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The Increasingly Exciting Franklin Barreto

He can't leap tall buildings in a single bound, nor can he rescue the Josh Donaldson trade single-handedly. What Franklin Barreto might be able to do, however, is play major league baseball really well. Always a solid prospect, Barreto's strong showing (.302/.333/.500) in A-ball at age 19 last year only moved him higher on prospect lists and the SS -- or is he? -- will not turn 20 until February. There are questions about whether any 19 year old yet to play at AA can hit, but if you believe scouts and results-so-far, in Barreto you gain a profile of a guy "whose bat will play in the big...
Athletics Nation Nov 27, 2015

Nico's Current "Holy Grail": Korean Free Agent Hyun-Soo Kim

The A's aren't done tinkering with the 2016 roster, but a few parts are coming into clearer focus: In is Jed Lowrie, probably out are either Brett Lawrie or Danny Valencia, Sonny Gray is indeed off the market and Oakland still has quite a bit of payroll flexibility to keep tinkering for next season and beyond. Where the A's have holes depends on where you see Mark Canha, Jed Lowrie, an untraded Lawrie or Valencia playing. The good news is that if opportunity allows the A's to land a good 1Bman, they can move Canha to LF and if the chance to land a LFer falls in Oakland's lap they can put...
Athletics Nation Nov 25, 2015

Will Brett Lawrie be on the 2016 Oakland A's?

Now that the Oakland A's have unexpectedly reacquired Jed Lowrie, they have too many infielders. That could mean a follow-up trade to make space, and Brett Lawrie is the top candidate to be dealtaccording to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. To be clear, Lawrie is singled out as "likely to be traded" because he has the highest trade value of the bunch. Itdoesn't sound like Lowrie Jed is going to supplant Marcus Semien at shortstop, at least not on a full-time basis. That leaves 2B and 3B to draw from, which means Danny Valencia andLawrie Brett. Valencia was excellent in 2015 but...
Athletics Nation Nov 25, 2015

Making sense of the Oakland A's trade to reacquire Jed Lowrie

If there's one thing I've learned about the Oakland A's in the 21st century, it's to not even bother trying to guess what the offseason will bring. At the onset of each winter we all have a lot of fun drawing out potential rosters and lineups for the next season, but deep down we all know that predicting even the immediate future of the A's is futile. The first hot stove curveball came in the form of Rich Hill. However, it wasn't weird in general to see Oakland sign a starter who was cheap with upside, and some of our community members had already been calling for the team to pick him up as...
Athletics Nation Nov 25, 2015

Niconalysis: Jed Lowrie For Brendan McCurry Was A No-Brainer

I say this as someone who never quite warmed up to Jed Lowrie and his pasta-diving, called third strike complaining ways. But if you have a chance to acquire Lowrie, now 31, for your #30-ranked, unproven prospect, on a 2-year, $14M deal, you pull the trigger whether it fills an identified need or not. Let's start by talking about what you are getting when you add Lowrie. Yes he's coming off of a down year at the plate, but having watched him for two full seasons and followed him for several more, I would describe Lowrie as a hitter who has unusually good plate discipline as well as good...
Athletics Nation Nov 25, 2015

Oakland A's reliever Daniel Coulombe designated for assignment, A.J. Griffin released

The Oakland A's have designated relief pitcher Daniel Coulombe for assignment, according toSusan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The left-hander appeared in 14 games last season, nine of them for the A's, and was listed as their No. 30 prospect on MLB.com. The move makes space for Oakland to add newly acquired infielder Jed Lowrie to their 40-man roster. Coulombe, 26, was picked up from the Dodgers in September when the A's needed some extra arms just to finish out the team's injury-riddled season. In his nine games, he posted a 3.52 ERA (3 runs in 7⅔ innings) with four strikeouts...
Athletics Nation Nov 25, 2015

Oakland A's trade for Jed Lowrie from Houston Astros, reports MLB.com

The Oakland Athletics have reacquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com, citing multiple sources. There is no official confirmation. Lowrie, turning 32 next season, has two years and $14 million remaining on the three-year deal he signed with the Astros after going to free agency in 2014, plus a club option in 2018 for $6 million with a $1 million buyout. This is a breaking news story. Further details as they become available.
Athletics Nation Nov 24, 2015

Smyly, Moore, Loney...I'm Intrigued...

