Cotton raises funds for hurricane-ravaged home

Virgin Islands native balanced pitching for A's with concern for family, friends

Cotton raises funds for hurricane-ravaged home

OAKLAND -- For much of September, Jharel Cotton's thoughts drifted home. The Virgin Islands, braving two hurricanes in two weeks, were in shambles, and Cotton could only watch from afar as the scale of devastation became clear.

Photos poured in on his Facebook feed, and the A's pitcher heard horror stories from home. Cotton's father had lost the roof to his house, which was otherwise intact, and the majority of his belongings. Others lost everything, including jobs.

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A's trade outfielder Brugman to Orioles

A's trade outfielder Brugman to Orioles

The Orioles and Athletics have agreed on a deal that will send outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Baltimore in exchange for a player to be named or cash, the clubs announced Wednesday.

Brugman, who was designated for assignment by Oakland on Monday, batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 48 games with the A's last season, his first in the Major Leagues.

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A's duo named to Pipeline's All-AFL Team

A's duo named to Pipeline's All-AFL Team

Deep rosters and ongoing roster moves throughout the Arizona Fall League season can make it difficult to evaluate players, many of whom also are mentally and physically exhausted after playing the longest schedules of their careers.

However, it's those same considerations that make standout Fall League performances all the more impressive, offering a potential preview of what the future holds for some of baseball's top prospects.

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

A's add 3 players to 40-man roster

Laureano, acquired from Houston, among those protected from Rule 5 Draft

A's add 3 players to 40-man roster

OAKLAND -- The A's made a series of moves ahead of Monday's 40-man roster deadline, adding right-handers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino, along with outfielder Ramon Laureano, who was acquired in a trade with the Astros earlier in the day.

Outfielder Jaycob Brugman and left-hander Sam Moll were designated for assignment, while right-hander Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville to clear roster space.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams joins A's staff as third-base coach

Williams joins A's staff as third-base coach

OAKLAND -- Longtime Major Leaguer Matt Williams, who enjoyed a managerial stint with the Nationals from 2014-15, has signed on to join the A's staff as the third-base coach.

Williams' playing career spanned 17 seasons with the Giants, Indians and D-backs, concluding with a six-year stint in Arizona through 2003. A's manager Bob Melvin was a member of the D-backs' coaching staff for two of those seasons. They were also teammates in San Francisco from 1987-88.

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Neuse, Murphy among AFL's breakout prospects

Neuse, Murphy among AFL's breakout prospects

With the completion of the Arizona Fall League season on Saturday comes a run of "AFL in review" type stories. Last week, Mike Rosenbaum weighed in with 10 players who stood out to him during his time there. Later this week, Jim Callis will have an AFL top prospects list and MLBPipeline.com will also have an all-AFL team to peruse.

While those later stories will shine a deserving light on the top prospects around the league, every year there are players who might not be at the top of prospect lists, but who use the Fall League as a bit of a coming out party. These are players who can be considered breakout prospects, with the usual caveat about small sample sizes.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's acquire Pagan from Seattle for Healy

Oakland also acquires talented young shortstop Campos

A's acquire Pagan from Seattle for Healy

OAKLAND -- In dire need of relief help this winter, the A's began the process of reshaping their bullpen by consummating a trade that sent Ryon Healy to the Mariners on Wednesday evening.

In return, the A's acquired right-hander Emilio Pagan, who enjoyed a nice rookie season as part of Seattle's relief corps, along with Minor League shortstop Alexander Campos.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A's in search of right-handed outfield bat

A's in search of right-handed outfield bat

OAKLAND -- The A's are dreaming up a roster that allows Khris Davis to occupy the designated hitter slot on a near-everyday basis, creating the need for a right-handed bat who can handle left-field duties in his stead.

Though bullpen help stands as the team's primary focus, the A's are diligently eyeing outfield options -- specifically, right-handed batters to complement their left-handed mix. Matt Joyce is penciled in to play right field for the A's, with Dustin Fowler, Chad Pinder, Boog Powell and Mark Canha all candidates to play center.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Olson finishes 4th in AL Rookie of Year voting

A's first baseman slugged 24 homers in 59 games

Olson finishes 4th in AL Rookie of Year voting

OAKLAND -- Matt Olson's historic second-half home run tear helped the A's first baseman pick up some American League Rookie of the Year votes.

