Matt Olson

Oakland Athletics
Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum in Oakland was already a great day for the Oakland Athletics long before Matt Olson stepped up to the plate to face Baltimore Orioles’ closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Oakland Athletics were already up by the score of 8-3 and were on the verge of getting a much needed win in front of the home crowd.  After falling behind the Orioles and starter Jeremy Hellickson 2-0, the A’s came roaring back in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring five runs. The biggest three of those runs coming off […]

A’s rookie Matt Olson hits rare homer off Orioles’ closer ...

Jaycob Brugman, outfield
The A’s outfield in 2017 will look completely different than it did in April 2016 The look of the Oakland Athletics’ outfield has changed quite a bit throughout the current season. It began with Khris Davis in left field, Billy Burns and Coco Crisp sharing time in center field and Josh Reddick in right field. Upcoming free agent Reddick, a staple with the A’s since 2012, has now been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Burns suffered a big sophomore slump and after being sent down to Triple-A Nashville was eventually being traded to the Kansas City Royals for another […]

Predicting what the A’s 2017 outfield will look like

On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics called up their ninth-ranked prospect, shortstop Chad Pinder. The assumption by many was that he was going to take over immediately at second base for Jed Lowrie, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a foot injury. Marcus Semien has a stronghold on the team’s shortstop position this (and probably next) year and Pinder can play second. It seemed the logical way to go. The A’s need to look at as many of their MLB ready prospects as possible as this season ends. There will be decisions that need to be made in the […]

To prepare for ’17, A’s need to take long look ...

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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 ...

Josh Reddick, Matt Olson, free agent contract
Josh Reddick is hitting his way into a big free agent contract in 2017 Josh Reddick is currently on pace to have the best season of his career. Not only that, it is a contract year for the Athletics’ right fielder. He will be a free agent following the conclusion of the season and it’s possible he will end the season on a different team. Reddick has said that “no substantive extension talks” took place between his agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, and the Oakland Athletics during the spring. He gave the A’s word that he didn’t want to negotiate […]

Reddick is playing his way to a big free agent ...

Josh Reddick, Matt Olson, free agent contract
Are the A’s preparing for life without Josh Reddick and with Matt Olson? There have been multiple reports that right fielder Josh Reddick is seeking a contract extension to remain with the Oakland Athletics. There have been reports that the A’s feel the same way. Reddick, who hits free agency after this season, has been clear that if there is going to be an extension, he’d like it to be taken care of before the end of spring training. However, as of the latest reports on a contract extension for Reddick, it appears the two sides haven’t spoken yet, let alone […]

A’s appear unlikely to extend Reddick, could Olson be the ...

With five first basemen going into big league camp, who will play first base for the A’s in 2016? The Oakland Athletics are doing their own version of rebuilding. They are looking to bring back a fifth World Series trophy to Oakland and a tenth MLB Championship to the franchise in the near future. So far this season, vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has rebuilt the bullpen – the A’s greatest source of woes last season – and brought in some new guys in the infield and for the starting rotation. However, the A’s are still going to […]

Will the A’s have a position battle for first base ...

jacob nottingham, matt olson, khris davis
Baseball Prospectus favors Jacob Nottingham, while MLB Pipeline thinks Matt Olson is the better choice When Baseball Prospectus and MLB Pipeline released their lists of the top 100 (or in the case of BP the top 101) prospects in Major League Baseball on Friday, four of the Oakland Athletics’ prospects combined to make it onto the lists. Franklin Barreto, the number one prospect in the A’s organization, was ranked the highest coming in at number 26 and number 23 respectively. Left-handed strikeout machine Sean Manaea also donned both lists first at number 45 for Baseball Prospectus and number 68 on MLB […]

Baseball Prospectus & MLB Pipeline can’t agree: Nottingham or Olson?

The Oakland Athletics built for the future this trade deadline. What does that future actually look like, and when will it be? Step into our time machine. Chances are, if you’re a fan of the Oakland Athletics you are a bit sick of losing and not too happy that Billy Beane has, for all intents and purposes, thrown up the white flag and given up on the 2015 season. However, it doesn’t appear that you’ll have to wait long for the team to be back in contention. It’s true, the Oakland Athletics are rebuilding. General manager Billy Beane has done […]

Forecasting the future Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics once had one of the better farm systems in baseball. It was filled with prospects like shortstop Addison Russell and centerfielder Billy McKinney, now traded away for players like starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Another promising shortstop, Daniel Robertson was traded away in order for the A’™s to acquire super utility man Ben Zobrist. Last season the A’s were in “œwin now” mode, going into the second half of the season with the best record in baseball. As we know now even trading away big league left fielder Yoenis Cespedes for coveted starter Jon Lester didn’™t […]

A’s top ten prospects of 2015