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A's optimistic about prospects acquired in Samardzija trade

A's optimistic about prospects acquired in Samardzija trade

MLB.com Updated 20 hours ago
The A's have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.
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  • Bumgarner Hit Hard in Spring Debut, Athletics Beat Giants

    Bumgarner Hit Hard in Spring Debut, Athletics Beat Giants

    nytimes.com MLB.com 21 hours ago
    World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday.
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  • Venditte begins spring by recording an out with each arm

    Venditte begins spring by recording an out with each arm

    MLB.com 22 hours ago
    A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte introduced himself to the Cactus League on Tuesday, recording two outs against the Giants -- one with each arm -- as fans, and even teammates, ooed and aahed.
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  • Billy Butler gave Josh Reddick an X-Box for his uniform number

    Billy Butler gave Josh Reddick an X-Box for his uniform number

    yahoo.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    When free agent Billy Butler made the jump from the Kansas City Royals to the Oakland A's this winter — signing a three-year, $30 million deal — he wondered the same thing all players wonder when changing teams: Who has my uniform number, and how can I …
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  • Competition heavy for three open spots on Giants

    Competition heavy for three open spots on Giants

    MLB.com Mar 2 (yesterday)
    With Tuesday's Cactus League opener against the Oakland A's, the Giants will begin conducting auditions for the few vacancies in their cast. The Giants will have exactly one relief spot up for grabs, and also could have as many as two roles available fo…
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  • Melvin, A's to ease Crisp into game action

    Melvin, A's to ease Crisp into game action

    MLB.com Mar 1 (3 days ago)
    The oft-injured Coco Crisp will be eased into Cactus League games, according to A's manager Bob Melvin.
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  • Bumgarner slated for Giants Cactus League opener

    Bumgarner slated for Giants Cactus League opener

    MLB.com Feb 28 (4 days ago)
    Madison Bumgarner, already named the Giants' Opening Night starter, also will begin San Francisco's Cactus League schedule by facing the Oakland A's on Tuesday in Mesa.
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  • Melvin impressed by defense in intrasquad game

    Melvin impressed by defense in intrasquad game

    MLB.com Feb 28 (4 days ago)
    The threat of rain didn't stop the A's from gathering for a four-inning intrasquad game at Fitch Park on Saturday morning. The defense greatly impressed manager Bob Melvin, and pace of play was an object of interest.
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  • Newcomer Smith excited for fresh start with A's

    Newcomer Smith excited for fresh start with A's

    MLB.com Feb 28 (4 days ago)
    As if they don't have enough of them, the A's welcomed in another new face Saturday morning. Right-hander Chad Smith, claimed off waivers from Detroit on Thursday, arrived at Hohokam Stadium excited for his latest opportunity.
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  • A's hold situational hitting competition at camp

    A's hold situational hitting competition at camp

    MLB.com Feb 27 (5 days ago)
    As the A's continue to get ready for the 2015 season, they spent Friday working on situational hitting, doing so with a friendly competition.
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  • Melvin excited about A's new infield

    Melvin excited about A's new infield

    MLB.com Feb 27 (5 days ago)
    Odds are the Athletics will begin the 2015 season with a completely different infield than the one that began the 2014 season.
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  • Change offers Canha opportunity to go home

    Change offers Canha opportunity to go home

    MLB.com Feb 26 (6 days ago)
    Mark Canha always wanted to settle down in the Bay Area, where he grew up. The power-hitting outfielder/first baseman finally gets that chance this season with the A's.
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  • A's Begin Baseball's Mandatory Domestic Violence Training

    A's Begin Baseball's Mandatory Domestic Violence Training

    nytimes.com Feb 26 (6 days ago)
    Reliever Dan Otero spoke up, as did many others, with a question on the topic of domestic violence that has been at the forefront of professional sports following the NFL's recent troubles.
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  • Sure-handed infielder Ellis retires at 37

    Sure-handed infielder Ellis retires at 37

    MLB.com Feb 25 (7 days ago)
    Second baseman Mark Ellis is retiring from baseball, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle. The 37-year-old Ellis, a ninth-round selection of the Royals in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, played 12 years in the Majors with the A's, Rock…
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  • McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion with Dodgers

    McCarthy, Anderson eye successful reunion with Dodgers

    MLB.com Feb 25
    Former A's Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson, now reunited in the Dodgers rotation, have always had a lot in common off the field, and this season they're both looking to prove their durability and help Los Angeles in its quest for a World Series cham…
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  • Twice-traded Alvarez eager to make mark with A's

    Twice-traded Alvarez eager to make mark with A's

    MLB.com Feb 24
    R.J. Alvarez has already impressed the A's with his hard-throwing ways early in Spring Training, and the 23-year-old is eager to succeed in a competition for two open bullpen spots.
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  • Chavez sets sights on A's rotation

    Chavez sets sights on A's rotation

    MLB.com Feb 23
    Ask around the A's clubhouse and the answer is seemingly unanimous: Jesse Chavez deserves a spot in the rotation again. The right-hander isn't so sure he's earned it, though, despite his incredible work last year.
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  • Strong-armed Rodriguez wants to prove worth to A's

    Strong-armed Rodriguez wants to prove worth to A's

    MLB.com Feb 22
    Fernando Rodriguez is nearing the two-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, and the celebration is already underway. After throwing a bullpen Sunday, the A's right-hander said his arm hasn't felt so strong since college.
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  • New arrival Nolin starts road back to mound

    New arrival Nolin starts road back to mound

    MLB.com Feb 21
    Sean Nolin, acquired from the Blue Jays in the Josh Donaldson deal, threw from flat ground for the first time Saturday since offseason surgery, joining several other A's hurlers on the mend.
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  • Melvin: A's 'excited' about having Zito in camp

    Melvin: A's 'excited' about having Zito in camp

    MLB.com Feb 19
    A's manager Bob Melvin has penciled in Barry Zito for one Cactus League start. The comeback hopeful will have to earn a second, though.
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  • Zito returns to A's on Minor League deal

    Zito returns to A's on Minor League deal

    The A's signed left-hander Barry Zito to a one-year Minor League deal including an invitation to big league Spring Training.
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  • A's, reliever Clippard agree to contract for 2015

    A's, reliever Clippard agree to contract for 2015

    MLB.com Feb 11
    The A's and reliever Tyler Clippard have avoided an arbitration hearing, coming to terms on a one-year deal worth $8.3 million.
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  • Video - How Will Jason Giambi Be Remembered? 02:44

    How Will Jason Giambi Be Remembered?

    Feb 16
    Jerry Crasnick reflects on the career and legacy of Jason Giambi, who announced his retirement from baseball Monday.
  • Video - Greatest Dynasties In Baseball History 03:23

    Greatest Dynasties In Baseball History

    Jan 26
    Cary Chow and David Schoenfield look at the greatest baseball dynasties and pick out where the current Giants fit on the list.
  • Video - Buster's Blog: Athletics' Bustling Offseason 02:02

    Buster's Blog: Athletics' Bustling Offseason

    Jan 15
    Buster Olney takes a look at the Athletics' offseason moves and what to expect this upcoming season.
  • Video - Lester Talks Deal 01:06

    Lester Talks Deal

    Dec 15
    Jon Lester discusses what went into his decision to sign a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs.

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