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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Athletics have agreed to a deal to acquire Shawn Kelley from the Nationals.

The right-hander was designated for assignment earlier in the week for being "disrespectful to the organization'. Whatever the case, he now leaves the floundering Nationals to join what's shaping up to be an excellent bullpen for the upstart Athletics. The 34-year-old is still a terrific setup man and owns a 3.34 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 32/5 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings on the season. He'll join Jeurys Familia, Lou Trivino and Ryan Buchter in an outstanding setup corps in front of closer Blake Treinen.
Aug 5 - 5:46 PM

MLB.com's Jane Lee hears that the Athletics will not be getting Mike Fiers.

There was a report Tuesday afternoon that an agreement was close between the Tigers and A's, but those talks apparently fell apart at the last minute. Fiers could be a candidate to be moved next month, ahead of the August waiver trade deadline. The veteran right-hander owns a 3.54 ERA, 1.239 WHIP, and 86/26 K/BB ratio in 117 innings (20 starts) this season with Detroit.
Jul 31 - 3:54 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are close to a deal that would send Mike Fiers to the Athletics.

No word yet on the return for Detroit. Fiers has a cool 3.54 ERA, 1.239 WHIP, and 86/26 K/BB ratio in 117 innings (20 starts) this season. He'll give Oakland a solid veteran innings eater for the stretch run.
Jul 31 - 3:21 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the A's and Cubs are interested in reliever Craig Stammen.

On Monday, Rosenthal reported that the Pirates were also interested in Stammen. The 34-year-old right-hander is in the middle of a strong season for the Padres, posting a 2.63 ERA with a 58/10 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings. He's also signed to a very friendly contract -- he's making just $2.25 million in 2018 and 2019 -- so the Padres will likely want a relatively strong return to move him.
Jul 31 - 1:45 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Athletics are interested in acquiring Tigers' right-hander Mike Fiers.

The 33-year-old right-hander is a free agent at season's end and highly likely to be dealt before the trade deadline at the end of the month. He has also been pitching very well for the Tigers, compiling a 2.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 50/14 K/BB ratio over 62 innings in his last 10 starts. That includes 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Red Sox in a victory on Saturday. The A's have tremendous prospect depth, even after acquiring Jeurys Familia this week, so there could be a match here, though Morosi notes that serious talks have not begun yet.
Jul 22 - 11:29 PM

Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets are expected to receive low-level prospects in return for Jeurys Familia.

Still no word on who those prospects might be, but it's somewhat surprising that the Mets wouldn't be receiving any higher-level prospects in the deal. It looks like this deal should be finalized soon, so stay tuned for updates.
Jul 21 - 3:07 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Mets trade of Jeurys Familia to the Athletics is now in the medical review stage.

That means that the clubs have worked on the specifics on the players and the amount of money that will change hands in the deal, and should be completed as long as no red flags are raised during the physicals. It's still unclear who the Mets will recieve in the return package for Familia and how much money the Mets will include.
Jul 21 - 12:12 PM

Jeurys Familia remains unavailable for the Mets on Saturday.

The Mets' front office staff have informed manager Mickey Callaway not to use Familia as they try to iron out the final details of a trade with the Athletics. It doesn't look likely that a deal will get done before the start of Saturday's game though, so it looks like the Mets will play for a second straight day with only 24 players available to them.
Jul 21 - 10:52 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Mets are working to finalize a trade of closer Jeurys Familia.

Familia did not come in during a save situation against the Yankees on Friday, which is a decent sign that he could be moved shortly. Reports have indicated that the A's and Cubs have shown interest, but Olney mentions that the Cubs are not involved. Familia is 17-for-21 in save opportunities this year, and he's struck out 43 hitters over 40 2/3 innings with a 2.88 ERA. If the trade is to the Athletics, he'd likely work in a set-up role to Blake Treinen.
Jul 20 - 10:51 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are among the teams interested in Mets closer Jeurys Familia.

Business is picking up with Familia, as Andy Martino of SNY TV reported earlier Friday that the Mets have gotten to the point of exchanging names with teams. It's believed that 7-8 teams could be involved in trade talks. The A's already have an excellent closer with Blake Treinen, so if acquired, Familia would likely be asked to pitch in a set-up capacity alongside Lou Trivino. That would be a potent late-inning trio.
Jul 20 - 8:15 PM

White Sox acquired OF Trayce Thompson from the Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

He was designated for assignment on Tuesday. This will be the fourth team Thompson has played for in less than a month. The 27-year-old was actually drafted by the White Sox and made his big league debut for them in 2015. He's struggled at the plate this year, collecting just one hit in seven at-bats.
Apr 19 - 8:25 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have had discussions with Brett Anderson

The Athletics are bringing back Trevor Cahill -- assuming everything checks out with his physical -- and could bring back another former starter with the club in the form of Anderson. The 30-year-old southpaw has struggled with injuries for the bulk of his career, and hasn't been very effective when he's been on the mound the last few seasons. If the A's do go down this road, there's zero reason to pay attention to him from a fantasy perspective.
Mar 18 - 3:25 PM

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports the Athletics and free agent Trevor Cahill have an agreement on a one-year, major league deal, pending a physical.

No word on the terms. Cahill was one of a dwindling number of free agent pitchers who had a shot at getting a major league deal after an up and down 2017 season that began with a 3.69 ERA in his first 11 starts with the Padres. The A's have a need after losing starter Jharel Cotton to Tommy John surgery. Cahill is an interesting AL-only flier.
Mar 17 - 8:00 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jonathan Lucroy will make $6.5 million in his one-year deal with the Athletics.

The deal hasn't been officially announced yet as it's pending a physical. There are reportedly no possible incentives in the contract that could drive the total higher than $6.5 million. Lucroy is coming off of a disappointing 2017 season where he hit just .265/.345/.371 with six homers for the Rangers and Rockies.
Mar 10 - 12:37 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Athletics are close to an agreement with Jonathan Lucroy.

MLB.com's Jane Lee was first to report that the two sides were talking, and she says it's a one-year contract. Oakland has one of the least stable catching situations in baseball, so the fit makes sense especially since they're likely to get Lucroy at a nice discount. Lucroy batted .265/.345/.371 with six home runs last year for the Rangers and Rockies. He could bounce back to some degree in 2018, although Oakland isn't the best environment for that.
Mar 9 - 4:31 PM

MLB.com's Jane Lee reports that the Athletics have been in talks to sign Jonathan Lucroy or trade for Matt Wieters.

Lee's sources expect the A's to land one of the two catchers. Lucroy's market has been stagnant this offseason after he batted a disappointing .265/.345/.371 with six home runs last year for the Rangers and Rockies, but he makes sense as a rebound candidate for an Oakland team without a settled catching situation. The Nationals have been rumored to be looking at catching options outside the organization, so it's not a surprise they're shopping Wieters.
Mar 9 - 4:19 PM

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


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