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Athletics Nation 1 hour ago

Oakland A's 2016 Community Prospect List #18: Mikey White in, Jacob Nottingham out

We have a new addition, but also a big departure. Mikey White was selected in our last vote, but the A's made a trade with the Brewers in which they parted with Jacob Nottingham. The catcher was ranked No. 5 on our list, which means everyone below him moves up a spot. The current list, including their winning margins (the amount by which they won their elections, defined as a percentage of the total vote): 1. Sean Manaea, LHP (+1%)2. Franklin Barreto, SS/CF (+70%)3. Matt Olson, 1B/OF (+24%)4. Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%)5. Jacob Nottingham, C (+1%)5. Chad Pinder, SS (+31%)6. Renato Nunez, 1B/3B...
Athletics Nation 9 hours ago

Khris Davis trade to Oakland A's answers one question about the future outfield

Acquiring Khris Davis from the Milwaukee Brewers settles one piece of a potentially expensive 2017 outfield puzzle, and he's got plenty to contribute for 2016 too. To pick an emoticon for the future of the Oakland Athletics outfield after the 2016 season before acquiring Khris Davis from the Milwaukee Brewers for prospects Jacob Nottingham and Bubba Derby, I'll go with ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. While acquiring Davis and the four years he will be under Oakland's control helps, there are still questions to be addressed in the years to come. Projected A's outfield after Khris Davis...
Athletics Nation 22 hours ago

Khris Davis For Nottingham, Derby Trade Gets Nico-Seal Of Approval

I'm sure David Forst is breathing easier with this news. If you're prone to falling too deeply in love, too quickly, with your team's prospects -- as I most certainly am -- then your first blush at a trade like "Jacob Nottingham and Bubba Derby for Khris Davis" is going to be "Nooooooooo!!!! I was so attached to Nottingham even though I sometimes have to look up his first name to remind myself and I think he's white or maybe I just assume that, man I remember how surprised I was when I learned that Tyler Ladendorf was black." Yet even as someone who hates seeing promising prospects dealt, I...
Athletics Nation Feb 12, 2016

Oakland A's 'on verge of trade' with Brewers, possibly for Khris Davis, reports Susan Slusser

The Oakland Athletics are "on the verge of a trade" with the Milwaukee Brewers, possibly for left fielder Khris Davis, tweets A's beat writer Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle: Hearing the #Athletics on verge of a trade, looks like with #Brewers. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 12, 2016 Khris Davis sounds like possible #Athletics target here — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 12, 2016 Nothing official re: #Athletics trade with #Brewers. Oakland also has had interest in reliever Will Smith in past. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 12,...
Athletics Nation Feb 12, 2016

Mark Davis can't afford a Raiders stadium, blames A's anyway

Of all the tenants at the Oakland Coliseum, only one has tried to move out of the Bay Area in the last month. The Oakland Raiders and the Coliseum Joint Powers Authority came to an agreement in principle to officially play the Raiders 2016-17 NFL season at the Coliseum, with two one-year options following. The agreement is pending approval by both the Oakland City Council and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Raiders owner Mark Davis took the opportunity at the press conference announcing the agreement to try to place blame on the Oakland Athletics for making it difficult for the...
Athletics Nation Feb 11, 2016

Learning to love the K% stat

How many batters did Sean Doolittle strike out in his All-Star 2014 season? There are many ways you can answer that question. You could say he struck out "a lot" of hitters, if you just want to keep things simple. If you wanted to put a number on it, you could say he fanned 89, which is a wonderful quantity for a reliever. Perhaps you could add context to that number, and mention that he accrued that total in 62⅔ innings. Grab your calculator and take it one step further, and you'll find he finished with a 12.8 K/9 (strikeouts per 9 innings). However, there is an even better measure than...
Athletics Nation Feb 11, 2016

Keith Law: Oakland A's land Franklin Barreto, Sean Manaea in Top 100

This week, Keith Law of ESPN is releasing his preseason prospect rankings. He got started on Wednesday by rating each team's overall farm system, and the Oakland A's clocked in at No. 18 out of 30. In the notes on that list, he mentioned that the A's would have two guys in his Top 100, and now we officially know who they are (Insider subscription required for that link): 22. Franklin Barreto, SS59. Sean Manaea, LHP If you've been following the prospect talk over the last several months, this won't be a shock to you. Those two guys are pretty much the consensus top two in the system, and...
Athletics Nation Feb 11, 2016

