Fatherhood has changed holidays for Vogt

A's catcher plans to enjoy Christmas with his wife and two children

Fatherhood has changed holidays for Vogt

A's catcher Stephen Vogt has been plenty busy this offseason, rehabbing from foot surgery in preparation for the 2015 season while playing dad to daughter Payton and newborn son Clark with his wife, Alyssa.

They're soaking up the holiday season as a family of four, and Vogt was kind enough to take some time to chat with MLB.com about the memories he's creating as a father, as well as ones he remembers best from his own childhood.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

AL West contenders take aim at Angels

Top-heavy division undergoing subtle changes in Hot Stove season

AL West contenders take aim at Angels

There's been a whole lot of noise out West this winter on the Hot Stove scene, but much of the major action has emanated from the National League, where the Padres and Dodgers have dominated the headlines.

Outside of an interesting roster overhaul by Billy Beane of the A's, American League West general managers have been quieter to date, perhaps not surprising given the division's strong showing in 2014 when the Angels posted the best regular-season record of any club in the Major Leagues at 98-64 and three teams finished with 87 or more wins, a claim no other division could make.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's deal Norris to Padres, acquire 2 pitchers

Oakland gets right-handers Hahn, Alvarez from San Diego

A's deal Norris to Padres, acquire 2 pitchers

OAKLAND -- Another A's All-Star is on the move. Catcher Derek Norris is headed to San Diego as part of a four-player trade that brought a pair of right-handers to Oakland on Thursday evening.

Oakland traded Norris, right-hander Seth Streich and an international signing slot to the Padres in exchange for right-handers Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After Norris trade, A's release veteran Punto

Club to pay infielder's $2.75 million option; outfielder Peterson claimed by Cubs

After Norris trade, A's release veteran Punto

OAKLAND -- In the wake of yet another multiplayer trade, with Oakland sending All-Star catcher Derek Norris to San Diego for two pitchers on Thursday evening, the A's released veteran infielder Nick Punto to clear a spot on their 40-man roster.

The A's also announced Friday that Minor League outfielder Shane Peterson was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, following six seasons in Oakland's system. He was originally acquired by the A's in the trade that sent Matt Holliday to St. Louis and appeared in just two games with Oakland, both in 2013.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff: Scouting profile on A's Sean Nolin

Tall lefty is No. 9 on A's Top 20 Prospects list, recently pitched in Fall League

Pleskoff: Scouting profile on A's Sean Nolin

One benefit to pitching or playing in the Arizona Fall League is that scouts and front office personnel from every Major League club are in attendance regularly to evaluate performances. In essence, a player or pitcher may be performing for his own team while getting game-performance exposure in front of every club in baseball.

Starter Sean Nolin recently pitched in the Arizona Fall League. He compiled a 2-1 record with a 4.03 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in seven starts covering 22 1/3 innings pitched. Of most significance in my opinion were his 24 strikeouts against only six walks. The tall, solid lefty showed command, control, mound presence and a deep, consistent repertoire. I saw several of his starts and he rarely disappointed. He didn't flash any one particular "out pitch" but he was able to throw strikes. He wasn't dominating, but he was good. He was reliable. He was consistent, and scouts took note.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's acquire lefty reliever De La Rosa from D-backs

A's acquire lefty reliever De La Rosa from D-backs

OAKLAND -- The A's have added Eury De La Rosa to their bullpen mix, acquiring the left-hander from the D-backs in exchange for cash on Thursday morning.

To clear space on the 40-man roster, right-hander Fernando Rodriguez was designated for assignment.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Scouting profile: A's shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson

Scouting profile: A's shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson

Oakland Athletics infielder Daniel Robertson -- the club's top-ranked prospect according to MLB.com -- had an outstanding career at Upland High School in Southern California. In his senior year, he hit .560 with six home runs and 41 RBIs. He had converted to playing shortstop after playing third base in his first three years. In his final season he also walked 29 times in 28 games while striking out only six times. He signed a letter of intent to attend UCLA.

In the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Athletics chose standout prospect Addison Russell with their first selection at No. 11 overall. Then the team picked Robertson with a supplemental selection at No. 34. He signed a contract and began playing professionally with the Athletics' Arizona League club in the summer of 2012. He later moved to the team's Class A Short Season Vermont club to finish the season. He finished his rookie year hitting a combined .241 with 12 doubles, two triples and five home runs. He drove in 30 runs.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Winter Meetings featured more roster turnover for A's

After getting younger with Moss, Samardzija deals, additional new parts could be on the way

Winter Meetings featured more roster turnover for A's

SAN DIEGO -- After stumbling to the finish line and making another early postseason departure, the A's quickly assessed their own parts, evaluated those of their rivals, and in taking a realistic look at both, opted for a complete offseason makeover.

