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  • July 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Chris Mosch looks at changing defensive alignments with two-strikes to better defend hitters with both strong pull tendencies and good bunt abilities. The case study is Coco Crisp.

  • July 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    This isn't A's-related but it is a nice elegy for Ryan Howard by Paul Boye.

  • July 24, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Jim Bowden's piece (Insider only) a week ago had the A's aggressively looking for a second baseman but unwilling to part with Daniel Robertson. Apparently some A's scout types like him as much as Russell, which sounds ludicrous unless you think that maybe Russell is like a Derek Jeter type on defense who's going to take away 15 runs on defense even as he provides ___ at the plate. In any event, Renato Nunez, by contrast, is apparently very much on the table.

  • July 22, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Michael Baumann's piece on the Astros / Brady Aiken situation is worth a minute. I'm justifying putting it here on this A's blog because the Astros are a division rival. For some definition of "rival," anyway.

  • July 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Katie Sharp at ESPN has a look at how Sonny Gray has turned it back around after a rough June.

  • July 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Let's give Huston Street a warm welcome back into the American League West, ideally by hitting about 12 homers off of him in the event he pitches August 22-24, 28-31, or September 22-24. "The unlikely event," he said, smugly, implying that the Angels aren't going to go to the ninth inning with the lead against the A's, thereby dooming Oakland to lose all 10 games by the magic of baseball blogger karma.

  • July 18, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    The similarities between the swings of Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson are intentional. It's become one of my favorite things to say about the current iteration of baseball: swinging real real real hard may be something like a market inefficiency on the player level.

  • July 18, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    In even more important ex-A's news, Brett Wallace is now a Blue Jay. Toronto acquired him from Baltimore, where I did not even realize he had been.

  • July 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    In always-important ex-A's news, Trevor Cahill is back from his excursion in the minors. He's still walking the entire world and is probably never going to be the pitcher we hoped he'd be, but at least he's in the majors again.

  • July 17, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    The basic takeaway from this analysis of Mike Trout's swing by Blake Thomsen is that his mechanics match up perfectly with what pitchers have been taught to do since time immemorial. "Keep the ball down!" say the coaches, except that Trout does all his damage on low pitches and none on high pitches. You adjust your approach to different batters, but it's one thing to throw more sliders or more to one side of the plate against some batters and a whole other to work up, up, up when with almost literally everyone else in baseball you're better off working down. The mechanics of pitching are geared toward delivering the ball down in the strike zone. It's hard to just make that adjustment for one hitter.

  • July 16, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    This is a fascinating look at the history of "options" in baseball (with Tom Milone as the lede, though the A's link here is shaky -- I'd recommend it regardless of who was in the header image).

  • July 13, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Boy, the A's farm system is, uh, not elite in terms of current talent on hand, is it?

  • July 13, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Did I say anything here about the Jeff Francis trade? I don't think I did. Big up to Billy Beane for getting something for Francis from the Yankees, even if that something is like $25,000 or a fourth-rate 27-year-old reliever in High-A.

  • July 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Sam Miller finds the best defensive game of June and it stars our own Josh Donaldson. He uses this as an excuse to look at how Donaldson went from Auburn infielder to Auburn catcher to minor-league catcher to major-league third baseman to incredibly good major-league third baseman. Well worth the click if you have a subscription to BP.

  • July 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Alberto Callaspo went on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Andy Parrino is up. I predict that this injury will cost the A's approximately 0.07 percent in their playoff odds.

  • July 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    And the Baseball America midseason top 50 has Russell fifth, ahead of even Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez.

  • July 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    The blogfather, David Schoenfield, looks at the Samardzija trade after Sunday's excellent start.

