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Oakland A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment, place Matt Chapman on disabled list

Oakland A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment, place Matt Chapman on disabled list

Team leader Stephen Vogt’s time with the Oakland Athletics appears to be drawing to a close as the youth movement advances. Popular Oakland Athletics team leader Stephen Vogt has been designated for assignment. The two-time All-Star catcher first joined the A’s organization in the 2013 season, helping the team advance to the postseason in 2013 and 2014. Vogt has struggled at the plate this year, however, batting .217/.287/.357 in 174 plate appearances. In other transaction news, Matt Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 as he recovers from a knee...
Cubbies Crib Jun 20, 2017

Chicago Cubs: Why Sonny Gray is the only acceptable answer

As recent as 2015, Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray was one of baseball’s rising stars on the bump. Is he a Chicago Cubs’ target? It’s no secret the Chicago Cubs need pitching help. One of the top available arms exists in the form of Athletics’ ace Sonny Gray, who has battled up-and-down performance in his […] Chicago Cubs: Why Sonny Gray is the only acceptable answer - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Athletics Nation Jun 20, 2017
Game #70: A’s fall to Astros’ Pitching

Game #70: A’s fall to Astros’ Pitching

In a 4-1 loss to the Astros, the Houston team demonstrated the magnificence of their bullpen. The game began with a little Warrior love as JaVale Lindy McGee threw out the first pitch for tonight’s opening game of this four-game series with the Astros. Right down the middle. ➡️⚾️ @JaValeMcGee34 #BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/ANA0NNjouX— Keep Voting Alonso! (@Athletics) June 20, 2017 This wasn’t the only action that began the game. The first Astro at-bat led to the first appeal of the game as the Astros challenged a diving catch by Khris Davis, contending he did not have...
Athletics Nation Jun 20, 2017
Game #70: Athletics Versus Astros (2)

Game #70: Athletics Versus Astros (2)

The A's enter the bottom of the 7th trailing 2-1.  Daniel Gossett has a fine outing.
Athletics Nation Jun 19, 2017
Game #70: Athletics Versus Astros

Game #70: Athletics Versus Astros

It’s the start of a four-game series with the Astros and a chance for Oakland to quickly climb out of the American League West. Heading to the bottom of the second it is 0-0.
Athletics Nation Jun 19, 2017
Jharel Cotton’s is struggling with control and command

Jharel Cotton’s is struggling with control and command

You have to watch about one pitch to notice. Jharel Cotton has been bad. Part of his poor season is undoubtedly on the defense, and on a better team, his ERA might be palatable. His stuff still looks pretty solid at times but he’s just not quite right. The good news: Cotton’s velocity is roughly the same as it was last year (keep in mind MLB’s change in tracking causes its readings to be a bit different) so he appears to be healthy. So what has gone wrong? An overall lack of control and command In his career, Cotton has always lived in the zone. His career walk rate is just 8.4% and...
Athletics Nation Jun 19, 2017
Athletics vs Astros: Beaten up ‘Stros Head to Oakland

Athletics vs Astros: Beaten up ‘Stros Head to Oakland

Now the test truly begins, and it could not be coming at a better time. After completing a four game sweep of the New York Yankees, causing the season long kings of the AL East to topple into a tie for the division lead with the Boston Red Sox, the A’s remain at home for four more games to face the AL West leading, and MLB-best, Houston Astros. · Houston: 46-24 · Texas: 34-34 · Anaheim: 36-37 · Seattle: 34-37 · Oakland: 31-38 Don’t look now, but with the sweep of New York, the A’s are less than five games out of a Wild Card spot with more...
Athletics Nation Jun 19, 2017
Farm Report: Taking a Look at A's Top 11 Draft Picks

Farm Report: Taking a Look at A's Top 11 Draft Picks

Of course, Athletics Nation provided plenty of great draft coverage here last week. But I thought I'd also take the opportunity to share my take on the A's top 11 picks from the first 10 rounds of the draft here as well. And because you can never have too much draft coverage, you can also check out the debut episode of the Athletics Farm Podcast featuring our 2017 Draft Recap Special, which also includes an interview with A's 6th-round draft pick, lefty Logan Salow from Kentucky. But before you do that, you can also get my take on the A's top draft picks right here. We’ll be learning a...
Athletics Nation Jun 19, 2017
Can the Oakland A’s pull off another Cinderella story?

Can the Oakland A’s pull off another Cinderella story?

In 2012, a four game sweep of the Yankees at home fueled a dramatic postseason run for the Athletics. Can this year’s team do the same? On July 19, 2012, the Oakland A’s stood at 47-44. They were eight games back of the first place Texas Rangers in the AL West, and two and a half games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the second Wild Card spot. The AL East-leading New York Yankees were headed to town for a four game set, and their 57-34 record was the best in all of baseball. On June 14, 2017, the Oakland A’s held a record of 27-38, dead last in the American League and 17 games...
Athletics Nation Jun 18, 2017
Game 69: A's Complete Sweep, Beating Yanks 4-3

Game 69: A's Complete Sweep, Beating Yanks 4-3

Dust off your brooms! ***Click here to revisit today's game thread*** The A's came from behind to beat the Yankees 4-3, sweeping them in the process. Cotton pitched into the seventh, earning the win and Khris Davis and Chad Pinder each contributed big hits to drive the Athletics to the win. Full recap to follow.
Athletics Nation Jun 18, 2017
What should the Oakland A's ask for in a Sonny Gray trade?

What should the Oakland A's ask for in a Sonny Gray trade?

