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Blue Jays sign Marcus Semien, A’s whiff on obvious opportunity

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Oakland couldn’t match a ONE-YEAR CONTRACT?

The Oakland A’s longtime shortstop and hometown star is officially gone.

Free agent Marcus Semien signed with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, reports insider Jon Heyman. It’s a one-year, $18 million contract, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Semien is expected to play primarily second base for the Jays, adds Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

While Semien’s departure this winter was always an inevitability, the...

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Giants Nearing Agreement With Tommy La Stella

The Giants are close to signing free agent Tommy La Stella, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area (via Twitter). More to come…

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Twins, Brewers have talked with Marcus Semien

Minnesota has been speculatively linked to Semien for months, considering that the Twins have been known to be monitoring the middle infield market as part of their rather broad range of free-agent considerations.

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Elephant Rumblings: Players reject offer to add universal DH and expanded postseason for 2021

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The National League used a designated hitter in 2020, as a temporary measure during a season heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. That change expired last fall, with the NL set to go back to normal in 2021 with no DH, and that’s still the plan for now.

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, MLB offered a deal to the players last week that featured multiple considerations for each side,...

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Cactus League urges MLB to delay spring training in Arizona

With coronavirus cases still high in the state, local officials suggest holding off for a month

Spring training is set to begin in three weeks, but the unknown future of the coronavirus pandemic has always made that plan feel more tentative than concrete. Now there is officially opposition to the idea.

The Cactus League sent a letter to Major League Baseball urging a delay to the beginning of spring training in Arizona, reported Monday by Brahm Resnik of KPNX in Phoenix. The letter, signed...

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Elephant Rumblings: Webster Garrison back home after spending over 7 months in hospital

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We’re only three weeks into the new year, and the baseball world has already lost three Hall of Famers — longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, durable star pitcher and one-time Oakland A’s starter Don Sutton, and all-time legend slugger Hank Aaron. On top of that, the journalism world as a whole said goodbye to Larry King on Friday, himself well-known as a Dodgers fan.

Amid all that...

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Matt Olson, Mark Canha ranked Top 10 at their positions by MLB Network

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They join Ramon Laureano (CF) and Sean Murphy (C) as standouts at their positions

MLB Network continued its annual “Top 10 Players Right Now” series last week, releasing rankings for two more positions. Both lists included an Oakland A’s star.

Among left fielders, Mark Canha ranks third.

Christian Yelich, MIL Michael Brantley, HOU Mark Canha, OAK Marcell Ozuna, free agent Jesse Winker, CIN Dominic Smith, NYM Eloy Jiménez, CHW Alex Dickerson,...

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Hank Aaron, Hall of Famer and MLB legend, dies at 86

One of the greatest ever to play the game

Hall of Fame outfielder Hank Aaron died Friday at the age of 86, report Tim Kephart and Karyn Greer of CBS46 in Atlanta.

One of the all-time greats to ever play the game, Aaron’s 755 homers were the MLB career record for three decades before finally being surpassed. He’s still the all-time leader in RBI (2,297) and total bases (6,856), and ranks third in hits (3,771) and plate appearances (13,941) and fourth in runs scored (2,174). His career...

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Royals announce 2021 coaching staff

The Royals have announced their coaching staff under manager Mike Matheny for 2021, Anne Rogers of MLB.com relays. It includes a couple changes from last year’s edition.

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Elephant Rumblings: Mets fire new GM Jared Porter due to sexual misconduct

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The New York Mets began the winter with a fresh start, but it didn’t last long.

The team was bought by a new owner, Steve Cohen, and he overhauled the front office from scratch, led by president Sandy Alderson. Just over a month ago, they hired Jared Porter as their general manager, and not long afterward they made a...

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Blue Jays on the rise, sign George Springer and more

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Jays following similar path as White Sox, bolstering young playoff core with big bucks

Make some room, Chicago White Sox. There’s another new heavyweight rising in the American League.