  • July 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    The Baseball Prospectus midseason top 50 prospects ranking is here and Addison Russell is sixth. /sobs

  • July 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    It's Eric O'Flaherty time in Oakland, finally. Or maybe "finally" is unfair given that he made it back from Tommy John surgery even before (if barely before) the All-Star break. Either way, it's the end of the A's road for Jeff Francis, who was designated for assignment. A variety of things could happen, including him staying in the A's organization, but the odds of that seem low. Given that he wouldn't be on the 40-man roster if he stuck around, in case of injury you'd have to figure that Joe Savery would be ahead of him in line for a 25-man spot if the team is looking specifically for a lefty, and Fernando Rodriguez if they just want a good reliever.

    At least he got that save.

  • June 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Meet the A's newest shortstop and starting pitcher acquired in the most Billy Beane of fashions.

  • June 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Mike Petriello has this good look at Sean Doolittle's success and how he's done it at FanGraphs.

  • June 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Some nice news for Renato Nunez, who made the World Futures Game team. Nunez isn't a big-time prospect (he was ranked sixth in the mediocre A's organization by MLB.com and 10th by Baseball Prospectus), though he does have big-time power. Hopefully this isn't his career highlight, but it's always a possibility. The 2006 Futures Games, for instance, featured Joe Koshansky, Eric Patterson, Josh Fields, Jason Hirsh, Eric Hurley, Nick Pereira, Josh Sharpless, Salomon Manriquez, Yung Chi Chen, Joel Guzman, Anderson Gomes, Trent Oeltjen, and Davis Romero, among others. It also, to be fair, had Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Joey Votto, and an assortment of others ranging from solid to well-above-average. My point isn't to throw shade at the organizers of the event, but simply to note that the future, as it were, is still incredibly speculative.

  • June 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    The mystery of Josh Reddick's activation (specifically, who would need to be cut to make room) has been solved, as Kyle Blanks has a strained calf that has put him on the disabled list. In the 20 games in which Blanks recorded a position played, 17 of them were at first base. He basically started against lefties, though it wasn't a strict platoon (as has been Bob Melvin's wont this year).

    With Reddick returning, this would seem to leave the team some options. Of course, when Reddick plays, he'll be in right field. And when he plays with a right-handed pitcher on the mound, Brandon Moss will 100 percent be in the lineup, most likely at first base. The difficulty is that this leaves one of The Catcher Trio sitting (with the other two splitting catcher and designated hitter), which is a shame given how Reddick has hit the last year and a half, but is not nearly as much of a shame when you consider his defense versus the try-real-hard galumphing of Vogt. I appreciate the hell out of the guy, and I love having him on the team, and it's fun watching him hit, but he's not Reddick in the pasture.

    The question is what to do against lefties. I'd be in favor of Craig Gentry starting over Reddick with Moss and Alberto Callaspo splitting first base and DH. That's not nearly as fearsome a lineup as the one against righties, but that's exactly how you want to build your team, right? Why sign a bunch of lefty mashers when you're only going to get to use them one day in four?

    Once again, though, we're just talking about base lineups, not the everyday configuration. Check out the A's calendar of defensive assignments this year -- players get rest, players have owies, players get pulled for matchup reasons, it's all there. Really, though, all I ask is that we give Reddick a break against lefties.

  • June 20, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    The A's are first in baseball at turning batted balls into outs and it's not particularly close, so if platooning is hurting their defense, then it must be because they're superhuman at defense normally. I appreciate the theorizing, but a little actual data (no, error totals don't count) can go a long way.

  • June 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    And just like that, here's your 25-man answer -- Evan Scribner is headed back to Sacramento. Relatively predictable. If he wasn't good enough to beat out Jeff Francis for a roster spot three days ago, why would he be good enough now? See you next time, Scrumbles.

  • June 20, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    The mystery of who would be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Brad Mills (who is starting today) has been solved: the A's waived Justin Marks and lost him to [drumroll] the Rangers. Duh. It's frankly almost a little creepy at this point, the Rangers claiming everyone the A's waive.

