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Tim Eckert-Fong

Marcell Ozuna’s comments are exactly why the Oakland A’s brought in Dave Kaval

President Kaval has the task of improving the team’s reputation.

In the slowest offseason in recent memory, the A’s are finally back in the news! A player who wasn’t even traded here talked about how excited he was to not even be traded here.

Marcell Ozuna was almost traded to Oakland. He was relieved when the #STLCards stepped in. pic.twitter.com/37DxFf4vOZ

— Dan Buffa (@buffa82) January 14, 2018

His words for those of you who haven’t pivoted to video.

“When I heard they...

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Prospect Puk pleased with 2017 progress

Lefty A.J. Puk didn't disappoint in his first full professional season, and the pitcher's development on and off the mound continued into the offseason, as he represented Oakland at Major League Baseball's Rookie Career Development Program this month.

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Frederic_Henry

Elephant Rumblings: Prospect Notes, Momentum for NL DH?

A’s Coverage: A’s avoid arbitration with 5; Graveman pending... Marcell Ozuna relieved he wasn’t traded to Oakland A’s, and personally the feeling is mutual... Oakland A’s announce free FanFest in Jack London Square... Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects: Luis Barrera, OF... Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects: Will Toffey, 3B... MLB News: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole traded to Astros in 5-player deal... Padres keep closer Brad Hand in fold with 3-year deal... Doug Harvey,...

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Elephant Rumblings: Prospect Notes, Momentum for NL DH?

A’s Coverage: A’s avoid arbitration with 5; Graveman pending... Marcell Ozuna relieved he wasn’t traded to Oakland A’s, and personally the feeling is mutual... Oakland A’s announce free FanFest in Jack London Square... Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects: Luis Barrera, OF... Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects: Will Toffey, 3B... MLB News: Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole traded to Astros in 5-player deal... Padres keep closer Brad Hand in fold with 3-year deal... Doug Harvey,...

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Tim Eckert-Fong

The case for Lorenzo Cain

The A’s aren’t going to sign Lorenzo Cain, but maybe they should.

Just so we’re clear, this is not happening. There haven’t been any real rumors linking the A’s to Cain, nor really to spending money, and the idea of Lorenzo Cain, Oakland Athletic, is mere fantasy.

In which we shall indulge.

The fit

The A’s current centerfielder is Dustin Fowler. You probably know a fair amount about him by now, most notably that he’s coming off a fairly gruesome leg injury that I still refuse...

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Alex Hall

Oakland A’s 2018 Community Prospect List #1: A.J. Puk is the top prospect

A tall lefty pitcher takes the No. 1 spot for the second time in three years.

Our 2018 Community Prospect List officially has its first member, as pitcher A.J. Puk breezed to the top of the inaugural ballot with 121 out of 158 votes. That consensus is an even bigger compliment when you consider the Oakland A’s farm system is now one of the best in baseball, meaning Puk had real competition. The No. 1 spot isn’t always this obvious, though — two years ago another tall lefty (Sean...

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grover

An Alternative Oakland A’s prospect list, Part 1

Grover gives a contrarian view of the Top 10.

On Tuesday, Alex introduced the 2018 Community Prospect List with a post looking back at 2017. At the end of the post, he included two updated lists: his version, and my version. Mine is quite a bit different than most people’s arrangements, so here is a little more detail behind my thought process. This is my Top 10, with a follow-up covering the remaining 15 coming later.

Here is a link to MLB.com’s Oakland prospects page to see some free...

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An Alternative Oakland A’s prospect list, Part 1

Grover gives a contrarian view of the Top 10. On Tuesday, Alex introduced the 2018 Community Prospect List with a post looking back at 2017. At the end of the post, he included two updated lists: his version, and my version. Mine is quite a bit different than most people’s arrangements, so here is a little more detail behind my thought process. This is my Top 10, with a follow-up covering the remaining 15 coming later. Here is a link to MLB.com’s Oakland prospects page to see some free...

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Blogfather Unveils His Top 25 Prospect List

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, assuming that my massive ego is accurate and anyone really cares about my prospect list. ‘Tis the season, though. January is for prospect lists and the Oscars, and in this post I can promise you that Matthew McConaughey won’t regale himself for 5 minutes, Jimmy Kimmel won’t announce the wrong winner, and you won’t have to wait, with baited breath, to see whether the artistic director wants to thank his agent and his mother’s previous...

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Nico

Blogfather Unveils His Top 25 Prospect List

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, assuming that my massive ego is accurate and anyone really cares about my prospect list. ‘Tis the season, though. January is for prospect lists and the Oscars, and in this post I can promise you that Matthew McConaughey won’t regale himself for 5 minutes, Jimmy Kimmel won’t announce the wrong winner, and you won’t have to wait, with baited breath, to see whether the artistic director wants to thank his agent and his mother’s previous...

