2015 A's, AL West, Zack Wheeler
A’s swap Chavez for Blue Jays’ Hendriks It was pretty evident that right-hander Jesse Chavez, who has gone back and forth from the rotation to the bullpen for the Oakland Athletics, was going to be traded with the A’s acquisition of free agent lefty Rick Hill. Hill signed a one-year […]

A's trade pitcher Jesse Chavez to Blue Jays

Jed Lowrie
Lowrie, Lawrie and the reasons it all makes sense The trade made Wednesday that sent Brendan McCurry, a 23-year-old pitching prospect from the Oakland Athletics’ organization, to the Houston Astros for utility-infielder Jed Lowrie will not be one of the offseason’s biggest impact trades. It almost certainly will be seen, as […]

Lowrie, Lawrie and why bringing Jed back to the A’s ...

free agent chris davis
Angels need free agent Chris Davis most The Los Angeles Angels should really sign former Baltimore Oriole and free-agent Chris Davis. Actually, they need to sign Davis. They aren’t the favorites or even on ESPN’s David Schoenfield’s list of teams interested in Davis that came out on Sunday, but Davis could help fill every […]

Angels should have free agent Chris Davis in their sights

Toronto & Oakland
What makes the pair of pitchers from Toronto & Oakland so similar yet so different? Friday afternoon, the Oakland Athletics traded right-handed starter Jesse Chavez for right-handed reliever Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays. The two seem to be very different pitchers – one coming from the east coast, […]

In Toronto & Oakland Chavez & Hendriks’ opposite paths cross

BBWAA – Baseball Writers Association of America The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) are announcing their award winners this week between November 16-19th. These awards honor the best rookie, best manager, best pitcher and best player in each league for the 2015 season.  The BBWAA says that its purpose,  […]

2015 Awards Results: BBWAA and IBWAA

puerto rico 1
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins are now scheduled to play a two game series in Puerto Rico on a day that is very dear to my heart, Roberto Clemente Day. I grew up hearing about the legend that was Clemente, my mother having grown up a baseball fan […]

Pirates, Marlins to play in Puerto Rico on Clemente’s Day

Did the A’s take too big a risk in signing Rich Hill? The Oakland Athletics signed 35-year-old veteran left-hander Rich Hill to a one-year, $6 million contract Tuesday afternoon. This move by Oakland looks, at least at first glance, pretty risky – but may not be as big a gamble […]

A’s sign LHP Rich Hill, is it too risky or ...

Can Coco Crisp stay healthy? One thing is obvious about the Oakland Athletics. They play better and have better clubhouse chemistry when Coco Crisp is around. Whether he is in the lineup or not, Crisp is the leader of the Oakland Athletics. His presence provides a certain spark for the team. […]

A’s can’t bank on Coco Crisp’s health in 2016

Zack Wheeler
The New York Mets announced Sunday that they will not be shopping right-handed starter Zack Wheeler despite having a fearsome foursome in Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard.  Personally I was hoping they’d shop Wheeler back in July. Wheeler, 25,  is coming off of having had Tommy […]

Mets not shopping Wheeler is a disappointment

Thursday, the Atlanta Braves sent shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Erick Aybar and two of their top pitching prospects in left-hander Sean Newcomb and right-hander Chris Ellis. Newcomb was the organization’s top prospect. Simmons is one of the top defensive shortstops in the league, winning […]

Simmons deal not as beneficial to Angels as it appears

hot stove
Hot Stove season has now officially begun The Hot Stove season has been moving hella fast this year, or at  least it seems that way to me. Teams area always making big deals and signings during this part of the baseball season (yes, pretty much year-round there is some kind […]

Hot Stove: ICYMI on Friday, because it was crazy

Marco Estrada. Getty Images.
It’s hot stove season, which means it’s time for free agency rumors to swirl. Here at Today’s Knuckleball, we polled our writers and had them rank this season’s free agent class. The process was simple; each writer provided his or her top-25 free agents. A first-place vote netted 25 points, […]

