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Oakland Athletics MLB News - A’s Baseball Blog » 2008 » June

Kurt Suzuki’s bat got hot in June for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 30 June 2008 at 9:17 pm

Kurt Suzuki didn’t do much with the bat in the first two months of the season but he dominated in June to make up for it. Suzuki played in 22 games in June so far for the A’s and he is 28 for 77 (.364 avg, .957 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs. His recent surge has made his season numbers look pretty decent and the A’s need him to keep hitting well. Suzuki has now played in 72 games for the A’s this season and he is 76 for 268 (.284 avg, .713 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 3 homers and 26 RBIs.

The Oakland Athletics designate reliever Kiko Calero for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 19 June 2008 at 6:11 pm

The A’s have designated Kiko Calero for assignment to make room on the roster for the A’s to activate Santiago Casilla off the D.L. Calero pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the A’s this season and he was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He whiffed 7 batters in only 4.2 innings this season which shows the stuff is still there. Calero has said that he will accept an assignment to AAA ball if no team claims him on waivers. But, I have a feeling a team needing a reliever would take a chance on Calero who has a nice track record in the majors. Santiago Casilla was off to a great start this season before being derailed by injury. Casilla has pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the A’s this season and he is 2-0 with 1 save, a 0.93 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. He has only allowed 12 hits in 19.1 innings this season while whiffing 22 batters.

The Oakland Athletics know the time to trade Rich Harden is now

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Wednesday 18 June 2008 at 11:02 am

The Oakland A’s are keeping their fingers crossed that they can trade righty starting pitcher Rich Harden before he breaks down again, and let’s face it…..it’s only a matter of time. The Philadelphia Phillies look like a perfect trading partner for the A’s because they could use a starting pitcher and a lefty reliever (Alan Embree). So here it goes, the A’s would send Rich Harden and Alan Embree to the Phillies for 2B Adrian Cardenas, SS Jason Donald, 3B Travis Mattair and righty reliever Joe Bisenius. The major league team would miss both Harden (4-0, 2.53 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) and Alan Embree (1-2, 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) but the upside of the rest of the trade is way too good to pass up. Cardenas is the #2 prospect in the Phillies’ entire minor league system according to Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook but his future in Philly is blocked by Chase Utley. The 20-year old lefty swinging Cardenas has played in 45 games in A-Ball this season and he is 56 for 173 (.324 avg, .892 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Jason Donald is a 23-year old shortstop with a good eye in the minors which fits into the A’s style of offense. The righty swinging Donald has played in 55 games in AA-ball this season and he is 63 for 211 (.299 avg, .862 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 6 homers, 30 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Travis Mattair had a big upside but he’s a raw prospect right now. The 19-year old righty swinging Mattair has layed in 63 games in A-ball this year and he is 54 for 220 (.245 avg, .620 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 1 homer, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. 25-year old righty reliever Joe Bisenius has had control issues this season walking 16 batters in only 24.1 innings between AA+AAA this year. He has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA ball this season and he is 0-2 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. This is the kind of trade that would really help both teams as it would give the Phillies what they need to win now. Plus, the A’s would get quality infield prospects that could really help in possible positions of need down the road.

Vin Mazzaro appears to finally be progressing for the Oakland Athletics

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 13 June 2008 at 4:10 pm

Vin Mazzaro has been pitching great this season in AA ball for the A’s. The 21-year old righty starting pitcher was ranked as the #18 prospect in the A’s minor league system coming into this season according to Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook. That’s despite the fact that Mazzaro was pretty bad in his two first seasons of pro ball. In his first two years he started 52 games in A-ball and he was 18-21 with a 5.21 ERA. But, the lights have apparently went on inside of Mazzaro’s head as he has been dominating so far this season in AA. Mazzaro has started 13 games this season in AA ball and he is 7-3 with a 2.24 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He might earn a trip to the majors later this season if he keeps pitching like he is right now.

