sonny gray, Oakland Athletics
The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics are currently in talks about A’s starter Sonny Gray. However, the Astros may also be looking to the Detroit Tigers for Justin Verlander.  With six of the top 100 prospects in baseball (according to in the Astros organization, they look like a great match as trade partners with the Oakland Athletics. Then again, Athletics vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has never been a fan of trading within the division. Plus, with the strides Gray has made since June (he’s put up a 3.02 ERA in his last nine starts), it […]

Oakland A’s trade talks with Houston Astros regarding Sonny Gray ...

Doolittle and Madson traded from A's to Nationals
If you know me and read this blog then you are likely an A’s fan already know the latest Oakland Athletics’ news from the weekend. On Sunday night the Oakland Athletics traded two relievers to the Washington Nationals: fan-favorite Sean Doolittle along with Ryan Madson. Yes, the news is sad. Everyone loved both Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan. They are warm, welcoming, friendly people who have given back to not only the Oakland Athletics’ fan community and the entire Bay Area but also to people around the world, hosting Syrian refugees to their first Thanksgiving dinner in 2015. Doo […]

Doolittle and Madson acquired by Nats to boost bullpen, my ...

Yasiel Puig, Ryan Braun
Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers almost traded right-fielder Yasiel Puig to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-fielder Ryan Braun. While the trade did not work out mainly due to time constraints, it is something that should be revisited in the offseason. FanRag Sport Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report that Puig had been claimed by, what was at the time an unknown team. That team was then identified by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as the Brewers. Once a player is claimed off of waivers the two teams then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. Unfortunately for the Brewers and […]

Trading Puig for Braun will still be a good move ...

In a surprise early-deadline move, the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals swapped a pair of outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent 26-year-old Billy Burns to the Royals for 27-year-old Brett Eibner. It appears to be an odd move for the A’s. Just under a year ago, Burns was in the running for American League Rookie of the Year. He ended the season fifth in the voting but really had a better season than that even implies. With an influx of young talent, such as Houston’s Carlos Correa and the Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, finishing fifth in the voting meant […]

A’s, Royals exchange OF Billy Burns for OF Brett Eibner

Khris Davis, trade, Nottingham
Back in mid-February, the Oakland A’s traded their top pitching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor leaguer Bubba Derby to the Milwaukee Brewers for left fielder Khris Davis. At the time there were many who questioned the trade for the A’s. They didn’t have much catching depth at the time and it was believed that Nottingham was going to be the team’s catcher of the future. Davis on the other hand was believed to be a decent left fielder without a very powerful arm and was supposedly a bit of a streaky hitter with some power. It seemed like the A’s […]

Khris Davis deal was a good one for Athletics

Rich Hill, asking price, goodbye
The A’s may be asking a bit too much for lefty starter Rich Hill. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Boston Red Sox were talking to Oakland about the veteran pitcher, but things fell flat when the A’s requested the organization’s fourth-ranked prospect, right-handed pitcher Anderson Espinoza. The Red Sox then turned around and traded Espinoza straight up for another left-handed starter, former Athletic and now-former Padre, Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz is a better option than Hill in what is a very weak market for starting pitchers at this season’s August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. There may not be any starters on the market that […]

Is the A’s asking price for Rich Hill too high?

Brad Ziegler
Late last night while most of the east coast was probably asleep, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded closer Brad Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox filled a very immediate need by acquiring Ziegler or two minor league prospects, right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe. The team had needed bullpen help for quite sometime with both closer Craig Kimbrel and interim set-up  man Koji Uehara struggling. Kimbrel who was elected to the 2016 All-Star Game next week in San Diego even admitted that he was “a little surprised” at being named to the team due to his […]

ICYMI: DBacks’ closer Brad Ziegler traded to Boston

Arismendy Alcantara
Brooks or Alcantara? In a surprise move, the Oakland Athletics sent 31-year-old veteran utility man Chris Coghlan back to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for 24-year-old prospective utility man Arismendy Alcantara. Alcantara entered the professional baseball as an infielder but has been successful at all three outfield positions along with multiple infield positions. The A’s acquired Coghlan from the Cubs on February 25 in exchange for right-hander Aaron Brooks. As a member of the Cubs, Coghlan hit .250 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI in 148 games. Considered a “Ben Zobrist type” utility player (as is Alcantara), Coghlan spent time […]

Aaron Brooks or Arismendy Alcantara: Who’s a better fit for ...

Danny Valencia, offense, incident
Can the A’s offense hold its own without Reddick? At the beginning of the season, things for the Oakland Athletics’ offense seemed set in stone. The team would have their Gold Glove-winning right fielder and middle-of-the-order hitter Josh Reddick until the August 1 trade deadline. That the A’s would trade Reddick was a no-brainer. He was, after all, headed for free agency in the offseason and it was going to be a thin group of outfielders for him to compete against, meaning he’d have dibs on one of the highest contracts going to outfielders this year. That is something a […]

A’s offense proving they can compete without Josh Reddick

Chris Coghlan, offseason acquisitions
How Coghlan will help the A’s compete in the AL West On Thursday the Oakland Athletics added some serious depth to their roster when they traded 25-year-old right hander Aaron Brooks for Chris Coghlan of the Chicago Cubs. Coghlan can be considered an almost Ben Zobrist-like player as he can play virtually any position on the field and his left-handed bat hits right-handers quite well. Originally a left fielder and the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Award winner with the then-Florida Marlins, Coghlan spent five seasons in Miami where his numbers dropped off from his rookie year slashline of […]

What the addition of Coghlan means for Oakland

Khris Davis, burns
Was the addition of Khris Davis worth the sacrifice of top prospect Jacob Nottingham? Just when you think you have finally figured out what Billy Beane, David Forst and the Oakland A’s are doing, Beane and company throw you a curveball. It’s always one that makes you re-examine your thinking about the team and try to understand theirs. That was what happened Friday afternoon when the Oakland Athletics acquired left fielder Khris Davis from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for top catching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor league right-hander Bubba Derby. The trade instantly changed the look of Oakland’s lineup […]

How does the addition of slugger Khris Davis affect the ...

Could Lucroy headed to Houston? The Milwaukee Brewers are rebuilding. They began cleaning house at last season’s non-waiver trade deadline and haven’t stopped this offseason. They’ve already shipped off quite of few of their veteran players, including first baseman Adam Lind and third baseman Luis Sardinas, for younger players and prospects. In fact, the ballclub completed their eighth trade of the offseason Saturday, trading last season’s starting shortstop, Jean Segura, and RHP Tyler Wagner to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Chase Anderson, third baseman Aaron Hill and shortstop prospect Isan Diaz. All of these trades have left many […]

In Lucroy’s case, Astros and Brewers would be perfect trade ...