A's, Abad avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

A's, Abad avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

The A's have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1,087,500 million contract with reliever Fernando Abad, thus avoiding arbitration.

The left-hander posted a 1.57 ERA in a career-high 69 appearances last year with the A's, allowing just 13.2 percent (5-of-38) of inherited runners to score.

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

Doolittle unlikely for Opening Day with shoulder injury

A's All-Star closer receives PRP injection for rotator cuff tear, surgery not expected

Doolittle unlikely for Opening Day with shoulder injury

OAKLAND -- The A's are prepared to begin the 2015 season without All-Star closer Sean Doolittle, who has a slight rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder.

The southpaw received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the shoulder last week to decrease inflammation and irritation in the area, and he will be re-evaluated at a later date before the A's determine the next course of action.

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Crisp, Reddick to anchor A's outfield

Versatile newcomer Zobrist provides depth at all three spots

Crisp, Reddick to anchor A's outfield

This is the fourth of a seven-part Around the Horn series that features a position-by-position look at the A's projected starters and backup options heading into the 2015 season. Up next: Outfielders.

Amid the non-stop flurry of wheeling and dealing done by Billy Beane this offseason, the A's general manager opted to keep his outfield largely intact.

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A's, Sogard avoid arbitration with one-year deal

A's, Sogard avoid arbitration with one-year deal

OAKLAND -- The A's have avoided arbitration with Eric Sogard, coming to terms on a one-year deal with the infielder on Friday.

The deal is worth $1.075 million, according to CBS Sports. Sogard's camp had filed at $1.425 million, while the A's initially countered at $900,000. Thus the settlement comes in below the midpoint, but just above the $1 million figure projected by MLB Trade Rumors.

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Jonathan Mayo

Olson No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Bucs' Bell leads list, followed by A's Olson, Yanks' Bird

Olson No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's announce ticket sales date, upcoming promotions

OAKLAND -- Individual game tickets to all A's home games will go on sale Jan. 28 beginning at 9 a.m. PT, the club announced Wednesday.

Fans can access these tickets several ways: online, at www.athletics.com; by phone, at 1-877-493-BALL (2255); or in person, at the Coliseum Gate D Box Office, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Zobrist, Semien give A's infield new look up the middle

Zobrist, Semien give A's infield new look up the middle

A seven-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at Oakland's projected starters and backup options heading into the season, turns its focus to the middle infield in the third installment.

The A's entered this offseason with seemingly just one clear need: a shortstop. Nearly four months later, they've overhauled their entire infield.

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Richard Justice

A's, Rays could ride overhauled rosters to postseason

Oakland's Beane, Tampa Bay's Silverman surprise with bold moves

A's, Rays could ride overhauled rosters to postseason

Raise your hand if you think the Rays and Athletics are both going to the postseason in 2015. Funny game, isn't it?

Turns out, neither team ever intended to punt on the 2015 season. From the beginning, both tried to tell us there was a larger plan.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's lock up five players on 1-year contracts

Reddick, Gentry, Fuld, Lawrie and Cook avoid arbitration with Oakland

A's lock up five players on 1-year contracts

OAKLAND -- The A's on Friday avoided arbitration with five players, agreeing to terms on one-year deals with outfielders Josh Reddick, Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld, third baseman Brett Lawrie and right-hander Ryan Cook.

Terms of the deals were not announced, but Reddick will reportedly take home $4.1 million, with Lawrie settling at $1.925 million and Gentry at $1.6 million.

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A's acquire reliever Clippard, send infielder Escobar to Nats

A's acquire reliever Clippard, send infielder Escobar to Nats

Yunel Escobar is on the move again.

Less than a week after acquiring him from the Rays in the Ben Zobrist deal, the A's have traded the veteran shortstop to the Nationals for reliever Tyler Clippard.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's out to continue success with Minor League free agents

Switch-pitcher Venditte among non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training

A's out to continue success with Minor League free agents

OAKLAND -- The A's have a long history of signing Minor League free agents and turning them into prime big league talent. Already, they've inked several Minor Leaguers this offseason, all of whom will join a handful of the organization's top prospects in big league camp next month.

Here's a look at the current list of A's Spring Training non-roster invitees:

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Versatile Zobrist excited to join new-look A's

Versatile Zobrist excited to join new-look A's

OAKLAND -- Ben Zobrist expects to settle in with the A's rather easily.

Zobrist is part of a horde of A's who'll be new to the team this season, due to general manager Billy Beane's active dealing. Thus, Zobrist will find plenty of kindred spirits wearing green and gold for the first time.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's, righty Chavez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

A's, righty Chavez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

The A's have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Jesse Chavez reportedly worth $2.15 million, avoiding arbitration with the 31-year-old.

Chavez began the season in the starting rotation in 2014, and had a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts before he was moved to the bullpen when Oakland acquired Jon Lester in July.

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

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Richard Justice

Beane fearless when it comes to remaking A's

Beane fearless when it comes to remaking A's

OK, what do you think of your Oakland Athletics now? They may end up being players in the American League West after all. Their pitching is deep, their lineup competitive. Isn't that the bottom line in all of this?

