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Athletics Nation 14 hours ago

Game #105: Aaron Brooks dazzles, A's pause the tank

Aaron Brooks, in his second career MLB start, was surprisingly fantastic. Really fantastic. Just about the best you could possibly expect from him, really. And the rest of A's repaid him by actually, you know, hitting the baseball. Crazy. Recap to come.
Athletics Nation 19 hours ago

Oakland A's prospect watch: Dillon Overton, Raul Alcantara lead the young pitchers

Before the season began, Athletics Nation voted on its annual Community Prospect List, ranking the 25-best players in the minors. With hope for the playoffs dwindling by the day, it's time for us to take a look at how those top prospects are doing. For the full 2015 list, as well as a list of the different categories that I've separated the prospects into, scroll to the bottom of the post. Today, we will visit The Young Hurlers, which is sort of the first of a two-part category. In the 2013 draft, the A's led off by picking outfielder Billy McKinney but ended up taking five pitchers in the...
Athletics Nation 21 hours ago

Oakland A's designate Eric O'Flaherty for assignment, call up Aaron Brooks to start

The Oakland Athletics have designated left-handed relief pitcher Eric O'Flaherty for assignment to call up right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks for his Saturday evening start against the Cleveland Indians. O'Flaherty, 30, had a 5.91 ERA in 21⅓ innings with 15 strikeouts and 13 walks allowed. Since returning from a trip to the disabled list at the start of June, O'Flaherty had a 3.14 ERA in 14⅓ innings with eight strikeouts and eight walks allowed. This is a developing story. Check back for further details.
Athletics Nation Aug 1, 2015

Outside The Box: Creating A Strong 2016 Bullpen

As I said in a recent post, relievers are not always acquired. Sometimes they are created. If one thing is becoming clear in A's-land these days, it's that bullpens are more important than they used to be. Starting pitchers throw only 2/3 of a game and a lock down bullpen like the Royals boast can truly shorten games. Like most teams, the Royals win every game they lead after 9 innings but they also win nearly every game they lead after 8, 7, or 6. In contrast, Oakland's epic and universal meltdown of every reliever they have tried shows how quickly a shaky bullpen can turn a promising...
Athletics Nation Aug 1, 2015

The Daily Bernie, 8/1/15: Oakland A's make minor moves on busy deadline day

The A's picked up lefty Felix Doubront from the Blue Jays for cash and sent righty Ryan Cook to the Red Sox, while the Mets acquired old friend Yoenis Cespedes, among other news. Welcome back to the final installment of The Daily Bernie for the 2015 season! Since the deadline has passed, there really won't be much more trade news to report on going forward. However, it's still the best dance in the game, so let's get rolling once more! Let's start with a recap of all of the month's major transactions leading up to yesterday's deadline: 7/23/15: Oakland Athletics send LHP Scott Kazmir to the...
Athletics Nation Aug 1, 2015

Game #104: A's Struggle in 2-1 loss to Cleveland

A's go down meekly on '90s fireworks night 2-1 against Cleveland getting only one hit and one unearned run to waste a solid start from Kendall Graveman. A's muster only one hit all night and fall to Cleveland 2-1. Recap forthcoming.
Athletics Nation Jul 31, 2015

Game Thread #104: Cleveland at A's

Good evening everyone and welcome to '90s themed fireworks night at the Coliseum. I attended high school in the '90s and have fond memories of the grunge culture that dominated the early part of the decade. But even if your formative decade fell outside of the '90s I think we can all relate to the apathetic Nevermind generation as we watch what remains of the 2015 Oakland A's season. Like the coddled grunge-hippies of the '90s who became disenfranchised with the cold realities of life to the point that it became cool not to care, we too have entered a phase of melancholia after a spate easy...
Athletics Nation Jul 31, 2015

Are the A's really going full (dis)Astro in 2016?

Billy Beane's recent comments suggest he wants to take his time and have a group of prospects come up from the minors together. I'm not sure I take him seriously. Earlier this week, Nico wrote a heartwarming column on watching a core group of prospects grow up together in the A's system, rise up to the big leagues together, and like a band of brothers conquer MLB. I liked that story. His recent quotes as told to reporters on a conference call: "The Houston Astros have done a really good job of spending the last three or four years really creating a dynamic farm system, and they're now...
Athletics Nation Jul 31, 2015

Oakland A's 2015 trade deadline roundup: All the July deals in one place

The 2015 MLB trade deadline has come and gone, and the dust has settled. There will still be minor deals in August, but nothing like what we just saw. It all happened pretty quickly, and we threw a lot of information at you in the span of about a week, so here is a roundup of links to allow you to catch up with all that transpired. In the end, the only players the Oakland A's traded from their 25-man roster were three pending free agents, none of whom had any chance of re-signing with the team: Scott Kazmir, Ben Zobrist, and Tyler Clippard. Unlike the deals of last winter, or the trades of...
Athletics Nation Jul 31, 2015

