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4 A’s get MVP votes, their most since 2002

That’s their most since 2002.

The 2018 AL MVP results were announced on Thursday, and as expected the winner did not come from the Oakland A’s. However, of the 24 players who received votes, four A’s did make the cut. The last time there were that many green-and-gold names on the MVP list was 2002.

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 down to 10th. The four A’s who received votes, in...

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Elephant Rumblings: Kyler Murray Channels Bo, A’s Well Represented in MVP Voting

A’s Coverage: Lee: A’s well represented in AL MVP voting... Slusser: A’s have interest in bringing Kurt Suzuki back again... The Athletics’ A’s mailbag: On Khris Davis’ future, Sean Murphy’s development and the positional outlook heading into 2019 MLB News: Yankees GM: Hustling ‘always a prerequisite,’ but won’t discuss Manny Machado... Athletic: Veteran catcher Jeff Mathis agrees to two-year deal with Rangers... Morosi: Patrick Corbin drawing heavy interest... Martino:...

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How aggressive should the A’s be this offseason?

Having a competitive team is fun!

In spite of a rough start and a brutal ending that I have already scrubbed from my mind and now pretend did not happen, 2018 was a fantastic season for the A’s. Without taking long-term risks and while looking ahead to the future, the team was able to make the postseason on the strengths of a youthful core. Mission accomplished.

Ahead of schedule, the A’s have opened their playoff window and climbed on in. What’s the next step?

The roster

Just how...

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Nico

Reading Between The Lines From David Forst

No, not the famed author Robert Forst (“Stopping Alex Wood On A Snowy Evening,” “The Rhodes Not Taken”), today we’re parsing quotes from A’s General Manager David Forst in our quest to figure out the A’s off-season strategy.

Some of what we’ve heard since the season ended came in this November 9th story. Here are some key inferences I make from Forst’s comments...

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While some interpreted Forst’s comments as suggesting the A’s were planning to move on from...

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Alex Hall

In favor of bringing back Shawn Kelley

The A’s have talked to Kelley, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.

Several players from the 2018 Oakland A’s are now free agents, and more than zero of them figure to return to the fold. Now we’ve got our first update on that front, as the team has spoken with relief pitcher Shawn Kelley, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.

The A’s acquired Kelley in August from the Nationals, and he was excellent for Oakland down the stretch. He only allowed runs in two of his 19...

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Alex Hall

Kurt Suzuki would make sense for A’s catcher position

The A’s have talked to Suzuki, reports Susan Slusser.

The Oakland A’s have a vacancy behind home plate, as starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy is a free agent this winter. One player they’ve talked to about that job is Kurt Suzuki, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.

A’s fans are already familiar with Suzuki, who was drafted by Oakland in 2004 and spent about half his career here in two separate stints. Most recently, he played three years in Minnesota, where he earned an...

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Elephant Rumblings: Daniel Mengden Saves Puppies, MLB Planning Elite Summer League

A’s Coverage: Hall: Bob Melvin wins 2018 AL Manager of the Year... Killion: A’s Bob Melvin showing how to be old-school in new age of baseball... Garro: Daniel Mengden played a pivotal role in rescuing frightened puppies from a storm drain in Houston... Why A’s should pass on outfielder Michael Brantley in free agency... MLB News: AP: Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-5 to clinch exhibition series... ESPN: MLB to investigate claims of racial discrimination vs. Mariners... ESPN: Phillies...

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Alex Hall

Prospect watch: Beau Taylor re-signs, Oscar Tovar suspended

The backup catcher remains in the organization.

The Oakland A’s catching situation is wide open entering the offseason, but one long-term depth option is sticking around for another year. Beau Taylor has re-signed on a minor league contract, first reported by the Baseball-Rosters Twitter account and then confirmed by Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.

After being drafted by the A’s all the way back in 2011 and spending eight seasons in the minors, Taylor finally made his MLB debut this...

