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Santiago Casilla returns to A's on $11M, 2-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:22:46 PST

Casilla is crossing the bay once again, re-joining the A's with an $11 million, two-year contract after seven seasons with the Giants. While the right-hander lost his job as closer in mid-September last season for the Giants' struggling bullpen, he provides A's manager Bob Melvin with some options of when to use him. ''To be able to sign an experienced late-inning reliever who has performed in multiple World Series games makes our bullpen deeper and obviously better,'' Melvin said by text message.



Francona on Encarnacion: I didn't think there was a chance (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:40:40 PST

When Edwin Encarnacion became a free agent this offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona didn't allow himself to daydream about adding the former Blue Jays slugger to his roster. ''I didn't think there was a chance to even talk to Edwin,'' Francona said on Thursday in his first comments since the AL champs signed Encarnacion to a three-year, $65 million deal this month. ''You've got to be realistic that in the winter we play in a different neighborhood'' than during his tenure in Boston, when the Red Sox were among the top-spending clubs in baseball.



Even more MLB games will be available to stream in 2017 (Big League Stew)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:36:19 PST

MLB is loosening their grip on where and how you can watch baseball games. Good news for people who want more ways to watch baseball! NBC Sports Regional Networks has reached a deal with MLB Advanced Media on in-market streaming rights. Starting with the 2017 season, several Comcast regional sports networks will be able to stream baseball games online for their paid subscribers.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:09:40 PST

First baseman Jeff Bagwell, outfielder Tim Raines and catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez on Wednesday were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017. Bagwell (381 votes) received 86.2 percent of the vote, one year removed from falling just 15 votes shy of the 75 percent needed to gain entry into the exclusive club. Raines (380) garnered 86 percent on his final year on the ballot and Rodriguez (336) had 76 percent of the vote to become the second catcher in the history of the voting to be elected on his first year on the ballot.



Trevor Plouffe finalizes $5.25M, 1-year deal with A's (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:15:23 PST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Infielder Trevor Plouffe has finalized a $5.25 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics and is expected to be the primary third baseman if he can stay healthy.



Hot Stove Digest: Astros still interested in Jose Quintana (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:54:53 PST

The 27-year-old lefty posted a 3.20 ERA over 208 innings last season. The White Sox have shown a willingness to part with talented players in the right deal this winter, and the Astros have consistently been named as a possible partner for Quintana.



M's avoid arbitration with all players, like Smyly, Dyson (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:52:16 PST

The Mariners agreed to terms Friday on 2017 contracts with all of their arbitration-eligible players, including left-hander Drew Smyly and outfielder Jarrod Dyson after acquiring them in trades earlier this month. Smyly will earn $6.85 million, a raise from his $3.75 million last year, while Dyson is set to make $2.8 million after he earned $1,725,000 in 2016. Second baseman and shortstop Jean Segura earned a significant bump to $6.2 million, up from $2.6 million.



Ace Sonny Gray, catcher Stephen Vogt reach deals with A's (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:45:22 PST

The Oakland Athletics knew Khris Davis would command a hefty raise after a career year. Right-hander Sonny Gray agreed to a $3,575,000, one-year contract to avoid arbitration. Right-hander Liam Hendriks received a $1.1 million contract while Stephen Vogt got a $2,965,000 deal, leaving left fielder Davis as the only one yet to settle as he comes off his best season with hopes of carrying it into 2017.



Lowdown: Smyly In Seattle (Rotoworld)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:44:00 PST

Nate Grimm analyzes the Drew Smyly-Mallex Smith trade and discusses Santiago Casilla's impact on the A's bullpen in Friday's Offseason Lowdown.



Warriors, A's, Raiders present check to Oakland fire relief (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:17:29 PST

The Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders have presented a $750,000 check to aid victims and relief efforts from the deadly warehouse fire last month in Oakland. For the presentation after the first quarter of Thursday night's Pistons-Warriors game, Golden State President and COO Rick Welts was joined by A's manager Bob Melvin, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Trevor Riggen, regional CEO of the American Red Cross.



2017 Category Sleepers: RBI (Rotoworld)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:11:00 PST

Seth Trachtman analyzes hitters who could be RBI sleepers in 2017.



Rejoice! Here are spring training report dates for all 30 teams (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:20 PST

Winter is terrible. The weather is cold, the days are short and baseball news is scarce. The only thing keeping us sane is the promise of spring.



Phillips Stays Put, Again (Rotoworld)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:19:00 PST

Nate Grimm touches on the Brandon Phillips saga and looks at Tyson Ross' suitors in Friday's edition of the Offseason Lowdown.



Hot Stove Digest: Twins to resolve Brian Dozier trade talks in 'next week' (Big League Stew)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:52:48 PST

HOTTEST RUMOR OF THE DAY: If it feels like there’s been a lot of stops and starts to the Brian Dozier trade rumors, that’s because there have been. Now though, it appears the Twins are seriously serious about reaching a decision after requesting best offers from interested teams over the weekend. The Brian Dozier sweepstakes could have a winner very soon.



Rajai Davis eager to help Athletics turn fortunes around (The Associated Press)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:21:42 PST

David Forst remembers the exact moment when Rajai Davis hit his World Series-tying home run in Game 7 for Cleveland. The son of Oakland's general manager, 6-year-old Judah, would not go to sleep: The boy wanted to stay up and watch the game until the end. ''It's one of those moments in World Series history I think everyone will remember,'' said Forst, who was ''begging'' his son to go to bed.



