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A’s nearing trade for Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:51:32 UT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The A’s and Cardinals, who had conversations about outfielder Stephen Piscotty throughout the winter meetings, appeared close to reaching an agreement Wednesday night. The Chronicle reported early Wednesday that the teams could strike a deal before the end of the winter meetings Thursday. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had reported Wednesday night that terms had been reached that would send two minor-leaguers to St. Louis, but multiple sources indicated that though the deal was close to completion, it had not been finalized. St.

Former A’s manager Billy Martin subject of documentary

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:23:39 UT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — One of the most fun eras in Oakland history was the “Billy Ball” team managed by combative Berkeley-born Billy Martin, who is the subject of a new documentary “Billy,” which screened at the winter meetings and is scheduled to air on MLB Network at 5 p.m. Thursday. Martin, best known as a bar-room brawler who managed the Yankees five times, found a brief measure of calm in Oakland in the early 1980s, as detailed by his son, Billy Martin Jr., Oakland Hall of FamerRickey Henderson, and A’s employees Mickey Morabito and Steve Vucinich in the MLB Network-produced show. “My dad was really happy being back in the Bay Area,” Martin Jr.

Could A’s turn to free-agent market for lefty reliever or outfielder?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:12:31 UT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Trades are the real lifeblood when it comes to A’s player acquisitions, but that doesn’t mean that the team will rule out the free-agent market when it comes to adding to their roster. The team already did so in acquiring Yusmiero Petit for the bullpen, and there are a few left-handed relievers who might pique Oakland’s interest, particularly Tony Watson. Agent Scott Boras, who represents Watson, has been in touch with the A’s during the winter meetings this week. The list of right-handed-hitting corner outfielders is not deep, mostly older players, and the A’s are ideally looking for a young outfielder with good cost control, which is why St.

Haley Alvarez becomes A’s first female talent evaluator

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:25:29 UT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The A’s, a leader in front-office diversity, recently welcomed back a former front-office intern as the team’s new scouting coordinator. Haley Alvarez, 24, is the second woman to work in the A’s scouting department and is the first tasked with talent evaluation; Kate Greenthal was an analytics assistant in 2012. Pam Pitts, who has spent 37 years with the team, was the first woman to be named a director in a baseball front office when she became director of baseball administration 26 years ago. Oakland also hired Justine Seigal as the first woman to coach with a major-league team when she worked with A’s minor-leaguers for two weeks during their instructional league in Arizona in 2015.

NBCSCA parts ways with Jose Canseco after A’s condemn his tweets

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:36:40 UT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — NBC Sports California severed ties with former Oakland outfielder Jose Canseco after a series of bizarre tweets about sexual harassment by the pre- and postgame analyst, and the A’s quickly distanced themselves from Canseco’s comments. On Tuesday afternoon, Canseco tweeted, “These women complaining against sexual misconduct are just racist against ugly men.” He followed up with six related tweets that mentioned being beaten and molested by women as “kind of a turn on,” and ended with “What do you call a pretty woman with an inbred looking politician .... PAID.” The tweets drew the ire of many Twitter followers.

A’s might move Jed Lowrie this winter after picking up infielder’s option

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:22:58 UT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When it comes to bargaining chips at the winter meetings, the A’s hold one potentially intriguing piece. The A’s first act of the offseason was to pick up Jed Lowrie’s very reasonable $6 million option for 2018, and they had every intention of keeping him at least until the trade deadline. But with second basemen in demand this winter and Oakland on the lookout for a corner outfielder and a left-handed reliever and having Franklin Barreto available to play second base, it’s increasingly apparent that Lowrie could be on the move sooner rather than later.

A’s executive Grady Fuson gains multiple honors at winter meetings

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:15:38 UT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Grady Fuson is the man of the week here at the Swan and Dolphin hotels. The A’s executive is being awarded not one but two awards at baseball’s winter meetings. Fuson, 61, is the first person ever to win both the Sheldon “Chief” Bender award for player development and the Scout of the Year award. “The whole week has been Grady-polooza,” vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said. “It’s unbelievable. Not since the Queen’s Jubilee has there been so much celebration.” Fuson, a special assistant to Beane and general manager David Forst, might be best known to the general public for something entirely fictional.

Could Clint Frazier now be an A’s target in wake of Stanton deal?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:20:17 UT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The A’s had hoped if Giancarlo Stanton went to the Cardinals that they then might be able to wheedle outfielder Stephen Piscotty away from St. Louis. Stanton went to the Yankees instead - so could the A’s now land one of New York’s extra outfielders? A’s vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said Monday at the winter meetings that there is “no question” that the team monitors any extra parts newly available whenever clubs acquire a significant player. “That’s definitely part of the evaluation of the trade market,” Beane said.

