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Offseason In Review: Oakland Athletics

Check out all the published entries in our Offseason in Review series here. After finishing among the American League’s bottom three teams in both wins (69) and run differential (minus-108) in 2016, the low-payroll Athletics tried to make a splash in free agency. Oakland’s attempt to land first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion went for naught,…
Athletics Nation 18 hours ago
Liam Hendriks: Elite Relief Pitcher

Liam Hendriks: Elite Relief Pitcher

Through the first half of 2016 Liam Hendriks carried a 6.00 ERA and allowed a .354 wOBA (.354 is a solidly above average mark, for a hitter) — how can he be elite? In the second half he decreased his ERA by nearly four full runs and his wOBA by 101 points. Unlucky doesn’t even begin to describe his first half results. Several things improved for Hendriks in the second half of the season. His BABIP dropped from an unsightly .414 to a much more sustainable .281. His K-BB% increased by 4%, his home run rate decreased by more than half, and his LOB% jumped by more than 10%. By the end of...
Call to the Pen Mar 21, 2017

Oakland Athletics: Franklin Barreto May End Up Playing Second Base

Franklin Barreto is the Oakland Athletics’ top prospect. He is technically a shortstop but his quickest path to the majors may be through playing other positions. It’s a good thing for the Oakland Athletics that Barreto, who is just 21 years old, has the ability to play a number of other positions like second base […] Oakland Athletics: Franklin Barreto May End Up Playing Second Base - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Athletics Nation Mar 20, 2017
The Oakland A's new identity is a lot like the last one that worked

The Oakland A's new identity is a lot like the last one that worked

It’s fair to say that the Oakland A’s organization has appeared a bit lost for the last three years. They made a few enormous gambles in 2014 in an attempt to extend their unexpected run of success, but their luck ran out and everything went sideways. After their heartbreaking loss in the Wild Card Game that fall, it felt like they spent the next two seasons wandering in a stunned daze, making only a half-hearted attempt toward both competing and rebuilding and therefore failing at both. It was difficult to discern their long-term goal, probably because they made it clear they didn’t...
Call to the Pen Mar 19, 2017

Oakland Athletics: Re-Examining the Rotation in the Absence of Sonny Gray

Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray has yet another injury, his third in less than a year. In 2016, he spent much of the season on the disabled list, first with a strained right trapezius and later with a sore right forearm. He only pitched one inning for the Oakland Athletics after August 6. Gray returned […] Oakland Athletics: Re-Examining the Rotation in the Absence of Sonny Gray - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Athletics Nation Mar 18, 2017
Oakland A’s spring training 2017: Three top prospects optioned to Triple-A, roster at 45

Oakland A’s spring training 2017: Three top prospects optioned to Triple-A, roster at 45

The Oakland A’s optioned three players to Triple-A on Friday afternoon. They began spring training with 70 players in MLB camp, but this new round of cuts brings that number down to 45 — of course, it needs to be 25 by Opening Day. Here are the three players optioned on Friday (number in parentheses is their ranking on our Community Prospect List): SS Franklin Barreto (#1) 1B/OF Matt Olson (#7) IF Chad Pinder (#17) Also see: 1st round of cuts | 2nd round | 3rd round These are three of the A’s top prospects, and all are on the 40-man roster. Barreto is the best of the bunch, as a...
Athletics Nation Mar 17, 2017
Spring Game Thread #19: A’s vs DBacks

Spring Game Thread #19: A’s vs DBacks

St. Patrick’s Day for the A’s began with a sickening hangover, as it was reported that Jake Smolinski’s injury will likely cause him to miss most of the season. While perhaps this was to be expected, with the scarcity of viable big-league capable options who are (at the very least) able to fake it at each outfield position in the A’s organization, this is a rather big blow to the team. Smolinski is likely to return in the later months of this season, so it won’t be an entirely lost campaign for him, and particularly when rosters expand in September he is a strong lefty-killer who...
Athletics Nation Mar 16, 2017
Spring Game #18: Triggsered!

Spring Game #18: Triggsered!

