The Oakland A’s DFA Pat Neshek

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 August 2013 at 7:36 am

The A’s have designated 32-year old righty reliever Pat Neshek for assignment.  Neshek pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the A’s this year and he was 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  He pitched in 65 games (0 starts) in his two years with the A’s and he is 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  I think some team could claim Neshek off waivers as he has pitched pretty decent ball the last couple of years in Oakland.

UPDATE:  (8/28/2013) – Pat Neshek has been outrighted to AAA.

The Oakland A’s place Josh Reddick on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 August 2013 at 7:28 am

The A’s have placed 26-year old lefty swinging, starting RF Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained right wrist.  Reddick has played in 97 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 70 for 329 (.213 avg, .658 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 10 homers, 46 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Despite being a fan favorite, Reddick has really struggled in Oakland this year.  Reddick has played in 52 games at home this year and he is 34 of 176 (.193 avg, .577 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 2 homers, 19 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  This is going to hurt the A’s as they need all hands on the deck if they are going to make the playoffs in 2013.

The Oakland A’s place Derek Norris on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 23 August 2013 at 2:10 pm

The A’s have placed 24-year old righty swinging catcher Derek Norris on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured left big toe.  Norris has played in 84 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 52 of 224 (.232 avg, .731 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 8 homers, 26 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Norris has now played in 144 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 94 of 433 (.217 avg, .681 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 15 homers, 60 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  This was the reason that the A’s felt compelled to deal for Kurt Suzuki.

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.

Nate Freiman has been playing well for the Oakland A’s this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at 7:47 am

26-year old righty swinging 1B Nate Freiman has been platooning with Brandon Moss, and the results have been good.  Freiman has played in 63 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 45 of 158 (.285 avg, .755 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 homers and 23 RBIs.  Freiman has been hot with the bat so far in August.  He has played in 9 games so far this month and he is 8 for 19 (.421 avg, 1.268 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Freiman has been quite a find for A’s GM Billy Beane.

The Oakland A’s have signed Mike Zagurski

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 19 August 2013 at 1:28 pm

The A’s have signed 30-year old lefty reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal.  Zagurski pitched in 6 games (0 starts) earlier this year with the Pirates and he was 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He also has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Pirates and Yankees in which he is 6-3 with 2 saves, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Zagurski has now pitched in 88 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 1-0 with a 6.84 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  Zagurski will start his career in AAA-ball for the A’s and he has a September 1st opt out clause in his deal.

UPDATE:  (9/2/2013) – The A’s have released Mike Zagurski, at his request.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s and he was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s have placed Bartolo Colon on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 19 August 2013 at 1:23 pm

The A’s have placed 40-year old righty starting pitcher Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list due to a left groin strain.  Colon has pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 14-5 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  The A’s have called 26-year old lefty Tom Milone to replace Colon in the starting rotation.  Milone has pitched in 23 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 9-9 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  The A’s hope that Milone is better this time around and that Colon only has to miss a couple of weeks.

Josh Reddick is turning up the power in August for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 August 2013 at 7:04 am

26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Reddick is turning up the power in August for the A’s.  Reddick has played in 9 games for the A’s so far in August and he is 6 for 28 (.214 avg, 1.121 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 5 homers and 8 RBIs.  Reddick has now played in 86 games for the A’s overall this year and he is 62 of 290 (.214 avg, .684 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 10 homers, 45 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  The A’s need Reddick to keep pounding the ball, as he was sleepwalking at the plate until August.

The Oakland A’s send Tommy Milone to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 4 August 2013 at 6:10 am

The A’s have sent 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Tommy Milone to AAA.  Milone has pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 9-9 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Milone has given up 139 hits (22 homers), 33 walks and he whiffed 100 batters in his 133 1/3 innings so far this year for the A’s, so he has had trouble with the longball.  But his biggest issues have come against the division rival Texas Rangers.  Milone has started 2 games against the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.  Against everyone else, Milone has pitched in 20 games (all starts) in which he is 9-7 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  The A’s could bring Milone back up when they need another starter on August 13th.

The Oakland A’s have acquired Fernando Nieve from the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 3 August 2013 at 5:06 pm

The A’s have acquired 31-year old righty reliever/starter Fernando Nieve from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.  Nieve pitched in 22 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Indians this year and he was 5-3 with a 1.81 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  Nieve gave up 34 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 44 2/3 innings in the minors this year, which are very impressive numbers.  Nieve last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the New York Mets.  Nieve has pitched in 99 games (19 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-11 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  I think Nieve might help the A’s later on in 2013.

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