Sonny Gray


Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a move with Kershaw out
With Clayton Kershaw out for potentially four to six weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move. Oddly, it’s not necessarily because of the fact that Clayton Kershaw is out that the Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a trade. The offense is good enough to carry the team for now and despite a revolving door of pitchers on the disabled list, it’s possible they could make due without having to give up a top prospect for a pitcher like the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish or the Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray.  Both pitchers will come with a steep price. Darvish […]

The Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move, if not ...


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 MLBPipline.com) 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 ...


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Just over a week ago, Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman threw a “Maddux,” just days after having spoken with the Hall of Fame pitcher and childhood idol Greg Maddux. Throwing a “Maddux” is a termed coined by blogger Jason Lukehart back in 2012, actually he coined it in 1998 but it wasn’t a commonly used term until 2012. He named the “Maddux” after coming across a box score in which Maddux used fewer than 100 pitches to throw a complete game shutout. So it was kind of big news in the baseball world when Graveman, who’s had his ups and […]

Kendall Graveman looks like a new man on the mound



Andrew Triggs, September
Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Triggs made his fourth big league start for the Oakland Athletics on Monday. It was his third straight start since being called up from the A’s Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds on August 5, which was his eighth time moving between the team’s big league club and the minors. Technically, that’s an Oakland franchise record for most stints in one season. It hasn’t bothered Triggs too much, being that he hails from Nashville. While having a home in Nashville hasn’t made all the changes easy, it’s made having such a transient life a bit simpler. Whether he’s moving between Nashville […]

Andrew Triggs is proving he’s a better starter than reliever ...


Zach Neal
Zach Neal made, what has so far been, the most important start of his seven year professional career on Monday. It wasn’t a playoff start or an all-star game start, it wasn’t even his first start in the big leagues and it definitely wasn’t a start for a 2016 contender. This start may change the course of his career, if the Oakland A’s decide to give him another start this season. After Monday’s night’s performance against an extremely potent and highly charged AL East leading Baltimore Orioles’ lineup, he’s earned one. Well, the Orioles were tied atop the AL East […]

A’s should give Zach Neal a real shot at starting


Gray, health, colon
Update: 8/8/16** Manager Bob Melvin has since  made an announces  regarding Gray’s health. He said in his post game press conference that Gray has no structural damage in his arm. But I would keep in mind this was a preliminary MRI and the swelling and fluid in his arm has not gone down yet and they can’t possibly know if there is any real damage until another MRI is performed. Original Text: 8/17/16 Oakland Athletics’ ace Sonny Gray was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season on Saturday. He was removed from his start in […]

Have the A’s properly handled Sonny Gray’s health in ’16?



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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


starters, Sean Manaea, MLB debut
UPDATE: 4:15 pm Sean Manaea to the DL According to the San Jose Mercury News  Sean Manaea, 24, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained pronator muscle. This is yet another blow to the Athletic’s already depleted rotation, however, in a way it is lucky. Forearm soreness can be a sign of a torn ulnar collateral  ligament in which case he would’ve needed Tommy John surgery.  Still, the A’s rotation is quickly crumbling to pieces – one of the reasons Manaea was called up from Triple-A Nashville in the first place. This is the 16th time […]

UPDATE: Sean Manaea placed on 15-day DL


Daniel Mengden
Daniel Mengden’s MLB debut was even better than expected Whether you were a fan of the Cincinnati Reds or the Oakland Athletics watching Saturday’s game, you may have felt as though you’d somehow time-traveled back to the year 1972. The year the Athletics defeated the Reds in the World Series – a series often referred to as “the Hairs vs. the Squares.” The A’s were known then for their facial hair, bright unconventional green and gold color scheme, white cleats and lively personalities. Of course that wasn’t the case but you’d hardly have known it as rookie Daniel Mengden took […]

Mengden reminds of former A’s, provides hope for the future



Sonny Gray, DL
After five very poor starts, it was time for the A’s to put Gray on the DL Sunday the Oakland Athletics announced that Sonny Gray has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right trapezius. Daniel Coulombe has been called-up from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gray on the roster. It’s unclear whether Coulombe, who has spent most of his time as a reliever, will start in Gray’s place, if the A’s are hoping that Henderson Alvarez will be able to be activated from the disabled list in time to start in place of Gray or if more […]

It’s about time the A’s put Sonny Gray on the ...


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 ...


starting rotation
 Oakland’s starting rotation is falling apart Going into spring training, the Oakland Athletics were planning on having a young, healthy and promising starting rotation. Sonny Gray, Jesse Hahn, Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and Rich Hill were supposed to lead the way, likely in that very order. The team was even supposed to have plenty of pitching depth, with Felix Doubront being able to pitch as both a long reliever and a starter, and Jarrod Parker and Henderson Alvarez working their way back from injury. Before the season even got started, Parker ended up needing his third and likely career-ending Tommy […]

Oakland’s rotation is starting to crumble, Can it be fixed?