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The Simple Economics of the MLB CBA and an Oakland Athletics Stadium

The Simple Economics of the MLB CBA and an Oakland Athletics Stadium

For years, A’s fans, analysts and insiders have followed the A’s executives and their winding search for a new stadium. It has long been acknowledged how important a new park is towards ushering the franchise into the 21st century of sports business competitiveness. But it has never happened. Also for years, the A’s business people have received an extra exemption in the MLB/MLBPA collective bargaining agreement. This special exemption provided the franchise additional revenue sharing under the program that is intended for small market teams. It was recognized in the CBA that the...
Athletics Nation 10 hours ago
The Weekly Bernie, 12/5/16: A’s add Matt Joyce during active week in MLB

The Weekly Bernie, 12/5/16: A’s add Matt Joyce during active week in MLB

The A’s made their first big roster addition in Matt Joyce, while a handful of former Athletics were on the move as well, among other news. Welcome back to The Weekly Bernie! Once the new CBA was agreed upon, this became a very busy week for baseball leading up to the Winter Meetings. It’s the best dance in the game, so let’s get rolling once more! The A’s made their first big addition of the offseason, signing outfielder Matt Joyce to a two year, $11 million deal. The move has been made official. Joyce, 32, was awful with the Los Angeles Angels in 2015, but really turned it around...
Athletics Nation Dec 2, 2016
Oakland A’s, Yonder Alonso avoid arbitration with $4 million contract

Oakland A’s, Yonder Alonso avoid arbitration with $4 million contract

The Oakland A’s agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with first baseman Yonder Alonso on Friday, the team announced. Alonso had been eligible for salary arbitration, and Friday was the deadline to choose whether to tender him a commitment or let him go to free agency. The A’s decided to hold on to their 1B, and went a step further by hammering out the terms and getting the whole deal done. The A’s have a few other arbitration-eligible players — Sonny, Vogt, Khrush, and Hendriks -- but of course all of those stars were tendered contracts. We’ll learn more about the dollar...
Athletics Nation Dec 1, 2016
Great, the Oakland A’s won’t get revenue sharing anymore

Great, the Oakland A’s won’t get revenue sharing anymore

Things will happen quickly with a new Athletics stadium, but where will it be? Congratulations, just in time for Lew Wolff stepping away from his role as villain-in-chief of the Oakland Athletics ownership group, the A’s will no longer rely on what was an over $30 million revenue sharing check. That total will be phased out over the next four years, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the idea being that the A’s will by that time be well on their way to constructing a new baseball park, whether at the Coliseum, elsewhere in Oakland, or elsewhere in North America. Of course, the...
Athletics Nation Dec 1, 2016
Oakland A's become official sponsor of the baseball emoji

Oakland A's become official sponsor of the baseball emoji

This is a thing that happened. ⚾️ Presented by your Oakland #Athletics. https://t.co/dZ5jKLKbE2 pic.twitter.com/OapiPhZV9g— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) November 30, 2016 Let's break this down from the top. First there is an organization -- nay, a consortium -- that oversees emojis. Where do emojis come from? I assume they are mined from the ground in some way? No, let's stay focused here. There is a consortium, and they are undertaking a fundraiser in which folks can sponsor an emoji. Actually, the term is "adopt." I guess emojis are alive, then, so are they farmed like...
Athletics Nation Nov 30, 2016

Carlos Gomez: The High-Upside Signing the Oakland A’s Need

Today the Oakland A’s fulfilled the Matt Joyce prophecy handed down by BWH, Duncan Morrow, and Dayn Perry. Matt Joyce as the A's big winter addition is written in the stars.— Dayn Perry (@daynperry) November 8, 2016 There are opinions aplenty regarding the newest Athletics designated hitter (presumably) but I believe the numbers speak for themselves: Joyce owns a career wRC+ of 114, including a 123 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers. His defense leaves something to be desired, so hopefully he won’t roam the outfield often. Also on the agenda for the team is finding a new...
Athletics Nation Nov 30, 2016

Oakland A’s sign Matt Joyce pending physical, reports Ken Rosenthal

The Athletics have signed Matt Joyce to a two-year, $11 million deal, says Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Matt Joyce and the Oakland Athletics have come to terms on a two-year, $11 million deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, via his Twitter account. The signing is pending a physical. Joyce, 32, is coming off one of the best offensive seasons of his career with an eye-popping .403 on base percentage and 20.1 percent walk rate with the Pittsburgh Pirates, albeit in just 293 plate appearances. Joyce’s .242/.403/.463 line was good for a 137 wRC+, mostly against righties and as a frequent...
Athletics Nation Nov 27, 2016

Where does Lazaro Armenteros fit on the Oakland A’s prospect list?

