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A's back with a force after amazing '18

@JaneMLB
Feb. 20th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- All eyes are on the A's as they seek to build upon a remarkable 2018 showing. After spending the offseason racking up awards -- Matt Chapman and Matt Olson earned Gold Gloves, and Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year -- the A's are

Melvin tinkers with lineup for spring opener

@JaneMLB
Feb. 20th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- As the A’s prepare for Thursday’s Cactus League opener against the Mariners, Mother Nature is readying to wash it away.

The 13 most intriguing players in Spring Training

@RichardJustice
Feb. 20th, 2019

Sometimes they’ll tell you Spring Training performances don’t mean all that much. After all, as The Earl of Baltimore -- that would be Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver -- once said, “Nothing that happens in Fort Myers in March has anything to do with what happens at Fenway Park

Estrada optimistic for bounce-back year

Health, new home ballpark should work to right-hander's advantage
Feb. 19th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Health isn't the only reason to believe in a bounce-back season for Marco Estrada."I'm really excited about the foul territory," the new A's pitcher said. "I've gotten a few outs because of it."Playing within the confines of the pitcher-friendly Coliseum is a big plus for Estrada, who

Crisp joining A's radio team as analyst

Former outfielder will take part in 33 broadcasts this season
Feb. 19th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Coco Crisp is returning to Oakland, this time as an analyst for the radio broadcast team.The former A's fan favorite, who spent parts of seven seasons playing in the green and gold, is set to take part in 33 games next to Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo

Herrmann excited for new opportunity with A's

Veteran catcher expected to platoon with either Phegley or Hundley
Feb. 18th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Let it be known that Chris Herrmann is considering a return to using a quintessential 1980s song, A-ha's "Take On Me," as his walkup music.This development should make the boisterous A's fans in right field at the Coliseum happy. After all, in Herrmann's Arizona Diamondbacks days, some

Chapman feels good; Puk, Cotton throwing

Rain impacts A's Spring Training workouts on Monday
Feb. 18th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- A's third baseman Matt Chapman, who is working his way back from left shoulder surgery, said he felt good Monday after getting his work in the batting cage, rather than in batting practice, due to rain.While Chapman could be ready in a month, starting pitchers A.J. Puk

30 intriguing position battles -- 1 for each team

Feb. 18th, 2019

Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That's what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings. The next

Davis looks to remain in heart of A's lineup

MLB's home run leader last season seeks contract extension
Feb. 17th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Khris Davis is a simple man eyeing a complicated free-agent market, one he'd like to avoid altogether by signing an extension with the A's.That, too, is a complex matter. But on Sunday, Davis expressed hope that a deal will ultimately be reached; Major League Baseball's 2018 home

Barreto looks to seize utility role opportunity

Feb. 17th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- A's prospect Franklin Barreto, not so long ago believed to be Jed Lowrie's obvious replacement at second base, is now readying to take on a utility role.Oakland swung a deal with the Rangers for infielder Jurickson Profar this offseason, pinpointing him as their 2019 second baseman and

Reasons for optimism for each MLB club

Feb. 16th, 2019

On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism

Melvin wastes no time trying to replicate 2018

Feb. 16th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- A's manager Bob Melvin is notoriously superstitious, so when it came time to plot a plan for his introductory meeting with the full squad on Saturday morning, he stuck to the same guest speaker list that accompanied his 2018 gathering.:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World

Pennington embraces role as veteran utility man

Feb. 16th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- In pursuing Cliff Pennington this winter, the A's not only targeted depth and versatility from a player they drafted in the first round more than a decade ago, but a veteran voice that could reach a young infield group.:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::This

Grossman joins crowded A's outfield

Switch-hitter expected to receive bulk of starts in left field
Feb. 15th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Even as the first week of A's camp winds down, new players keep showing up.On Friday, it was Robbie Grossman, who joins a crowded Oakland outfield."We find a way to make additions a little bit later, and I think the marketplace may have a little something to

A's finalize radio broadcast plans for 2019

Feb. 15th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Following a winter-long pursuit of a new radio residence, the A's on Friday finally unveiled their broadcast plans for the 2019 season.They've found a new home with a familiar partner, teaming up with KTRB (860 AM) for the second time and first since 2010. Not only will

Profar excited to rock green and gold

Once baseball's No. 1 prospect, second baseman gets fresh start by Bay
Feb. 14th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- No longer is Jurickson Profar a top young prospect -- he was once considered the best in baseball -- but the A's are hoping to get his best years out of him.Oakland's new second baseman arrived to camp Thursday, eager to immerse himself amongst his former American

Now healthy, Holmes eyes impact spring

Oakland's No. 14 prospect looks to make mark after injury-riddled 2018
Feb. 14th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- 2019 marks a critical year for several A's prospects attempting to restore their stock.Along with the likes of James Kaprielian, Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler, Grant Holmes is seeking a change of fortune this year.:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::The right-hander was limited to

Prospects who should vie for a roster spot in camp

Feb. 14th, 2019

As Spring Training gets underway, MLB.com has taken a closer look at prospects getting the chance to show what they can do in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. For example, there's been a story on 20 prospects likely to be impact rookies during the 2019 season.Our beat writers also singled

Pitching prospect Kaprielian out with lat strain

Right-hander shut down for at least two weeks
Feb. 13th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- James Kaprielian is once again the subject of an all-too-familiar storyline.The A's pitching prospect arrived in camp healthy but has since been shut down, this time with a right lat strain. He'll remain sidelined for at least two weeks before the A's reevaluate him.Kaprielian underwent Tommy John

A's bring back left-hander Brett Anderson

Club inks veteran pitcher to 1-year, $1.5 million deal
Feb. 11th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- The A's are slowly but surely filling in a once-blank rotation, most recently welcoming Brett Anderson back into the fold.It was around this time last year the veteran lefty ran into A's executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane at a local gym, leading to a

Luzardo not feeling heat to win A's starting spot

Cotton, Puk progress in Tommy John recoveries; Chapman takes swings
Feb. 12th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- The A's most-talked-about prospect toed the rubber Tuesday for his first bullpen session of the spring, yet again prompting the big question:Will Jesus Luzardo be in the A's Opening Day rotation? :: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::Oakland, which had a strong showing watching Luzardo

A's add veteran Grossman to outfield mix

Feb. 13th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- A veteran presence is coming to a young Oakland outfield.The A's on Wednesday agreed to a one-year Major League deal with switch-hitting outfielder Robbie Grossman. The club officially announced the deal Friday, while announcing they placed right-hander Daniel Gossett on 60-day injured list.:: Spring Training coverage presented

Blevins calls A's reunion 'the perfect fit'

Lefty reliever spent past five seasons with Nationals, Mets
Feb. 12th, 2019

MESA, Ariz. -- Jerry Blevins' return to the A's comes six years after the lefty reliever's first tour in Oakland ended."I know pretty much everyone here apart from most of the players," Blevins said with a smile.:: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::Only one of them was in

Here are 20 impact rookies for 2019

Feb. 11th, 2019

Every year when we put out our Top 100 Prospects list, we'll invariably get a question that looks something like this:"Insert close to Major League ready prospect name here] is going to be in the big leagues this year. How come he isn't higher than [Insert farther away prospect name