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San Jose Mercury News Nov 24, 2014

A's name new assistant general manager

Oakland A's have hired Dan Kantrovitz to oversee statistical analysis; he spent previous three seasons in St. Louis Cardnals' organization.

A’s add Ike Davis to first base mix; a deal may not be far off

The A’s added to their stockpile of first base possibilities for the 2015 season Sunday, trading with the Pittsburgh Pirates to get Ike Davis. In dealing to get Davis, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates three days earlier,… Continue Reading →
Oakland Tribune Nov 23, 2014

A's acquire Ike Davis from Pittsburgh Pirates

The A's acquire first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27

A’s acquire first baseman Ike Davis from Pirates

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser The A’s have just traded for first baseman Ike Davis, sending international slot money to the Pirates, who’d designated Davis three days ago. On the surface, this looks like an other-shoe-about-to-drop move, because the A’s now have so many potential first-base options: Brandon Moss, Billy Butler, Stephen Vogt, Nate Freiman, Kyle Blanks and Davis, but this is really just due diligence, really done because the A’s could get Davis for little and he gives them wriggle room in the event of other deals. With the winter meetings starting two weeks...
Baltimore Sun Nov 20, 2014

Orioles claim outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from Oakland Athletics

The Orioles announced Thursday that they have claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.

Billy Butler signing shows A’s still plan to compete

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser Last summer, when the A’s made trades for Jeff Samardzija and then Jon Lester before the trade deadline, general manager Billy Beane mentioned that the team’s window was getting smaller. So when Oakland failed to advance past the wild-card game, the question became: Can Oakland still contend, or is the window now closed? On Wednesday, Beane answered that question by signing designated hitter-first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal, an aggressive early signing that shows the A’s believe they can still compete. “There are a...
Oakland Tribune Nov 19, 2014

Butler's signing indicates A's plan to compete

With the signing of Billy Butler, it appears that the Oakland A's are not looking to rebuild in 2015.

A’s to announce Billy Butler signing this morning

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser Indications are that the A’s will announce that Billy Butler has signed a three-year deal with them this morning. That means he’s checked out medically, which makes sense – he hasn’t been a guy prone to injuries in his career. A few quick thoughts: Oakland’s top need remains a shortstop, with Jed Lowrie expected to leave as a free agent. How much is left in the budget for a shortstop with Butler getting $30 million plus a reported $5 million signing bonus? Daniel Robertson is at least a year away, and Andy Parrino is defense-only to this...
San Jose Mercury News Nov 18, 2014

A's reportedly land slugger Billy Butler

Oakland A's reportedly has signed the free agent who was an All-Star with the Kansas City Royals in 2012

Report: A’s sign Billy Butler

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser According @MLBDailyRumors, the A’s have signed DH-first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the A’s were in talks with Butler. Oakland always in search of right-handed power, and with Adam Dunn retiring, it appears the team has replaced him with another of Greg Genske’s clients. Butler, of course, will be familiar to both A’s and Giants fans after this postseason. He had two hits in the Royals’ extra-innings win in the wild-card game against the A’s and he hit .333 in the World...
San Jose Mercury News Nov 15, 2014

Former A's star Jose Canseco says reattached finger fell off during a poker tournament, posts photo

You may have heard that former Oakland A's outfielder Jose Canseco accidentally nearly shot off his finger while cleaning his gun.
San Jose Mercury News Nov 13, 2014

1974 A's championship manager Alvin Dark dies

Former A's and Giants manager Alvin Dark dies.
Oakland Tribune Nov 12, 2014

Kelvin Moore, former A's infielder, dies

Former Oakland A's first baseman Kelvin Moore, who played parts of three major league seasons, has died. He was 57.

A’s among teams with interest in Yasmany Tomas

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser One of the hot Cuban prospects this winter is outfielder Yasmany Tomas – and the A’s are always looking for right-handed power, which he has.  So it comes as no surprise, really, that Oakland does have interest in Tomas. I’m told the A’s have discussed him, and they have scouted Tomas “a lot” over the past 18 months. The A’s made an enormous splash in 2012 by coming out of nowhere to sign another right-handed Cuban slugger, Yoenis Cespedes. Can they do so again?  Their right-handed hitting Cuban slot is certainly available after...
CSN Washington Nov 10, 2014

Report: Athletics eyeing Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop

Asdrubal Cabrera is already on the Oakland Athletics' radar to replace Jed Lowrie at shortstop.

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