The Oakland A’s have released Billy Butler

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 11 September 2016 at 6:09 pm

The Oakland A’s have released 30-year old righty swinging DH/1B Billy Butler.  Butler played in 85 games for the A’s this year and he was 61 of 221 (.276 avg, .733 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 4 homers and 31 RBI.  Butler played in 236 games in his two years with the A’s and he is 196 of 759 (.258 avg, .719 OPS) 87 runs scored, 19 homers and 96 RBI.  He has now played in 1,402 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 1,469 of 5,076 (.289 avg, .795 OPS) with 589 runs scored, 146 homers, 724 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  The A’s weren’t going to bring him back next year, so it made sense to just let him go right now.

The Oakland A’s claim Donn Roach off waivers from the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 9:11 pm

The Oakland A’s have claimed 26-year old righty reliever/starter Donn Roach off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.  Roach pitched in 4 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Mariners and he was 2-0 with a 8.44 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.  Roach also pitched in 27 games (22 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Tigers and Mariners in which he was 9-7 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Roach has now pitched in 21 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 3-1 with a 5.77 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP.  This is just a case of the A’s taking a flier on a young pitcher to see what he has up close.

The Oakland A’s call up Joey Wendle

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:32 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 26-year old lefty swinging 2B Joey Wendle for his first shot at the show.  Wendle came into this season as the A’s #17 prospect according to Baseball America.  Wendle came to the A’s in the deal that sent 1B/OF Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians.  Wendle played in 125 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 137 of 491 (.279 avg, .776 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 12 homers, 61 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  Wendle has now played in 523 games in his first five years in the minors in which he is 601 of 2,084 (.288 avg, .799 OPS) with 320 runs scored, 50 homers, 273 RBI and 45 stolen bases.

The Oakland A’s deal Coco Crisp to the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:26 pm

The Oakland A’s have dealt 36-year old switch-hitting Coco Crisp and cash to the Cleveland Indians for 31-year old lefty reliever Colt Hynes.  Crisp played in 102 games for the A’s this year and he was 92 of 393 (.234 avg, .698 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 11 homers, 47 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  Crisp played in 734 games in his seven years with the A’s and he was 701 of 2,771 (.253 avg, .718 OPS) with 405 runs scored, 69 homers, 304 RBI and 169 stolen bases.  Crisp also played in 11 games in the playoffs for the A’s in which he was 13 of 46 (,283 avg) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Crisp is #10 in Oakland A’s history with his 169 stolen bases.  He is also #45 in runs scored (405), #46 in doubles (139), #43 in triples (26), tied for #45 in homers (69) and he is also #42 in walks (293) in A’s history!

Hynes pitched in 38 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Blue Jays and Indians this year and he was 3-1 with 2 saves, a 3.99 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has given up 53 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 47 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year.  Hynes last pitched in the majors in 2015 for the Toronto Blue Jays.  Hynes has pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 8.55 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s have dealt Marc Rzepczynski to the Washington Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 25 August 2016 at 3:33 pm

The Oakland A’s have dealt 30-year old lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations to the Washington Nationals for 21-year old lefty swinging SS/2B Max Schrock.  Rzepczynski pitched in 56 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year and he was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.  He gave up 38 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his 36 innings for the A’s this year.  Schrock played in 121 games in A-ball for the Nationals this year and he was 167 of 502 (.333 avg, .834 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 9 homers, 68 RBI and 22 stolen bases.  Shrock has now played in 167 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 220 of 674 (.326 avg, .826 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 11 homers, 82 RBI and 24 stolen bases.  This was a great deal for the rebuilding A’s, as Schrock is a legit prospect.

The Oakland A’s place Tyler Ladendorf on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 1:33 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 28-year old righty swinging 2B/OF Tyler Ladendorf on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained left wrist.  Ladendorf has played in 45 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 4 for 48 (.083 avg, .185 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He has now played in 54 games in his first two years in the majors (both with the A’s) and he is only 8 of 65 (.123 avg, .303 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  I don’t see why the A’s keep giving Ladendorf chances, as he is a horrible hitter.

The Oakland A’s call up Chad Pinder

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 August 2016 at 8:36 am

The Oakland A’s have called up 24-year old righty swinging 2B Chad Pinder.  Pinder came into this season as the A’s #7 prospect according to Baseball America.  Pinder played in 107 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 110 of 426 (.258 avg, .735 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Pinder has played in 360 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 405 of 1,446 (.280 avg, .782 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 45 homers, 200 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  Pinder will get a shot to replace Jed Lowrie (out for the season due to injury) as the starting 2B for the A’s for the rest of the way in 2016, if he can handle it.

The Oakland A’s DFA Patrick Schuster

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:05 am

The Oakland A’s have designated 25-year old lefty reliever Patrick Schuster for assignment.  Schuster pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  He gave up 9 hits, 8 runs (all earned) and 6 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 6 2/3 innings pitched.  He also pitched in 32 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 1-0 with 7 saves, a 1.16 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  They could very well lost Schuster on waivers, despite him getting lit up for the A’s, because he is a young lefty reliever.

UPDATE:  (8/12/2016) – The Oakland A’s have lost Patrick Schuster on waivers to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Oakland A’s call up Chris Smith

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 12:37 pm

The Oakland A’s have called up 35-year old righty starter/reliever Chris Smith.  Smith pitched in 22 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 6-8 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He gave up 120 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 121 batters in his 130 2/3 innings in the minors for the A’s this year.  Smith last pitched in the show way back in 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers.  Smith has pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s place Sonny Gray on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 7 August 2016 at 12:26 pm

The Oakland A’s have placed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right extensor muscle.  Gray has pitched in 21 games (all starts) so far this year for the A’s and he is 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has given up 132 hits (18 homers) and 42 walks while whiffing 93 batters in his first 116 innings for the A’s so far this year, as he has been getting hit really hard.  Since July 1st, Gray has started 7 games for the A’s in which he is 2-5 with a 7.23 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Gray has now pitched in 97 games (95 starts) in his first four years with the A’s and he is 38-31 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Gray has looked nothing like the pitcher he was last year (All-Star, 3rd in Cy Young voting) or the first three years of his career.  Maybe the A’s should bite the bullet and shut hit down for an extended rest in an effort to get him healthy.  It’s not like the A’s are going to the playoffs this year.

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