Bad News for Athletics as Closer Doolittle has a slight rotator cuff tear

There’s a reason you can never have too much pitching and the season hasn’t even started and the A’s are feeling it.

All-Star, Athletics closer Sean Doolittle reportedly has a slight rotator cuff tear in his throwing shoulder as well as “considerable inflammation”. Doolittle had a dominating 2014, posting a 2.73 ERA with a super human 12.8 K/9 and 1.1 BB/9 in 62 2/3 innings. He is not expected to be ready to pitch to start the season. The news makes the acquisition of Tyler Clippard from the Nationals more crucial as he will now have a chance to close games. Assistant GM, David Forst insists that the move was made independent of the news but there is no doubt the A’s are resting easier with Clippard.

The news was first reported by’s Jane Lee and SFGate’s Susan Slusser clarified that doctors do not believe Doolittle will need surgery and that rest and treatment should resolve the issue. Doolittle will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection and be generic cialis europe

Vogelsong to Return

It’s been reported that Ryan Vogelsong, the 37-year-old right hander will be returning the S.F. Giants in a 1 year 4 million plus incentives. Vogelsong was drafted in 1998 by the Giants and traded to the Pirates in 2001. Five seasons with the Pirates and three seasons in Japan. Vogelsong was picked up with the Giants prior to the 2011 season.


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SF Giants sign Nori Aoki OF

The San Francisco Giants have signed Nori Aoki, whom Giants fans may remember as having played for the team that opposed the Giants in the World Series, the Kansas City Royals. Aoki had a 285/349/360 AVG/OBP/SLG line and was worth 2.3 Wins Above Replacement Level in 2014 according to Fangraphs. He provides a decent bat and is a 287 career hitter but has only hit 19 homers in 1811 atbats so will not provide home run power. Aoki who presumably will play left field for the Giants has a precarious defensive history despite winning three consecutive Gold Gloves from 2006-08 with the Yakult Swallows in Japan. Aoki could be supplanted by Gregor Blanco in late innings for defense.

Aoki’s deal is a 1 year contract and option with a $4.7 million guarantee plus $1.5 million in unknown performance bonuses each year. The option is valued at $5.5 cialis nz

9th U.S. Circuit rejects San Jose’s Challenge of MLB Antitrust Exemption

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected San Jose’s challenge of Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption and upheld a previous ruling against San Jose. The ruling reaffirms MLB’s territorial rights which only allow a team to move if a majority of team owners vote to allow it. San Jose has indicated they will appeal this to the U.S Supreme Court.

Sam Liccardo, San Jose Mayor said the city “has nothing but upside to continue to pursue this to the Supreme Court.”

“When the City Council decided to pursue this lawsuit, we knew that success would likely require a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, because only the Supreme Court can revisit its century-old decision that created an anti-trust exemption that no American industry other than Major League Baseball enjoys,” Liccardo said in a statement

The Oakland Athletics themselves are not participating in the lawsuit.

Outgoing Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called the decision a win for baseball and new Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, hopes the ruling would lead to an end of the lawsuit and to moving forward to getting the A’s a ballpark as fast as possible.

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Yunel Escobar Traded After 5 Days to Nationals for Tyler Clippard

The stay of Yunel Escobar on the Oakland Athletics was very short as the A’s traded SS Yunel Escobar to the Washington Nationals for right handed reliever, Tyler Clippard. Escobar who was acquired just 5 days ago in the Zobrist-Jaso-Robertson trade, had been a rumored target of the A’s several times over the years, with him multiple times expressing displeasure at the possibility.

In 2014, Clippard had a 2.18 ERA in 70.1 IP with 10.49 K/9 and 2.94 BB/9.  He only allowed 0.64 homers per 9 innings. He is on a 1 year $5.9 millon contract according to Fangraphs. Clippard will be in the mix as a setup man, and the trade clears an everyday role for Marcus Semien at SS, who was acquired in the Jeff Samardzija trade.

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Pitchers and Catchers- 5 weeks and counting

It might only be January and memories of the World Series still fresh in our mind. However, in 5 short weeks pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Arizona and talk of Opening day will soon be upon us.

The Giants will begin the season April 6 in Arizona, continue to San Diego before being back at home on April 13th.

So a recap on some of the offseason happenings:

Sergio Romo and Jake Peavy, both free agents were signed back with the Giants. Casey McGehee was acquired in a trade to play third base (do we dare to even mention “Panda”?).


Hudson underwent surgery on his right ankle.

Cain is recovering from surgery on his right elbow and right ankle.

So there are 4 spots in the starting pitching line-up that are questionable. With only Bumgarner being a for sure. So we will see if there are any trades made for a starting pitcher in the next few weeks.

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Oakland Athletics Near Deal to Acquire Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar

Update: Rays have confirmed the Deal, and A’s have designated Andy Parrino to clear room on 40 man roster.

The Oakland Athletics are near acquiring Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays.  The A’s will reportedly part with John Jaso C, and prospects Daniel Robertson SS, and Boog Powell CF.


Ben Zobrist can play a variety of positions and had a 272/354/395 line in 2014, and was an above average defensive player and worth 5.7 wins above replacement level according to Fangraphs. He played 79 games at 2B, 2 at 3B, 31 at SS, and 64 in the OF.

Yunel Escobar is a SS was worth 0.2 wins above replacement and had a 258/324/340 slash line in 2014. He is considered a strong defender.


In addition to the more well known John Jaso who missed a lot of time with concussions the A’s traded:

Daniel Robertson SS was considered “the shortstop of the future” and hit 310/402/471 in Stockton and showed impressive pop with 37 doubles, 3 triples and 15 homers.

Boog Powell CF split 2014 between Cal Stockton High A and the Beloit Snappers Single A and had a 343/451/435 line with a 886 OPS. He hit 3 homers.

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