Earlier this month, we took an updated look at the Oakland A’s prospect list entering the offseason. We discussed dozens of players from all levels of the minors, but there is one prominent prospect I intentionally omitted from the initial discussion: teenage Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros. Let’s take a closer look at him now. Known by the nickname Lazarito, the 17-year-old was signed by the A’s in July for $3 million. That’s the kind of massive outlay that makes you pay extra attention to a youngster, because it shows how highly the team regards his talent. Here’s a quick...
Athletics Nation Nov 27, 2016

MLB trade rumors: Atlanta Braves questionable fit for Sonny Gray, Stephen Vogt

In these early stages of the offseason, many on Athletics Nation have looked toward the Atlanta Braves as a potential trade partner. That’s primarily because the Oakland A’s need outfielders, especially a center fielder who can play defense, and the rebuilding Braves have both Ender Inciarte and Mallex Smith to fit the bill. Many of these trade hopes involved the A’s parting with either Sonny Gray or Stephen Vogt. The hope was that the Braves would be looking for a top young starter to have in place before their horde of elite young talent breaks out, and/or that they’d be...
Athletics Nation Nov 26, 2016

MLB Trade Rumors: AL West offseason tracker

Here at Athletics Nation we follow the A’s offseason moves closely, but they’re not the only team making trades and signing free agents. There are four other clubs in the AL West, and Oakland needs to finish above all of them in order to win the division. Let’s keep an eye on what the rest of the West is doing this winter. This post will be updated throughout the winter as more transactions are made. The transaction tables below are not complete. I have chosen not to include every single waiver claim and minor league signing, instead opting for the relevant highlights — that means...
Athletics Nation Nov 23, 2016

An Oakland A’s Rule 5 draft primer

Who the A's might target, who other teams might pluck from the A's system, and all the info you might need for the Rule 5 draft! The Rule 5 is coming up on December 8th at the winter meetings, baseball's annual conference of boring men engaging in what is no doubt the three most awkward days of the year. What's the Rule 5 draft? Should the A's partake in said exciting tradition? Let's talk about it! What is the Rule 5 draft? Per Wikipedia, which can literally be edited by anyone with internet access, the Rule 5 draft was commissioned to prevent teams from compiling too much young talent...
Athletics Nation Nov 22, 2016

Oakland Athletics Free Agent Target: Eric Thames

The A's desperately need left-handed hitting. I said this before, in my Matt Joyce article last week. But man, it remains true. The Athletics' best hitters are all righties –Khris Davis, Ryon Healy, Marcus Semien. Their two top prospects, Matt Chapman and Franklin Barreto? Both righties. All great players! But in a league where around 70% of the starting pitchers are right-handed, you're going to need some lefties, even if left-handed people are bad luck and probably inherently evil. The A's best lefties are Stephen Vogt, Bruce Maxwell, and, uh, Matt Olson, I guess. Matt Olson probably...
Athletics Nation Nov 22, 2016

Oakland A’s Stadium Project Idea Incubator

Last week, the A’s shuffled the deck at the very top of their organization, as managing partner Lew Wolff sold the bulk of his ownership stake and was replaced as acting partner by majority owner John Fisher. Additionally, long-time president Mike Crowley stepped down and was replaced by new Athletics president Dave Kaval. With the reworking of the organization at the very top, the A’s new business brass hit the ground with a clear emphasis on the development and construction of a new world-class baseball park in Oakland to usher in a new era for the Oakland A’s. Kaval forcefully...
Athletics Nation Nov 18, 2016