Yusmeiro Petit officially signs with A’s, happy to be back in Bay Area

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 04:50:44 UT

Yusmeiro Petit is back in the Bay Area, officially joining the A’s on Thursday after signing a two-year deal that includes a club option for 2021. Petit, 33, pitched for the Giants from 2012 through ’15 and his history with the area will help him adjust to his new team, the reliever said on a conference call, with Juan Dorado interpreting. “I was on the other side of the bay, but I feel good coming back to a town I’m really familiar with.” Santiago Casilla, Petit’s former Giants teammate, will be next to him in the bullpen, too. Petit said, “Having him there will help me get more comfortable.

A Stanton deal could benefit A’s if Stephen Piscotty freed up

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 22:17:29 UT

The A’s aren’t involved in any Giancarlo Stanton talks, of course - the frugal club isn’t about to add hundreds of millions of dollars to their payroll. That’s not to say that Stanton’s eventual destination won’t impact Oakland, however. The A’s are watching the proceedings closely. Not to see how their cross-Bay rivals do, but to gauge the remaining market for outfielders, because Oakland is on the hunt for a right-handed hitting corner outfielder. The best scenario for the A’s would be St. Louis to land Stanton, because that would make Stephen Piscotty available in a deal - and the Cardinals and A’s discussed Piscotty earlier this year, when St. Louis had interest in Sonny Gray.

A’s add Yankees Triple-A manager Al Pedrique to staff

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 21:32:56 UT

The A’s filled the vacancy on their coaching staff Monday with a man who has managed two of the team’s up-and-coming players. While managing in the Yankees’ farm system, Al Pedrique worked with Dustin Fowler, who is the frontrunner for the A’s starting center field job, along with highly regarded young infielder Jorge Mateo. Pedrique spent the past two seasons at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, where he won a Triple-A championship in 2016, and he was lauded for the development of the Yankees’ top prospects, including Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Gary Sanchez. Pedrique, 57, was expected to be a candidate for the Yankees’ open managerial position but he did not get an interview.

A’s make their pitch to Japanese star Shohei Ohtani

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 00:18:01 UT

In 2012, the A’s shocked all of baseball by coming out of nowhere to scoop up Yoenis Céspedes, that winter’s most intriguing international player. Could Oakland pull off a similar feat this offseason? This week, the A’s made a formal pitch for 23-year-old Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani, The Chronicle has learned. The Giants, and many other teams, will do so before the weekend. Ohtani’s Japanese team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, is expected to post him immediately after major-league owners formally approve the new posting system Friday afternoon. Ohtani’s agency, CAA, sent questionnaires to all 30 teams to help the two-way player decide his future home. He will have 21 days to make the decision.

Report: A’s reach deal with former Giants reliever Petit

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:04:52 UT

Yusmeiro Petit, the rubber-armed pitcher who threw six of the most critical innings in San Francisco Giants history, is coming back to the bay. The East Bay, to be specific. Petit has reached agreement on a two-year, $10 million contract with the A's, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. Petit, 33, is coming off a solid year with the Angels. He pitched 911/3 innings, in 59 relief appearances and one start, with a career-best 2.76 ERA. Petit is one of the most versatile pitchers in the majors. As a starter, he fell one out short of a perfect game in 2013. He can also pitch in short or long relief, relying on command and a variety of pitches rather than velocity.

A’s add outfielders, left-hander on minor-league deals

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:02:14 UT

After trading Ryon Healy in order to move Khris Davis to the DH spot, the A’s offseason shopping list now includes corner outfielders, and the team has added two of them via minor-league deals this month. Longtime Cardinals prospects Anthony Garcia, a right-handed hitter, and Nick Martini, a left-handed hitter, both will be invited to big-league spring training. Garcia, 25, hit .294 at Double-A Springfield with 15 homers and 69 RBIs but hit just .179 with one homer and three RBIs in 14 games at Triple A; he was an 18th-round pick as a 17-year-old out of San Juan Educational School in Puerto Rico. Martini, 27, a seventh-round pick out of Kansas State in 2011, hit .

A’s trade outfielder Brugman to Baltimore

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:36:09 UT

The A’s completed a minor trade Wednesday, dealing outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named or cash. The A’s had designated Brugman for assignment Monday as part of their roster shuffling to clear space for prospects whom the club wants to protect from the Dec. 14 Rule 5 draft. Brugman played in 48 games for the A’s as a 25-year-old rookie, but was not in their long-term plans. He hit .266 with three homers and a .689 OPS with Oakland. He was a 17th-round draft pick from BYU in 2013. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: hschulman@sfchronicle.