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 ...

It was just the third no-hitter in Arizona Fall League (AFL) history and it was history made by two Oakland Athletics’ prospects and one Miami Marlins’ prospect on Tuesday, while most of the rest of the world was gearing up for Game 6 of this year’s World Series. Right-hander Dylan Covey, 25, who was first drafted in the first round out of high school by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 but decided to continue on to college at San Diego State University, was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the third round of the 2013 amateur draft. He started Tuesday’s AFL […]

One Marlins’ and two A’s prospects combine for AFL’s third ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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?

sonny gray, Oakland Athletics
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

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Winter Meetings Recaps  *Each day I will be updating this with as many transactions as I can up to a certain time – between 8-9:00 pm Eastern Time! But stay with me for updates all throughout the week! 12/10: Angels/Nationals: The Los Angeles Angeles made a trade on the final day of the 2015 MLB Annual Winter Meetings with the Washington Nationals. The Angels have acquired shortstop-turned-third baseman Yunel Escobar. He’ll likely takeover at the hot corner unless talks with former third baseman David Freese turn a corner. If the Angels re-sign Freese, Escobar can slide over to play at […]

Winter Meetings Recaps (updated daily) as of 9pm ET 12/10/15

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 ...

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned Oakland A’s prospect Billy Burns on Outside Pitch Sports Network, so it’s no secret I have some bias towards this kid. It’s just that, man, he is a joy to watch. In fact I made the bold prediction that he would make the Oakland Athletics’ opening day roster. While that didn’t happen – although he was kept up with the team until the very last second – and he is starting out the year in Midland Texas with the A’s Double-A Affiliate Rockhounds, don’t be surprised if he sprints all the way up to the majors by […]

A’s Prospect Billy Burns is so fast he’ll make you ...

For those of you who don’t know the Arizona Fall League is a show case of the of the most promising prospects from each Major League Baseball team. Each team is allowed to send seven of their best and brightest prospects to play in the AFL which is composed of six teams: the Mesa Solar Sox, the Glendale Desert Dogs, the Surprise Saguaros, the Scottsdale Scorpions, the Salt River Rafters and the Peoria Javelinas. Divided into Eastern (Mesa, Salt River and Scottsdale) and Western (Surprise, Glendale and Peoria) Divisions, the six teams, each made up of five MLB teams working […]

Arizona Fall League Championship!