The question no one wants to ask. As A’s fans in the 21st century, we know that most young, potentially expensive, homegrown good things will come to an end. We invariably will face this reality in the early summer every year. The moment we’ve reluctantly been waiting for is finally here: the Sonny Gray trade rumors are flying. Let’s get caught up. Why on EARTH are we talking about trading our ace?! Gray will be arbitration eligible next year, and a free agent in 2020. It’s no secret that he’s been more of an on-again, off-again ace than a total one. If you need a refresher,...
Athletics Nation Jun 17, 2017
Game #68: Athletics vs Yankees

Game #68: Athletics vs Yankees

A's look to take their third straight against the Yankees
Rays Colored Glasses Jun 17, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays Acquire Trevor Plouffe from Oakland Athletics

The Tampa Bay Rays may have their solution for a corner infielder that can hit left handed pitching. They have acquired Trevor Plouffe from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations. Heading into the season, the Tampa Bay Rays were looking for a corner infield presence that could hit left handed pitching. Rickie Weeks had been brought […] Tampa Bay Rays Acquire Trevor Plouffe from Oakland Athletics - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Athletics Nation Jun 17, 2017
Oakland A’s trade Trevor Plouffe to Rays

Oakland A’s trade Trevor Plouffe to Rays

The Oakland A’s traded 3B Trevor Plouffe to the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced Saturday morning. Plouffe had been designated for assignment on Friday to make room for rookie Matt Chapman. Oakland also sent cash in the deal, and in return they will receive either a player to be named later or cash. This transaction ties up the loose end of Plouffe’s DFA. If the A’s hadn’t found a taker then they likely would have been stuck paying the rest of his salary while he moved on. But now the Rays will be responsible for the rest of his contract, minus whatever amount the A’s sent them...
Athletics Nation Jun 15, 2017
Oakland A’s DFA Trevor Plouffe, call up Matt Chapman

Oakland A’s DFA Trevor Plouffe, call up Matt Chapman

The Oakland A’s called up top prospect Matt Chapman on Thursday as expected, the team announced. Click here for more on Chapman. In a corresponding move, the A’s designated veteran Trevor Plouffe for assignment, clearing space for Chapman on the 40-man roster, on the 25-man roster, in the starting lineup, and at third base. Plouffe came to Oakland last winter on a one-year free agent contract, and the hope was that he could bounce back from his poor 2016. Instead, he was mostly a non-factor at the plate, providing little outside of an occasional home run. He did play average defense at...
River Ave. Blues Jun 15, 2017

6/15 to 6/18 Series Preview: Oakland Athletics

On Monday afternoon, one of the prevailing concerns about the series with the Angels was that it was a ‘trap series.’ The Yankees were red hot, but they’ve also struggled in Angel Stadium over the last few years – and the Angels have been surprisingly good since Mike Trout went down. A few days later the Yankees […] The post 6/15 to 6/18 Series Preview: Oakland Athletics appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Athletics Nation Jun 15, 2017
Athletics vs Yankees: Out with the Old

Athletics vs Yankees: Out with the Old

After yet another mostly discouraging road trip that saw the A’s go 1-5 and have their record away from the coliseum somehow worsen, once again, to a grand total of 9-25, the A’s will still return to Oakland with a shot in the arm. At long last, this A’s team is starting to shape into something worth watching. Ryon Healy has been a regular power presence in Oakland’s lineup for a full year, now. Chad Pinder has forced himself in the lineup every day and Matt Olson is looking more and more comfortable at the plate when he gets a chance to start. Jaycob Brugman was called up to shore...
Athletics Nation Jun 14, 2017
MLB Draft 2017: Oakland A’s Day 3 picks

MLB Draft 2017: Oakland A’s Day 3 picks

We’ve reached the final day of the 2017 MLB Draft! The Oakland A’s selected 11 players over the first two days, and now they will add 30 more — though not all of today’s picks will end up signing with the team. Here are the results of the first two days: Day 1 Click here for full coverage Round 1 (6): Austin Beck | OF | High schoolComp A (33): Kevin Merrell | SS | USFRound 2 (43): Greg Deichmann | OF | LSU Day 2 Click here for full coverage Round 3 (81): Nick Allen | SS | High schoolRound 4 (111): Will Toffey | 3B | VanderbiltRound 5 (141): Santi Sanchez | C | High schoolRound 6...
Athletics Nation Jun 13, 2017
Game #64: Cotton Implodes in 8-1 Loss

Game #64: Cotton Implodes in 8-1 Loss

Jharel Cotton got knocked around the 5th inning and the A’s couldn’t get the offense going at all. Jharel Cotton and the somehow-still-here Josh Smith combined to give up 8 runs, while the only run the A’s managed was on a balk. Not much else to this one. The Only Offense 2nd inning. Yonder Alonso smoked the first pitch he saw for a single. Chad Pinder got hit by a pitch and Matt Joyce worked a fantastic 12-pitch at-bat and eventually singled to right field to load the bases with 1 out - Stanton's arm was too strong and Alonso was too slow for Chip Hale to send him home. Josh Phegley...
Athletics Nation Jun 13, 2017
Game #64: A's at Marlins

Game #64: A's at Marlins

Our tour of Florida continues as the A's head to Miami for a quick 2-game series. Can Cotton settle down and get his walks under control? We've got an outfield now, y'all! Obviously the biggest news for the A's this week is our (ongoing) success in the draft. The A's used their first three picks yesterday to select three potential outfielders: high schoolerAustin Beck, USF's Kevin Merrell(a shortstop for now, but with the potential to move to the outfield), and LSU corner outfielder Greg Diechmann. Savor the sweet nectar of outfield prospects. Embrace the rosterbation. Bask in the glow of...

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