"This is how it is here," said general manager Billy Beane. "Every time we've done it, we're trying to be proactive. You have to be realistic. It's not necessarily just a reflection on our team, but also recognizing who your competition is.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's trade for Rockies Rule 5 Draft pick Canha

Minor League slugger expected to see time at first base, left field for Oakland

A's trade for Rockies Rule 5 Draft pick Canha

SAN DIEGO -- The A's made one final trade at the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning, acquiring first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha from the Rockies in exchange for Minor League right-hander Austin House and cash considerations.

Canha was selected by Colorado in the Rule 5 Draft from Miami shortly before the deal was made. Per Rule 5 Draft rules, Canha must remain on the A's active 25-man roster for the full season, or be offered back to the Marlins for $25,000.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lawrie visits girl who cried over his trade to A's

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Lawrie visits girl who cried over his trade to A's

Free agent signings, three-team trades and speculation about the next set of moves can make MLB's Hot Stove season ... dramatic.

Billy Beane and the Athletics jumped into the deep end of the water before the Winter Meetings had even arrived, sending All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie and a trio of prospects. While players and analysts alike offered animated reactions to the deal, no one was as emotional one six year old Blue Jays fan.

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A's trio named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

A's trio named to Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Who will comprise back end of A's rotation?

Beat reporter Jane Lee fields questions from Oakland fans this offseason

Inbox: Who will comprise back end of A's rotation?

What will the rotation look like in 2015? Out of Chris Bassitt, Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, who has the best chance to be in the mix on Opening Day?
-- Chris H., Orinda, Calif.

It's hard to say, since Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir are seemingly the only two we can consider as certainties at this point. It's very likely that Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz slot in behind them, which would leave one of Bassitt, Nolin, Graveman and Arnold Leon to be the No. 5 starter. But it very much seems like the A's will go into Spring Training open to every possibility, so look for each of the aforementioned to be given an opportunity to make the rotation. The A's typically don't like to make roster decisions purely based on spring performance, but it seems they'll have to do just that next year, given the unfamiliarity that comes with so many new faces.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zito set on comeback, will audition in January

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Zito set on comeback, will audition in January

You've probably seen Moneyball 17 times by now, so you're surely aware that in 2002, Barry Zito went 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA over 35 starts for the first-place Athletics. He was 24.

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A's quiet on final full day of Winter Meetings

A's quiet on final full day of Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- After grabbing all of the headlines in the early goings of these Winter Meetings, the retooling A's have slowly but surely eased their way out of the spotlight.

Two significant trades in as many days, with Brandon Moss moving to Cleveland on Monday and Jeff Samardzija returning home to Chicago the following morning, was followed by utter silence on Wednesday, as general manager Billy Beane and Co. prepared to return home without making much more of a peep.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's deal Samardzija to White Sox for 4 players

Oakland also trades away Ynoa while acquiring Semien, Bassitt, Phegley, Ravelo

A's deal Samardzija to White Sox for 4 players

SAN DIEGO -- The A's traded their third All-Star in 11 days and fourth in a span of five months on Tuesday morning, sending right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox in exchange for four players to kick off Day 2 of the Winter Meetings.

They also packaged right-hander Michael Ynoa to Chicago and received infielders Marcus Semien and Rangel Ravelo, right-hander Chris Bassitt and catcher Josh Phegley in return.

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After flurry of deals, Beane still not finished with roster

After flurry of deals, Beane still not finished with roster

SAN DIEGO -- After turning his roster upside down, A's general manager Billy Beane is ready to put the pieces back together with an eye not just on 2015, but beyond.

Beane ushered in Day 2 of the Winter Meetings by trading yet another of his 2014 All-Stars. Having already subtracted from his lineup, dealing Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss, he took away from his rotation this time, sending Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox on Tuesday.

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Jim Callis

Semien poised to make quickest Majors impact

Shortstop acquired with Phegley, Bassitt, Ravelo by A's in deal with White Sox

Semien poised to make quickest Majors impact

SAN DIEGO -- Another frontline Athletics starter changed addresses on Tuesday morning. Jeff Samardzija returned to Chicago, this time to the White Sox, in a deal that also featured five young players.