The 23-year-old Olson, who totaled 24 home runs and 45 RBIs in 59 games, including 16 homers in a 23-game stretch from Aug. 27-Sept. 22, was awarded a second-place vote and a pair of third-place votes, tying for fourth overall with Houston's Yuli Gurriel in voting done by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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A's get Competitive Balance pick in 2018 Draft

A's get Competitive Balance pick in 2018 Draft

With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the preliminary order for the 2018 Draft took some shape, thanks to the reverse order of the standings. The Tigers and Giants finished tied with the worst record in the Major Leagues last season, but Detroit was awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft by virtue of having a lower winning percentage in 2016.

After the Tigers and Giants, the next eight picks go to the Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Mets, Padres, Braves, A's and Pirates.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospect Mateo's 'high ceiling' a boon to A's

Shortstop has displayed impressive speed, versatility in Minors

Prospect Mateo's 'high ceiling' a boon to A's

OAKLAND -- Athleticism has been lacking in the A's organization, an attribute that is often associated with the majority of successful ballclubs. To that end, Oakland has carefully curated trades to address these needs.

No deal illustrated this better than July's blockbuster swap with the Yankees. By sacrificing two-plus seasons of Sonny Gray, the A's got themselves a pretty package, reeling in prospects James Kaprielian, Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo.

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San Jose Sharks wear A's-themed jerseys

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San Jose Sharks wear A's-themed jerseys

Saturday was A's Night at the SAP Center, where the San Jose Sharks were hosting the Vancouver Canucks. What's that mean? Well, it means the A's 1989 World Series trophy was in attendance, alongside A's outfielder and UC Berkeley alum Mark Canha. 

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Canha has wrist surgery, should be ready by ST

Canha has wrist surgery, should be ready by ST

Outfielder Mark Canha underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist on Tuesday, the Athletics announced, and he is expected to be ready to fully participate in Spring Training.

Canha, 28, had a cyst removed from his wrist by Dr. Steven Shin at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.

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A's exec Fuson wins player development award

A's exec Fuson wins player development award

Each year, the Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award is given the person in professional baseball with distinguished service that has been instrumental in player development. This year, that is Athletics special assistant to the general manager Grady Fuson. He was named the 10th recipient of the award, Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday.

Fuson has spent nearly three decades with the A's in a career that began as an area scout in 1982. He has also worked for the Rangers and Padres. Fuson has held his current position with Oakland since 2010.

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A's to seek complements to young core

A's to seek complements to young core

OAKLAND -- The A's are readying themselves for the future, collecting young talent that can help them bring winning baseball back to Oakland.

That process, of course, is already underway, the A's equipped with many pieces they believe to be at the center of this core. Identifying the missing parts is the next step, a measure that will keep them plenty busy this offseason.

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Oakland sends 3 to Triple-A; 4 return from DL

Oakland sends 3 to Triple-A; 4 return from DL

The A's outrighted right-handers Michael Brady, Simon Castro and Josh Smith to Triple-A Nashville on Monday. Oakland also reinstated right-handers Paul Blackburn (wrist), Andrew Triggs (hip) and Bobby Wahl (shoulder), as well as outfielder Dustin Fowler (knee), from the 60-day disabled list.

Brady posted a 5.68 ERA in 16 appearances (31 2/3 innings), including his MLB debut with the A's in 2017. He also had a 3.21 ERA in 17 appearances (eight starts) at Nashville.

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Neuse keeps rolling in Fall League

Neuse keeps rolling in Fall League

Sheldon Neuse, Oakland's No. 14 prospect, continued his hot-hitting ways in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run double to lead the Solar Sox to a 5-1 victory over Peoria at Sloan Park.

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A's lineup stable heading into offseason

A's lineup stable heading into offseason

OAKLAND -- Even after a third consecutive last-place finish, the A's don't expect to make any sweeping changes this offseason. Rather, their to-do list appears short.