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Melvin wins 2nd AL MOY, third honor overall

Bob Melvin, who guided the A's to a surprising 97-win campaign and took them to the American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees despite fielding a team with the lowest Opening Day payroll in the league, was named the AL Manager of the Year on Tuesday, besting Alex Cora of the Red Sox and Kevin Cash of the Rays.

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Bob Melvin of the A's wins Manager of the Year after surprising 2018 season

A's skipper Bob Melvin beats Alex Cora and Kevin Cash for 2018 Manager of the Year award

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A's Melvin named AL Manager of the Year

Oakland Athletics skipper Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday after guiding the team with the lowest payroll in baseball to a 97-65 record and its first playoff berth in four years.

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Alex Hall

Bob Melvin wins Manager of the Year

It’s the third time Melvin has won MOTY.

The Oakland A’s won yet another award on Tuesday, as skipper Bob Melvin won the AL Manager of the Year award. It’s his third time being named the top manager in his league, making him the eighth three-time winner since the award began in 1983.

The A’s enjoyed a Cinderella season in 2018. After three straight last-place finishes, they entered the summer with low expectations. On top of that, they lost nearly two full rotations’ worth of...

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bernie_till_i_die’s Offseason Plan: When other teams zig, you zag

A way for the A’s to fill their voids at second base and catcher while reshaping their rotation - and still staying under budget.

This offseason has already been a bit different than usual for the A’s. The team, after announcing extensions for its main brain trust in Billy Beane, David Forst and Bob Melvin, was quite vocal about the possibility of an increase in payroll. And it seems like the team is trying to hold true to their promise between the exercising of Fernando Rodney’s...

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Frederic_Henry

Elephant Rumblings: A Sonny Gray Reunion?

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Athletics' all-time retired numbers

Five of the A's luminaries in the Baseball Hall of Fame have enjoyed the honor of having their number retired by the organization. That select roster is impressive: Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter and Reggie Jackson. Yet, it's also quite exclusive for a club with such a storied history in the game.

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Nico

If There Were Ever A Time For A 6-Man Rotation...

Back in the early 1980s, “Billy Ball” was born partly because you’ll have Mickey Klutts steal home on the front end of a triple steal when you know your closer is Dave Beard, and you’re open to a series of suicide squeezes when you’re trotting Keith Drumright and Chicken Stanley out there for your middle infield.

One idea that was floated out there at the time was a “6-man rotation”. In this particular case, the thinking came from the realization that Oakland had incredible...

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Grover’s Divergent Offseason Plan

I knew I should have zagged at Albuquerque...

Last year my contribution to the Offseason Plan series was an alternative take on what we did during the 2017 SB Nation GM Simulation, and how things might have gone if we hadn’t made a specific trade. This year, while I plan on taking many of the ideas from the 2018 edition, I’m going to focus my plan on something that we couldn’t do within the SIM: sign Khris Davis to a long-term extension. My budget is $85 million and I’m referencing...

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Alex Hall

Matt Chapman wins Platinum Glove award

Fans voted him as the best defensive player in the American League at any position.

The results are in, and they’re as unanimous as possible: Matt Chapman was the best defensive player in the majors in 2018. The Oakland A’s third baseman won the AL Platinum Glove award on Friday, completing a clean sweep of every major fielding honor that exists in baseball.

The Platinum Glove is an offshoot of the Gold Glove awards, administered by sports equipment company Rawlings since 2011. It is...

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Chapman wins Platinum Glove

Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Matt Chapman of the A's have quickly developed reputations as the best defensive third basemen in the game, and on Friday, they were honored as Major League Baseball's premier defenders in their leagues as the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards.

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Alex Hall

A’s announce more new seating options at Coliseum

Like The Treehouse before them, we’ll now have The Terrace, Lounge Seats, Coppola Theater Boxes, Hero Deck, and Oak Landing.

The Oakland A’s are deep in their quest for a new stadium, but in the meantime they continue to make improvements to their current house. On Thursday, they announced five new premium seating options that will be found in various areas of the Coliseum in 2019.

In the past couple years, we’ve seen the A’s make a real effort to improve the fan experience at their...

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