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 MLB.com’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 re-evaluated.buy generic cialis europe

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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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.

Acquired

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.

Traded

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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Who won the bidding for Jung-Ho Kang?

Jung-Ho Kang, SS, of the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization’s posting has closed. According to a Yonhap News Agency report, the team has accepted a bid and the winner will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Kang.

If an agreement is not reached he will return to the Nexen Heros. Agent Alan Nero is reportedly seeking a deal worth $20 million over four years.

Jung-Ho Kang, 27, hit .354 with 39 home runs and 115 RBI last season in Korea.

The A’s and Giants have previously been tied to the bidding of Jung-Ho Kang. It is not known which team has won the bidding thus far but it is not the San Diego Padres, New York Mets or Baltimore Orioles according to reports from CBS Sports, the New York Post and Baltimore Sun, respectively.

Update: SF Giants are not the team. Brian Sabean has confirmed.

Update #2: John Hickey of Bay Area News Group says it is not the A’s.

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Oakland A’s Offseason Roundup

It has been a long offseason already for A’s fans as Billy Beane aimed to retool and reinvigorate a team that had fallen fast in the second half of last year. The team had begun to look old and even the infusion of Jon Lester wasn’t enough to get them over the hump. With the Mariners right on their heels, and the Angels a good chunk ahead, Beane had to act.

Besides Jon Lester leaving for Chicago, and Jed Lowrie and Luke Gregerson to Houston, here are the major moves of the Oakland offseason thus far as they’ve traded 3 All Stars.

  • 12/19 — Released Nick Punto
  • 12/18 — Traded C Derek Norris, LHP Seth Streich and an international draft slot for RHPs Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez
    • This move was liked for both sides by Keith Law of ESPN, and Fangraphs’ Paul Swydan liked the trade for Oakland
  • 12/18 — Acquired Lefty Eury De La Rosa from Diamondbacks for Cash Considerations. De La Rosa had a 2.95 ERA with a 7.9 K/9, and 3.4 BB/9. De La Rosa is a ground ball pitcher with a reverse platoon split but in only 61 plate appearances
  • 12/9 — Traded Jeff Samardzija along with prospect Michael Ynoa to White Sox for Cal Shortshop Marcus Semien, righty Chris Bassitt, right hander Josh Phegley, and Rangel Ravelo.
    • Semien was very strong in Triple A Charlotte hitting 267 with a 380 on base percentage and 552 slugging. The former Cal player hit 20 doubles, and 15 homers showing some pop for a Shortstop. He struggled in a 231 AB audition in Chicago hitting 234/300/372.
    • Bassitt is a 25 year old right hander who made his big-league debut in 2014 after missing much of the year with a broken hand. He had a strong 2.97 ERA and 8.6 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in four minor-league seasons while being ranked the 15th best prospect in the White Sox system.
    • Phegley is a 26 year old backstop who has failed to take advantage of a limited big league opportunity
    • Ravelo is a corner infield prospect who slashed 309/386/473 in 551 plate appearances. He has experience at 3B but has played mostly first.
  • 12/8 — Traded OF/1B Brandon Moss for Minor league 2B Joe Wendle. Wendle is a 24 year old propsect who had a 253/311/414 slash line over 370 Double-A appearances before having his season cut short by a broken hammate bone. His best tool is his hitting and he rates to have decent power and solid defense. He is also reputed to be a “good character guy”
  • 11/28 – Traded All Star 3B Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for 3B Brett Lawrie who owns a 265/323/426 line over 3 plus seasons, Lefty Sean Nolin a starter with a true four pitch mix and possible number four starter type, righty Kendall Graveman a 2013 draftee who largely dominated the minors before making some relief appearances in the majors, and shortstop Franklin Barreto a possible gem whom is a 18 year old rated Toronto’s 5th best prospect.
  • 11/23 – Acquired 1B/OF Ike Davis
  • 11/19 – Signed DH/1B Billy Butler to 3 year/$30M contract

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