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Athletics offseason: It's time to trade Ryan Cook

... and maybe Eric O'Flaherty too. The Oakland Athletics are going through a controlled purge as they overhaul their roster for the 2015 season. The four players who have been traded all shared All-Star status, but more importantly they fell into one of two categories: 1. Close to free agency (Samardzija)2. More likely to get worse next year than better (Donaldson, Moss, Norris) Watching those familiar names leave town makes you wonder who else from the 2012-14 core might be on the block. Josh Reddick and Sean Doolittle are both at risk, but there are reasons to believe that each of them...
Athletics Nation Dec 19, 2014

Athletics prospect scouting reports: Joe Wendle, Rangel Ravelo, and Chris Bassitt

A closer look at the guys who came over in the Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija trades. Say what you will about the moves Billy Beane has made this offseason.  What's undeniable is the capital of pun-worthy names amassed over the last few weeks. (Am I the only one who thinks Rangel Ravelo sounds like a Dungeons & Dragons character? Swarthy half-elf, no doubt.) In terms of pure baseball nomenclature, I'd happily take Wendle, Bassitt and Ravelo for Moss and Samardzija -- although I don't deny the not-so-subtle panache of Samardzija, Jeff. I digress. Let's meet the new guys. In baseball...
Athletics Nation Dec 19, 2014

Norris? That Does It, I'm Going To Spain

As you know, correlation is completely causation. The A's have made their 4th "buh-bye All-Star!" trade and write you from SFO awaiting my flights that will land me in Madrid. Coincidence? No. I purchased my tickets months ago precisely because I knew these trades would happen and by the way I'm sorry I forgot to mention they would happen. I like the Derek Norris trade, because even though Norris put a Stomper-sized exclamation point on my 45th birthday celebration by whacking a 3-2 pitch from Santiago Casilla for a walk-off HR in his third-ever game ... the fact remains that Norris' pitch...
Athletics Nation Dec 19, 2014

Don't Buy a House in the Bay Area if You Play for the Oakland A's!

Alex Hall goes on the Phil Naessens Show and discusses the trade of another Oakland A's All Star, Derek Norris. Seasons Greetings Athletics Nation!! There's an old superstition that if you buy a home in the city that you play professional sports in, expect to be traded. I don't know how often it occurs but one thing is certain: Don't buy a house in the Bay Area if you play for the Oakland Athletics! Or maybe a better one would be don't buy a house in the Bay Area if you become an All Star and play for the Oakland Athletics. Derek Norris is gone now too? Five All-Stars out of the seven...
Athletics Nation Dec 19, 2014

Athletics 2014 season review: Geovany Soto tantalizes A's fans

I'm never going to finish this player review series. These posts were supposed to fill some empty space in a long offseason, but Billy Beane just keeps making a major trade every single freaking week and the dust never really settles in between groundbreaking moves. I was expecting to be mostly done with all the players by now, but instead we are still back on No. 17: Geovany Soto. Since fellow catcher Derek Norris is the most recent trade departure, the timing couldn't be better to look at Soto. Player profile Name: Geovany Soto, aka ... Geo?Position: CStats: .262/.364/.357, 14 games, 0...
Athletics Nation Dec 19, 2014

Athletics will designate Nick Punto for assignment in wake of Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez trade

The Oakland Athletics will designate infielder Nick Punto for assignment in the wake of the trade that brought pitchers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez to Oakland for Derek Norris, a source tells Jane Lee of mlb.com. Punto, 37, is due to earn $2,750,000 in 2015 after satisfying the criteria for his vesting option. The club has not yet confirmed, but this would return the 40-man roster to 40 players. The move would seem to be excellent news for Mark Canha, who can play third base and seems to move into the primary backup role there. The role of backup middle infielder would also seem to be wide...
Halos Heaven Dec 18, 2014

