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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 ...

beane, hope, promotions, rebuilding, admirable
People say “Moneyball” is dead. People say it worked once. Maybe that is true, but Billy Beane is not dead, nor is he done doing what he can to build Oakland a winning team. While those years of winning teams may still be a couple of seasons away, he’s been planning for them for sometime. Has he had to make some very — no, extremely — unpopular decisions in recent years? Sure he has. The biggest one is probably his decision to dismantle the core of the team after their second-half collapse in 2014. Most controversial was the trade of the […]

Billy Beane’s had a plan for the Athletics and it’s ...

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In recent years the Oakland A’s have almost become synonymous with trading away their star players for prospects. They’re always building towards the future. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst have made countless trades that sent all-star players to other teams in exchange for prospects. After the 2014 season the A’s brass traded away five of their seven 2014 all-stars. Most notably was the trade of third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for major league third baseman Brett Lawrie and three prospects; pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman and shortstop Franklin […]

The future A’s fans have been waiting for may finally ...

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In a recent article, ESPN’s David Schoenfield made a list of each team’s most untouchable player with the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaching. His criteria was pretty simple: “For the contenders,” Schoenfield wrote, “I considered prospects or young players who have been mentioned in rumors.” For teams not expected to contend, he he looked at which players on the current big league roster are the least likely to be dealt. The names for each of the non-contenders were fairly obvious, easy guesses if you were to quiz a casual baseball fan. Examples of these types of players include Best Player […]

Marcus Semien has become the A’s most untouchable player

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Despite stadium woes in Oakland, the commissioner has given people hope Some events from the past week may have pried open a very tiny crack in a very old and very stuck door, allowing a teeny tiny sliver of light to shine through as a glimmer of hope for fans of the Oakland Athletics. After 20 years of talking aimlessly about the team moving away or about getting a new stadium (one preferably NOT shared with a football team) there is finally a place to start that could potentially be in sight. It sounds far fetched doesn’t it? That fans […]

Oakland has reality-based hope for the future

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Will the A’s extend Reddick’s contract? Not long ago, just as position players were starting to show up at their respective spring training camps, Josh Reddick gave the Oakland A’s a sort of ultimatum. He told them that he wouldn’t negotiate a new long-term contract during the season, which is not all that unusual. Many players don’t like to engage in any kind of contractual talks during the season, so as not to distract them from doing their jobs. While that was one of Reddick’s main points as well, his ultimatum came with a second caveat. He wanted his representation and […]

The A’s won’t be extending Reddick’s contract

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A’s could trade Donaldson but need to keep Gray Remembering the first time Sonny Gray pitched for the A’s is a simple task. It was 2013 and the game was in Pittsburgh. He pitched 2.0 innings in the middle of July, allowing just one hit,no walks and striking out three batters. That day, I thought, “Wow. We really need to hold onto this kid.” Gray was just 23. By the time October came around I knew I’d been on the right track that day in July. He’s talented and the A’s needed to keep Gray. Gray started Games 2 and […]

A’s trade Donaldson but determined to keep Gray

New-look A’s bullpen built around, not to replace, Sean Doolittle In a recent article “13 log jams and possible solutions” writer Phil Rogers tells us that the Oakland Athletics bullpen is over crowded with the recent additions of John Axford and Ryan Madson, who were both signed to multi-year deals with the club. His solution? Trading closer Sean Doolittle. It’s extremely unlikely that trading Doolittle is even a remote possibility, although you never really know with vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and his “understudy” GM David Forst at the helm of the team. Even still, the idea […]

Would the A’s actually trade Sean Doolittle?

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Not bringing  Kazmir back will be a mistake for A’s First the Cleveland Indians took a chance on Scott Kazmir, signing him to a minor league deal after he had been out of baseball for almost two full seasons. He pitched well and the Oakland Athletics then decided take a bigger chance on Kazmir, signing him to a two-year $22 million contract. Kazmir was an All-Star in 2014 for the third time in his career and, even though he struggled in the second half of 2015 season after being traded to the Houston Astros at the deadline, he still finished […]

For A’s missing out on Kazmir will be a mistake

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Why can’t the A’s just start over and begin rebuilding? Many people have questions about the moves that the Oakland Athletics have made in this and in offseasons past. It makes sense to question them.  Why don’t the A’s just tear everything down and rebuild? That would seem like the way to go. It’s worked out well for the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros who had quite a few poor seasons and are now powerhouses in their respective leagues. They stayed at the bottom to collect high draft picks and they waited for those prospects to develop and now we […]

A’s find own unique way of rebuilding

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 John surgery last summer and they ALMOST did. Remember Wilmer Flores crying on the field after he thought he’d been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers (giving him two reasons to cry – their record and leaving the Mets)? Well that was over Wheeler. The Brewers were prepared to send Carlos […]

Mets not shopping Wheeler is a disappointment

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 of 8-3 to the West but let’s take a look at the three Athletics’ prospects performances. Meet A’s prospects Sean Manaea, Renato Nunez and Chad Pinder The A’s number three overall prospect Sean Manaea, who came over to the Athletics’ organization from the Kansas City Royals in the Ben Zobrist […]

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