Rajai Davis returning to A's with $6 million, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:07:17 PST

After a World Series trip with Cleveland, runnin' Rajai Davis is returning to the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics on a $6 million, one-year contract to fill a void in center field. The A's announced on Tuesday night that the outfielder and 2016 AL stolen bases leader had reached agreement on a deal to play again for the A's after spending parts of the 2008-10 seasons with Oakland. General manager David Forst wanted to add depth to the outfield during the offseason, and Davis is coming off a special season with the Indians.



Lowdown: Bautista in Limbo (Rotoworld)

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:39:00 PST

The notoriously flashy slugger has encountered a surprisingly quiet market in free agency.



Veteran Davis return to A's from Indians (Reuters)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 20:58:38 PST

(Reuters) - Free agent outfielder Rajai Davis returned to the Oakland Athletics on a one-year contract after he helped the Cleveland Indians to the World Series last year. Davis signed a one-year, $6 million contract to join the Athletics according to local media reports. The 36-year-old's return to the A's came after the Indians declined the $17.2 million qualifying offer needed to retain him, which would have also cost the American League champions a draft pick.



Baseball-Veteran Davis return to A's from Indians (Reuters)

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 20:46:26 PST

Free agent outfielder Rajai Davis returned to the Oakland Athletics on a one-year contract after he helped the Cleveland Indians to the World Series last year. Davis signed a one-year, $6 million contract to join the Athletics according to local media reports. The 36-year-old's return to the A's came after the Indians declined the $17.2 million qualifying offer needed to retain him, which would have also cost the American League champions a draft pick.



Wish List: What does every MLB team want the most this Christmas? (Big League Stew)

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:31:51 PST

For the second straight season, we’ve obtained every single Major League Baseball team’s Christmas wish lists to Santa. Remember that one year when everyone desperately needed to have Furby, and was willing to physically injure others in order to get one? Consider this list every MLB team’s Furby. The Red Sox are going to boast a tremendous staff in 2017.



Cuban pitcher Norge Ruiz gets $2M signing bonus with A's (The Associated Press)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:25:31 PST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Cuban right-hander Norge Ruiz agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $2 million signing bonus.



Manny Ramirez is eyeing another comeback, but where? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:21:36 PST

The baseball journey of slugger Manny Ramirez has been a long one (and sometimes filled with controversy). Eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians, seven full seasons with the Boston Red Sox, a few seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and handfuls of games with the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. And then there are his comeback attempts with the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs (which included time as a batting consultant). But Manny’s not done. He wants his baseball journey to continue on, and he’s doing what he can to make it happen.



Figuring out the best suitors for Edwin Encarnacion (Big League Stew)

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:14:46 PST

Edwin Encarnacion is the best player still on the market. Over the past five years, few hitters have been as dominant as Encarnacion. Encarnacion reportedly turned down a four-year, $80 million deal to return to Toronto, and it doesn’t appear he’s received a more enticing offer since then.



Hot Stove Digest: Will Dodgers up the ante to acquire Brian Dozier? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:35:30 PST

WILLING TO PAY: Rumors surrounding a Brian Dozier trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers have been swirling for weeks and may gain some momentum now that the Dodgers are reportedly willing to include a top rated prospect. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Dodgers have shown a willingness to include top pitching prospect Jose De Leon in a potential trade for Dozier, which could tip the scales in their favor should Minnesota go through with moving the slugging second baseman.



Hot Stove Digest: Phillies sign Odubel Herrera for five years (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:00:06 PST

Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a quick recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time.



Brewers add infielder Eric Sogard, left-hander Tommy Milone (The Associated Press)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:02:42 PST

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Former Oakland infielder Eric Sogard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and will attend major league spring training.



Carlos Gomez says goodnight with Grinch style (Big League Stew)

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:09:47 PST

This time of year is full of weird and puzzling clothing. There are ugly Christmas sweaters that are now the most popular thing ever. You can find a variety of Santa-inspired outfits in many stores, from dresses to boxer shorts to socks. And there’s the trend of pajama onesies, just like the ones you used to wear when you were a baby. This might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the one where no one is afraid to wear the weirdest clothing they can find.



Current, past baseball players criticize hazing restrictions (The Associated Press)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:15:16 PST

The Los Angeles Angels closer, like many players expressing their views Tuesday, disagrees with Major League Baseball's ban on the hazing ritual of dressing up rookies in costumes that could be considered offensive, including women's outfits. New York Mets rookie outfielder Brandon Nimmo was among the last group to participate this past season. Wouldn't trade that,'' Nimmo said at the team's Citi Field holiday party.



Matt Holliday made sure Yankees can never trade him to one former team (Big League Stew)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:31:48 PST

New York Yankees free-agent signee Matt Holliday has, and though his chosen profession essentially guarantees he’ll return to the city of his apparent disdain temporarily, the negotiating power of his agent has reportedly guaranteed he won’t return there permanently or work for his former employer again. As we learned on Wednesday, Holliday’s one-year, $13M contract with the Yankees reportedly includes one very interesting and unique provision. It’s essentially a one-team no-trade clause that prevents the Yankees from trading Holliday to the Oakland A’s, where he played during the 2009 season.



Longtime A's announcer Bill King wins Hall's Frick Award (The Associated Press)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:00:00 PST

Former Oakland Athletics announcer Bill King has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting. King died in 2005 after 25 years of calling A's games. King liked to punctuate big plays with his signature exclamation of ''Holy Toledo!'' He also was known for his handlebar mustache and beard, making his face as well as his voice familiar with fans.