Yonder Alonso

Oakland Athletics move Yonder Alonso in bizarre trade
Sunday the Oakland Athletics traded their only 2017 All-Star, Yonder Alonso, to the Seattle Mariners. There are many reasons this trade is surprising but let’s start with why it’s not. After all, the A’s do have a long history of trading away their All-Stars.  Given that the team is headed towards a third consecutive season with at least 90 losses, are in full-on rebuild mode and Alonso is having a career year on the eve of becoming a free agent, the first major waiver trade of the 2017 seasons seems that much more predictable. Given all the reasons trading Alonso […]

Oakland Athletics move Yonder Alonso in bizarre trade with Mariners

Yonder Alonso shines at 2017 MLB All-Star Game
It is the eighth season for Yonder Alonso in Major League Baseball (really it’s just his sixth full season). He finished sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012, but he hadn’t yet seemed to live up to his potential offensively. And he had definitely never made an appearance in the MLB All-Star Game. Defensively he’s a complete ace as a corner infielder at first base. That was the reason that the Oakland Athletics traded Drew Pomeranz, Jose Torres and Jabari Blash for Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the San Diego Padres. Yet he […]

Yonder Alonso shines at 88th MLB All-Star Game

Despite having a mostly full roster for 2017, the A’s will still need a veteran free agent or two The now-vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and current general manager David Forst began dismantling the Oakland Athletics after their epic collapse in 2014. The pair of front office execs traded away six of their seven 2014 All-Stars for prospects and some unproven MLB-ready players. They’ve since traded a couple more players, such as Josh Reddick and Rich Hill for more prospects. While their efforts have resulted in the Athletics having two of their worst seasons in the past two […]

A’s do still have few open spots for veteran free ...

Ryon Healy, 2017 lineup
The Oakland Athletics have been scoring runs — a lot of runs. This is somewhat unusual for a club that is fighting with the Los Angeles Angels to be the one who will not finish last in the AL West this season. Since expanding the roster on September 1, the Athletics have scored 93 runs. That number is the same as they scored in the entire months of both July and April. With 12 games left on the 2016 schedule, they are going to surpass their August total of 96 runs, which could easily happen Tuesday night in Oakland against […]

Are the A’s giving us a glimpse of their projected ...

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The Oakland Athletics have a number of very talented and MLB-ready prospects who will be looking to break into the big leagues either in September or next season. Quite a few of them have been discussed already–the outfielders, the guys to watch for as potential members of the starting rotation and now it’s time to take a look at the infield. The A’s have more infield prospects ready for the majors than they do outfielders or pitchers, meaning choosing the infield next season could be a mess. The A’s may already have a better idea of who is staying, who is […]

A’s 2017 infield already overcrowded

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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

Danny Valencia, offense, incident
According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, Billy Butler, currently one of the Oakland Athletics’ hottest hitters, was injured Friday night in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia. When Butler was out of the lineup over the weekend, the team maintained that Butler was suffering from nausea and vomiting. Yet A’s skipper Bob Melvin did say that Butler did not have the flu. Luckily, in a way, the A’s are out of contention this season so if Butler loses playing time, with what is being speculated as a concussion given the symptoms, the A’s will not be in any […]

Clubhouse incident could negatively affect both Valencia and Butler

Chris Coghlan, offseason acquisitions
Position Player Offseason Acquisitions After a disastrous 2015 season in which the club finished at 68-94, its worst record since 1997, the A’s made quite a few changes. They let players go and added new ones from the infield to the outfield and to both the bullpen and starting rotation. There were new players everywhere once spring training arrived in late February 2016. Slowly things have begun to fall apart, especially in the starting rotation which was actually the place where the fewest changes were made. After a month and a half of regular season play, the A’s find themselves […]

Grading the A’s offseason acquisitions: Position Players

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Sean Manaea makes MLB debut a success There’s no doubt about it. The kid looked good. Even though Sean Manaea got a no-decision in his first major league start, you could see the talent that is there. If Manaea stays healthy, he’ll be an excellent addition to the Athletics’ starting rotation. The 24-year-old, imposing left-hander made his debut for the A’s Friday night against the Houston Astros. His line for the night may at first appear mediocre: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER 4 BB, 3 SO. However, it doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Manaea cruised through the first […]

Manaea’s MLB debut a well-rounded outing of successes and struggles

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 ...

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A’s new-look infield: Uprgraded, Defined & Set for 2016 The Oakland Athletic’s infield was not their strongest units last season. Shortstop Marcus Semien led the league in errors with 35. Second baseman Ben Zobrist was traded at the July 31 trade deadline. Brett Lawrie, who started out playing third base, ended the season playing second base with the arrival of Danny Valencia, whom the A’s picked up off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. First base was a revolving door of Rule 5 rookie Mark Canha, Billy Butler and starting catcher Stephen Vogt. Even Ike Davis spent time at first base […]

A’s new-look infield: Upgraded, defined & set for ’16

Pomeranz, asking price
The Oakland Athletics finalized a trade Wednesday with the San Diego Padres. It was a surprising trade but also one that likely won’t make too much of a difference on the field. The A’s received first baseman Yonder Alonso and left-handed reliever Mark Rzepczynski, while very surprisingly the A’s dealt lefty reliever (and sometimes spot starter) Drew Pomeranz along with pitching prospect Jose Torres and a player to be named later. This is a deal that had started long before hot stove season. The A’s had already been targeting Alonso near the season’s end and approached the Padres regarding the first […]

Athletics trade Pomeranz to San Diego