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Oakland A’s settle arbitration cases with four more players, only one remains

Kendall Graveman is the last arbitration case remaining. Friday brought a major deadline in the arbitration process, as any players who hadn’t yet settled on new contracts had to exchange salary demands with their teams. The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with four arbitration-eligible players on Friday, the team announced, leaving only one player unsigned. The rundown: SS Marcus Semien, $3.125M (via Jon Heyman, FanRag) RHP Blake Treinen, $2.15M (via Robert Murray, FanRag) RHP Liam...

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Alex Hall

Oakland A’s settle arbitration cases with four more players, only one remains

Kendall Graveman is the last arbitration case remaining.

Friday brought a major deadline in the arbitration process, as any players who hadn’t yet settled on new contracts had to exchange salary demands with their teams. The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with four arbitration-eligible players on Friday, the team announced, leaving only one player unsigned.

The rundown:

SS Marcus Semien, $3.125M (via Jon Heyman, FanRag) RHP Blake Treinen, $2.15M (via Robert Murray, FanRag) RHP Liam...

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A's avoid arbitration with 5; Graveman pending

The A's have come to terms on one-year contracts with shortstop Marcus Semien, catcher Josh Phegley and relievers Blake Treinen, Chris Hatcher and Liam Hendriks.

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Alex Hall

Oakland A’s 2018 Community Prospect List: Who is the top prospect in the organization?

Athletics Nation votes on the team’s top prospect.

Who is the top minor league prospect in the Oakland A’s organization? There are several candidates to choose from, and we’re here to find out once and for all. Let’s get started on the 2018 Community Prospect List!

Here is the process:

Five candidates will be listed on the ballot. The voting will take place in the comments section. I will start with a comment listing all five players, and then I will respond to that with five new...

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Frederic_Henry

Elephant Rumblings: Hatcher Gets Paid, Off-Season Moves That Should Have Happened Already

A shortage of off-season moves, maybe, but no shortage of stories.

A’s Coverage: Oakland A’s 2018 Community Prospect List intro: Nominations before our first vote! 10 MLB Off-Season Moves That Should Have Happened Already... Five things the A’s must do before spring training begins... Stokke: The Athletics should look to extend Khris Davis... Sam Whiting reflects on 1968 in the Bay Area, including a few A’s memories... Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects: Will Toffey, 3B... MLB...

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Elephant Rumblings: Hatcher Gets Paid, Off-Season Moves That Should Have Happened Already

A shortage of off-season moves, maybe, but no shortage of stories. A’s Coverage: Oakland A’s 2018 Community Prospect List intro: Nominations before our first vote! 10 MLB Off-Season Moves That Should Have Happened Already... Five things the A’s must do before spring training begins... Stokke: The Athletics should look to extend Khris Davis... Sam Whiting reflects on 1968 in the Bay Area, including a few A’s memories... Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects: Will Toffey, 3B... ...

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Alex Hall

Oakland A’s 2018 Community Prospect List intro: Nominations before our first vote!

Crowdsourcing Athletics Nation’s annual top prospect list.

Welcome to the beginning of our 2018 Oakland A’s Community Prospect List! We’ve been creating our CPL via crowdsource vote for the past decade, and it’s time to get started on the next edition.

In this intro post, we’ll simply be nominating players for our initial ballot, which we’ll vote on next time. Here is the nomination process (we’ll add in the full voting process next time when we have a ballot to vote on):

I...

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Elephant Rumblings: Davis, A’s Avoid Arbitration, Jonathan Lucroy Market

A’s Coverage: Khris Davis gets $10.5 million; A’s avoid arbitration... Former A’s fan favorite Braden joins broadcast... Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects: Norge Ruiz, RHP... MLB News: Sources: Jay Bruce returning to Mets on 3-year, $39M contract... Indians agree on 1-year deal worth $10,575,000 with closer Cody Allen... Shock: Starlin Castro reportedly wants to be traded by Marlins... MLB Hot Stove rumors: Yu Darvish throws a ‘mystery team’ into his mix of...

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Frederic_Henry

Elephant Rumblings: Davis, A’s Avoid Arbitration, Jonathan Lucroy Market

A’s Coverage: Khris Davis gets $10.5 million; A’s avoid arbitration... Former A’s fan favorite Braden joins broadcast... Oakland Athletics 2018 top-50 prospects: Norge Ruiz, RHP... MLB News: Sources: Jay Bruce returning to Mets on 3-year, $39M contract... Indians agree on 1-year deal worth $10,575,000 with closer Cody Allen... Shock: Starlin Castro reportedly wants to be traded by Marlins... MLB Hot Stove rumors: Yu Darvish throws a ‘mystery team’ into his mix of suitors... MLB...

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Athletics’ Matt Olson is Baseball’s Least Predictable Player

Think about Mike Trout, but don’t look at his stats. What kind of season do you think he’ll have in 2018? Maybe something like .300/.420/.550 with 20-30 SB and 9 WAR? Now do the same thing for Paul Goldschmidt. Or Joey Votto. Most likely, you don’t need advanced projection systems to tell you what these guys will do next year, health permitting. They have proven track records of consistent performance over several years. About a month from now, prediction season will be upon us. TV,...

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