Oakland Athletics Wiretap

M's, Marc Rzepczynski Agree To Two-Year, $11M Deal

Dec 3, 2016 3:12 AM

Free-agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Mariners, an MLB source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Friday.

Rzepczynski, 31, posted a 2.64 ERA in 47⅔ innings last season for the Athletics and Nationals.

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Tags: Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Athletics To Sign Matt Joyce

Nov 30, 2016 11:20 AM

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

Joyce, 32, spent this past season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hit .242/.403/.463 with 13 homers, 10 doubles and a triple in 293 plate appearances.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Braves Also Pursuing Chris Archer, Sonny Gray

Nov 16, 2016 7:38 AM

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

"They're doing everything they can to be competitive and try to contend next year," a rival executive said of the Braves, who will open SunTrust Park.

The Braves have already signed R.A Dickey and Bartolo Colon to one-year deals this offseason to serve as bridges until some of their young pitchers are ready.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Athletics Open To Dealing Sonny Gray, Sean Doolittle

Nov 15, 2016 7:34 AM

The Oakland Athletics are willing to trade established players like Sonny Gray and Sean Doolittle this offseason, according to a report.

Oakland isn't actively shopping them, or Stephen Vogt, but the team is trying to rebuild around young core players.

Gray, 27, is under contractual control for the next three seasons.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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M's Acquire Danny Valencia From A's

Nov 12, 2016 8:31 PM

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto added a potent right-handed hitter who can team with first baseman Daniel Vogelbach or play a corner-outfield spot, acquiring Danny Valencia from the A's on Saturday for Minor League pitcher Paul Blackburn.

"I'm excited about it," Valencia said. "It seems like Oakland is going through a rebuild. Seattle is on the verge of the playoffs, so that's what really caught my attention, to be able to play in the postseason. That's the most important goal, and I'm looking forward to taking part in that."

Valencia, 32, posted a .287/.346/.446 line with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs in 471 at-bats for Oakland last year, including .318/.389/.535 in 129 at-bats against left-handers.

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Tags: Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Chip Hale Returns To A's As Third Base Coach

Oct 19, 2016 6:09 AM

The Oakland Athletics have re-hired Chip Hale and named him third base coach.

Hale spent the last two seasons as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Before taking the Arizona job, Hale spent three seasons as Oakland's bench coach under Bob Melvin.

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Mark McGwire, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner On Hall Of Fame Ballot

Oct 4, 2016 7:36 AM

Mark McGwire will get another chance to make the Hall of Fame.

McGwire joins Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner and seven others on the Today's Game Era ballot to be considered for election to Cooperstown in December.

"It's flattering. It's fantastic. I mean, thank you," McGwire said. "It's very flattering to have another opportunity to possibly get into the Hall of Fame. It's exciting."

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella and John Schuerholz round out the class of 2017 candidates on the new ballot.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

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A's Likely To Release Danny Valencia Before Season's End

Sep 12, 2016 6:49 AM

The Oakland Athletics are likely to release Danny Valencia before the end of the season, according to sources.

Valencia is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time this winter. If the Athletics cut him sooner rather than later, the two sides wouldn't have to wait until the non-tender deadline.

He is hitting .289/.346/.458 with 18 homers over 445 plate appearances in 2016.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor

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A's Release Billy Butler

Sep 12, 2016 12:53 AM

The Athletics have released designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler with one year left on his contract. He was hitting .276 with four homers and 31 RBIs in 85 games.

"It was time to move on,'' A's general manager David Forst said.

"The at-bats just weren't there.'' Said manager Bob Melvin: "We wish him the best, but it just never ended up being a great fit here.''

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Sonny Gray Open To Long-Term Deal With Athletics

Sep 9, 2016 4:14 PM

Sonny Gray is open to a long-term deal with the Oakland Athletics and has made that known to the club several times.

Gray is coming off the worst season of his Major League career.

"The way this year went, you never know what would come out of that," Gray said. "On my side, obviously, I'd love for it to be brought up or whatnot. But that's never been the case. And if it’s not here sometime, I don't know that it's worth doing."

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Indians Agree To Acquire Coco Crisp From Athletics
Coco Crisp spent his first four seasons with the Indians.

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Report: Two A's Have Clubhouse Altercation
A's teammates Billy Butler and Danny Valencia were involved in some sort of spat on Friday.

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Coco Crisp Believes A's Are Trying To Avoid His Vesting Option
Coco Crisp believes the Athletics aren't playing him in order to avoid his $13 million vesting option for next season.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

A's Unsure If Sonny Gray Will Pitch Again In 2016
Sonny Gray has yet to resume throwing and the Athletics don't know if he'll pitch for them again this season.

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A's Place Sonny Gray On DL With Forearm Soreness
Sonny Gray's injury is the latest setback for the Oakland ace.

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A's Suspend Strength And Conditioning Coach After Hidden Camera Found
Coach Mike Henriques was sent home from a recent road trip after a camera was set up to watch players working out.

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Rich Hill Was Looking For Two-Year, $28M Extension
The Athletics discussed an extension with Rich Hill before trading him to the Dodgers.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Trade Deadline Brings 18 Deals Involving 49 Players
There were 18 deals completed on Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the most since at least the 1995 season.

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Dodgers To Acquire Josh Reddick, Rich Hill From Athletics
Part of the package heading to Oakland will include young right-hander Jharel Cotton, but he's not the headliner.

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

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Royals Send Brett Eiber To A's For Billy Burns
Outfielder Billy Burns will be assigned to the Royals' Triple-A affiliate, Omaha.

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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.

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Cubs Showing Interest In Josh Reddick
Theo Epstein drafted Josh Reddick while serving as general manager of the Red Sox.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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