Oakland acquired infielder Marcus Semien, catcher Josh Phegley, right-hander Chris Bassitt and first baseman Rangel Ravelo in exchange for Samardzija and righty Michael Ynoa.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Samardzija trade the latest in Beane's busy offseason

A's GM has dealt 'Shark,' Donaldson, Moss while stockpiling young talent

Samardzija trade the latest in Beane's busy offseason

SAN DIEGO -- This isn't the time to try to make sense out of Billy Beane's frenzied offseason activity. The A's general manager, who has already traded Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss after signing Billy Butler to a three-year deal, a seemingly contradictory set of moves, showed he has much more up his sleeve on Tuesday.

The A's acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt, catcher Josh Phegley and infielders Rangel Ravelo and Marcus Semien from the White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's acquire infielder Wendle from Indians for Moss

A's acquire infielder Wendle from Indians for Moss

SAN DIEGO -- Yet another big bat is headed out of Oakland, with Brandon Moss on his way to Cleveland in a trade that brought Minor League second baseman Joe Wendle to the A's on Monday.

Moss' departure comes less than two weeks after Josh Donaldson was traded to the Blue Jays. The All-Star corner infielders combined for 54 home runs in each of the past two seasons in green and gold.

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A's Spring Training tour part of charity auction items

A's Spring Training tour part of charity auction items

SAN DIEGO -- For a third consecutive year, the A's are offering unique experiences to be auctioned online to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

These efforts are part of a league-wide initiative that was inspired by the numerous employees, friends and fans of the game who have been affected by cancer.

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Bernie Pleskoff

A's net steady player from Indians in Wendle

Left-handed-hitting second baseman has ability to hit ball to all fields

A's net steady player from Indians in Wendle

SAN DIEGO -- Dealing from a deep inventory of middle infielders, the Indians acquired first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Brandon Moss from the Athletics on Monday for highly regarded second-base prospect Joe Wendle.

There may be those who question whether Wendle was enough of a return from Cleveland for the left-handed-hitting Moss. However, those who have watched Wendle play regularly have high praise for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound left-handed-hitting second baseman.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff: Bassitt has repertoire of starter

Pleskoff: Bassitt has repertoire of starter

Recently acquired Oakland Athletics pitching prospect Chris Bassitt is a long and lean right-hander with the ability to start or pitch in relief.

Bassitt was acquired by Oakland from the Chicago White Sox in a six-player trade on Tuesday. Right-handed pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa were sent to the White Sox in exchange for catcher Josh Phegley, first baseman Rangel Ravelo, infielder Marcus Semien and Bassitt.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trio of A's help bring holiday cheer to Oakland school kids

Trio of A's help bring holiday cheer to Oakland school kids

OAKLAND -- A's pitchers Sonny Gray, Dan Otero and Drew Pomeranz sure know how to help throw a party.

The three players were on hand at the Oakland Zoo on Thursday to welcome in local children for a holiday party annually hosted by the A's Community Fund. The players signed hundreds of autographs and were stopped for just as many pictures by the 220 students in attendance from Parker Elementary School in Oakland.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's agree to one-year deals with Davis, Rodriguez

A's agree to one-year deals with Davis, Rodriguez

OAKLAND -- The A's agreed to one-year deals for the 2015 season with first baseman Ike Davis and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez, agreeing to terms with the two players to avoid arbitration.

The club also tendered contracts to its remaining 12 arbitration-eligible players but non-tendered first baseman Kyle Blanks and outfielder Andrew Brown, both of whom were designated for assignment last week.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lawrie ready for new beginning in Oakland

Not trying to fill Donaldson's shoes, third baseman aims to stay healthy, show what he can do

Lawrie ready for new beginning in Oakland

OAKLAND -- The comparisons will linger for some time, and Josh Donaldson will likely trump Brett Lawrie in most talking points, at least through the offseason. But these two third basemen, who swapped uniforms -- and countries -- in a blockbuster trade between the A's and Blue Jays last week, do share a commonality.

They're similar in style, both hard-nosed gamers who aren't afraid to get dirty. Lawrie prides himself on this, and is otherwise uninterested in entertaining any questions about how he's going to replace the A's best player.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reddick swapped numbers with Butler for a winch

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Reddick swapped numbers with Butler for a winch

More than your name or Twitter handle, nothing defines your identity as a baseball player quite like your uniform number. And when a player joins a new team and his preferred number is in conflict with a new teammate, there are three options to resolve the matter: 

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A's announce Minor League coaching staffs

OAKLAND -- The A's have pieced together their 2015 Minor League coaching assignments, announcing the full staff on Tuesday.

Plenty familiar faces are back, and some in new positions.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.