The Toronto Blue Jays reached the expanded postseason in 2020, as their young core began to show signs of breaking out. Now they’re doubling down on that early taste of success, and loading...

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Don Sutton, Hall of Fame pitcher, dies at 75

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He pitched one of his 23 seasons for the Oakland A’s, in 1985.

Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton died in his sleep Monday night at the age of 75, announced his son Daron.

Sutton was one of the most durable pitchers in MLB history, playing 23 seasons from 1966-1988. His 756 starts are the third-most ever, behind only Cy Young and Nolan Ryan, and his 20 seasons with 30 or more starts are the most in history. He never once missed his turn in the...

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Nick Allen, Buddy Reed make MLB Pipeline’s 2021 All-Defense prospect lineup

The shortstop and outfielder are among the best defenders in the minors

Last weekend, MLB Pipeline released its sixth annual All-Defense team, naming the best defensive minor league prospect at each position. Two of the eight players in this year’s lineup are from the Oakland A’s organization.

Shortstop Nick Allen got the nod for the second straight winter, and Buddy Reed earned one of the outfield spots after previously doing so in 2019. Here’s the full list:

C Jake Rogers, DET 1B...

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Elephant Rumblings: Dave Stewart enters bidding to buy Oakland Coliseum site

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The Oakland A’s stadium saga got its next chapter this holiday weekend.

When we last checked in, the team was in the middle of trying to purchase the Coliseum site, even though their preferred location to build a new ballpark is at Howard Terminal. Their overall plan includes redeveloping the Coliseum complex after they leave, so they want to buy it from its co-owners, the city and county. They...

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Elephant Rumblings: Sean Murphy, Ramon Laureano ranked Top 10 at their positions by MLB Network

Also pictured: No. 1 ranked reliever on MLB Network’s list | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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The Oakland A’s finally made some news last week. Within five days, they traded for a reliever, got named in a couple other rumors, settled the salaries of a half-dozen arbitration-eligible players, and officially signed an international top prospect who had been linked to them for over a year. When it rains, it pours.

Meanwhile, MLB...

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A’s officially sign Pedro Pineda, 11 other international prospects

17-year-old outfielder is one of the top players in this year’s class

After more than a year of rumors, outfield prospect Pedro Pineda is officially part of the Oakland A’s organization.

Friday brought the beginning of this year’s international signing period, during which time teams may begin inking contracts with amateur prospects from abroad. It’s not a bidding war, as each club has a modest maximum amount they’re allowed to spend, so everyone gets a fair chance to recruit the...

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A’s agree to terms with all arbitration-eligible players for 2021

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Matt Chapman, Mark Canha, and 4 others settle their salaries

The Oakland A’s entered the offseason with 10 players eligible for salary arbitration, and they tendered contracts to all of them. That meant the players were committed to the team, but at dollar amounts to be determined later.

Those salaries have now been settled. Four of them were taken care of in early December, and then on Friday the A’s agreed to terms with the...

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Pirates trade lefthanded pitcher Nik Turley to the Athletics

After losing closer Liam Henriks to the Chicago White Sox in free agency over the last week, the Oakland Athletics made an effort to improve their bullpen.

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Does Andrew Benintendi make sense as A’s trade target?

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Outfield is low on Oakland’s list of needs

The Oakland A’s offseason has been so quiet that the crickets are starting to charge overtime. Finally, this week has brought something resembling news.

On Thursday they acquired an actual baseball player in reliever Nik Turley, but that was a small enough deal that only cash went the other direction. Before that, on Tuesday, the A’s were involved in a real-life trade rumor, regarding...

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A’s acquire Nik Turley from Pirates

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New reliever, for cash considerations

The Oakland A’s made an offseason move! For an MLB player!

The A’s announced Thursday that they’ve acquired relief pitcher Nik Turley from the Pittsburgh Pirates, in exchange for cash considerations.

The 31-year-old Turley is a left-hander who spent all of 2020 in the majors, after a marathon journey through the minors. He was a 50th-round draft pick out of high school in 2008, a level of the draft so deep that it...

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