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A's of this decade: Eight defining moments for Green and Gold in 2010s

Wed, 2019-12-25 19:41

The little league All-Star team I would eventually play for even had the green and gold colors. "Because of the A's," one of my coaches told me. Fast-forward from that moment to almost a decade later and a man was on the mound who would make an impact on my relationship with baseball and the team to this day.

Curt Flood set off the free-agent revolution 50 years ago

Mon, 2019-12-23 12:44

St. Louis had traded the All-Star center fielder to Philadelphia just after the 1969 season. After weeks of discussions with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Flood began the union's equivalent of Lexington and Concord, challenging the reserve clause in first shot of a labor war that would consume the sport for more than a quarter-century. ''After 12 years in the major leagues, I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes,'' Flood wrote in his Dec. 24 missive.

MLB notebook: Angels’ Ohtani reportedly finishes elbow rehab

Fri, 2019-12-20 23:42

Two-way player Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels has finished his throwing program, the final hurdle as he attempts to return to the mound after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right (throwing) elbow, ESPN reported Friday. The Angels have given Ohtani the OK to return to Japan to continue his recovery and prepare for the 2020 season, according to the report. Ohtani, 25, has not pitched in the big leagues since suffering an elbow injury during the 2018 season.

Treinen, Dodgers finalize $10 million, 1-year contract

Sun, 2019-12-15 14:22

Reliever Blake Treinen and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a $10 million, one-year deal on Sunday. The 31-year-old right-hander and the Dodgers reached agreement during the recent winter meetings, shortly after the Oakland Athletics declined to offer Treinen a new contract. Treinen was an All-Star in 2018 with a 0.78 ERA.

Can baseball help Bernie Sanders hit a 2020 home run?

Sun, 2019-12-15 04:33

Take Bernie out to the ball game? Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate, is aggressively opposing a Major League Baseball plan to cut 42 minor league teams across the country after 2020. Among the targeted are the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics in his hometown, Burlington.

MLB notebook: Japanese slugger Tsutsugo signing with Rays

Fri, 2019-12-13 20:53

The Tampa Bay Rays will add a potential middle-of-the-order bat after agreeing to a two-year, $12 million contract with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, according to multiple reports on Friday. The Rays also will owe his former Japanese team, Yokohama, a 20 percent release fee -- $2.4 million. The 28-year-old Tsutsugo is a lefty hitter who has slugged 205 home runs in 978 games for Yokohama since 2010.

Blue Jays Winter Meetings debrief: Tanner Roark signs 2-year deal

Thu, 2019-12-12 14:16

The annual congregation of baseball front office types and reporters at the MLB Winter Meetings has concluded for another year and the Toronto Blue Jays are heading back home with a new pitcher in tow. There's not much else coming along with them from San Diego aside from a lot of due diligence and so-called 'aggressive' discussions with free agents. With the meetings behind them and spring training still more than two months away, here's a recap of what the Blue Jays accomplished.

A's Marcus Semien, Liam Hendriks make inaugural All-MLB second team

Tue, 2019-12-10 13:38

Shortstop Marcus Semien and closer Liam Hendriks made the second team, MLB announced Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. Semien and Hendriks broke out in big ways in 2019, earning their spots in the best seasons of their respective careers. Semien finished third in AL MVP voting behind Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the 2019 MVP.

Girardi: "I wasn't shocked" by Astros sign stealing story

Mon, 2019-12-09 19:19

Joe Girardi was hardly stunned to learn his firing two years ago as manager of the New York Yankees may have followed a canning by the Houston Astros. Entering his first season as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Girardi said Monday the Yankees suspected Houston was trying to steal signs during the 2017 AL Championship Series. The Astros won the seven-game matchup with four victories at home, then won the World Series - an accomplishment tainted last month when a former Houston pitcher publicly alleged the Astros used electronics to steal opposing catchers' signs that season.

Girardi: "I wasn't shocked" by Astros sign stealing story

Mon, 2019-12-09 19:10

Joe Girardi was hardly stunned to learn his firing two years ago as manager of the New York Yankees may have followed a canning by the Houston Astros. Entering his first season as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, Girardi said Monday the Yankees suspected Houston was trying to steal signs during the 2017 AL Championship Series. The Astros won the seven-game matchup with four victories at home, then won the World Series — an accomplishment tainted last month when a former Houston pitcher publicly alleged the Astros used electronics to steal opposing catchers' signs that season.

Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons elected to the Hall of Fame

Sun, 2019-12-08 17:42

The Modern Baseball Era Committee has met and it has voted and we now have two new men in the Hall of Fame: Legendary Players Association Executive Director Marvin Miller and eight time All-Star Ted Simmons are heading to Cooperstown. Twelve votes were needed for election. The vote totals broke down like so: Simmons (13) Miller (12); Dwight Evans (8); Dave Parker (7); Steve Garvey (6); and Lou Whitaker (6).