    The 25-man roster move to get Mills on is still a mystery. The lineup card for 22 men listed (nine batting starters, four benchies, eight bullpen, and Mills), which either means a typo (e.g. forgetting to take Jeff Francis off the card), a late-breaking move (e.g. they haven't actually optioned Evan Scribner yet because they haven't decided whether they want to), or, most disastrously, a starting pitcher is going to go on the disabled list.

    I'm not sure what the deadline is to set your 25-man roster before a game, i.e. I don't know whether the second option above is even possible.

  • June 19, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Here is why the A's aren't getting Ben Zobrist.

  • June 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Here is the Baseball Reference page for the pitcher the A's got in return for Michael Taylor. He's 24 in the South Atlantic League and signed as an undrafted free agent. He's a very long shot, good peripheral numbers this year aside. There's real danger of this line of a long trade tree that includes Brett Wallace and Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez and so forth being snuffed out if Sanchez gets released by the A's without ever making enough of a dent to be traded again.

    Good luck to Taylor, though. I don't know that he couldn't be a useful part-timer for a few years if the opportunity arose. He seems, human being-wise, like he deserves it.

  • June 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    I don't want to be mean, but this Yoenis Cespedes piece is like a master class in how not to evaluate defense.

  • June 11, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    The frame for this piece by Jen Mac Ramos is Justin Duchscherer, but I'd share it regardless -- it's an important blend of personal history and reporting on mental health and baseball. Those of us fortunate enough to be free of anxiety, depression, or other disorders should be aware of what people without such luck go through, and in particular it is nice to see, maybe, little by little, the culture inside baseball turning from "that guy is soft" to "we need to support that guy so he can try to get better."

  • June 10, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Sam Miller's take on the Manny Machado suspension (he did not get enough because of the particular tool involved in the fracas) seems right to me. (He would also have suspended Abad, which I agree with as well because I would try to legislate throwing-at-hitters out of the game. Even in the context of the situation as it stands, I'm not sure why he didn't get one game at least. He clearly tried to hit Machado, right? Chen's HBP of Donaldson was at least ambiguous, if suspect.)

  • June 9, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    David Schoenfield has an appreciation of Sean Doolittle, the ridiculous work he's done, and the completely absurd way in which he's done it (all fastballs, all up in the zone). Don't let it become routine, fellow fans. Baseball is ephemeral, life is fleeting, joy never lasts, it's all darkness and pain in the not-even-very-long run. Embrace Doolittle and celebrate his accomplishments every day. Peace be with you.

  • June 9, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Grant Brisbee's take on the Orioles nonsense from this weekend looks right to me. Even the part where he doesn't know the difference between Eric Sogard and Alberto Callaspo. Cut him some slack, he's a Giants fan, the expectations are lower.

    Also: check out the Bert Campaneris GIF at that link. Doesn't it seem like Campy just doesn't react at all until the ball has already smacked him? Did he not see it? Did pitchers throw super-deceptive back then? Mysterious.

  • June 9, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    In case you missed it, the Diamondbacks have designated Trevor Cahill for assignment. It's too bad, and it evokes weird feelings as a fan -- you're happy that Billy Beane made the trade when he did, taking the heat for trading a supposed young stud for speculative pieces, but you're not happy about why you're happy because Cahill seemed like a nice guy, a good player to root for. Not a goofball like Brett Anderson or a big personality like Grant Balfour, but just a solid dude.

    And so now, after one mediocre season in Arizona followed by one horrific start to a season and then a demotion to the bullpen, he's just an extra piece, someone you designate when you need the 40- or 25-man roster space. He's Evan Scribner.

    I'll be curious to see whether Arizona can swing a trade or get someone to bite on waivers to get out from under his contract. He's got about $5 million still coming to him over the rest of this year and $12 million next year! Plus $800,000 worth of buyouts. So it seems likely that he could get through waivers on price tag alone.

    The new market inefficiency is signing bad players to huge contracts and then DFAing them so you know they won't get claimed. You'll never lose Trevor Cahill unless you want to.

