Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Slightly more clarity about where the team’s salaries stand The Oakland A’s agreed to 2021 salaries with a few of their arbitration-eligible players this week. On top of that, the early data from those settlements gives us a clue about how to estimate the remaining arbitration players who were tendered contracts but don’t have … [Read more...] about A’s 2021 payroll update after arbitration decisions
Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images MLB news roundup Good morning afternoon, Athletics Nation! Perhaps there is no better illustration of how early we still are in the MLB offseason than the nature of the personnel searches going on. The Angels and Marlins hired new general managers this winter, and the Mets cleaned house entirely after being bought by a new owner; … [Read more...] about Elephant Rumblings: Rangers hire Chris Young as GM, promote Jon Daniels
Photo by MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images Canseco, McGwire, Stewart, or Welch? The Oakland A’s have over a half-century of history in the books, and it’s filled with star players. Several have made the Baseball Hall of Fame after long careers wearing green and gold, but many more are on the outside looking in. The question we’re looking to answer here … [Read more...] about Who is the best A’s player not in the Hall of Fame? Bash Brothers Era
The Oakland A’s have filled their vacancy on their coaching staff, with former outfielder Mark Kotsay taking over as their third base coach. Over the years, the Oakland A’s have had a lot of continuity in both the front office and in the coaching staff. Manager Bob Melvin has been a mainstay on the bench, […] Oakland A’s have new third base coach in Mark Kotsay - White Cleat … [Read more...] about Oakland A’s have new third base coach in Mark Kotsay
After briefly flirting with the idea of returning to the majors, former Oakland A’s pitcher Dan Straily has decided to return to the KBO. If Dan Straily wanted, he likely would have been able to return to the majors. Teams had interest in the former Oakland A’s pitcher after his impressive season in the Korean […] Oakland A’s: Dan Straily to remain in Korean Baseball … [Read more...] about Oakland A’s: Dan Straily to remain in Korean Baseball Organization
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images The short season was nearly as long as a normal All-Star audition. Who would have gotten the call? The 2020 MLB season was unusually short due to the coronavirus pandemic, and one thing missing from a normal year was the annual All-Star teams. Let’s take our best guess at who might have made those midsummer rosters. We already … [Read more...] about Who should have been 2020 NL All-Stars?
Apologies to Daniel Gossett for cropping him out of the bottom of the photo | Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images MLB news roundup Good morning, Athletics Nation! Wednesday brought the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Doing so keeps the players under team control for the 2021 season, with a salary to be … [Read more...] about Elephant Rumblings: A’s tender contracts to all arbitration-eligible players
I’m a decoy. It’s not me. | Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports When I saw mlbtr’s mostly uninspiring list of non-tendered players, one name stood out as a possibly “great A’s-y find”. So I put it out there for the community to guess and 15+ wrong guesses later one thing is clear: the art of identifying talent from a pool like this is so unscientific that every fan, trying … [Read more...] about The Non-Tendered Player A’s Should Go After