One of the great things about teaching 8th graders is that when they are supposed to be doing homework they are actually reading "mlbtraderumors.com" and can fill me in on rumors I might have missed. Here's a nugget that has some intrigue for me... The Rays are willing to eat some of James Loney‘s $8MM salary to help facilitate a trade, which Topkin believes could help them swing a deal in a thin first base market. Topkin also suggests that if the Rays dealt a pitcher, they could insist on adding Loney as part of the trade package. Matt Moore ($5MM) or Drew Smyly ($3.9MM) could be...
Athletics Nation Nov 23, 2015

Oakland A's free agent reliever targets: AN offseason plan project roundup

Trevor Cahill is incredibly popular among the Athletics Nation commentariat, but at what cost? Quite a few of you have submitted offseason plans, and that's enough to start a sort of crowdsourcing of the maximum offers the Athletics Nation crowd would make to a number of players. You can still submit an offseason plan of your own by following the instructions found after clicking on this hyperlinked text. First, let's take a look at which relievers kept popping up in the plans submitted. A reliever earned a "vote" if they were mentioned as a possible free agent target for the A's in an...
Athletics Nation Nov 22, 2015

Bernie, grover, and Nate’s Oakland A's Offseason Plan: Simulated

Oakland's effort during the SB Nation Offseason Simulation. Bernie, grover, and Nate's Offseason Plan: Simulated For the past few years Max Rieper has put together the SB Nation Offseason GM Simulation over at Royals Review. 30 teams, 30 GMs and the rosters reset to the last day of the 2015 season... a clear path for someone to reshape their favorite team in the way they see fit. The call went out three weeks ago to find folks willing to commit to the scheduled four day thought experiment; I teamed up with bernie_till_i_die and NateHST to rebuild and hopefully re-direct the fortunes of...
Athletics Nation Nov 22, 2015

All The Rage: Failed Starting Pitchers Turned Ace Relievers

Liam Hendriks, dealt to Oakland Friday for Jesse Chavez, is one of the latest examples of a gawdawful starting pitcher who found nirvana in a one-inning role. In Hendriks' case, his fastball sped up 4-6 MPH out of the pen but most pitchers see an increase of around 0.9 MPH, which in and of itself should not explain a transformation from one end of the bell curve to another. In Hendriks' case the change was as dramatic as can be, not only from a velocity standpoint but also performance. Few SPs boasted as pathetic a body of work as Hendriks, whose ERAs, in five partial seasons as a SP, were...
Athletics Nation Nov 21, 2015

Trade Niconalysis: Jesse Chavez For Liam Hendriks

On a more superficial note, with no disrespect intended towards people named Jesse I do feel that in regards to first names the A's have upgraded. These things profoundly affect clubhouse chemistry and should not be discounted. Cindi's analysis of the trade is very straightforward. She tweets, to Candi and Lori, "The Hotties just traded a Leo for an Aquarius. Enough said!" And I am strongly inclined to agree with her that I don't really want her to say any more. However, baseball analysis has reached a groundbreaking place where we now have the ability to scrutinize trades beyond just...
Athletics Nation Nov 20, 2015

Oakland A's rumors: Reliever Darren O'Day could be a free agent target

The Oakland A's are looking to revamp their bullpen, and one potential target is right-hander Darren O'Day, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The 33-year-old reliever spent the last four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. In his time in Baltimore, O'Day emerged as one of the most consistently excellent relievers in the game. Over the last four seasons, he's made 273 appearances and thrown 263 innings with a 1.92 ERA, 283 strikeouts (9.7 K/9), 62 walks (2.1 BB/9), and an 86% conversion rate in his 109 save situations (12 saves, 78 holds, 4 wins, 15 blown). His highest...
Athletics Nation Nov 20, 2015

