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  • A's Claim David MacKinnon, Designate Wandisson Charles

    The Athletics announced Friday that they’ve claimed first baseman David MacKinnon off waivers from the Angels. Right-hander Wandisson Charles was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. MacKinnon, 27, is a former 32nd-round draft pick who made his big league debut this season after a huge showing in Triple-A Salt Lake. He went just 7-for-37…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Wandisson Charles David MacKinnon
  • Sean Murphy Goes Deep Wednesday

    Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy remained with the club past the trade deadline, and he rewarded that decision by going deep off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani in a 3-1 victory. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game. Murphy now has a .757 OPS with 13 homers this year, but given that he is likely the best remaining player on the roster, he doesn't figure to have much opportunity for counting stats going forward and remains a borderline fantasy option behind the plate.

    Aug 4 · Source via Athletics Sean Murphy
  • Cardinals Acquire Austin Allen From A's

    The Cardinals have acquired minor league backstop Austin Allen from the A’s, the team announced. Minor league pitcher Carlos Guarate is back to Oakland in return. More to come.

    Aug 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Cardinals Austin Allen
  • A's Acquire Prospects Ken Waldichuk, Luis Medina

    The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Ken Waldichuk, right-hander Luis Medina, left-hander JP Sears and second baseman Cooper Bowman from the New York Yankees on Monday in exchange for starting pitcher Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino, according to a source. It's a nice prospect haul for the A's, as MLB Pipeline had Waldichuk ranked as the Yankees' No. 5 prospect, with Medina at No. 10, Sears at No. 20 and Bowman at No. 21. Waldichuk stands at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds and has a 3.59 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings over 11 starts at Triple-A in 2022. Medina has elite raw stuff on the mound, but his command has been lacking, and he's likely to surface as a reliever in the big leagues. Sears is more of a control artist and has a 2.05 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 15 K's in 22 innings in the majors this year. Bowman is best known for his speed.

    Aug 1 · Source via Yankees Athletics Luis Medina Frankie Montas JP Sears Lou Trivino closers prospects
  • Yankees Acquire Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino From A's

    The New York Yankees acquired starting pitcher Frankie Montas and relief pitcher Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are sending left-hander Ken Waldichuk (their No. 5 prospect), right-hander Luis Medina (No. 10), left-hander JP Sears (No. 20) and second baseman Cooper Bowman (No. 21) to the A's. Montas became the Yankees' top trade target after the Seattle Mariners landed right-hander Luis Castillo from the Reds last weekend. The 29-year-old's fantasy stock will only rise with the move to the first-place Yankees. He is currently 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 109 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104 2/3 innings over 19 starts. Trivino, who has a 6.47 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and 10 saves for the A's in 32 innings, is unlikely to see many save chances in a bullpen that includes Clay Holmes as the primary ninth-inning option.

    Aug 1 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas Lou Trivino closers
  • Guardians Have Discussed Sean Murphy

    The Cleveland Guardians and Oakland Athletics have discussed catcher Sean Murphy, according to sources. However, the talks hadn't gained much traction as of Sunday morning. The A's can hang onto Murphy, who is under team control for another three and a half years, until the offseason and deal him in a much better market. Oakland has highly regarded prospect Shea Langeliers waiting at Triple-A. Cleveland needs an offensive jolt at catcher, and Murphy is an above-average hitter and a Gold Glove winner. The A's could use outfield and high-end starting pitching prospects, but the Guardians might be more inclined to tap into their surplus of middle-infield prospects. Murphy is currently hitting .238/.314/.423 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, 43 runs scored and a stolen base in 336 at-bats for the A's.

    Aug 1 · Source via Athletics Sean Murphy
  • Athletics Sign Beau Taylor To Minor League Deal

    The Athletics have signed catcher Beau Taylor to a minor league deal, reports Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle. Taylor has been signed to Triple-A Las Vegas. Taylor, 32, returns to the organization that drafted him, as the A’s selected him back in 2011. He worked his way up the minor league ladder and…

    Jul 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Beau Taylor
  • Frankie Montas' Trade Market Narrows To NYY, TOR, STL

    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the trade market for Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas has come down to the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and St. Louis Cardinals. New York and Saint Louis have long been tied to Montas but Toronto has now emerged as a new suitor. The 29-year-old right-hander has compiled a 4-9 record, 3.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 109:28 K/BB ratio across 104 2/3 innings while pitching for last place Oakland. Expect a deal to happen sometime in the next day or so.

    Jul 31 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Latest On Frankie Montas

    With Luis Castillo now on his way to Seattle following last night’s trade to the Mariners, Frankie Montas stands out as perhaps the best and likeliest arm left to be traded before Tuesday’s 5pm CT deadline. The majority of teams that held interest in Castillo are involved, to varying extents, in the Montas market, so…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Cardinals Pursuing Frankie Montas

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas is one of the starters that the St. Louis Cardinals are pursuing with the trade deadline nearing. Starting pitching is a far greater need for the Cardinals because of injuries to Jack Flaherty and Steven Matz. The A's, according to sources, want some of the same prospects for Montas that the Washington Nationals want for outfielder Juan Soto. It would be out of character for the Cardinals to part with the number of players necessary to land Soto for two-plus years and Montas for one-plus year. When St. Louis trades for big-name hitters, it's usually in the offseason. One executive said Montas might have a higher ceiling and a higher floor than Luis Castillo, who was dealt to the Mariners on Friday night for three of their top-five prospects.

