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Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter
The Oakland Athletics have reunited with an old friend, first baseman Chris Carter.  The Oakland Athletics announced Friday that they have signed Carter to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Nashville. Carter was drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was eventually traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson in 2007. Carter made his debut in August of 2010 with the Athletics but didn’t exceed his rookie limits in 2012. He played in 67 games for the A’s […]

Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter


Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching
As the trade deadline approaches, the consensus among most baseball insiders and experts is that the options for contenders who need starting pitching are slim-pickings. Two of the main potential candidates are from the Oakland Athletics in Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, with Hill being the most likely to be traded to a team that needs a great starter in order to play deep into October. But what if the A’s were to hold onto both pitchers? It certainly wouldn’t make the many, many teams interested in Hill very happy. But who says that the A’s may not surprise everyone? Usually, […]

Should the A’s really trade Rich Hill?


Trayce Thompson, takeaways
Seven takeaways from week 5 Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but didn’t have the time. Because let’s face it, there are 30 teams and no one person can cover them all or keep track of everything. I have a hard enough time covering the A’s at for FanRag […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways for MLB week 5



Eric Surkamp
Will the A’s keep Surkamp or bring up Hahn or Manaea? Depending on how left-hander Eric Surkamp does Tuesday night against the New York Yankees and right-hander Michael Pineda, Oakland A’s fans may be seeing the team’s number two prospect lefty Sean Manaea or perhaps,  the more experienced, right-hander Jesse Hahn in the very near future. That’s not to say that Surkamp has pitched poorly for Oakland. He went seven scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game, pitching his way into the starting rotation in the wake of Felix Doubront’s injury and subsequent Tommy John surgery. […]

Surkamp’s performance could determine fate of Hahn and Manaea


A-Rod, farewell
Saying farewell to A-Rod is going to be some complicated business On Wednesday Alex Rodriguez announced that he will be retiring upon the end of his contract which expires after the 2017 season. He will have played the game for three teams over 23 seasons and will be 42 years old. According to A-Rod, he’s done chasing records and knows it’s time to go home and a be a father to his children.. That’s a great thing for him, to know what his future holds. Yet, it leaves us with two seasons to decide what kind of legacy will he […]

When A-Rod retires, how will we say farewell?


chapman, domestic violence
Chapman will not appeal suspension for domestic violence allegations The Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of acquiring Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman when a two-month-old story broke. How it had been kept quiet that long is really unfathomable in these days of social media and constant communication.  Apparently in October 2015 Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired off eight gun shots in his Florida home. No charges were brought against Chapman for the incident. Yet the incident was still considered serious by Commissioner Rob Manfred, especially under MLB’s new domestic violence policy as well as the increase […]

Chapman suspended 30 games for domestic violence



beane, hope, promotions, rebuilding, admirable 1
Alright, you may have to bear with me a little bit here, as I am not 100% sure how I want to present this except to say this is what I say about the A’s A LOT. Buster Olney wrote and “Insiders Only” piece on ESPN.com Saturday called, “The Athletics drive to contend is admirable in today’s times.“ It IS admirable and using both Olney’s statistics and my own, I intend to show you exactly why their drive to contend has not only been successful but beyond that, that most team’s in their situation would not or choose not to […]

A’s competitive ambition is admirable


domestic violence, winter meetings, aroldis chapman, Joe Girardi
Girardi names Yankees’ closer prior to spring training Monday, New York Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi named his closer. It was going to be interesting to see what the Yankees were going to do with their triple-threat late inning relief crew of Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances and newly acquired Aroldis Chapman.  All three players would be in the conversation if you were say, discussing Major League Baseball’s best relievers. In 2015 each of the three pitchers had 100 or more strikeouts, this is the first time in baseball history that a team has had three relievers who got a least 100 […]

Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi has already named his closer


Halladay
The Case of Halladay v. Clemens on Twitter Just in case you missed it, there were athletes fighting on Twitter – well, kind of – and no it did not have anything to do with Curt Schilling making some asinine statement about “disproving evolution” (do NOT listen to him! Talk about crazy!). No, this little battle was between former pitchers Roy Halladay and Roger Clemens, who were once teammates on the Toronto Blue Jays when Halladay was just coming up in the league. Both are Hall of Fame caliber pitchers, however, Halladay who retired in 2013 isn’t on the ballot […]

Twitter feud: Halladay vs. Clemens (ICYMI)



lefty-heavy rotations 1
How well can lefty-heavy rotations do in a season? It’s unusual in baseball for a team to have the majority of the pitchers in its starting rotation be left-handers. Lefty pitchers are more of a rarity and, therefore, usually a more-wanted commodity than right-handed pitchers. Having two, or maybe even three, is seen as a well-rounded rotation, but for a team to have four or five lefties in their rotation is almost unheard of. Almost. There have been teams in history though, who, like the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers, have had enough left-handed starters to fill a rotation (though with LA’s recent […]

History of lefty-heavy starting rotations


mlb hot stove
What happened last week in MLB Hot Stove land? Here’s a quick review: Well a lot more happened this week than I’m going to actually talk about but here’s a quick recap of the last few days in MLB Hot Stove land. A couple rumors and some signings: Texas Rangers Texas Rangers sign former number one overall draft pick, Matt Bush, by the San Diego Padres in 2004 to a minor league deal. He is attempting a comeback after spending three years in prison for a DUI hit and run that almost killed someone. The Rangers agreed to a one-year […]

Quick MLB Hot Stove review: 12/14 – 12/20


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, a second-place vote 24, and so on.  That left us with our top-25 free agents, as decided by our writers. We begin with the man who took 25th place (amongst nearly twice that many who received votes). Here’s former-Orioles Wei-Yin Chen, who netted 46 total points: (Over the coming days […]

TKB Free Agent profile #25: Wei-Yin Chen