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Four days ago, the Oakland A’s threw all their chips into a 2014 World Series title run when they acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs. The A’s paid a hefty price to reel in two of the most prized free-agent arms. Shortstop Addison Russell—the A’s top prospect and the No. 12 overall prospect in the MLB—and outfielder Billy McKinney—the A’s No. 2 prospect—were sent to the Cubs farm system, which is now overflowing with talent. In the wake of this latest move by the A’s, it seems a bit anticlimactic to utter the word “future” when talking ...
The Oakland Raiders will enter the 2014 season with a new-look defense, and one that could make for the best they’ve had in quite some time. A busy offseason saw changes on both sides of the ball, but it was the problem areas of the defense—the defensive line and cornerbacks in particular—that were addressed accordingly. Now, the defensive staff may finally have the personnel to employ its scheme to the fullest, making this a high-potential unit this season. Here is a position-by-position breakdown and depth-chart analysis of the new-look Raiders defense for 2014.Begin Slideshow
With 62 RBI heading into Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has his team's highest RBI total before the All-Star break since 2000, per the A's' official Twitter account. Oddly enough, the A's had three players top 62 RBI before the break in 2000, with Jason Giambi (78 RBI) leading the way, followed by Ben Grieve (65) and Miguel Tejada (63). Though the A's have had plenty of team success since 2000, they've largely relied on pitching, defense and a balanced lineup. Giambi famously left Oakland to sign with the New York Yankees after the 2001 ...
The Oakland A’s made fireworks with a blockbuster trade to land both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on the Fourth of July, according to ESPN insider Keith Law, giving up Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a player to be named later. With it, they made one thing abundantly clear to the rest of baseball: The A’s are going for it all right now, and they are your 2014 World Series favorites. This team already had MLB’s best record (53-33) and the American League’s best rotation before acquiring a dominant duo from the north side of Chicago. Oakland now has nothing short of an embarrassment ...
It's been a wild ride for Maurice Jones-Drew over the past couple of seasons. After six solid seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the running back suffered a season-ending foot injury in 2012 after only playing in six games. He returned from injury last year but was obviously still dealing with the lingering effects, as he failed to record over four yards per carry in a season for the first time in his career. Jones-Drew's 3.4 yard-per-carry performance in Jacksonville last season was enough for the Jaguars to allow the running back to hit the open market—even though he still showed glimpses of his ...
It's a common thought: "The Oakland A's are a second-half team." But is the notion baseless, one simply created by fans, or are the A's truly better in the final 81 games? And if so, can they do it again this year and dominate down the stretch? All indications—for both questions, historically and present day—point to yes. First, let's look at the theory of being a second-half team. The idea didn't just arrive out of left field. But it very well could be that the A's had two or three runs in the final months of baseball, and now fans see the team ...
In a draft teeming with intriguing quarterback prospects, the Oakland Raiders’ selection of Derek Carr in the second round garnered little attention. Carr possesses many of the tools seemingly necessary to develop into a solid professional quarterback. He has a powerful arm and routinely slotted balls in between tight coverage at Fresno State, where he broke numerous school passing records. And at 6’2", 214 pounds, he’s built like a prototypical NFL signal-caller. Having these qualities typically bolsters young quarterbacks’ stock. But many teams were scared away from Carr precisely because of said skills. Why? His last name. Carr’s scouting report almost mirrors that of his ...
When the Oakland A's signed Scott Kazmir to a two-year, $22 million deal this offseason, they didn't know what they were getting. They hoped they were getting the guy who had a quiet bounce-back season with the Cleveland Indians in 2013, after injuries and mechanical issues forced him out of the big leagues. A decent middle-of-the-rotation arm. So much for that. Halfway through the 2014 campaign, Kazmir looks like the guy who led the American League in strikeouts, who pitched in two All-Star Games and a World Series as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, who was once among the most dominant ...
The Oakland Raiders will have significantly more roster competition throughout training camp this year than any other in recent memory. General manager Reggie McKenzie and his front office staff have done well to improve the team in a number of areas—and more specifically, a number of areas of need. With talent and depth upgraded across the board, final roster decisions become all the more difficult, but that's a good problem to have. Here is a look at those difficult decisions to come, projecting the last five in and last five out of the Raiders’ final 53-man roster in 2014.Begin Slideshow
Updates from Wednesday, July 2 Yoenis Cespedes has returned to the Oakland Athletics' lineup, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle: Original Text: The Oakland Athletics own the best record in baseball but are currently fighting through injuries to critical players, most notably outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The 2013 Home Run Derby champion left Monday's game against Detroit with a left hamstring injury. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle posted a picture of Oakland's lineup prior to Tuesday's game at Comerica Park, which didn't include Cespedes.  Despite Cespedes' absence on Tuesday, there's the potential that he can avoid a stint on the disabled list. ...