The Unpredictability of Rich Hill

I don't think there is a more unpredictable player in all of baseball this year than Rich Hill. One of the newer Oakland Athletics, Hill enters 2016 with job security but not many reasons for it. Since 2009 he's made just four major league starts and in each of the past two seasons he's thrown less than 100 innings across all levels. Typically that recent history doesn't equal a guaranteed spot in a major league rotation. However, unpredictability can be a good thing — even a great thing. Brandon Moss and Yoenis Cespedes were unpredictable. Brandon McCarthy, Bartolo Colon, and Scott...
Athletics Nation Feb 10, 2016

Oakland A's 2016 Community Prospect List #17: Daniel Mengden bulldogs his way onto list

In the last vote, we selected our third straight pitcher in Daniel Mengden. The righty was acquired from the Astros last summer (along with Jacob Nottingham) in the deadline deal for Scott Kazmir. The current list, including their winning margins (the amount by which they won their elections, defined as a percentage of the total vote): 1. Sean Manaea, LHP (+1%)2. Franklin Barreto, SS/CF (+70%)3. Matt Olson, 1B/OF (+24%)4. Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%)5. Jacob Nottingham, C (+1%)6. Chad Pinder, SS (+31%)7. Renato Nunez, 1B/3B (+51%)8. Yairo Munoz, SS (+14%)9. Richie Martin, SS (+12%)10. Casey...
Athletics Nation Feb 10, 2016

Keith Law ranks Oakland A's farm 18th best in MLB

The Oakland Athletics farm was 18th best out of the 30 MLB teams in Keith Law's system rankings, released today in his ESPN Insider column (subscription required). Up from 26th in 2015, Law rated the prospects acquired in trades over last the year favorably. Law will place two A's farmhands in his Top 100 prospects, to be released on Thursday. There's more depth than before, saying, "They have a bunch of guys in the 101-150 range of prospects[.]" One thing I noticed from Law's list is the overall weakness of farm systems in the AL West. While the Rangers rank ninth following their division...
Athletics Nation Feb 10, 2016

Oakland A's and the Gurriel brothers

Would either of Cuba's most recent defectors make sense for the A's? The baseball community has lost its collective mind over the defection of two of Cuba's best players, Yulieski and Lourdes Jr. Gurriel. Part of this is due to it somehow still being the offseason, but it's mostly exciting because both brothers can be very, very good. And let's be real, everyone loves a good Cuban defection story. If you haven't read Slusser's piece on Cespedes's move to the US, you need to do so right now. As an A's fan you're probably thinking, hey, I like good players. Then you look at the A's roster...
Athletics Nation Feb 9, 2016

All 162 Oakland A's games will be televised for 1st time in franchise history; spring training broadcast schedule announced

The Oakland Athletics will have all 162 regular season games televised for the first time in franchise history. Plus, the spring training broadcast schedule is announced. Comcast SportsNet California or national television networks will broadcast all 162 regular season Oakland Athletics games this year for the first time in franchise history, says Ken Pries, A's Vice President of Broadcasting and Communications. In 2015, 160 games were televised after CSN California and the A's agreed in May to air 13 day games as radio simulcasts and add two full scale television productions, ensuring the...
Athletics Nation Feb 9, 2016

A Fitting End to a Zany Career: Happy Retirement to Former Oakland A's Southpaw Barry Zito

One article, one novel, one 10-part documentary can not sum up the enigma that is Barry Zito. Why? Because he wants it to be that way. Roll back the calendar to over a decade ago. Tall, lean and handsome, looking more like a movie star than an actual pitcher, Barry Zito stands on the mound, looking in for the sign. He's calm, collected, cool, with his ruffled surfer dude hair and that boyish look in his eyes. The world belongs to him, and he knows it. He is the personification of zen on the mound, so serine he's terrifying. And with good reason. It was on October 15th, 2015...
Athletics Nation Feb 9, 2016

Who would be on the Oakland A's version of Mount Rushmore?

