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The Oakland Raiders' potential move to Las Vegas gained additional steam Thursday, as the franchise filed three trademarks for "Las Vegas Raiders."  According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, the Raiders are attempting to gain exclusive rights to the name for advertising and merchandising purposes on the heels of six previous filings attempting trademark the same name. The Raiders have just one year remaining on their lease at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. Arash Markazi of ESPN later shared images of a potential home for the Raiders in Las Vegas: After owner Mark Davis fell short in his efforts to move the Raiders back to Los ...
Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion Monday in the aftermath of an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The team announced it would call up Arismendy Alcantara in the corresponding move. Continue for updates. Butler and Valencia Fined but Not Suspended Monday, Aug. 22 In addition to reporting the two players were fined rather than suspended, Shea noted the Athletics training staff told general manager David Forst that Butler “would need five to seven days,” which prompted the decision to put him on the seven-day concussion DL. “Forst said ...
After seven seasons, it appears outfielder Coco Crisp and the Oakland Athletics are headed for a contentious divorce.  Continue for updates. Crisp Accuses A's of Benching Him for Financial Reasons Tuesday, Aug. 16 Crisp said Monday the A's have been avoiding playing him so his 2017 option does not kick in, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:  I’m extremely hurt, the way things are being handled. I’m not calling anyone names, but this is really frustrating and disappointing. This has been my favorite organization going back to when I was a kid, because of Rickey Henderson, and I’ve enjoyed playing here so much, and I’ve put it all out there. ...
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray suffered a forearm injury during his start against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. It is uncertain when he will return to action. Continue for updates. Gray Placed on 15-Day DL Sunday, Aug. 7 The Athletics announced the roster move, noting Chris Smith was called up from Nashville to take Gray's place. Gray's Injury the Latest in a Long Season for Star Pitcher This is a difficult blow for Gray, especially since his durability was a defining characteristic in the past two seasons. He pitched 200-plus innings in both 2014 and 2015, but this year ...
The Oakland Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension announced Friday night.  Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area confirmed the news, which keeps McKenzie with the organization through the 2021 NFL draft, and he passed along comments from team owner Mark Davis: "It was time to get something done. Reggie earned it." McKenzie took over the Raiders roster in 2012 and started a painful retooling process that finally started showing signs of progress last season. Oakland went 7-9 during the 2015 campaign after going a combined 11-37 over his first three years in charge. Those down ...
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill had to leave his start on July 17 against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a popped blister. It's unclear when he will return. Continue for updates. Latest on Hill's Recovery Saturday, July 23 Joe Stiglich of CSN California reported Hill will throw off a mound Sunday with a protective cover on his finger. Hill Out for Next Start vs. Blue Jays Thursday, July 21 Athletics manager Bob Melvin told reporters Jesse Hahn would start in place of Hill against Toronto.  Stiglich reported Hill played catch on Thursday, however, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group noted Hill could only throw fastballs.  Hill Drawing Trade Interest Due ...
The Oakland Raiders and cornerback David Amerson agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $38 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on July 15.  ESPN.com added that Amerson will receive $17.5 million in guarantees. However, on Tuesday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk broke down the particulars of the deal, especially as it pertains to guaranteed money: So here’s what it means. Amerson is guaranteed to receive $5.5 million at signing, with rolling injury-only guarantees of $12 million. That’s a total of $17.5 million in generally (not actually) guaranteed money at signing. The deal itself has a maximum value of $38.38 million. But $4.5 million ...
Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick is playing under a one-year, $6.6 million contract, per Spotrac.  With Major League Baseball's Aug. 1 trade deadline approaching, Reddick could be dealt within the next three weeks if he and the Athletics don't improve their contract negotiations.  Continue for updates. Likelihood of Trading Reddick Increasing Sunday, July 10 According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland and Reddick haven't picked up contract talks since spring training: "The outfielder was offered a three-year, $36 million deal during the spring, sources confirmed, and Reddick’s representatives countered with four years and $56 million, which is considered below Reddick’s market value by ...
Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith was arraigned Friday for violating his probation in an incident stemming from a prior conviction.  CSNBayArea.com reported the news Thursday. The report cites the Santa Clara County criminal case index as the source of information and also states Smith will argue a motion to suppress evidence. That legal issue stems from an August 2015 incident involving multiple charges including a DUI and hit-and-run. On Saturday, Hannah Knowles of the Bay Area News Group reported Smith's attorney, Joshua Bentley, is seeking to have the alleged violation of his probation due to driving while drunk last year dismissed, arguing that the ...
Player: A.J. Puk Position: LHP DOB: April 25, 1995 (21 years old) Height/Weight: 6'7", 230 lbs Bats/Throws: L/L School: Florida Previously Drafted: 2013 (35th Round, DET)   Background A.J. Puk possesses the all the tools to be a front-line starter at the highest level, which has made his inconsistent play at the University of Florida that much more confounding. Ranked as the No. 85 prospect in the 2013 draft class by Baseball America, he slipped to the 35th round due to signability concerns and ended up in Gainesville. After being used primarily out of the bullpen during his freshman season, he joined the Gators rotation as a sophomore and quickly established himself as one to watch at the top ...