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Padres designate Nick Martini for outfielder Jorge Ona

The Padres have designated outfielder Nick Martini for assignment, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com tweets. The club selected the contract of outfielder Jorge Ona from Double-A Amarillo in a corresponding move. Martini joined the Padres off waivers from the Athletics at the end of August, but the 29-year-old then struggled over 96 plate appearances, hitting .244/.344/.317 with no home runs. He logged just 13 PA with the A’s this past season before they moved on from him, though Martini was a...

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A’s add Daulton Jefferies to 40-man roster, DFA Jharel Cotton

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A new prospect joins the roster to avoid the Rule 5 draft.

The Oakland A’s added pitching prospect Daulton Jefferies to their 40-man roster on Wednesday, the team announced. To make room, fellow pitcher Jharel Cotton was designated for assignment.

Jefferies was added to the roster to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, which you can read more about here. The draft isn’t until December, but Wednesday was the deadline to add eligible prospects to...

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Athletics designate once well-regarded pitching prospect Jharel Cotton for assignment

The Oakland Athletics announced Wednesday they have designated right-hander Jharel Cotton for assignment and selected the contract of right-hander Daulton Jefferies from Double-A Midland. Oakland’s 40-man roster remains full. Cotton, 27, joined the A’s alongside righties Frankie Montas and Grant Holmes in the 2016 trade that sent Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Dodgers. At the time, Cotton was considered a well-regarded pitching prospect and a potential long-term rotation piece,...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: Manfred speaks out on Astros investigation

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images A’s Coverage: Mayo: This is the state of the A’s farm system... Coffey: Bobby Crosby and Ed Sprague — connected by the A’s, their intuition and a trade in 1973... ($$$) Mayo: 40-man deadline - Which prospects get spots? Best of AN: Iversen: Who should the Oakland A’s protect from the 2019 Rule 5 draft? fatrolf: Oakland A’s Player Profile - AJ Puk... MLB News: Passan: MLB commissioner says punishments could be severe in...

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Who should the A’s protect from the 2019 Rule 5 draft?

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The protection deadline is coming up tomorrow.

The 2019 Rule 5 draft isn’t until Dec. 12, but the protection deadline is tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT. This means that teams have a little over 24 hours to add eligible players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the draft.

In a nutshell, the Rule 5 draft helps prospects make it to the big leagues. Once a player reaches either four or five seasons of minor league service...

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A’s Player Profile: AJ Puk

Six feet and seven inches of pure fastball heat.

To say AJ Puk is a character is an understatement akin to saying Yogi Bear only kinda likes picnic baskets. He’s a lanky, 6’7”, 220-pound Iowan who looks like he’s going to tumble over himself when he unwinds his elongated delivery, his cape of bright hair splaying out behind him. He’s a lefty, and he was pumping out heat in the mid-90’s through college. On top of that, Puk has tied himself with Ed Ott and Ed Hug for shortest name...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: Former A’s sluggers Chavez, Giambi on 2020 Hall of Fame ballot

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images A’s Coverage: Gallegos: Former A’s Giambi, Chavez debut on HOF ballot... Slusser: Former A’s Giambi, Chavez on Hall of Fame ballot; Bonds on for eighth time... ($) Lockard: Who’s the next Matt Chapman? A look at the top defenders in the A’s minor-league system... ($$$) Best of AN: Iversen: The top 10 A’s moments of 2019...MLB News: Goold: Braves among teams showing early interest in outfielder Marcell Ozuna... Sherman: Slugging outfielder...

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The top 10 A’s moments of 2019

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Last week, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com published his list of the A’s top 10 plays from 2019. While he did a fine job and I agreed with parts of his list, I also noticed some significant omissions and other rankings I had issues with.

So I decided I’d try my hand at it. Let’s get right to it.

Honorable Mention: Fernando’s Lone Arrow

I’m really sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

For most, Fernando Rodney’s stint in Oakland was...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: Top Astros executive connected to sign-stealing controversy

Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images A’s Coverage: Coffey: The rise of the A’s Marcus Semien, always unfinished but almost an MVP, with much more time to go... ($$$) NYT: The Minor-League Teams That Could Lose M.L.B. Ties... ($) Best of AN: Nico: It’s Time For MLB To Solve Its “TTO Crisis”...MLB News: Passan: Astros exec Kevin Goldstein suggested using cameras to spy in ‘17, sources say... Rosenthal and Drellich: Astros executive asked scouts for help stealing signs and...

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It’s Time For MLB To Solve Its “TTO Crisis”

“Did it go over the wall?” | Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball has a fan-interest problem because “chicks dig the long ball,” while making for a quaint phrase, just isn’t true. The complex chess match of baseball includes navigating players around each of the 4 bases, leading to a wealth of different situations. HRs aren’t strategically fascinating, especially when they are not even an unusual achievement.