Andrew Triggs gives up six runs in A’s defeat, undercutting a powerful display by the A’s offense In the third and final spring matchup between the A’s and Indians, the Indians emerged victorious, holding off a long, drawn out attempt at a comeback, as Cleveland "wins" the preseason series two games to one. ***Click Here to Revisit Today’s Game Thread*** The A’s offense has been surprisingly effective thus far in spring training, a potentially meaningless happenstance but an exciting prospect nevertheless. And once again, today, the A’s managed to flex their muscles to put quick...
Athletics Nation Mar 16, 2017
Spring Training Game Thread #18: Athletics at Indians

Spring Training Game Thread #18: Athletics at Indians

The A’s of 2016 were doomed to fail for a litany of reasons, but the most critical of those reasons came in a vicious 1-2 punch of injuries to key players and the lack of quality depth in the minor leagues to overcome those injuries. Chris Bassitt and Felix Doubront going down with injuries that would require Tommy John surgery, ending their seasons before they even had a chance to start, evaporated the A’s semi-capable pitching depth and paved the way to seeing a whole-lot of Eric Surkamp and unseasoned youngsters make starts early and often in the ill-fated campaign. The embarrassing...
Athletics Nation Mar 16, 2017
The A’s, adjustments, and the joys of a low expectations team

The A’s, adjustments, and the joys of a low expectations team

There are stories galore to watch this season. In the most boring month of the baseball year, writers stretch for stories. That’s why if you head over to FanGraphs, you’ll find yourself with a story about Yonder Alonso, the A’s platoon first baseman. Alonso wouldn’t typically warrant a story on a national site, let alone the pages of this one. His tenure on the A’s has been tenuous in recent weeks, the addition of Trevor Plouffe and Ryon Healy’s accompanying move creating a roster squeeze. But Alonso is now at least a little bit interesting. Like the A’s best story (Ryon...
Athletics Nation Mar 15, 2017
Is Baseball the Great Equalizer for Women in Sports Writing?

Is Baseball the Great Equalizer for Women in Sports Writing?

This week I had the opportunity and pleasure to meet and interview one of AN’s favorite sports writers, Oakland Athletics beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle Susan Slusser*. Susan has covered the A’s since 1999, is a Hall of Fame voter, and active in the Baseball Writer’s Association of America, having served as the first female president and on the Board beginning in 2014. I was curious about women’s roles in baseball sports writing from her vantage point, not so much the idea of equal pay for equal work as was the focus of much of the 2016 election debates, but more...
Call to the Pen Mar 15, 2017

Oakland Athletics in Desperate Shape

The Oakland Athletics organization has fallen, and they can’t get up, at least not in the short term. As recently as the 2014 season, the Oakland Athletics were legitimate contenders in the American League. The A’s finished 88-74 that season, good for second place in the AL West standings. The club had taken the division crown […] Oakland Athletics in Desperate Shape - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Athletics Nation Mar 14, 2017
Jake Smolinski needs surgery, Oakland A’s outfield competition narrows

Jake Smolinski needs surgery, Oakland A’s outfield competition narrows

Oakland A’s outfielder Jake Smolinski will have shoulder surgery on Friday, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. Slusser goes on to mention that there is “no timetable for Smolinski’s return.” Smolinski was competing for a role in Oakland’s thin outfield. The A’s have Khris and Rajai Davis holding down two full-time spots, but RF Matt Joyce will need a right-handed platoon partner to pair with, and Smolinski was a top candidate for that job due to his mammoth splits against lefty pitching. With Smolinski out of the picture, Mark Canha figures to be a lock now for that...
Athletics Nation Mar 14, 2017
The possible offensive outcomes for Ryon Healy’s 2017 season

The possible offensive outcomes for Ryon Healy’s 2017 season

Healy was the A’s star last season. Will he keep it up in his sophomore campaign? Fans of the team that originally employed Bobby Crosby, I have some news for you. Sometimes, players don’t live up to expectations. Sometimes, players don’t get into the league and follow a normal trajectory. There’s the odd fellow, say Bobby Crosby, who starts out hot in his first year and never plays at that level again. That’s not to say Ryon Healy won’t follow up his sensational premier campaign with a sensational second year or a sensational career. It means let’s remember it’s not a...
Athletics Nation Mar 13, 2017
Oakland A’s spring training 2017: Third round of cuts thins squad to 48

