Team Related News

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have expressed interest in free agent southpaw Tony Watson.

Shea notes that with only one left-hander currently slotted into the team's bullpen, the A's are in the market for another reliever. The Athletics would be an interesting landing spot for Watson from a fantasy perspective, because it could put him in the mix for save chances with incumbent Blake Treinen. In addition to Watson, they have also reportedly spoken to Brian Duensing.
Jan 13 - 7:14 AM

Marlins selected RHP Brett Graves from the Athletics in the second round of the Rule 5 draft.

Graves, a third-round pick in 2015 out of the University of Missouri, has struggled to a 5.00 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 362 career minor league innings. He also has a poor 6.8 career K/9 on the farm, and yet the 24-year-old right-hander could get a real shot at the MLB level next season with the rapidly-rebuilding Marlins.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 11:45:00 AM

A's infield prospects Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock would head to the Cardinals in the pending Stephen Piscotty trade, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle was first to float those two names. Official announcement of this trade is pending a physical and that could take another day or so given that Piscotty dealt with multiple injuries in 2017. Munoz, 22, batted .300/.330/.464 with 13 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 112 games this past season between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He's played all over the field, but most of his defensive innings have come at shortstop. Schrock, a 23-year-old second baseman, put up an impressive .321/.379/.422 batting line in 106 games at the Double-A level in 2017.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 10:58:00 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Athletics have reached an agreement to acquire outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are expected to receive two minor leaguers in return. Piscotty signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals last April after a promising beginning to his major league career, but he took a step back this past season while dealing with injuries and an ALS diagnosis for his mother Gretchen. Piscotty is a Bay Area native and Stanford graduate, so hopefully getting closer to home will help him in general.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:07:00 AM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's are edging closer to acquiring outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals.

St. Louis has a deal in place with the Marlins for Marcell Ozuna, so Piscotty is suddenly expendable. Slusser hears that a trade between the Cardinals and Athletics could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, with A's infield prospect Yairo Munoz possibly changing organizations. Piscotty posted an .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016 before struggling mightily in 2017. Injuries and family issues played a part. He signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 02:27:00 PM

Carlos Gonzalez is drawing free agent interest from the Blue Jays, Astros, Athletics, Orioles, and Phillies, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that the Giants, Royals, and Rays have also checked in. Gonzalez is probably so popular because many teams view him as a good buy-low option, but this much interest could obviously work to drive up his price. The 32-year-old outfielder batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI over 136 games for Colorado in 2017. He carried an outstanding .295/.353/.534 batting line between 2009-2016.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:01:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the A's are focused on acquiring Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

St. Louis nearly traded the 26-year-old outfielder to Oakland over the summer as part of a package for starting pitcher Sonny Gray, but Gray of course ultimately went to the Yankees. Piscotty put up a promising .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016 before injuries, family issues, and general ineffectiveness derailed him in 2017. He signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April -- a deal that can potentially run through 2023.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 09:48:00 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Giants, Royals, Athletics, Rays, and Blue Jays are among the teams believed to be keeping an eye on free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

There hasn't been much chatter about Gonzalez, but teams could look at him as a reasonable buy-low possibility. The thought is that he'll sign a short-term deal in hopes of reestablishing his value. The 32-year-old batted just .262/.339/.423 with 14 homers over 534 plate appearances in 2017.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:22:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the A's are signing Yusmeiro Petit to a two-year, $10 million deal with a club option for 2020.

The club option is reportedly for $5.5 million. Rosenthal also reports that the deal is pending a physical. The 33-year-old right-hander was one of the few consistent bullpen options for the Angels this past season, posting a 2.76 ERA in 90 1/3 innings over 60 appearances. His versatility is valuable, as he's shown the ability to be effective in both high-leverage and multi-inning roles. He should be a key contributor to the Oakland staff in 2018.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 08:39:00 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Athletics are not interested in Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro's agent reached out to the A's, but that discussion was apparently brief. The 44-year-old outfielder batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances with the Marlins in 2017 and will probably struggle to find much in the way of guaranteed money on the free agent market this winter.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Athletics denied the Yankees' request to interview manager Bob Melvin.

Melvin is under contract with the A’s through 2019, so it's not all that surprising that they refused to let him interview for the same position in another organization. General manager Brian Cashman doesn't plan to conduct any interviews this week while he's at the GM Meetings.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Athletics are two of the teams that are considering Chris Carter.

It seems likely that Carter would have to settle for a minor league contract. The 30-year-old has batted only .201/.284/.370 with eight homers over 208 plate appearances this season.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 02:29:00 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that Athletics general manager David Forst and other members of the front office are in the Dominican Republic scouting Cuban outfielder Luis Robert.

Sanchez lists the A's as a dark horse to land Robert, with the White Sox, Padres, Cardinals, Reds and Astros among the five favorites for the outfielder. Robert has been cleared by Major League Baseball to sign with a club, although he won't officially be able to do so until May 20.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 03:03:00 PM


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