Oakland A's trade Ryan Cook to Boston Red Sox for player to be named later

The 2012 All-Star pitcher fell off the map after early season struggles. The Oakland Athletics traded 2012 All-Star right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Cook to the Boston Red Sox, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. There is no word yet on the return Cook, 28, got off to a terrible start and never returned to form to merit a return to the club despite Oakland's bullpen woes. This is a developing story. Stay tuned for further updates.
Athletics Nation Jul 31, 2015

Oakland A's acquire Felix Doubront from Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations

Cash considerations are on the move again, as the Oakland Athletics have acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront from the Toronto Blue Jays. The acquisition was announced with about 30 minutes before Friday's 1:00 PM Pacific Time non-waiver trade deadline. The Blue Jays designated Doubront for assignment after that club obtained shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Athletics Nation Jul 31, 2015

The Daily Bernie, 7/31/15: Oakland A's prepare for the Trade Deadline

The blockbusters continued on Thursday, as Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers joined the Astros, Mike Leake is headed to the Giants, and the wild three-team deal was completed, among much, much more. Happy Trade Deadline Day, and welcome back to The Daily Bernie! It's the best dance in the game, so let's get rolling once more! The trades simply would not stop on Thursday. First off, the three-team trade between the Dodgers, Marlins, and Braves was finalized. The Dodgers received starters Alex Wood, Bronson Arroyo, and Mat Latos, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, first baseman Michael...
Athletics Nation Jul 31, 2015

Game #103: At least you can't blame the pen?

The A's manage 0 hits after the first inning while being dominated by Carlos Carrasco. Recap coming faster than a Sogard groundball.
Athletics Nation Jul 31, 2015

Game Thread #103: A's vs. Indians (2)

No hits since the first. I'm not sure, but I don't think that's good.
Athletics Nation Jul 30, 2015

Game #103: A's vs. Indians

After a brutal yet typical bullpen loss Wednesday, the A's look to rebound behind Chris Bassitt as the A's return home for an 11 game stand. Hello and welcome to a beautiful Thursday night of A's baseball! After a miserable display Wednesday, the A's look to give their fanbase a respite from the team's Achilles left leg, the bullpen. With one day till the deadline, and the A's looking like they will remain quiet on the trading front, it's time to find other things to get excited about. So, here goes: -Chris Bassitt, a small piece of a bigger deal has been nails for the A's. Some of that is...
Athletics Nation Jul 30, 2015

Oakland A's prospect watch: The MLB-ready pitching depth

Before the season began, Athletics Nation voted on its annual Community Prospect List, ranking the 25-best players in the minors. With hope for the playoffs dwindling by the day, it's time for us to take a look at how those top prospects are doing. For the full 2015 list, as well as a list of the different categories that I've separated the prospects into, scroll to the bottom of the post. Today, we will visit The MLB Pitching Depth, which consists of hurlers who are ready to contribute at the MLB level but are either injured or are biding their time in Triple-A until their names get...
Athletics Nation Jul 30, 2015

Oakland A's would keep playing at Coliseum if they build new stadium at same site

Deep thoughts on the supposed grand plan to have a roster and new stadium ready in the near future. If the Oakland Athletics construct a new baseball-only stadium at the current Coliseum site, they would continue playing in the Coliseum until the new facility is completed, A's managing partner Lew Wolff informed CSN California. Talk of a new stadium erupted after A's general manager Billy Beane explicitly stated that his acquisition of highly regarded low-minors players was partially based on him being "hopeful and optimistic about the venue situation here changing sometime in the near...
Athletics Nation Jul 30, 2015

Game Thread #102: Oakland A's at Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

Both teams have gone to their bullpens after five innings. Jesse Chavez is out after getting pinch hit for in the top of the sixth inning. He has a lot of hard hit contact against him, however, including a two-run line drive home run by Yasiel Puig. The A's scratched one back, and trail the Dodgers 3-2.
Athletics Nation Jul 29, 2015

Game #102: Oakland A's at Los Angeles Dodgers

The Athletics wrap up the brief two-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who appear to be in the middle of negotiating a three-team deal right now with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins that on L.A.'s part involves minor league players, including Cuban infielder Hector Olivera. It doesn't sound like it'll affect the roster tonight, however. What will affect tonight's roster is Clayton Kershaw getting scratched due to hip soreness. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger will start in Kershaw's place. Starting for the A's tonight is Jesse Chavez, who hopes to bounce back from failing to record an...
Athletics Nation Jul 29, 2015

Ben Zobrist and what could have been for the Oakland A's

For years, Ben Zobrist seemed like he belonged on the Oakland A's. His greatness came in ways that were often not fully appreciated and he has still never earned even $8 million in a single season, making him the ultimate undervalued player. And then, on Jan. 10, Oakland finally acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays. And there was much rejoicing. Unfortunately, things have not gone as well as we all would have hoped, which is sort of the greater theme for this 2015 A's season. After showing signs of mild decline the last couple years, the 34-year-old Zobrist fell even further and was simply...

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