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Athletics | Oakland looking at Dayan Viciedo

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:43:13 -0800

Free-agent OF Dayan Viciedo (White Sox) is talking to the Oakland Athletics, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Viciedo could be worth a late-round gamble in deep mixed leagues if he's on a squad when the regular season begins. He was a disappointment for the White Sox in 2014, hitting .231, but he still managed to hit 20-plus home runs in two of the last three seasons. O.co Coliseum in Oakland wouldn't be the most intriguing place for a power threat like him to land, though.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


Athletics | Sean Doolittle talks recovery

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:46:58 -0800

Oakland Athletics RP Sean Doolittle (shoulder) expects to be a "thorn in the side" of the trainers during his recovery. "I told them, 'Whatever you throw up on that whiteboard, I'm going to crush it today. Then after I'm done, tell me what I have tomorrow.' I kind of like it that way. I keep my blinders on and focus on what I have to do."

Fantasy Tip: Doolittle has already been ruled out for opening day, which leaves the closing duties up in the air in Oakland. Tyler Clippard is likely the front-runner, but Ryan Cook also has ninth-inning experience. Doolittle is a worthy stash candidate in the majority of formats, especially if he progresses favorably over the next few weeks.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick


Athletics | Rest days will be key for Ben Zobrist

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:33:37 -0800

Oakland Athletics 2B Ben Zobrist is expected to play primarily at second base this season. Manager Bob Melvin has discussed finding rest days for the versatile defender as the biggest challenge concerning Zobrist, because of the temptation for Melvin to plug Zobrist in at third base or the outfield to allow other starters a day off.

Fantasy Tip: Zobrist's fantasy stock receives a slight boost because of his eligibility at multiple positions and ability to stay healthy. He has averaged 562 at-bats over the past six seasons, and he is a reliable cross-category contributor. However, the counting stats are declining, and at 33, Zobrist is no longer worthy of early middle round attention in mixed leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick


Athletics | Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir to be eased in

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:55:25 -0800

Oakland Athletics SPs Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir will be held out of Cactus League games for the first week. Gray made a career-high 33 starts in 2014 and tossed 219 innings, while Kazmir made 32 starts and threw 190 innings, his most since 2007. It'll also allow the A's to get better looks at SPs Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman, among others.

Fantasy Tip: Gray's jump in innings is definitely a concern, but not enough of one to cloud the fact that he's an up-and-coming ace that could join the elite ranks of starting pitchers in another season. Kazmir was a feel-good story with the A's last year, but his K/9 dipped to 7.8, and you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank on the wrong side of 30. However, he can still be useful in the right matchups in daily games.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Susan Slusser


Athletics | Platoon at 1B for A's?

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:09:30 -0800

Oakland Athletics DH Billy Butler will serve as the designated hitter this year against right-handed pitchers, and he'll also play some first base against lefties. 1B Ike Davis will be the primary first baseman against righties, but 1B Mark Canha could also see some time at the position.

Fantasy Tip: Butler's move to O.co Coliseum likely won't be good for his power numbers after he clubbed only nine homers last year in KC in 151 games. Butler also saw a career low average of .271. He's not very intriguing for mixed league owners at a position that is ripe with power. Davis' platoon problems likely make him strictly an AL-only commodity.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Susan Slusser


Athletics | Marcus Semien could start at SS

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:34:04 -0800

Oakland Athletics SS Marcus Semien will be receiving "every chance" to be the team's starting shortstop this year, according to manager Bob Melvin.

Fantasy Tip: Semien won't be a consideration in standard mixed leagues this year, but he's worth taking a chance on in AL-only universes if he wins the job at the 6 in Oakland.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Mercury News - John Hickey


Athletics | Stephen Vogt eyeing opening day

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:26:02 -0800

Oakland Athletics C Stephen Vogt (foot) is expected to be ready for opening day without restrictions, according to manager Bob Melvin. However, Melvin noted Vogt is not currently 100% healthy, and the team plans to limit Vogt's activity during camp, including him avoiding playing the field during spring training games.

Fantasy Tip: Vogt is a late-round flier in AL-only and two-catcher formats, but he could be overvalued due to his monster first-half surge (.358/.388/.532 slash line with four home runs and 17 RBIs over 109 at-bats) last season. Don't forget about his August slide, though, where he slashed .212/.247/.376. Expect Vogt to settle somewhere in the middle this season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Jose Mercury News - John Hickey


Athletics | A.J. Griffin throws session

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:16:12 -0800

Oakland Athletics SP A.J. Griffin (elbow) impressed manager Bob Melvin during his throwing session Friday, Feb. 20. "A.J. was throwing as lively as we've seen in quite some time." Melvin also noted Griffin is eager to return, and they may have to hold him back a little.