Oakland A’s spring training 2017: Third round of cuts thins squad to 48

The Oakland A’s optioned four players to Triple-A on Monday morning. They began spring training with 70 players in MLB camp, but this new round of cuts brings that number down to 48 — of course, it needs to be 25 by Opening Day. Here are the four players optioned on Monday (number in parentheses is their ranking on our Community Prospect List): RHP Paul Blackburn (#26) RHP Bobby Wahl (#24) IF Yairo Munoz (#20) OF Jaycob Brugman (#18) Also see: 1st round of cuts | 2nd round of cuts All four of these players were added to the A’s 40-man roster this winter, which is why they’re being...
Athletics Nation Mar 13, 2017
The Weekly Bernie, 3/13/17: Oakland A’s keep winning, but Sonny Gray shut down

The Weekly Bernie, 3/13/17: Oakland A’s keep winning, but Sonny Gray shut down

The A’s are the proud owners of the best record in the Cactus League, but it might have come at an unfortunate cost, among other news. Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie! It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling once more! The 2017 season is already off to a less-than-ideal start for A’s ace Sonny Gray, as the right-hander has been shut down for the next three weeks following a moderate lat strain suffered in his Tuesday start, per Jane Lee of MLB.com. As a result, he might not pitch until late April. While this is certainly a bad sign after his horrendous 2016...
Athletics Nation Mar 12, 2017
Eyeball Scout Debriefs 9-8 TV Win

Eyeball Scout Debriefs 9-8 TV Win

It would be so A’s to win a bunch of games in a row, finally show a game on TV and get the mucus beaten out of them. Such appeared to be Oakland’s fate as they fell behind 7-1. But these young A’s have moxie, grit, pixie dust -- hopefully not the kind that evaporates at the end of March — and lo, possibly even behold, the A’s came back to win 9-8. All of which pleased the Eyeball Scout, who devoted himself to 3.5 hours of baseball win or lose, so why not win? The question is: What did the Eyeball Scout see on this first Pacific Daylight Time day on 2017? Raul Alcantara Watching...
Athletics Nation Mar 12, 2017
A’s Mount Comeback to Beat Cubs 9-8

A’s Mount Comeback to Beat Cubs 9-8

It was a sloppy game all around (as to be expected for Spring Training), but the A’s scored 8 runs in the 6th and 7th innings to win their seventh in a row. Check out the game thread for today’s game here. Today’s game was a long and sloppy affair, lasting just shy of 4 hours and featuring 4 total errors (3 by the A’s). Fortunately, Oakland was able to mount a comeback after a slow start, scoring 8 runs in the 6th and 7th and keeping the lead to edge out the Cubs by a score of 9-8. That’s 7 wins in a row, counting split squad! Raul Alcantara Has Iffy Outing Raul Alcantara took the...
Athletics Nation Mar 12, 2017
Spring Game #15: A’s vs. Cubs

Spring Game #15: A’s vs. Cubs

Raul Alcantara takes on the WS Champs’ A-team Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday! Seems like there is a minor technical glitch with the planned game thread so I’m going to jump in for now and just throw this together quickly. Raul Alcantara is taking the mound against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Both teams are putting more or less their actual major league lineups on the field, at least for the first few innings. Alcantara is on a 60-pitch limit and looks to secure a place in the A’s rotation. This is the first game of the (pre-)season to be showed on...
Athletics Nation Mar 11, 2017
A Welcome Matt: Olson Wins Over Blogfather

A Welcome Matt: Olson Wins Over Blogfather

How should one feel going to spring training with the opportunity to interview players in the clubhouse? Grateful? Excited? Honored? I suppose you have to be an introvert to understand that pang of dread that instinctively follows me into the clubhouse each year, as I gear up to approach people who don’t know me and ask them to engage in a conversation as if they did. When I introduce myself – "Hi, I’m Nico from Athletics Nation" – I can almost hear them replying, "Didn’t catch your name, don’t know where you said you’re from, but you seem to have a valid credential and I’m...

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