  • June 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    This Ken Rosenthal piece on Brandon Moss has a lot of great bits in it. Moss signed with the A's because he was frustrated with the Phillies and because he wanted to go to the PCL to boost his power numbers so he could get a contract in Japan.

    Moss plays first in part because of Farhan Zaidi (a story that's been told) and in part because Darren Bush, his Triple-A manager, asked him how he could help Moss get to the majors, Moss replied that he'd like to add some versatility by working in at first base, and Bush readily agreed.

    And finally, Moss appreciates the A's stats department, talking about how stats give you the larger picture of a player, in sharp contrast to the sort of "we're just numbers to them" rhetoric you sometimes hear, including from the direction of Houston recently. Surely that's in part Moss' appreciation for Zaidi's role in giving him his shot, but it may also speak to the A's ability to communicate what the stats people are doing and why to the players (and coaches and scouts?).

    Thus is an All Star-caliber first baseman made.

  • June 8, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I can't really find much to disagree with in David Schoenfield's take on the Manny Machado dust-up.

  • June 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Here's a profile of the A's 14th-round pick and how he became a top-notch catcher.

  • June 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I like the scout's insight that the A's could use a second baseman.

  • June 7, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Agent Joshua Kusnick recounts some post-draft negotiations.

  • June 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Good op-ed in the New York Times from Emma Span on the sexism of softball.

  • June 6, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    The A's have paid a little money to get Justin Marks, a lefty pitcher, from the Royals. Kansas City had designated him for assignment. He'll head to Sacramento, so no 25-man move, but there will need to be something done on the 40-man roster. Your Official Beaneball Prediction is, in order: Evan Scribner; Joe Savery; Kent Matthes. With the quasi-imminent return of Eric O'Flaherty, another 40-man move will be needed in the not-so-distant future, and with Marks and O'Flaherty both being lefties, I can't imagine that Joe Savery's time in this organization is long.

    Marks, by the way, was an A's third-rounder in 2009 who they sent away in the David DeJesus trade. He's toiled in the minors since then, with just one big-league game (this year) to his credit. He's already 26, and his numbers in the high minors (8 K/9, 4 BB/9, 10 H/9) are nothing to get excited about. He's only this year made the switch to the bullpen, though -- 11 of his 13 appearances in Omaha were in relief, after starting 88 (of 100) games from 2009 through 2013.

    In short, this is nothing to get excited over, which you probably already knew.

  • June 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I don't normally link to tweets, but Iron Mike Gallego's find from Groupon in his inbox is too delightful not to share.

  • June 6, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    This is a good rumination by Liz Roscher on why you stick with a losing team. It's obviously not relevant to A's fans these days, but our time will come again, surely, and perhaps unexpectedly soon. Hell, ask Phillies fans how quickly it can all turn around.

  • June 6, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Here are your MLB.com profiles of the first two A's picks of the 2014 draft. Matt Chapman, the first-rounder, seems a little cocky. Just a tad. Also he throws 98, so of course Sean Doolittle is mentioned.

  • June 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Countering my wild-ass guess that Jim Johnson won't be traded, Susan Slusser says that it's a lot closer to "when" than "if." She adds that the A's are willing to pick up a big chunk of his salary to send him out, which does change things. A $2 million struggling ex-closer is a lot more intriguing on the trade market than a $10 million struggling ex-closer. And if he's really essentially the eighth option in the bullpen, which he might be when Eric O'Flaherty returns, then not keeping him around just because he used to be good is the right move.

    Of course, that's the question: what's his true talent level right now? What is his likely production over the rest of the year? (And did the A's home fans break him and also what kind of amazing shitstorm is there going to be over how the fans drove him out when he does get traded?)

  • June 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Ken Rosenthal's story about how the A's nearly traded Jim Johnson to the Marlins for the 39th pick in the draft is very intriguing. It would have cost the A's some cash, but they'd also have been getting a player back. As Rosenthal tells it, translated into my own words, the A's aren't shopping Johnson, but the Marlins came with an offer they couldn't refuse. With Ryan Cook now back, Eric O'Flaherty coming back, and Fernando Rodriguez being squeezed out to Sacramento, Johnson is looking more and more like a spare part.