R.J. Alvarez is Now an Oakland A

The San Diego Padres have just traded the Angels' former first selection of the 2012 draft to the Oakland Athletics for catcher Derek Norris. Expect to see plenty of R.J. Alvarez in the coming years, as he becomes part of the bullpen of the Halos' primary division rival – a team they face 19 games per season. Alvarez was dealt along with Taylor Lindsay, Elliot Morris and Jose Rondon in last season's fall trade that sent Huston Street to Anaheim. On Thursday evening, he was dealt once again, with promising young starter Jesse Hahn, to the Oakland Athletics for a veteran catcher. R.J....
Athletics Nation Dec 18, 2014

Athletics trade Derek Norris & Seth Streich to Padres for Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez

The Oakland Athletics traded catcher Derek Norris, and 23-year-old minor league right-handed starting pitcher Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres for right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn, 25, and right-handed pitcher R.J. Alvarez, 23, and an international signing bonus slot, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The clubs have not yet confirmed. Further details momentarily.
Athletics Nation Dec 18, 2014

2015 Community Prospect List Discussion Thread

It's that time of year again! Time for the A's to start selling their veterans, and receive hopefully promising young prospects in return. Another year has flown passed, and new prospects are flowing into the system. The A's have traded away some of our top guys from our last list (Russell, McKinney), and received some new prospects in return for Donaldson and Moss. With so many guys added to the system in the last few days, rather than starting off with a predefined list, we feel it is best to open up the discussion and nominations for the first round of voting. Please nominate your...
Athletics Nation Dec 18, 2014

Athletics acquire Eury De La Rosa from Diamondbacks, designate Fernando Rodriguez for assignment

The Oakland Athletics announced they have acquired left-handed relief pitcher Eury De La Rosa from the Arizona Diamondbacks this Thursday morning in exchange for cash considerations. To clear space on the 40-man roster, the Athletics designated right-handed relief pitcher Fernando Rodriguez for assignment. De La Rosa, turning 25 next season, achieved his first significant time in the major leagues last year where he posted a 2.95 ERA and 3.49 FIP in 36⅔ innings, striking out 32 and walking 14. More details shortly. Statistics courtesy Baseball Reference.
Athletics Nation Dec 17, 2014

Athletics link roundup: The Internet responds to the A's big trades

Last week, the Oakland Athletics followed up their trade of Josh Donaldson with two more deals to ship out fellow fan favorites Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija. It's entirely possible that these moves left you sick to your stomach, and we'll just have to wait until the 2015 season to see if that reaction was warranted. I'm not disgusted by the trades, but I found myself sick to my stomach anyway last week. I haven't said a lot about the A's since the trades went down, but it's not because I didn't want to. Last Wednesday, the pain in my gut was caused not by anything Billy Beane did, but...
Athletics Nation Dec 17, 2014

Athletics rumors: Asdrubal Cabrera drawing interest from Oakland, per report

The Oakland Athletics are still among the teams interested in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman mentions that Cabrera can also also play second and third in addition to shortstop, and reports that the Giants, Mets, Cardinals and Twins are also in the mix. Billy Beane has so far spent his offseason selling high on his best players in order to make his roster younger, and in the process he's picked up a couple of infielders in Brett Lawrie, Marcus Semien, and Joey Wendle. Lawrie and Semien are expected to replace the departed Josh Donaldson...
Athletics Nation Dec 17, 2014

There's Never a Dull Moment with the Oakland Athletics

Alex Hall joins Phil for his weekly Oakland A's segment on the Phil Naessens Show to talk about trades and why Billy Beane does what he does. There is never a dull moment with the Oakland Athletics. That was my reply to a potential network interested in syndicating my show yesterday. They were curious as to why I would want to talk about a small market team when there are other teams with larger fan bases and more potential listeners. I do several other weekly reports and sometimes it’s difficult to find stuff to talk about in the offseason. That has never been the case with the...
Athletics Nation Dec 16, 2014

Warriors or Athletics: The most impressive winning streak in Oakland?