TKB Free Agent Profile #23: Marco Estrada

2015 Louisville Silver Slugger Award
2015 Louisville Silver Slugger Awards “With Major League Baseball in the heart of its awards season, Thursday marked the dishing out of Louisville Slugger’s 2015 Silver Slugger Awards.  Emerging in 1980, the Silver Sluggers are presented to one player at each position per league for offensive excellence and are voted […]

2015 Louisville Silver Slugger Award winners

qualifying offers, Colby Rasmius
Sources: Free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus will accept qualifying offer and return to the Astros for one year, $15.8 million. Story coming. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2015 Outfielder Colby Rasmus and the Houston Astros made history on Thursday when Rasmus became the first player to ever accept a qualifying […]

A qualifying offer has been accepted, thanks Colby Rasmus!

Wei-Yin Chen
It’s hot stove season, which means it’s time for free agency rumors to swirl. Here at Today’s Knuckleball, we polled our writers and had them rank this season’s free agent class. The process was simple; each writer provided his or her top-25 free agents. A first-place vote netted 25 points, […]

TKB Free Agent profile #25: Wei-Yin Chen

Mark Kotsay
Mark Kotsay is headed back to Oakland to be the Athletics’ new bench coach! And I couldn’t be more excited! I have been as I like to say – a HUGE “Marky K” (we had Mark Ellis during part of Kotsay’s time with Oakland) fan! HUGE! I love this guy!! […]

Mark Kotsay returning to A’s as new bench coach!

free agent bargains
What free agent bargains could help the A’s in 2016? The Oakland Athletics actually have a chance to sign some free agents, even the ones who end up denying their qualifying offers. Having one of the ten worst records in baseball assures them that their top-ten draft pick is protected, […]

Potential free agent bargains that could help Oakland

walk-off, donaldson, BBWAA Awards
The Baseball Writers’ Association’s (BBWAA) annual award nominations were announced in ESPN on Tuesday afternoon.  I’m going to list the nominees with a start by who I predict to be the winner and then once the award winners are announced, I will write a short profile on each of the […]

BBWAA Award nominees & schedule

Mariners and Rays 1st significant trade 5
Who won the offseason’s first significant trade? The Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a trade on Thursday. The trade was the first significant move made in the new offseason and it became official just four days after the completion of the World Series. So, while the new World […]

Mariners may have gotten the better of Rays in offseason’s ...

2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners 2
The 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients were revealed today on ESPN. Personally there are a few I don’t agree with – as you all know who I’m going to mention first – Of course Cespedes and it’s mainly because I don’t think he’s a good defender. Those two incredible […]

2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners (plus my thoughts on ...

2015 Players' Choice Awards
Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson dominated the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards. Winning not only Outstanding American League Player of the Year, Donaldson took home the top honor as the most Outstanding Player of 2015.  These awards seem to mean more to the winners than even the awards given […]

Josh Donaldson dominates the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards

qualifying offer
Will anyone accept a qualifying offer? I mean, it’s been FOUR seasons already! It’s a question that’s been asked since the introduction of qualifying offers after the 2012 season. Will someone finally accept the one-year deal? No player ever has, even though nine qualifying offers were extended after the 2012 season, […]

Will anyone ever accept a qualifying offer?

A's prospects
Did you miss the Arizona League Fall Stars Game on Saturday? Well, I watch it every year and this years was pretty exciting. I root for the East’s Mesa Solar Sox where the Oakland A’s prospects play (surprise, surprise – right?). The Eastern team ended up losing by the score […]

How did the A’s prospects fare in the Fall Stars ...

Left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea‘s road to playing in the Oakland Athletics’ organization as well as this year’s Arizona Fall League All-Star game on Saturday had been long and painful. Yet he’s made it through. Although A’s vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has said he has no plans to […]

A’s prospect Sean Manaea’s path to the big leagues (almost) ...

The New York Mets announced Wednesday that they had agreed with manager Terry Collins on a two-year contract extension that is reportedly worth $3 million. Collins did manage the Mets to a 90-72 regular-season record and an National League East title. He took them through the postseason and to the […]

Why are the Mets extending Collins’ contract?