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Big Hurt Could Find A Home In Oakland

ESPN's Peter Gammons reported Friday that Oakland would be an interested suitor for Frank Thomas' services in 2006.

"That would be news to me," one Sox official said.

Thomas has five days after the World Series ends to OK a $10 million option with the Sox for next season. The club then has five days to decide to keep him at $10 million or exercise a $3.5 million buyout.

Via Daily Southtown

Legendary Oakland Announcer Billy King Has Passed Away At 78

Longtime Oakland Athletics radio voice Bill King, whose signature call of "Holy Toledo!" was a household phrase for decades in the Bay Area, died early Tuesday from complications following hip surgery. He was 78.

The A's said King died at a hospital in nearby San Leandro, three days after undergoing surgery for an injury sustained earlier this year.

"It's a devastating thing," said Ken Korach, King's partner in the booth the past 10 seasons. "It's almost hard to believe. It's pretty sad. He just meant so much -- a true icon, a renaissance man, a one-in-a-million kind of a character, and I mean that in a positive way. He was one of a kind."


A's Exercise Option On Jay Payton

The Oakland Athletics exercised their $4 million contract option for outfielder Jay Payton on Monday that keeps him with the club through next season.

Also, the A's declined to exercise their option on right-handed pitcher Keiichi Yabu, who signed a $1 million, one-year contract last January but was disappointing in his first major league season.

The 32-year-old Payton would have received a $500,000 buyout if the team hadn't decided to keep him. ``He was a huge boost for our offense,'' A's assistant general manager David Forst said. ``When he came over here, we said at the time of the trade that having that option was attractive because we knew we'd be able to keep him beyond this year. Jay's a professional. He fit in great with the clubhouse. He's another great veteran our young guys can learn from.''

Payton had expressed his desire to return to the A's next year after being acquired in a July trade with the Red Sox that sent right-handed reliever Chad Bradford to Boston, where Payton was unhappy as a backup behind Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon and Trot Nixon.

Via AP

Oakland A Likely Destination For Giles

Free agent Brian Giles has never shown a bit of interest in playing in New York. For years his no-trade list allowed him to be dealt only to West Coast teams.

The A's, who have to like Giles' 119 walks, are a likely destination.

Via Newsday

Macha Comes Back To Oakland

The Oakland Athletics announced today the club has reached an agreement with Ken Macha on a three-year contract to manage the club through the 2008 season. Macha, 55, made his Major League managerial debut with the A's in 2003 and guided Oakland to a 275-211 record in three seasons with the club, which is the fifth best record in baseball over the last three seasons. His .566 winning percentage is the second best mark in franchise history to Dick Williams, who compiled a .603 winning percentage from 1971-73.

Macha was named as the 16th manager in Oakland history and the 28th manager in franchise history on October 29, 2002 after spending the previous four seasons as the A's bench coach under Art Howe. The A's won the American League West division in his first season in 2003 with a 96-66 record, which was the 10th best win total by a rookie manager in Major League history. In 2004, the A's were eliminated from contention in the AL West on the second to last day of the regular season before finishing with a 91-71 overall mark. The 2005 A's which featured a rookie closer, a rookie starting pitcher, two rookies in the starting lineup and a starting rotation that included Barry Zito and four other pitchers who entered the season with a combined 32 wins on the Major League level, finished second in the AL West with a 88-74 record.

Via MLB.com

Athletics Oct 2005 Archive

  • A's Talking To Orel About Manager Job

    The man most responsible for defeating the A's in the 1988 World Series could become their next manager: The A's have asked for and received permission to speak to Texas pitching coach Orel Hershiser about the job.

  • Geren And Washington To Interview For A's Job

    Oakland general manager Billy Beane will interview two members of the Athletics' coaching staff this coming week for the team's managerial vacancy.

  • Harden Has Surgery On Non-Pitching Shoulder

    Oakland Athletics right-hander Rich Harden had surgery on his non-pitching shoulder Wednesday to reattach the labrum.

  • Macha Done In Oakland

    Ken Macha, whose three-year contract with the A's expired Sunday, will not return as manager in 2006.