Trade


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

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 […]

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RHP Jharel Cotton to make MLB debut Wednesday

September is all about call-ups for teams who are not in contention for the postseason. The Oakland Athletics have called up some pretty promising prospects so far, especially in third baseman Ryon Healy (who was actually called up in mid-July), two second baseman in Chad Pinder and Joey Wendle, as well as quite a few pitchers including Raul Alcantara and the biggest, most intriguing call-up so far: Jharel Cotton. Cotton was acquired as part of the trade that sent Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Of course, at first it appeared that the Dodgers had gotten […]


Trading Puig for Braun will still be a good move for both clubs in offseason

Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers almost traded right-fielder Yasiel Puig to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-fielder Ryan Braun. While the trade did not work out mainly due to time constraints, it is something that should be revisited in the offseason. FanRag Sport Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report that Puig had been claimed by, what was at the time an unknown team. That team was then identified by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as the Brewers. Once a player is claimed off of waivers the two teams then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. Unfortunately for the Brewers and […]

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Coco Crisp, epitome, loyalty

Coco Crisp still epitome of loyalty and leadership for A’s fans

Despite choosing to leave Oakland for Cleveland, Coco Crisp still beloved by A’s fans It’s going to be hard for Oakland Athletics’ fan to say goodbye to Coco Crisp. His trade to the Cleveland Indians was finalized Wednesday, just in time to make sure that Crisp would be eligible for the Indians’ postseason roster.  A fan-favorite, Crisp was also the longest tenured member of the A’s. Crisp played seven seasons with the Athletics, which is considered a VERY long time in Oakland, a place where the filthy-rich ownership refuses to put money into the team’s payroll to keep players long-term. Therefore […]


Mariners need to trade Walker and Paxton while they still can

The starting pitching in Seattle has been drawing interest from around baseball. According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, teams have come calling about veteran Wade Miley and two of their younger starters in Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. Friday, however, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports spoke with Mariners’ general manager Jerry Dipoto, who didn’t dispel any rumors surrounding the team parting with Miley but he made sure that everyone should know that the team will not be parting with Walker or, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, Paxton. Both the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs, among others, have called […]

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Khris Davis deal was a good one for Athletics

Back in mid-February, the Oakland A’s traded their top pitching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor leaguer Bubba Derby to the Milwaukee Brewers for left fielder Khris Davis. At the time there were many who questioned the trade for the A’s. They didn’t have much catching depth at the time and it was believed that Nottingham was going to be the team’s catcher of the future. Davis on the other hand was believed to be a decent left fielder without a very powerful arm and was supposedly a bit of a streaky hitter with some power. It seemed like the A’s […]


Is the A’s asking price for Rich Hill too high?

The A’s may be asking a bit too much for lefty starter Rich Hill. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Boston Red Sox were talking to Oakland about the veteran pitcher, but things fell flat when the A’s requested the organization’s fourth-ranked prospect, right-handed pitcher Anderson Espinoza. The Red Sox then turned around and traded Espinoza straight up for another left-handed starter, former Athletic and now-former Padre, Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz is a better option than Hill in what is a very weak market for starting pitchers at this season’s August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. There may not be any starters on the market that […]

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The time to shop Josh Reddick is now

I recently discussed reasons why the Oakland A’s should keep veteran starting pitcher Rich Hill around, despite the left-hander’s age and the limited number of good starting pitchers on the trade market this year. With a plethora of teams in desperate need of starting pitching in order to take their season into October, Hill could easily bring in a good return, such as a contending team’s top prospect or prospects. However, as noted, it appears to be in the A’s best interest to try and work out an extension with Hill. He appears to want to remain with the Athletics, and they […]


ICYMI: DBacks’ closer Brad Ziegler traded to Boston

Late last night while most of the east coast was probably asleep, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded closer Brad Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox filled a very immediate need by acquiring Ziegler or two minor league prospects, right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe. The team had needed bullpen help for quite sometime with both closer Craig Kimbrel and interim set-up  man Koji Uehara struggling. Kimbrel who was elected to the 2016 All-Star Game next week in San Diego even admitted that he was “a little surprised” at being named to the team due to his […]

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Aaron Brooks or Arismendy Alcantara: Who’s a better fit for the A’s?

Brooks or Alcantara? In a surprise move, the Oakland Athletics sent 31-year-old veteran utility man Chris Coghlan back to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for 24-year-old prospective utility man Arismendy Alcantara. Alcantara entered the professional baseball as an infielder but has been successful at all three outfield positions along with multiple infield positions. The A’s acquired Coghlan from the Cubs on February 25 in exchange for right-hander Aaron Brooks. As a member of the Cubs, Coghlan hit .250 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI in 148 games. Considered a “Ben Zobrist type” utility player (as is Alcantara), Coghlan spent time […]