    That said, this deal having fallen apart (in favor of the Marlins acquiring Bryan Morris from the Pirates, which tells you a lot, maybe, about where Jim Johnson's stock is), I'd be reasonably surprised (say 55 on the 20-80 scale) to see Johnson traded anywhere else.

  • June 2, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Mike Bates writes what in my opinion should be an uncontroversial piece about how ballplayers shouldn't call other ballplayers "girls" in public as an insult and, well, hey, it's sports, so you can guess what the comments section is like.

    (And in case it wasn't clear: don't use "girl" as an insult.)

  • June 1, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Maybe the reason Yoenis Cespedes' greatness is understated is because he has a sub-.300 on-base percentage.

  • June 1, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    The call-up of Stephen Vogt and the simultaneous demotion of Fernando Rodriguez apparently answers yesterday's Ryan Cook question, and the answer does not appear to be "Jim Johnson."

  • May 31, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    John Shea has a couple of injury rehab updates, including that Ryan Cook pitched a rehab appearance in Stockton tonight. But who loses their spot? The Fernandos (Abad and Rodriguez) have pitched well, Dan Otero shouldn't be going anywhere, and without Jeff Francis, the team has no long man, which may not sound like a big deal to us, but it's something managers fret about, so the team may as well appease Bob Melvin on that front whether the front office feels it's necessary or not.

    Which leaves Jim Johnson. He's an obvious candidate to go get himself sorted out, and count me as not at all a believer in the reality of his home/road splits -- it's always possible the fans have gotten in his head, but it's more likely random variation. It appears that Johnson was optioned in 2007 and 2010, which would mean that he has one more option year for the A's to exploit. However, per the MLB collective bargaining agreement, a player with more than five years of service time has the right to refuse an assignment to the minor leagues. Johnson entered the year just days shy of six years, so he falls in that category. Could the A's convince him to hit Sacramento with a vengeance and get himself ready to return as soon as he proves himself able?

    Maybe! But maybe the pending free agent thinks he's about to turn a corner and sees his future market value as taking a sizable hit if he winds up spending a month in Triple-A. In which case we're probably back to Fernando Rodriguez, which would be a shame.

  • May 30, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Ben Lindbergh details the A's five-point challenge communication system after talking with bench coach Chip Hale, though it's starting to look like it'll be more of a two-point challenge system sooner rather than later.

  • May 29, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Nothing groundbreaking here for A's fans or anyone else, really, and you'll want to ignore the bits about how the A's have "traditionally" won with platoons and how apparently the only signal for hitting regression is BABIP, but if you want to see the update on how the Jorek Norso catcher platoon is hitting, hit that link.

    I would add that I'm happy that Bob Melvin has essentially been forced by Norris' hot hitting to run with the Jaso-DH / Norris-C lineup I spent way too much time advocating for this winter.

  • May 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    At Baseball Prospectus today is a very optimistic quote from an anonymous scout about Daniel Robertson, essentially saying that his skills and acumen overcome a lack of tools. Second baseman of the future? It would be nice to have some stability at the position, to the extent stability is ever a thing the A's have anywhere.

  • May 28, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Meanwhile, Addison Russell is back, and that's nothing but good news. He'll play in extended spring training for a while before heading back to Double-A, where, with any luck, he will pick up where he left off and prove himself ready to take over shortstop in 2015. (With Jed Lowrie re-signing with the A's for three years and $39 million to play second base.) ((Right?))

  • May 27, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Reginald J. Anderson examines the A's success the last two years at trading prospects for veterans, a method that is in certain circles frowned on, as RJA notes -- the consensus stat nerd Right Way to Win is to develop your prospects and let them succeed in the majors. As the A's, Yankees, Braves, Rays, Red Sox, and Giants have shown over the last 15 years, though, there is no Right Way to Win.