MLB insists, speaking through its ever-lengthening nose, that the...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: Trout, Bellinger win MVPs; Semien places third in AL voting

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images A’s Coverage: Gallegos: Semien finishes third in AL MVP voting... Seiner: A’s Semien third in MVP voting; Trout, Bellinger sweep awards for L.A... ($) Coffey: How the A’s elephant is rooted in an age-old rivalry, and why it has endured for over a century... ($$$) Castrovince: Tip of the cap to standouts with no ‘19 Awards... Morris: Where Are They Now?: Barry Zito... ($) Best of AN: Hall: The case for Marcus Semien as 2019...

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Marcus Semien finishes 3rd for MVP

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Matt Chapman and Matt Olson also received votes

The 2019 AL MVP results were announced on Thursday, and as expected the winner did not come from the Oakland A’s. However, the team did land their highest finish since 2002, as shortstop Marcus Semien placed third in the voting. Overall, three A’s players received votes.

The league’s Most Valuable Player is determined by a panel of 30 writers from the BBWAA. Each voter submits 10 names, from first place...

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New ballpark community engagement meetings

Rendering of arrival at Howard Terminal ballpark

The A’s are starting to push their pitch to the public this week and next. Part of the plan is to form a community benefits agreement to firm up the public benefits of the project.

The A’s are holding a series of community engagement meetings in Oakland to educate the public about the new ballpark proposal and process. A’s fans can attend to learn more and show their support.

Upcoming Community Engagement Meetings on the Howard...

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The case for Marcus Semien as 2019 MVP

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He’s a long-shot to win, but here’s why he should.

The 2019 MVP awards will be announced this afternoon, and Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien is one of the three finalists for the American League prize. He’s almost certainly not going to win, but here’s the case for why he should.

The core of Semien’s case is based on the age-old question of what exactly you think “most valuable” means. There...

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Joshua Iversen

Elephant Rumblings: deGrom, Verlander each win second Cy Young awards

A’s Coverage: Ravani: Oakland City Council tells city attorney to drop suit against Alameda County over Coliseum sale... ($) Shea: Marcus Semien would be ‘coveted’ free agent; clock ticking for A’s extension... ($) MLB: Best of the rest ... Who will be named MVP? Rubin: MVP comeback - How Bay Area kid Marcus Semien turned it all around right here at home... ($) Best of AN: Frijoles: Oakland City Council drops Coliseum lawsuit... Iversen: The A’s have a decision to make with...

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Could an Eric Sogard reunion make sense for the Athletics’ this offseason?

Eric Sogard has bounced around the league the last five seasons. He has donned four different uniforms in that span. If you take out the 2016 season where he did not see any MLB action, he has played for four teams in his last four seasons. The Athletics’ have had their fair share of change […] Could an Eric Sogard reunion make sense for the Athletics’ this offseason? - White Cleat Beat - White Cleat Beat - An Oakland Athletics Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Billy Frijoles

Oakland City Council drops Coliseum lawsuit

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The city finally pulled the plug on its ill-conceived lawsuit.

After a head-scratching six weeks, the city of Oakland finally, mercifully dropped its lawsuit to block the purchase by the A’s of a partial interest in the Coliseum complex from Alameda County.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and A’s President Dave Kaval both indicated that they are making progress in negotiations on a deal for the Coliseum site.

It remains unclear why the lawsuit...

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Joshua Iversen

Former Assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz leaves A’s for Cubs job

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Kantrovitz will be named the Cubs’ new VP of Scouting, according to reports.

The Oakland A’s front office is losing a major name, as Assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz will be announced as the Chicago Cubs’ new VP of Scouting later today, first reported by Bruce Levine of 679 The Score.

A Brown graduate and former minor league shortstop, Kantrovitz began his front office career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004. After earning his...

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Joshua Iversen

The A’s have a decision to make with Blake Treinen

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With roughly $7.8 million on the line, it’s almost time for the A’s to decide what to do with their formerly dominant closer.

The offseason is officially underway, and the Oakland A’s have an important date coming up on Dec. 2. That’s the deadline for when they must decide whether to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, or non-tender them and let them become free agents. The A’s have 13 eligible players, so there will be many...

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Elephant Rumblings: A’s starter Mike Fiers among pitchers to speak out about Astros’ sign stealing

Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images A’s Coverage: Rosenthal and Drellich: The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 — part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball... ($$$) Shea: A’s weigh in on accusations of Astros’ illegal sign stealing... ($) Gallegos: GM Forst has bullpen on top of his to-do list... Gemma: A’s to participate in Big League Weekend at Las Vegas Ballpark this spring... Martinez: RosterResource Free Agency Roundup - AL West... Best of AN: Fatrolf’s...

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