Oakland Athletics Wiretap

Athletics Claim Danny Valencia From Blue Jays

Aug 3, 2015 7:33 PM

The Oakland Athletics have claimed Danny Valencia off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Valencia was claimed from outright waivers as opposed to revocable trade waivers, so no trade will need to be worked out.

The 30-year-old was a casualty of Toronto's trade deadline activity. They designated him for assignment late last week in spite of excellent numbers at the plate. The right-handed-hitting Valencia is hitting .296/.331/.506 with seven homers in 173 trips to the plate this season.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Athletics To Hold Onto Jesse Chavez?

Jul 29, 2015 7:09 AM

The Oakland Athletics have begun selling off parts, but may hold onto Jesse Chavez this week.

Chavez, who turns 32 next month, has a 3.45 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 109.2 innings (17 starts) this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the final time this winter.

"I get the impression the Athletics will not trade Jesse Chavez at deadline. Valuable guy, only making $2.15M this season," writes Jerry Crasnick.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Royals Acquire Zobrist From A's

Jul 28, 2015 2:33 PM

The Kansas City Royals have acquired Ben Zobrist from the Oakland Athletics, according to a source.

Reports are indicating that Oakland will receive Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks from Kansas City.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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A's 'Deep' In Talks On Ben Zobrist Trade

Jul 28, 2015 2:01 PM

The Oakland Athletics are "deep" in trade talks involving Ben Zobrist, according to a report.

Zobrist, who is expected to be dealt before Friday's non-waiver deadline, could be moved very soon.

Jane Lee/MLB

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mets Acquire Tyler Clippard From A's

Jul 27, 2015 8:32 PM

The New York Mets have acquired Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Minor League right-hander Casey Meisner.

Clippard has roughly $3.1 million remaining on his contract, $1 million of which the A's will pay, and is eligible for free agency this winter.

Meisner, 20, was drafted by the Mets in the third round in 2013 out of Cypress Woods (Texas) High School.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mets Making Progress On Tyler Clippard Trade

Jul 27, 2015 3:48 PM

The New York Mets are making progress on a trade to acquire Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics.

Other teams are still in play for Clippard, including the Washington Nationals, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the New York Yankees are out on the reliever.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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A's Expected To Trade Tyler Clippard Soon

Jul 27, 2015 7:09 AM

Tyler Clippard is expected to be the next player traded by the Oakland Athletics.

That deal could take place soon, perhaps as early as Monday.

The Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and New York Mets have all been linked to Clippard.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tim Hudson Beats A's, Now Has Win Against All 30 Teams

Jul 27, 2015 12:25 AM

Tim Hudson earned a win against the only team he had never beaten in a 17-year big league career, pitching the Giants past the A's 4-3 on Sunday for a sweep in the Bay Bridge Series.

Matt Duffy hit a two-run homer in the first and drove in three runs, and Brandon Belt added an RBI single in the initial inning to back Hudson, who became the 15th pitcher to defeat all 30 current teams in the majors.

Yahoo.com

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Astros Discussed Samardzija With White Sox Before Kazmir Deal

Jul 24, 2015 7:00 AM

The Houston Astros engaged in trade talks with the Chicago White Sox about Jeff Samardzija before dealing for Scott Kazmir on Thursday, according to sources.

Houston ultimately opted to make the deal for Kazmir because they were more comfortable with the Oakland Athletics' asking price.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

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Astros Acquire Kazmir From Athletics For Prospects

Jul 23, 2015 2:19 PM

The Houston Astros have acquired Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jacob Nottingham and Daniel Mengden.

Kazmir, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, was supposed to start for the Athletics on Thursday.

"Scott Kazmir is one of the best pitchers in the American League and strengthens our rotation," Jeff Luhnow said in a release. "His addition gives the Astros a better chance of reaching and succeeding in the postseason. It has been a while since the Astros have been relevant late in the summer and winning now is a priority."

Nottingham, 20 is a catcher. He was a sixth-round pick by the Astros out of Redlands, Cal., High School in the 2013 MLB first-year player draft. In 168 professional games, he's a .280 hitter with an .816 OPS.

Mengden, a 22 right-hander, was drafted in the fourth round by Houston out of Texas A&M in 2014. He has 101 strikeouts in 99 1/3 professional innings pitched.

ESPN

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

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No Ongoing Talks Between Mets, Athletics On Zobrist
A previous report had suggested that the two clubs had reached the stage of discussing prospects in a deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Angels, Athletics Talked Reddick, Zobrist Before Dipoto Resigned
The Angels inquired with the Athletics about Josh Reddick and Ben Zobrist before Jerry Dipoto resigned last week, according to sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Athletics Acquire Aaron Kurcz From Braves
The Braves have traded Aaron Kurcz to the Athletics in exchange for an international bonus slot valued at $167,000.

Mark Bowman/MLB

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Red Sox Inquired About Donaldson, Were Told He Wasn't Available
The Red Sox inquired about Josh Donaldson before signing Pablo Sandoval last offseason, according to the Boston Herald.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Athletics Still Weighing Trade Options
Billy Beane hasn't decided what approach the Athletics will take to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Joe Stiglich/CSN Bay Area

Sources: Mets, A's Have Discussed Zobrist
The Mets and Athletics have discussed a trade involved Ben Zobrist, according to sources on both sides.

John Harper/New York Daily News

Royals Have Interest In Cueto, Leake, Zobrist
The Royals are looking for upgrades on the trade market and have cast a wide net.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Nationals Interested In Arizona's Middle Infielders
The Nationals have expressed interest in acquiring a middle infielder from the Diamondbacks, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

A's Activate A.J. Griffin, Then Sent To Triple-A Nashville
A.J. Griffin pitched 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Nashville on Friday night.

San Jose Mercury News

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results
We are reporting live from the 2015 MLB Draft in New Jersey. Follow along for news, rumors and selections. Arizona selected Dansby Swanson first overall.

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Fan Hit By Broken Bat Expected To Survive
A woman hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park on Friday night is expected to survive the injuries.

ESPN.com

Woman Injured At Fenway Park Remains In Serious Condition
A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands on Friday night is in serious condition at a Boston hospital.

ESPN.com

Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Makes Debut For A's
Pat Venditte pitched two innings, allowing only Haley Ramirez's hit and no runs with one strikeout in the A's 4-2 loss.

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Fan Suffers Serious Injuries At Fenway Park
A women was hit by a broken bat Friday night, and police said her injuries were life threatening.

ESPN.com

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