  • May 27, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Russell Carleton looks at the draft and determines that things are even more of a crapshoot than the popular narrative might have it, especially after the first round, when teams basically appear to have no ability, on the whole, to tell who's deserving of what money, at least within tiers (e.g. they might be good at deciding who is a second-round talent vs. tenth-round, but within the second round, who knows). See also the comments from MGL.

  • May 27, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Well hey, neat, Josh Donaldson could get voted in to the All-Star Game. Even as a non-homer and even as someone who believes in voting for the best players rather than the best first halves, I'd be for that. He's leading the American League in bWAR and was a legit MVP candidate last year. I wouldn't be mad at Texas and Tampa fans for voting for Adrian Beltre or Evan Longoria, though.

  • May 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Grant Brisbee points out a couple of the "where'd he come from?" projects that have made the A's so successful.

  • May 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    David Schoenfield queries the Play Index after the A's one-hit win. Turns out this happens only about 2 of every 3 years.

  • May 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    In which Jane Lee has apparently decided to advocate on behalf of Derek Norris. And in which Norris uses the word "comfortability."

  • May 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Now that's how you do a short piece on baseball fights.

  • May 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    SweetSpot's fearless leader David Schoenfield looks at the A's run of dominance (all year and in particular in the last ten games) and sees a team with 100-win upside. As he notes, you don't project a team to win 100, but if you're looking for a roster in a division where that can be accomplished, you might well be looking for Oakland.

  • May 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Ray-Jay Anderson reviews the Kyle Blanks trade among a variety of others in his latest Transaction Analysis. He's bullish on it without proclaiming Blanks a franchise savior or anything of the sort.

  • May 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    I don't hate adding Jeff Francis to be the last guy in the bullpen over Joe Savery. It's fine. If he's pitching in a situation where he can have a true effect on the win probability, then things have gone badly wrong in any event. And who knows -- he used to be good!

  • May 17, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    David Temple's father-son dialogue about where UCLs go when they break is great, A-level work, but the first comment, by Mike Green, brings the whole thing up to A++++.

  • May 17, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    What has made Jesse Chavez successful? Using the pitches that make him successful.

  • May 16, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    David Schoenfield doesn't quite consign the Rangers to the dustbin in light of the injuries to Martin Perez and Matt Harrison, but close enough. Much as I don't like feeling cocky about the A's chances (karma!), it's hard to see the Rangers as a threat.

  • May 12, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Reggie Anderson covers the A's recent set of pitching moves in his latest Transaction Analysis. (Full disclosure: he linked to this blog.) ((Fuller disclosure: I'd have linked his piece whether he linked to mine or not.)) Read the whole thing if you've got a sub. He's a gem, and he's punchier than usual in this edition of the TA.

  • May 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Today's Ten Pack at Baseball Prospectus leads off with a nice write up from Jason Parks on Shane Peterson. Parks acknowledges that Peterson isn't a classic hype prospect, but sees future big-league value.

  • May 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    David Schoenfield takes a look around the league at five questions after the first quarter of the season. One fifth of one of the questions is whether Josh Reddick should give way to Craig Gentry even more. At least against lefties, I'm pretty convinced that Gentry-Crisp-Cespedes should be the default outfield.

  • May 7, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Russell Carleton on how much to trust early-season run differential. Particularly relevant to the A's, of course.

  • May 4, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Russell Carleton finds a statistically significant but surprisingly small effect on pitcher arm injuries from innings count.

  • May 4, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Raul Alcantara, who is arguably the A's best pitching prospect (though Baseball Prospectus has him behind Bobby Wahl), is done for the year with, you guessed it, Tommy John surgery.

  • May 2, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    David Schoenfield has ten reasons why the A's were April's best team.

  • April 22, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Jeff Sullivan says all the things I'd say about the Jed Lowrie-Astros contretemps, except calmer because he's not an A's fan.