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota is one of the most famous landmarks in the U.S., and it's also one of the most parodied. The very idea of a monument commemorating four of the most important faces in the nation's history is easy to tailor to any other group or organization, and today we are going to do just that with our baseball team. It's a simple question, really. If you were to make a new Mount Rushmore to honor the Oakland A's organization, who would you put on it? The criteria are completely up to you. The only restriction is that I'm specifically talking about the Oakland A's, so no...
Athletics Nation Feb 9, 2016

Former Oakland A's news roundup

Writing about ex-A's is an interesting task. As you dive into the rabbit hole of former players, you start to think that everyone played for the A's at one point or another. Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Von Miller? Former left fielder. Fake Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning? Former pitcher. Papa John? Former O.co vendor. Beyonce? Ugh I wish. Matt Murton Remember Matt Murton? He was a key player in the Rich Harden deal, a guy lots of us were excited about. He was supposed to come in and start from day one and hold down a spot in an otherwise wide open outfield. Like most things 2007-2011,...
Athletics Nation Feb 8, 2016

Oakland A's hot stove: Austin Jackson could fall to the right price

The Athletics will have to fight against the long injury histories of the players on their roster. Could Austin Jackson help in that cause? A look at the Oakland Athletics outfield and first base lineup reads just fine, at first glance. Billy Burns and Josh Reddick are your everyday center and left fielders, respectively. Against lefties, Coco Crisp takes the duties in left field with Mark Canha at first base. Against righties, Mark Canha goes to left field while Yonder Alonso plays first base. Sam Fuld is your fourth outfielder and can play some good defense. As long as their front line...
Athletics Nation Feb 8, 2016

Oakland A's 2016 Community Prospect List #16: Raul Alcantara on the comeback trail

With the addition of Raul Alcantara to our Community Prospect List, we have now elected four pitchers in our last six ballots and five overall in the top 15. Alcantara ran away with the vote on his seventh appearances on the ballot, one short of Rangel Ravelo's eight appearances before his own victory. The current list, including their winning margins (the amount by which they won their elections, defined as a percentage of the total vote): 1. Sean Manaea, LHP (+1%)2. Franklin Barreto, SS/CF (+70%)3. Matt Olson, 1B/OF (+24%)4. Matt Chapman, 3B (+26%)5. Jacob Nottingham, C (+1%)6. Chad...
Athletics Nation Feb 8, 2016

Great A Moments, 2015: Brooks makes Mom, world cry

2015 was a dismal season by most accounts. But it was still baseball and therefore still had its moments of pure awesome. If I had a Neuralyzer to selectively use on myself, I'd block out all baseball memories from June 2014-November 2015. Not that time I peed myself in kindergarten. Not that time I peed myself in fourth grade. Just the shitshow that was A's (and the rest of the majors) baseball for a two year span. In spite of a disastrous season, there are still some wonderful moments to be relived from 2015. After all, it's still a beautiful boyhood game being played for the love of the...
Athletics Nation Feb 7, 2016

Super Bowl 50 kickoff time, open thread

What time is the Super Bowl? Who is playing in the Super Bowl? What is the closest baseball stadium to the location of the Super Bowl? Super Bowl 50 is being held at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, with kickoff at 3:30 PM Pacific Time on CBS. This being a baseball website, I am obligated to inform you that the O.co Coliseum is closer by driving distance than AT&T Park in San Francisco, the game's host city, by about 10 miles: The game will be contested between the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. Chat about that and whatever here, and enjoy your...
Athletics Nation Feb 6, 2016

Who is your favorite celebrity Oakland A's fan?

On Friday, Jeremy F. Koo brought to our attention that Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars rocked an Oakland A's hat in his announcement that he would be performing at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara. In fact, it's not the first time he's been seen in A's gear, and although he has also repped many other teams in public I don't think it's a stretch to suggest (or at least hope?) that he counts the green and gold among whatever sports fandom he might have. It ain't a party if Mr $how Up & $how out doesn't show up. #Confirmed #SB50 #Halftime #Coldplay #Beyonce #TheBrunz #Shwaaaggg A photo...

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