Nationals sign reliever Kyle Finnegan to major-league deal

Sun, 2019-12-08 07:45

The Nationals announced their first move toward rebuilding their bullpen for the 2020 season Sunday, signing right-hander Kyle Finnegan to a major-league deal. Finnegan, 28, became a free agent for the first time this winter after seven seasons in the Oakland Athletics' minor-league system. The A's drafted him in the sixth round of the 2013 Draft out of Texas State, originally developing him as a starter until converting him into a reliever in 2016.

Hero or snitch: Baseball has mixed feelings toward whistleblower Mike Fiers

Sun, 2019-12-08 06:01

Mike Fiers, the 34-year-old journeyman pitcher whose two career complete games are also no-hitters, one of those as a Houston Astro, nearly four weeks ago blew the whistle on a technology-driven, sign-stealing scheme allegedly run by those Astros. Major League Baseball has questioned dozens of potential perpetrators, accomplices and witnesses (including Fiers) in an investigation that threatens to expose the finest era in Astros history as, at best, suspicious. Fiers pitched for the Astros for 2 1/2 seasons, the last in 2017, during which, he told The Athletic, the team devised and integrated a system that identified catchers' signs and relayed them to hitters in the batter's box.

Dave Parker's larger-than-life legacy is one MLB fans should never forget

Sat, 2019-12-07 09:46

Few baseball players made a bigger impression during the 1970s and 1980s than Dave Parker. Parker was the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Pirates' World Series championship team in 1979, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Now, the 68-year-old baseball legend is showing his strength off the field.

Lefty reliever Diekman receives two-year deal from Athletics

Tue, 2019-12-03 12:23

Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman reached agreement on a $7.5 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics after joining the club in a trade from Kansas City before last July's deadline. Oakland also announced Tuesday that it reached minor league agreements with right-hander Jordan Weems and outfielder Dillon Thomas and each receives an invite to spring training. After the season, Oakland declined its half of a $5.75 million mutual option on the 32-year-old Diekman, who went 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA in 28 outings for the A's following his July 27 trade after beginning 0-6 with the Royals.

Non-tender deadline shakes loose interesting targets for Blue Jays

Tue, 2019-12-03 10:16

For a team like the Blue Jays with money to spend and open roster spots, the 56 players who entered the free agent market represent an interesting shopping opportunity. With former Blue Jays Kevin Pillar and Aaron Sanchez now available there are some fun reunions to dream on, but it's hard to see either happening. Instead, here are a couple of targets who could find their way into a Blue Jays uniform this off-season: Blake Treinen RHP Treinen is going to be a popular guy in the weeks to come as almost every team in baseball could use relief help.

A’s decline to offer contract to 2018 All-Star Blake Treinen

Mon, 2019-12-02 17:11

The Oakland Athletics did not tender a contract to former closer Blake Treinen on Monday, letting the 2018 All-Star become a free agent. The right-handed Treinen posted a 0.78 ERA in 2018, but that number ballooned to 4.91 in 2019. He was replaced by Liam Hendriks in the closer role as the low-budget A's earned the AL's top wild card.

Jurickson Profar trade gives A's infield situation some needed clarity

Mon, 2019-12-02 14:34

With the non-tender deadline just hours away, the A's shipped starting second baseman Jurickson Profar to the Padres for 25-year-old catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later. It's a shrewd move by Billy Beane, David Forst, and company, as Profar was almost certain to be non-tendered later in the day, due to his projected $5.8 million salary in arbitration. Instead, Oakland was able to acquire a solid left-handed hitting catcher to pair with 25-year-old Sean Murphy next year.

Padres acquire switch-hitting infielder Profar from A’s

Mon, 2019-12-02 13:51

Switch-hitting second baseman Jurickson Profar was acquired by the San Diego Padres from the Oakland Athletics on Monday for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named. In his lone season with the A's, Profar matched his career high with 20 home runs and batted .218 with 67 RBIs over 139 games. Profar was acquired from AL West rival Texas last year.

Former Astros on potential punishment for sign-stealing: 'Suspend everyone involved'

Wed, 2019-11-27 17:11

As Major League Baseball's investigation into the Houston Astros alleged sign-stealing scheme nears its third week, players from around the league are becoming more outspoken about their suspicions and how they feel the team should be punished if found guilty. That includes a pair of former Houston draft picks who have gone on to MLB success while playing for Astros' rivals in the American League West. Delino Deshields Jr., who was selected eighth overall by Houston in 2010 and now plays for the Texas Rangers, along with Ramon Laureano, an outfielder for the Oakland Athletics who was drafted by Houston in the 16th round in 2014, both told The Los Angeles Times they suspected Houston was goin...

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