    Jul 30 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Frankie Montas Now Yankees' Top Target

    With right-hander Luis Castillo being traded to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, Oakland Athletics right-hander Frankie Montas is now the New York Yankees' top starting pitcher target before Tuesday's trade deadline. The Yankees are in on other starters as well, including Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jose Quintana. New York definitely needs to bolster their starting rotation, and Montas would do just that. Pitching for the last-place A's, he's gone 4-9 with a strong 3.18 ERA (3.36 FIP), a 1.14 WHIP, 109 strikeouts and 28 walks in 104 2/3 innings over 19 starts. While a move to the American League East would have its challenges, Montas would also be backed by a much better offense in the Bronx.

    Jul 30 · Source via Athletics Frankie Montas
  • Dany Jimenez Strikes Out The Side Friday

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Dany Jimenez (shoulder) pitched one inning in a minor league rehab outing for Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and struck out the side without allowing a hit or a walk. Jimenez threw 16 pitches in his first minor league outing while he recovers from a right shoulder strain that put him on the injured list in late June. Before his injury, Jimenez was the team's primary closer in Oakland, so he should return to the ninth-inning role once he's ready. There's a chance he'll be reinstated from the injured list at some point this weekend. Before his injury, the 28-year-old had a 4.38 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 11 saves and 23 strikeouts in 24 2/3 relief innings in 2022. Lou Trivino has been filling in as the A's closer with Jimenez out.

    Jul 30 · Source via Athletics Dany Jimenez closers
  • Brewers, A's Have Discussed Ramon Laureano

    The Brewers are known to be in the market for outfield help — specifically in center field — and they’ve had recent talks with the Athletics about a potential trade involving Oakland outfielder Ramon Laureano, Jon Heyman of the New York Post writes. The 28-year-old Laureano is just one of several Athletics players who could…

    Jul 29 · MLB Trade Rumors Brewers Athletics Ramon Laureano
  • Brewers Discussing Ramon Laureano Trade

    The Milwaukee Brewers are looking to upgrade in the outfield with the trade deadline looming. That being said, the front office is reportedly discussing trading for Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano. On paper, this seems like a good fit with the Brewers needing another full-time outfielder. Laureano isn't having a great year at the plate, but does have 10 home runs and nine stolen bases. His bat would likely receive a boost with a change of scenery to American Family Field. Possibly, the Brewers wouldn't have to give up too much considering Laureano is having a down year at the plate. Fantasy managers should stay tuned to see what happens over the next few days.

    Jul 29 · Source via Athletics Ramon Laureano
  • Sean Murphy Not Starting On Wednesday

    Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy isn't in the team's lineup on Wednesday for a matchup with the Houston Astros and right-handed starter Cristian Javier. Murphy has been one of Oakland's best position players so far this season, batting .244 with a .322 on-base percentage, 11 home runs, and a stolen base in 368 plate appearances. Instead, the A's will start Stephen Vogt behind the plate against Javier and the Astros. The veteran is hitting sixth on Wednesday. For the season, Vogt is batting .46 with a .215 on-base percentage and four home runs in 93 plate appearances. Fantasy managers in search of streaming help are probably better off looking elsewhere.

    Jul 27 · Source via Athletics Sean Murphy
  • Yankees Reportedly "In On" Frankie Montas, Luis Castillo

    According to a tweet from the New York Post's Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees are reportedly "in on Frankie Montas as well as Luis Castillo (and others)." Montas is enjoying another strong season for the Oakland Athletics, pitching to a 3.18 ERA and a 3.36 FIP in 104.2 innings. He's also struck out 109 batters while allowing just 28 walks. Castillo, meanwhile, owns a 2.77 ERA and a 3.04 FIP in 78 innings for the Cincinnati Reds, logging 82 strikeouts and 27 walks in the process.

    Jul 27 · Source via Yankees Athletics Reds Frankie Montas Luis Castillo
  • Lou Trivino Earns Second Consecutive Save Tuesday

    Oakland Athletics relief pitch Lou Trivino picked up his 10th save of the season in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Astros. Trivino came on to pitch the ninth inning up by two and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts. This was the second straight save for Trivino, although three different pitchers have earned saves for the A's since their return from the All-Star break. Trivino may be the best bet for saves in Oakland right now, but he has a massive 6.68 ERA to go with a poor 4.06 BB/9 rate. Further, the A's will likely not see a ton of save opportunities and those will likely go to Dany Jimenez (shoulder) once he returns from the injured list. Overall, Trivino is really only worth a look in deep roto leagues for fantasy managers chasing saves.

    Jul 27 · Source via Athletics Lou Trivino closers
  • Athletics' Sean Murphy Drawing Trade Interest

    The rebuilding A’s are getting plenty of interest in catcher Sean Murphy, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes in his latest notes column. A deal isn’t necessarily likely, given the 27-year-old’s three remaining seasons of club control beyond the current campaign, but Oakland does have a pair of highly touted catchers progressing through the minors…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Athletics Sean Murphy
  • Cole Irvin Goes Seven Strong Innings

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Cole Irvin picked up the win over the Texas Rangers Friday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight batters to improve his record to 5-7 on the season. With a 3.08 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 102 1/3 innings, Irvin certainly deserves better than his record, but Oakland simply isn't a good enough team to deliver more wins. Irvin carries much more value in sabermetrically inclined leagues but is worth a look in good matchups in all formats.

    Jul 23 · Source via Athletics Cole Irvin
  • Seth Brown Hits Two-Run Shot

    Oakland Athletics first baseman Seth Brown led the way offensively to a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers Friday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, his 12th long ball of the season. While Brown has not been particularly impressive with a .702 OPS in 314 plate appearances this season, he has added seven stolen bases to those 12 home runs, giving him some value as a compiler in deep fantasy formats. His last stolen base came on June 23 though, so it's possible he won't improve much on his current total.

    Jul 23 · Source via Athletics Seth Brown
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