Updating the Oakland A's Community Prospect List after a busy 2016 season

The 2016 season is in the rear-view mirror, and there is a long winter ahead. We spent all year following the Oakland A’s top prospects, and so now it’s time for a snapshot of the state of the minor league system entering the offseason. We’ll start with our preseason Community Prospect List Top 30, and then add some of the dynamic new names that joined the organization this summer. The first section of this post will be the big table of stats. We've got our Top 30 prospects, plus some new draft picks, midseason acquisitions, and then a few more of the best of the rest. After that...
Athletics Nation Nov 15, 2016

Guessing the Oakland A’s Surprise Move

The Athletics Nation Offseason Plan project proved one thing: A’s fans generally have an idea of what the team tries to do each year. It’s to the point where we can almost know what is coming. That’s why the mystery of the Oakland front office is beautiful. We can “almost” know what is coming without actually guessing correctly. To quote Nico’s comment, “I'll be extremely surprised if the A’s offseason moves don’t leave me extremely surprised.” We know the Oakland A’s are not shy when it comes to making trades. We know that they like to seek out players who are...
Athletics Nation Nov 15, 2016

The pros and cons of Matt Joyce

Hey, come back! This will be exciting, I swear! One of my first articles I ever wrote for Athletics Nation dot com was a plea for the A's to sign Stephen Drew after the 2014 season. Drew has been awful since then, and the A's front office ended up going in a different direction, embracing the sweet relief of an extended rebuild. This is why I'm just some jerk on the internet and not a GM. But I remember the case I made – that it was one of those unexciting moves that quietly makes a team better. You always want to fill a roster hole with a star, but there are only so many stars to go...
Athletics Nation Nov 14, 2016

Getting to know the A’s newest prospect, Paul Blackburn

Kicking off the offseason in exciting fashion, the A’s traded 1B/3B/LF/RF/DH/Boxer Danny Valencia to the Seattle Mariners. In return, the A’s received RHP Paul Blackburn. Who is Paul Blackburn you ask? Let’s find out! He's local to the East Bay Who doesn't love a local guy! Blackburn went to Heritage High School in Brentwood California. Here's some grainy video of him playing against Miramonte High School, the alma mater of notable persons such as former NFL quarterback Ken Dorsey, Athletics Nation dot com writer, yours truly, and probably some other famous people. Drafted in the...
Athletics Nation Nov 13, 2016

Athletics Nation offseason plan: All the moves the Oakland A’s should make before 2017

Over the last couple of weeks, folks in the Athletics Nation community have been sharing their visions for the Oakland A’s offseason. Which free agents should they sign, what trades should they make, and how will the roster look in April? Click here to see all of the plans. Overall, we have 30 different offseason plans so far. (That’s counting both of sc00by’s entries.) I put them all together in a spreadsheet, because it’s cold down here in my mom’s basement and all the other sheets were in the wash, so now we have a bunch of data and it isn’t just going to analyze itself....
Athletics Nation Nov 5, 2016

Duncan's Offseason Plan: Staying the Course

This offseason is pretty unpredictable, and I'm not entirely sure where to go with it. We know the A's are going to walk away with a legit center fielder, and they probably won't trade any of their premier prospects, but other than that I'm lost. I don't know how the front office views this team -€” as a version of ye olde Astros, a placeholder for a playoff team a few years down the road? A good team weighed down by a bunch of underperforming role players? Depending on how you saw the 2016 A's, the offseason completely changes shape. I saw the A's as a legitimately bad team, so I'm...
Athletics Nation Nov 5, 2016

The Art Of Zagging When You’re Expected To Zig

I rarely predict, with any accuracy, what the heck the Oakland A’s are going to do in the off-season. Partly that’s because off-season maneuvers are difficult to predict, period, and partly it’s because the A’s are masters at zagging while everyone is talking about zig. How exactly do you try to turn a team competitive, on a paltry budget, as Oakland will presumably endeavor to do once again this winter? We know the team lacks a CFer and a RFer, arguably all the way down from the MLB team to the minors. That does not mean they will land a well-known free agent target such as Dexter...

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