The Oakland A’s acquire Ross Detwiler from the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 18 July 2016 at 10:37 am

The Oakland A’s have acquired 30-year old lefty reliever/starter Ross Detwiler from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.  Detwiler pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Indians this year and he was 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Detwiler has now pitched in 180 games (76 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 21-37 with 1 save, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This move just proves that if you throw with your left arm, teams will take a chance on you.

The Oakland A’s deal Chris Coghlan to the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 5:15 pm

The Oakland A’s have dealt 30-year old lefty swinging OF/2B/3B Chris Coghlan to the Chicago Cubs for 24-year old switch-hitting 2B/OF Arismendy Alcantara.  Coghlan played in 51 games for the A’s this year and he was 23 of 158 (.146 avg, .487 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 5 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Alcantara has played in 53 games for the Cubs in AAA-ball this year and he was 52 of 197 (.264 avg, .751 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 21 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  He has played in 81 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 59 of 304 (.194 avg, .594 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  He has also whiffed 104 times so far in the majors, so he swings a lot.  That being said, I like this deal for the A’s, as Coghlan had been struggling for them this year.  Alcantara will start out in AAA-ball for the A’s, but he could be called up in the near future.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Kurt Suzuki from the Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 23 August 2013 at 12:56 pm

The A’s have acquired 29-year old righty swinging catcher Kurt Suzuki and cash from the Washington Nationals for 22-year old righty starter/reliever Dakota Bacus.  Suzuki played in 79 games for the Nationals this year and he was 56 of 252 (.222 avg, .593 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 3 homers, 25 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Suzuki has now played in 825 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 738 of 2,928 (.252 avg, .682 OPS) with 319 runs scored, 65 homers, 352 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  Suzuki played his first 5 1/2 years in the majors with the A’s.  Suzuki has played in 703 games in his career with the A’s so far and he is 643 of 2,530 (.254 avg, .689 OPS) with 283 runs scored, 57 homers, 302 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Bacus pitched in 26 games (16 starts) in A-ball for the A’s this year and he was 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Bacus pitched in 44 games (17 starts) in his two years in the minors for the A’s and he was 12-5 with 7 saves, a 3.09 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  With the recent injuries to John Jaso and Derek Norris, getting Suzuki from the Nationals makes perfect sense.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Alberto Callaspo from the Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 6:24 am

The A’s have acquired 30-year old switch-hitting 3B/2B Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for 25-year old righty swinging 2B/OF Grant Green.  Callaspo played in 85 games for the Angels this year and he is 74 of 293 (.253 avg, .671 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers and 36 RBIs.  Callaspo has now played in 818 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 754 of 2,762 (.273 avg, .714 OPS) with 314 runs scored, 42 homers, 293 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  Green came into this season as the A’s #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 87 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 123 of 378 (.325 avg, .879 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 11 homers, 50 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Green also played in 5 games for the A’s this year and he was 0 for 15 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Callaspo will probably play 2B for the A’s and bump Eric Sogard to the bench.  I like this pickup for the A’s, as Callaspo is a solid player, but he didn’t come cheaply as Green is a nice prospect.

The Oakland A’s deal infielder Josh Horton to the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 22 May 2013 at 3:01 pm

The A’s have dealt 27-year old lefty swinging infielder Josh Horton to the Orioles for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Horton played in 16 games in AAA-ball for the A’s this year and he was 15 for 67 (.224 avg, .620 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  Horton has now played in 578 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 612 of 2,233 (.274 avg, .719 OPS) with 309 runs scored, 25 homers, 260 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the A’s moving forward.

The Oakland A’s have acquired outfielder Casper Wells from the Blue Jays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 22 April 2013 at 12:01 pm

The A’s have acquired 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Casper Wells from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.  Wells played in 93 games for the Mariners last year and he was 65 for 285 (.228 avg, .698 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 10 homers, 36 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He has now played in 224 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 146 of 593 (.246 avg, .752 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 25 homers, 80 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  This was a good pickup for the A’s as Wells should be able to help them at some point off the bench in 2013.

UPDATE:  (4/28/2013) – The A’s have designated Casper Wells for assignment.  Wells played in 3 games for the A’s this year and he was 0 for 5 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).

UPDATE II:  (4/30/2013) – The A’s have dealt Casper Wells to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations.

The Oakland A’s have acquire Stephen Vogt from the Rays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 6 April 2013 at 6:55 am

The Oakland A’s have acquired 28-year old lefty swinging C/OF Stephen Vogt from the Tampa Bay Rays for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Vogt played in 94 games in AAA-ball for the Rays last year and he was 95 for 349 (.272 avg, .774 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 9 homers, 43 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He also got his first taste of the majors for the Rays last year and it didn’t go too well.  Vogt played in 18 games for the Rays last year and he was 0 for 25 (.000 avg, .074 OPS) with 2 walks and 2 whiffs.

UPDATE:  (4/23/2013) – The A’s have sent cash to the Rays to complete this deal.

The Oakland A’s DFA Travis Blackley

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 30 March 2013 at 8:26 am

The A’s have designated 30-year old lefty starter/reliever Travis Blackley for assignment.  Blackley pitched in 24 games (15 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 6-4 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 36 games (23 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 7-7 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  The A’s should be o.k. in 2013 without Blackley, but he’s not going to be out of work too long!

UPDATE:  (4/4/2013) – The A’s have dealt Travis Blackley to the Houston Astros for 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jake Goebbert.  Goebbert played in 130 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Astros last year and he was 116 of 398 (.291 avg, .838 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 9 homers, 54 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He has now played in 456 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 452 of 1,588 (.285 avg, .793 OPS) with 247 runs scored, 31 homers, 237 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.

The Oakland A’s send Ian Krol to the Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 March 2013 at 8:41 pm

The A’s have dealt 21-year old lefty starter/reliever Ian Krol to the Washington Nationals to complete the John Jaso deal.  Krol pitched in 29 games (15 starts) in A+AA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 2-9 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  He pitched in 64 games (47 starts) in his four years in the minors for the A’s and he was 12-14 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  The A’s should be o.k. moving forward without Krol.

The Oakland A’s acquire Darren Byrd from the Brewers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 March 2013 at 8:38 pm

The A’s have acquired 26-year old righty reliever Darren Byrd from the Milwaukee Brewers for 25-year old lefty swinging 3B Stephen Parker.  Byrd pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in AA-ball last year for the Brewers and he was 3-5 with 6 saves, a 2.59 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Byrd has now pitched in 204 games (92 starts) in his first eight years in the minors and he is 36-43 with 8 saves, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Parker played in 99 games in AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 84 of 328 (.256 avg, .717 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 7 homers, 47 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Byrd will probably start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the A’s.

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