Oakland Athletics Wiretap

Sonny Gray Won't Pitch For Team USA

Feb 26, 2017 2:21 PM

Sonny Gray won't pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic after the Athletics right-hander was denied insurance coverage for the tournament, GM David Forst said Sunday.

Gray was placed on the disabled list last August with a strained right forearm and pitched only one inning after returning. Since he didn't pitch in more than 10 innings after August, Gray was an issue for the company that insures players for the event.

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A's To Name Field In Honor Of Rickey Henderson

Feb 7, 2017 7:19 AM

The Oakland Athletics have announced that the playing surface at Oakland Coliseum will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson, who the team called "the greatest Athletic of all time."

Rickey Henderson Field will be dedicated in a pregame ceremony before the team's April 3 opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Henderson will also serve as a special assistant to team president Dave Kaval this season.

"Rickey Henderson is the greatest Athletic of all time. It is fitting we honor and recognize his impact on our franchise by naming our playing field after him," Kaval said. "In addition to his current role on our baseball development staff, I am also excited he will be joining us in the front office to serve as a representative of Green and Gold baseball."

Henderson is the Athletics' all-time leader in runs scored (1,270), walks (1,227) and stolen bases (867). He set the modern-era record for stolen bases in a season in 1982, when he stole 130 for the A's.

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Khris Davis Wins Arbitration Hearing With Athletics

Feb 2, 2017 7:48 AM

Khris Davis was victorious in his arbitration hearing against the Oakland Athletics and will make $5 million in 2017.

The Athletics had submitted a figure of $4.65 million prior to the hearing.

Davis, 29, was acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers last offseason. He exploded with the A's, hitting .247/.307/.524 with a career-high 42 home runs.

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Santiago Casilla Returns To A's On Two-Year Deal

Jan 20, 2017 4:06 PM

The Oakland Athletics have signed Santiago Casilla to a two-year contract.

Casilla returns to the Athletics after spending seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants.

The A's could use Casilla as a late-inning options, including a possible role in the ninth inning.

"To be able to sign an experienced late-inning reliever who has performed in multiple World Series games makes our bullpen deeper and obviously better," Bob Melvin said. "Great sign for us."

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Astros Remain In Contact With A's On Sonny Gray

Jan 16, 2017 5:25 PM

The Houston Astros continue to look for upgrades in their starting rotation and have been in contact with the Oakland Athletics regarding Sonny Gray.

Gray had a down 2016 season after performing as one of baseball's best pitchers from 2013-15.

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Athletics Agree To Two-Year Deal With Santiago Casilla

Jan 12, 2017 7:22 AM

The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a two-year deal with Santiago Casilla, according to multiple reports.

Casilla, 36, broke into the major leagues with the A's in 2004 and remained with the club through the 2009 season.

He had 31 saves and a 3.57 ERA in 62 appearances for the San Francisco Giants last season.

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Trevor Plouffe Agrees To Deal With Athletics

Jan 11, 2017 8:30 AM

Trevor Plouffe has agreed to a contract with the Oakland Athletics, according to a source.

The deal is pending a physical.

Plouffe was cut by the Minnesota Twins in November after he cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent.

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Athletics Have Reached Out To Mark Trumbo

Jan 5, 2017 7:13 AM

The Oakland Athletics have reached out to Mark Trumbo, according to sources.

Oakland missed out on Edwin Encarnacion, who agreed to terms with the Cleveland Indians. Trumbo slugged a Major League-high 47 home runs in 2016.

The Athletics reportedly offered Encarnacion a $50 million deal earlier this offseason.

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Athletics, Rajai Davis Agree Upon $6M Deal

Jan 4, 2017 8:02 AM

The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with Rajai Davis, according to a source.

Davis, 36, led the American League with 43 steals for the Cleveland Indians last season.

He hit a two-run home run off of Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of the World Series to tie the game at 6-6 in the eighth inning before the Chicago Cubs eventually prevailed.

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Edwin Encarnacion Received Two Offers From Athletics

Dec 29, 2016 7:13 AM

Before signing with the Cleveland Indians, Edwin Encarnacion received a pair of contract offers from the Oakland Athletics.

One offer was a two-year, $50 million contract, while the second would have included a third-year option in exchange for an opt-out clause.

Oakland's offers are believed to have pushed the Indians to increase their own offer.

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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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Athletics Open To Dealing Sonny Gray, Sean Doolittle
Sonny Gray, 27, is under contractual control for the next three seasons.

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M's Acquire Danny Valencia From A's
The Mariners have sent Minor League pitcher Paul Blackburn to the A's for Danny Valencia.

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Chip Hale Returns To A's As Third Base Coach
Chip Hale spent the last two seasons as the manager of the Diamondbacks.

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

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A's Likely To Release Danny Valencia Before Season's End
Danny Valencia is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time this winter.

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A's Release Billy Butler
The A's have released Billy Butler with one year left on his contract.

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Sonny Gray Open To Long-Term Deal With Athletics
Sonny Gray is open to a long-term deal with the Athletics and has made that known to the club several times.

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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.

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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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