In a time during the offseason when Oakland Athletics fans have the options of receiving either sad news or no news, let's temporarily shift our focus to happier times and more positive topics. With the season a painful memory, and the offseason a bittersweet farewell to old friends, we're going to have to cross into an entirely different sport to find our purely upbeat topic. If you're an A's fan and you have even the slightest interest in basketball, then there's a good chance that you root for the Golden State Warriors. And even if you don't give two puntos about the NBA, there's still a...
Athletics Nation Dec 16, 2014

AL West hot stove: In Jeff Samardzija deal from July, Athletics pay cash considerations to Cubs

Let's catch up on the AL West happenings since the end of the Winter Meetings. Dec. 16: A's conclude Samardzija PTBNL by naming cash The July 5 deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics included a player to be named later, which was resolved by paying the Cubs cash considerations instead, says Carrie Muskat of mlb.com. If you're tracking players to be named, the A's are still owed a player to be named from the July 11 deal that sent Jeff Francis and cash to the New York Yankees. Dec. 16: Angels acquire OF Matt Joyce from Rays for RHP Kevin Jepsen The Angels...
Athletics Nation Dec 15, 2014

Craig Gentry needs to play center field every day

Coco Crisp is a fantastic player. He’s basically the one player the A’s have remained loyal to over the years, the one player that they think is too valuable to give up. They extended him regardless of his rights to block any trade. They A’s front office obviously loves him, and A’s fans should too. I feel the need to preface this article with that, because I'm worried this is going to be mean. And I really love Coco, don’t get me wrong. Coco Crisp is not a center fielder anymore. I know, I know. He’s hasn’t played anywhere else since 2012. He’s the face of the franchise,...
Athletics Nation Dec 14, 2014

I Do Not Root For Laundry

I guess I'm not a socks fan, eh? These past weeks I've heard the familiar refrain that in order to be an A's fan you have to root for the laundry, root for the name on the front of the jersey -- as if you can't root for individual players because by the time you love them they will leave you. While I understand the reasoning behind it, this is not in fact how I operate as an A's fan and I suspect it never will be. I'm not wired to fall in love with standings; I'm wired to fall in love with A's players, pure and simple, even if it means racking up enough points for a free stay at the...
Athletics Nation Dec 14, 2014

Athletics trade analysis: Why I'm excited about Marcus Semien

It's time to get excited about the centerpiece of the Jeff Samardzija deal. When Ken Rosen-troll falsely announced to the Internet that the A's had acquired a package of Marcus Semien, Trayce Thompson (younger brother of Klay) and Chris Beck last week, I was one of the suckers who took to Twitter to gush about the Oakland-bound Semien. He was the centerpiece of a big deal and also happened to be from the East Bay (El Cerrito). How could I not be excited? So here I am blathering on about Semien, his skills, makeup, upside ... yada, yada, yada. I eventually realized the whole thing was a...
Athletics Nation Dec 13, 2014

The Oakland Athletics roster if Opening Day was today

Things have quieted down since the end of the Winter Meetings, and so it's a good idea to step back and look at the broad overview of next year's roster. This will help us evaluate just who is facing the axe at the end of spring training, where there might be room to improve, and where there might be opportunities for trade. Here is the 2015 option status for the present 40-man roster: Oakland Athletics options status, Dec. 13, 2014 Position Players (21) Starting Pitchers (11) Relief Pitchers (8) Out of options (8) (4) Nick Punto, Sam Fuld, Andy Parrino, Stephen...
Athletics Nation Dec 12, 2014

Good Guy Brett Lawrie

Brett Lawrie has been on a clever social media run since being traded to the Oakland Athletics. When Brett Lawrie was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Josh Donaldson on November 28, Blue Jays fan Amelia, age 6, was distraught: On Friday, Brett Lawrie dropped in to visit Amelia. I'd say she's feeling better: I'm sure u guys all remember seeing this little girl on YouTube about me leaving the jays so I thot I'd surprise her pic.twitter.com/AUNyRloTgi — Brett Lawrie (@blawrie13) December 12, 2014 very very cool pick of me and Ameilia :):) pic.twitter.com/W4FyEZRjoW — Brett...

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