Oakland A's trade Jesse Chavez to Blue Jays for Liam Hendriks

The Oakland A's have traded starting pitcher Jesse Chavez to the Toronto Blue Jays, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The A's will receive pitcher Liam Hendriks in return, per Rosenthal. Chavez, 32, will be a free agent after the 2016 season, so it always seemed likely that he would be dealt this winter. He pitched in 30 games this year, 26 of them starts, and posted a 4.18 ERA in 157 innings with a 2.83 K:BB ratio. Rosenthal says that he will fill a swingman role in Toronto, beginning as a long reliever but serving as a depth option for the rotation if needed. Hendriks moved to the...
Athletics Nation Nov 20, 2015

Oakland A's officially sign Rich Hill, designate A.J. Griffin for assignment

The Oakland Athletics don't have A.J. Griffin in their future plans. The Oakland Athletics officially completed the signing of left-handed pitcher Rich Hill for their 2016 rotation and added him to the 40-man roster today. He will earn $6 million on his one-year deal for 2016. To clear space, the A's designated right-handed pitcher A.J. Griffin for assignment. Tommy John surgery and a lingering shoulder issue have sidelined Griffin for the 2014 and 2015 seasons such that he was considered a longer shot than two-time Tommy John haver Jarrod Parker to make the rotation in an October...
Athletics Nation Nov 20, 2015

Oakland A's DFA Fernando Abad and Craig Gentry, add Joey Wendle and Jose Torres to 40-man

The Oakland A's added second baseman Joey Wendle and left-handed pitcher Jose Torres to the 40-man roster ahead of today's deadline to protect players from December's Rule 5 draft. To clear space on the 40-man, the A's designated left-handed reliever Fernando Abad and outfielder Craig Gentry for assignment. This is a breaking news story. Check back for further details.
Athletics Nation Nov 20, 2015

Oakland A's winter leagues: Sean Manaea wins strikeout title as Arizona Fall League ends

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up its regular season on Thursday, but not before Oakland A's prospect Sean Manaea got one more start. The big lefty went 4⅔ innings and allowed only an unearned run on three hits and a walk, but the bigger story is that he struck out seven more batters. That raised his total to 33 strikeouts, which led all pitchers in the AFL -- runner-up was Seattle's James Paxton with 29. Even more impressive is that Manaea only needed six starts to rack up those Ks. The next five guys in the rankings each pitched seven games and most of them threw more innings, which I...
Athletics Nation Nov 20, 2015

Oakland A's 2015 winter league prospects

A's prospects in the Arizona Fall League, Venezuelan Winter League, and more! Rosters have been announced for the 2015 Arizona Fall League, with several prospects from each MLB team combining to form six AFL squads which will play 31-game schedules during October and November. The Oakland A's are one of five clubs that send their players to the Mesa Solar Sox, and this year that group will feature the following youngsters, via Susan Slusser: - LHP Sean Manaea- RHP Brendan McCurry- RHP Kris Hall- 3B Matt Chapman- SS Chad Pinder- OF Jaycob Brugman... and one more TBA. The spot marked as TBA...
Athletics Nation Nov 20, 2015

2015 SB Nation Awards

Welcome to the 2015 SB Nation Awards! The season is over, and the BBWAA will start handing out its annual awards next week, so it's time for us to assign some e-hardware of our own. We did a set of SBN Awards last year, and you can click here to revisit those. This year's categories are a bit different: - MLB Hitter of the Year- MLB Pitcher of the Year- A's Defensive Play of the Year- A's Celebration of the Year- MLB's Best Unwritten Rules Breakage Each team site has been assigned the same categories, but beyond that it's up to us how to come up with our winners. So, we're going to do it...
Athletics Nation Nov 19, 2015

Who should the Oakland A's protect in the 2015 Rule 5 draft?

The 2015 Rule 5 draft won't take place until Dec. 10, but an important deadline is coming up soon. By Friday, teams must choose which of their eligible prospects to protect by adding them to the 40-man roster. If you're not familiar with the Rule 5 draft, it exists to prevent teams from simply hoarding talent in the minors on a long-term basis. If a player has been around for a few years but not made his way up to at least the 40-man roster, then another team can steal him away in the draft. The catch, of course, is that if you draft a player then you have to keep him on your 25-man roster...

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