Don't you love A's general manager Billy Beane? You have to, right? It's not just his vision, insight and judgment, either. There are plenty of those things, but there's something else, probably his single best trait: He's absolutely fearless.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's turn infield corners over to newcomers

Lawrie, Butler and Davis replace Donaldson, Moss

A's turn infield corners over to newcomers

This is the second in a seven-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at Oakland's projected starters and backup options heading into the new season. Today: Corner infield.

Name tags will be a must for nearly all corner infielders parading into camp with the A's come February.

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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 utility man Zobrist, SS Escobar from Rays

Oakland sends Jaso, pair of prospects to Tampa Bay

A's acquire utility man Zobrist, SS Escobar from Rays

OAKLAND -- The A's replenished the depth of their lineup as well as their bench Saturday by acquiring utility man Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Oakland had to part with catcher John Jaso and two Minor League prospects, infielder Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell, to complete the trade. But the value of the package Oakland sent to the Rays appeared suitable, since Zobrist is akin to five players by himself. A two-time All-Star, Zobrist can play second base and third base as well as all three outfield spots. He also switch-hits.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reddick uses Dumb and Dumber quote for A's offseason

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Reddick uses Dumb and Dumber quote for A's offseason

You've seen "Moneyball" so it's not news to you that Athletics general manager Billy Beane runs his team a little bit ... differently. The A's faltered down the stretch in 2014, but still managed to make the postseason and hand Jon Lester a four-run lead in the AL Wild Card Game. 

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A's to host annual FanFest Feb. 8

Tickets on sale Jan. 14 at athletics.com

A's to host annual FanFest Feb. 8

Leading up to their 2015 campaign, the Athletics will host their annual FanFest on Feb. 8 at the O.co Coliseum and Oracle Arena.

FanFest gives fans a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the A's players and will feature free autograph sessions with Josh Reddick, Sean Doolittle, Stephen Vogt and others.

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

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Bernie Pleskoff

Pleskoff: A's prospects on the cusp

Nolin, Graveman among top prospects who could impact big league club in 2015

Pleskoff: A's prospects on the cusp

In this series, Bernie Pleskoff takes a team-by-team look at which top prospects are poised to make a contribution at the big league level in 2015.

The Oakland Athletics have had a very busy offseason. Trading veterans, they added young prospects under club control for years to come.

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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.

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon.

Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo: A's Olson will lead Minors in homers

Oakland's No. 2 prospect ranked third in home runs last season with 37

Mayo: A's Olson will lead Minors in homers

There's a good amount of subjectivity regarding baseball prospects. With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye. They discuss their viewpoints regularly in a feature called Pipeline Perspectives. Submit a topic for them to debate.

With the calendar now officially turned to 2015 -- a hearty Pipeline New Year's greeting to all of you -- we figured it was high time to start looking at what we think will happen in the upcoming season.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big Unit, Pedro, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame

Writers elect four players to Cooperstown for first time since 1955

Big Unit, Pedro, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in a blockbuster vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year.

It was the first time in 60 years that the BBWAA has elected four players from the same ballot and the first time three pitchers were elected in the same year. The BBWAA has now elected 119 of the 215 Major League players in the Hall.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's promise young fan they'll take care of Lawrie

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A's promise young fan they'll take care of Lawrie

We're not going to say you should always film yourself dramatically weeping and post the video online when your favorite MLB player gets traded, but for 6-year-old Amelia, things seem to have worked out.

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Opportunity awaits Phegley at catcher for A's

Newly acquired backstop added to help Vogt, Jaso with duties behind plate

Opportunity awaits Phegley at catcher for A's

This is the first of a seven-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at Oakland's projected starters and backup options heading into the 2014 season, starting with catchers.

When trading Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox in December, the A's didn't exactly reel in a big piece of their own. They did, however, find a shortstop in Marcus Semien and an extra catcher in Josh Phegley, among others, and both could be thrust into prominent roles in 2015.

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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.

Inbox: Any free-agent surprises up the A's sleeves?

Beat reporter Jane Lee answers fans' questions

Inbox: Any free-agent surprises up the A's sleeves?

Could the A's jump out and surprise the world by signing a guy like James Shields, Max Scherzer or Asdrubal Cabrera?
-- Jake H., Piedmont, Calif.

Unless the A's found their stockings full of cash -- and lots of it -- on Christmas, they are not signing Shields or Scherzer. This shouldn't come as a surprise, given their financial restraints. Even still, as much as they'd love to have either arm, the A's do already employ an enviable rotation, led by Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir.

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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 to rely on plenty of new faces in 2015

GM Beane has retooled roster in offseason, and more changes could come

A's to rely on plenty of new faces in 2015

OAKLAND -- When examining the 2014 edition of his club, which sprinted to the top of the standings before sputtering into the American League Wild Card Game, A's general manager Billy Beane saw a team in decline. So he moved swiftly in his offseason maneuvering and moved several of his key parts while acquiring a handful of long-term pieces in return.

As a result, the 2015 A's are hardly recognizable. Gone are Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija. Beane's retooling project brought in Billy Butler, Brett Lawrie and Ike Davis, as well as youngsters Marcus Semien and Mark Canha.

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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.

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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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.