  • April 22, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Interesting piece from Russell Carleton, prompted by a Peter Moylan tweet about not letting relievers pitch further after they've worked out of a jam.

  • April 22, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Here are the details of the Sean Doolittle extension. The dollars are contingent on which side of the Super Two line he lands on this offseason, so we still can't say with any certainty how much it's worth, though the approximate discount should be the same either way.

  • April 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    The thing is that nobody scores runs against elite pitching. That's the whole point of elite pitching.

  • April 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Jack Moore cuts right to the heart of the B.S., as usual.

  • April 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    I'm telling you guys, the Jim Johnson trade was all a trojan horse to implement the permanent closer-by-committee, i.e. the sensible bullpen. Billy Beane and Bob Melvin are evil geniuses.

  • April 18, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    David Roth on the particulars of Eric Young's therapist.

  • April 18, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    "But I firmly believe baseball is better with fewer player ejections and fewer old man histrionics on the field." Well said, Jack Moore.

  • April 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I don't want to react with too much triumphalism because I hope Sam Fuld gets a major-league job and I'll feel bad for my fellow human being if he doesn't, but I'm just glad the A's stuck with Josh Reddick despite 31 bad plate appearances over keeping Fuld now that Craig Gentry is back.

  • April 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    The A's moved quicker to take the ninth inning away from Jim Johnson than I thought they would. All hail the closer committee!

  • April 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    The A's had a rhubarb tonight, which they don't do very frequently but which they seem to do only in close or important games. Jane Lee's best quote in her story is definitely the one from Bob Melvin at the end. I also like the Rashomon aspect of Donaldson's version of the events compared to Perkins'.

  • April 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    I'm 100% any movement to get Derek Norris more playing time, but in my opinion it has to push John Jaso to DH, not the bench. I just can't see any argument for lefty Callaspo over Jaso.

  • April 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I don't usually post actual minor-league news here, but Addison Russell missing at least a month of what is supposed to be his final warm-up for the big leagues is a pretty big deal.

  • April 9, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    /Josh Reddick puts up 2.7 WAR in 2013 /fans demand Reddick be sent down because he isn't producing

  • April 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    The A's are 15th in this week's ESPN Power Ranking. My blurb is about Jim Johnson and is not very well written.

  • April 8, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Guhhh, so the "let's option Josh Reddick" stuff has been given the SuSlu stamp of approval? I just hope the front office knows as well as the rest of us that this is all over Sam Fuld.

  • April 8, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    If it were anyone but Jed Lowrie (okay, or Coco Crisp), this bruised leg from a hit-by-pitch wouldn't even be a concern. But hey, his name is Jed Lowrie. Who knew?

  • April 8, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    To make sure we're all on the same page, Coco Crisp missed a day after getting a cortisone shot in his left (glove) wrist. I've hurt my glove wrist before. Squeezing the glove is a mother.

  • April 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Bryan Murphy has requested that I call him a dick, so here we are.

  • April 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Am I still laughing about the A's signing Joe Blanton? Yep! (Even if it is a minor-league deal.)

  • April 1, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    A good roundup by RJ Anderson of some 25-man roster randos. ($)

  • March 31, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    This is good perspective on the Trout extension, particularly the idea that he should have gotten more.

  • March 31, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    The first ESPN MLB power ranking of the year is out. The A's clock in eighth.

  • March 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    This is a test of posting from the iPad and Dropbox.

  • March 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    I'd been hoping an Effectively Wild listener would examine the win-total predictions by the season-preview guests. This one did. Superb.

  • March 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    I made a guest appearance at Baseball Prospectus, previewing the AL West with RJ Anderson.

  • March 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    A collection of the best stories by and about Brandon Moss. I love it. The Jed Lowrie one especially -- he talks about "Sugar Salt Fat"! These Stanford guys, man.

  • March 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Jack Moore's reaction to that weird nonsense faux-analytics piece in ESPN the Magazine.