market is thin, many clubs view Kang as a second baseman. CBS Sports reported Monday that the Mets, Giants and A's are interested in the infielder.



Tags: San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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White Sox Acquire Both Samardzija, Robertson

Dec 9, 2014 1:57 AM

The White Sox pulled off a major shake-up to their pitching staff Monday night, as sources confirmed they acquired both starter Jeff Samardzija in a trade with the A's and former Yankees closer David Robertson via free agency, according to an ESPN.com report.


Tags: Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Indians To Acquire Brandon Moss

Dec 8, 2014 1:05 PM

The Cleveland Indians will acquire Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics.

It has been reported that the Athletics will receive second base prospect Joe Wendle in return.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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

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White Sox In Serious Talks To Acquire Samardzija

Dec 8, 2014 8:22 AM

The Chicago White Sox are believed to be the front-runner to acquire Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics.

The two clubs have engaged in serious talks regarding the pitcher.

Samardzija, who will turn 30 in January, had a 3.14 ERA, 0.931 WHIP and 99 strikeouts in 111.2 innings for the Athletics after he was dealt from the Chicago Cubs.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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A's Have Multiple Suitors For Moss

Dec 4, 2014 9:53 AM

The Oakland Athletics are actively engaging in trade talks with the Cleveland Indians on Brandon Moss, according to a source.

Another source indicated that other teams have inquired about Moss, but nothing is imminent.

The 31-year-old is expected to make around $7 million in 2015.

Jane Lee/MLB

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

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Jeff Samardzija May Be Traded Next

Nov 29, 2014 3:29 PM

Less than 24 hours after parting with Josh Donaldson, shipped to the Blue Jays on Friday evening for four players in a blockbuster trade, the A's appear ready to continue dealing.

Jeff Smardzija has been at the forefront of continuing trade rumors involving the A's, with reports linking the pitcher to both the White Sox and Braves.




Tags: Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jays Acquire Josh Donaldson From A's For Four Players

Nov 29, 2014 1:13 AM

The Oakland Athletics have traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for four players.

For Donaldson, the A's will receive third baseman Brett Lawrie, right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.

Donaldson told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was playing video games when his agent texted him about the trade.

"I'm so shocked," Donaldson told the newspaper. "I just got off the phone with [general manager] Billy Beane, and I guess they got an offer that they couldn't resist. I'm definitely a little emotional about it. Oakland is my home. At the end of the day, it's a business, as much as it hurts emotionally. The guys in that clubhouse are my brothers."

Beane considers both pitchers ready for the majors.

"They had been pretty persistent, and we were pretty adamant that wasn't something we were willing to talk about," Beane said of dealing Donaldson. "We wouldn't have done the deal unless it addressed now and the future, and they were able to do that. This deal in our minds addresses a little bit of everything. It got pretty serious the last 48 hours. They were reluctant to give up all four players, and we weren't going to do it without those four players in the deal."

According to wins above replacement, only Mike Trout has been more valuable than Donaldson over the past two seasons.


Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Moss Aware Oakland's Additions May Affect Him
Brandon Moss is working his way back from hip surgery and has kept close tabs on what the Athletics have done so far this offseason.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Report: Cubs Offer Lester $135M Deal
Jon Lester has drawn interest from multiple teams and has an offer on the table from the Cubs.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

Red Sox Still 'Very Much Engaged' With Lester
Even after signing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox remain "very much engaged" with free-agent Jon Lester, according to a report.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Giants Have Shown Interest In Jon Lester
The Giants will have money to spend if Pablo Sandoval does sign with the Red Sox.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

A's Acquire Ike Davis From Pirates
Ike Davis batted .235 in 131 games for the Pirates last season.


A's, Billy Butler Agree On Three-Year, $30M Deal
Billy Butler hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs for the Royals this past season.


Donaldson, Carter, Herrera Have Super 2 Status
The trio are among 26 players with less than three years of Major League service who have qualified for salary arbitration.


Dodgers Name Farhan Zaidi As GM
The Dodgers have hired Farhan Zaidi as general manager and Josh Byrnes as senior vice president of baseball operations.


Former MLB Pitcher Brad Halsey Dies In Climbing Accident
Former pitcher Brad Halsey has died in a recreational climbing accident.


A's Claim Taylor Thompson Off Waivers From White Sox
The A's have claimed RHP Taylor Thompson off waivers from the White Sox.

San Jose Mercury News

Sources: Dodgers To Name Farhan Zaidi New GM
The Dodgers are expected to name A's assistant GM Farhan Zaidi as their next GM.


A's Unlikely To Make Lowrie Qualifying Offer
The Athletics don't have a Major League ready shortstop for next season.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Red Sox Close To Deal With Chili Davis
The Red Sox are close to a deal to make Chili Davis their new hitting coach.


Stephen Vogt, Brandon Moss Set For Surgeries
Athletics Stephen Vogt is scheduled for surgery on his troublesome right foot Tuesday, while Brandon Moss is set for surgery on his right hip later this month.

Associated Press

Jonny Gomes May Be Fit For Cubs
The Cubs are looking for a veteran position player and someone like Jonny Gomes might be a fit.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Donaldson Prime Trade Candidate This Winter
Josh Donaldson, 28, is in the prime of his career and could fetch a nice haul in a market without many power hitters.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Beane Defends Trades Despite A's Early Exit
Billy Beane defended the midseason trades he made in July, claiming the Athletics might not have played in the Wild Card game if not for Jon Lester.


Dunn Will Retire After 14 Seasons
After playing in the only playoff game of his career, Adam Dunn will retire.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Royals Win AL Wild-Card Game
The Royals outlasted the A's on Tuesday night, winning the AL Wild-Card Game 9-8 in 12-innings.


Jason Giambi Unsure About Another Season
Jason Giambi isn't sure about extending his major league baseball career.