The Oakland A’s are happy with two lefty starters they got from the D-Backs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 13 June 2008 at 12:23 am

The Oakland A’s are really happy with Dana Eveland and Greg Smith who they acquired in the Dan Haren trade this off season with the D-Backs. Eveland was awful in his major league career until this season as he’s looked like a completely different pitcher. He has started 13 games this season for the A’s and he is 4-5 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Eveland has had problems with his control this season walking 39 batters in 76.2 innings this year but he’s only allowed 66 hits limiting the damage. Greg Smith appears to have a bigger upside as he has been solid all season too. Smith has started 12 games this season for the A’s and he is 3-5 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Smith has only allowed 65 hits in 74.2 innings and he has whiffed 56 batters showing what kind of stuff he has. The early returns on the Dan Haren trade appear pretty good.

The Oakland A’s sell infielder Kevin Melillo to the Blue Jays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 6 June 2008 at 4:06 pm

The A’s have sold infielder Kevin Melillo’s contract to the Jays for cash. It appears that the Blue Jays love getting scraps from the A’s kitchen table. Melillo was designated for assignment last week by the A’s. The 26-year old lefty swinging infielder has played in 39 games in AAA ball this season and he was 38 for 147 (.259 avg, .768 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 5 homers and 17 RBIs. He only played in 1 game with the A’s in his career and he only batted one time and earned a walk. The A’s won’t miss Melillo much.

The Oakland A’s recall three players from the minors

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 2 June 2008 at 9:21 pm

The A’s have called up some reinforcements from AAA with the injuries to the Sweeney boys and Joey Devine. The A’s have recalled outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from AAA. He has played in 3 games for the A’s now and he is 4 for 11 (.364 avg, 1.091 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. All four of Gonzalez’ hits in the majors this season have been doubles. The 22-year old lefty swinging Gonzalez was one of the key players in the Dan Haren trade with the Diamondbacks. He played in 41 games in AAA this season and he was 46 for 157 (.293 avg, .790 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers and 25 RBIs. The A’s have also recalled outfielder Travis Buck. Buck got off to a slow start for the A’s before he was placed on the D.L. Buck has played in 18 games for the A’s this season and he is 13 for 77 (.169 avg, .526 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. He needs to make more contact if he wants to stay in the majors this time as he has already whiffed 23 times this season. 28-year old righty reliever Brad Ziegler has also been called up to replace Devine in the bullpen. He pitched in 1 game for the A’s so far this season working 1/3 of an inning allowing 1 hit and no runs. Ziegler has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in AAA this season and he was 2-0 with 8 saves, a 0.37 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s place three players on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 2 June 2008 at 9:13 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed DH/1B Mike Sweeney, OF Ryan Sweeney and relief pitcher Joey Devine on the D.L. Mike Sweeney has a case of left knee inflammation. He has played in 40 games for the A’s this season and he is 35 for 120 (.292 avg, .738 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers and 12 RBIs. Ryan Sweeney has also played well this season but he has been DL’d with a left toe contusion. He has played in 46 games for the A’s this season and he is 36 for 123 (.293 avg, .760 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 22 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Righty reliever Joey Devine was placed on the D.L. with right elbow inflammation. That is a shame as Devine was lights out so far this season for the A’s. He has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the A’s and he is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA and a 1.05 ERA. He also has whiffed 28 batters in only 22 innings. The A’s need all of these guys back as they were all producing.

UPDATE: Mike Sweeney will now miss 4-6 weeks as he underwent surgery to both of his knees.

The Oakland A’s designate Lenny DiNardo for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 2 June 2008 at 9:00 pm

The A’s have designated lefty Lenny DiNardo for assignment because of his awful pitching this season. He pitched in 5 games (2 starts) for the A’s this season and he was 1-1 with a 10.24 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP. Some team will likely claim DiNardo off waivers as lefty pitchers are hard to find and he did pitch well last season for the A’s.

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