Fantasy Tip: Griffin and Oakland are eyeballing June for a possible return, which makes him a waiver-wire target and not a late-round flier in drafts. Griffin was solid through the first 47 starts of his career with a 3.83 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and a 7.7 SO/9 mark. So there is upside for him down the stretch this season, but he is a player to monitor and not roster, at this point.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Jose Mercury News - John Hickey


Athletics | Jarrod Parker impresses manager

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:15:22 -0800

Oakland Athletics SP Jarrod Parker (elbow) showed strong command and threw well during his bullpen session Friday, Feb. 20, according to manager Bob Melvin. Melvin noted Parker, "had a real good changeup on top of his fastball and at the end was spinning breaking balls."

Fantasy Tip: Parker and Oakland are targeting a return in June, which makes him undraftable in the majority of seasonal leagues. After two Tommy John surgeries, it is difficult to project Parker's fantasy value when he returns, too. He is worth monitoring, though, because over two seasons, he posted a 3.73 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP through 61 starts.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: San Jose Mercury News - John Hickey


Athletics | Jesse Chavez continues to impress manager

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:48:55 -0800

Oakland Athletics SP Jesse Chavez looks in mid-season form after throwing his first bullpen session of spring training Friday, Feb. 20, according to manager Bob Melvin. "He looks in mid-season form every time I ever see him,'' Melvin said, "whether he's throwing bullpen, or in a game early. Impressive. He's a very focused kid who comes here with the mindset he has something to prove. That's always what you like to see.''

Fantasy Tip: Chavez had a respectable 3.44 ERA and 8.5 K/9 through 21 starts for Oakland before he was relegated to the bullpen when the team brought in Jon Lester last season. While there are no guarantees he returns to the starting rotation, his success last season improves the chances, and the Athletics staff has a few injury concerns. At best, Chavez is a late-round flier in mixed leagues, but there is upside, if he lands in the rotation.

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Athletics | Barry Zito financials

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:29:37 -0800

Oakland Athletics SP Barry Zito will make $1 million in base salary for 2015, and he has the option to make $175,000 in unspecified incentives.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: CBSSports.com - Jon Heyman


Athletics | Barry Zito agrees with Oakland

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 20:21:46 -0800

Free-agent SP Barry Zito has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Oakland Athletics Monday, Feb. 16. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

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Athletics | Keeping tabs on Hector Olivera

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:53:02 -0800

Cuban 2B Hector Olivera has a suitor in the Oakland Athletics. The A's, along with several other teams, had a "notable presence" at Olivera's showcase in the Dominican Republic Wednesday, Feb. 11. He went 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and a single and made all the plays at third base. Olivera would likely play second base if the A's sign him, which would move 2B Ben Zobrist to the outfield.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Jane Lee


Athletics | Tyler Clippard financials

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:46:03 -0800

Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics RP Tyler Clippard avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $8.3 million deal Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: CBSSports.com - Jon Heyman


Athletics | Tyler Clippard avoids arbitration

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:38:12 -0800

Oakland Athletics RP Tyler Clippard avoided arbitration by signing a one-year deal Wednesday, Feb. 11. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Abad Fernando RP
Adames Joselito P
Alcantara Raul SP
Alvarez R.J. P
Anderson Bryan C
Appert Luke 2B
Avila Andres P
Barham Trey P
Barone Daniel P
Barreto Franklin SS
Barrone Ben C
Bassitt Chris P
Bell Kristian P
Best Tyler C
Bieker Jeff OF
Blair Carson C
Blasi Nick OF
Bowen Rob C
Boyd Chad OF
Bradley David P
Brown Andrew A. RP
Brown Dusty C
Brown Jeremy C
Bryant Steven P
Bunch Kevin P
Burns Billy OF
Buschmann Matt P
Butler Billy DH
Byrd Darren P
Callahan Shawn C
Cammack Eric P
Canha Mark 1B
Carlin Luke C
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Carter Steven-Ryder P
Castillo David P
Castillo Yeiper P
Castro Angel P
Chacon Shawn SP
Chapman Matt 3B
Chavez Jesse SP
Clippard Tyler RP
Cobb Larry OF
Collins Bryan P
Cook Ryan RP
Corder Gordon 1B
Cornejo Eddie SS
Coughlin Cameron OF
Crisp Coco OF
Currin Patrick P
Davis Ike 1B
Day Dewon RP
De La Rosa Eury P
Deal Scott P
DeHoyos Gabe RP
Dewing Branden P
DiNardo Lenny SP
Dixon Rashun OF
Doolittle Ryan P
Doolittle Sean RP
Dowling Greg 1B
Dull Ryan P
Duran Omar P
Everidge Tommy 1B
Fagan Mike P
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Fairbanks Scott P
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Fisher Carlos RP
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Flores Jose P
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France Ryan P
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Freiman Nate 1B
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Gailey Frank P
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Garcia Jose P
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Gordon Derrick P
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Hahn Jesse SP
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Hall Kris P
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Lee Chad P
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Lynch Matt P
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Munoz Yairo SS
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