This greatly reflects the years-long work and subsequent progress made by these A's, whose late-season surge with a young core offered hope for future sustained success.

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A's exercise Lowrie's $6 million club option

A's exercise Lowrie's $6 million club option

OAKLAND -- After strongly hinting they would do so at season's end, the A's officially exercised Jed Lowrie's $6 million club option for 2018 on Thursday.

In other news, the A's also appointed Mark Kotsay as Major League quality control coach.

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A's help replace 9-year-old fan's memorabilia

After wildfires destroy Loren Smith's home, club starts donation drive

A's help replace 9-year-old fan's memorabilia

In a touching moment on Friday, the Athletics helped replace memorabilia for a 9-year-old fan whose house was destroyed by Northern California wildfires.

Loren Smith, an avid A's fan, sent a letter to the club about how much he loved to watch Oakland games and how sad he was to lose his collection of baseball cards, jerseys and baseballs in the fire.

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Inbox: How will A's best find balance on roster?

Beat reporter Jane Lee answers fans' questions

Inbox: How will A's best find balance on roster?

My question involves one of the things Billy Beane and David Forst are best at: Trading for value. There are plenty of youthful players who are considered untouchable. However, what do the A's do, considering there needs to be a balance between youth and veterans? Do the A's trade Franklin Barreto for pitching help and hope Chad Pinder can be the ultimate Ben Zobrist, or do they trade Ryon Healy so that Khris Davis can be the full-time DH?
-- DJ C., Hayward, Calif.

Barreto isn't going anywhere, but Healy and Davis are arguably expendable, meaning one of them could potentially be dealt this winter. Healy, it seems, is more likely to go, given the current roster configuration. Squeezed out of an infield job this year, Healy mostly fits in a DH role -- a job the A's would likely prefer to have Davis handle on a full-time basis, which would allow them to make a defensive upgrade in left field. Healy's on-base number dropped this year, but he still has the type of power that will likely draw interest from several clubs seeking a low-cost offensive boost. The A's, meanwhile, could use him as trade bait to evaluate outside relief help.

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A's seek bullpen coach after Alston's departure

Longtime Oakland employee accepts job with Twins

OAKLAND -- The A's have a vacancy on their Major League coaching staff following Garvin Alston's departure Thursday to join the Twins as pitching coach.

Alston was enjoying his second tour with the A's and first as bullpen coach, rejoining them in June after beginning the 2017 season as pitching rehab coordinator for the Padres.

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A's issue statement after Maxwell incident

The A's issued a statement on Sunday regarding catcher Bruce Maxwell, who was reportedly arrested Saturday night at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a food delivery person alleged he pulled a gun on her.

"We were disappointed to learn of the allegations," the statement read. "We take this situation and ongoing investigation seriously. We are gathering information from the proper authorities and do not have further comment at this time."

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Christenson joins A's staff as bench coach

The A's have named Ryan Christenson as bench coach under manager Bob Melvin for the 2018 season. Chip Hale, who was the club's third-base coach before moving to the bench coach role in June, will return as third-base coach.

Christenson, 43, has been managing in the A's farm system for the past five seasons. He managed the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in 2017. Prior to that, he managed at Class A Beloit in 2013 and Class A Advanced Stockton in '14, and he led Double-A Midland to back-to-back Texas League titles in '15 and '16. Overall, Christenson's Minor League teams went 391-307 (.561).

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Chapman wows A's with top-notch defense

Chapman wows A's with top-notch defense

OAKLAND -- A's designated hitter Ryon Healy calls him "a living highlight reel." Right-hander Jharel Cotton couldn't decide on just one play that was his favorite.

Talk to anyone in the A's clubhouse, and they're all amazed by what Matt Chapman was able to do defensively at third base in slightly more than half a season's worth of games.

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Youth movement to continue for A's this winter

Rebuilding A's expected to be conservative with offseason deals

Youth movement to continue for A's this winter

OAKLAND -- The A's offseason is predominantly expected to be a continuation of a youth movement that started at midseason.

The team has a solid young core that includes Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Chad Pinder, Ryon Healy and Franklin Barreto -- hitters that made it one of the best offensive teams in the American League in the second half.

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