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Patrick Venditte signed a minor league contract with the Athletics that includes an invitation to spring training.

Venditte is an actual switch pitcher, meaning he can pitch with both his right and left arm. He spent 2014 in the Yankees organization, but never had the chance to pitch at the major league level. With the A's, there is a very good chance he will pitch out of the bullpen and has an outside shot to make their opening day roster next spring.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

20 Nov, 05:04 PM

Athletics added Renato Nunez to their 40-man roster.

Roster adjustment with the Rule 5 draft coming. Nothing major here and nothing that affects fantasy owners.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

20 Nov, 04:27 PM

John Jaso (concussion) has been cleared by MLB for all baseball activities.

This basically means that he can start playing catcher again. We will have to wait and see how often he actually gets behind the plate in 2015. Jaso has had his last two season cut short due to concussion issues, so putting him behind the plate at all is a dangerous proposition.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

19 Nov, 01:03 PMSource

Billy Butler agreed to a three-year, $30M deal with the Athletics.

Butler owns a career on-base percentage of .359, so he is going to fit right in with the Athletics' style of play. At $10 million per year, Butler could turn out to be quite a bargain, but he is going to need to start hitting fewer singles and more extra-base hits. The player known as "Country Breakfast" clocks in at 240 pounds and only managed to go deep nine times last season while mostly serving as Kansas City's DH. The good news here is that Butler always stays healthy; he's never played less than 151 games over the past six seasons. The bad news is that his numbers have been progressively worse over the past two seasons. The A's are hoping that Butler will get back on track and if he does, he will turn out to be a nice middle round bargain pick next spring.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

18 Nov, 09:14 PMSource

Athletics have claimed outfielder Alex Hassan off waivers from the Red Sox.

He played in three games for the Red Sox last season, but spent most of his time at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he put up a triple slash line of .287/.378/.426 with 55 RBI over 474 plate appearances/408 AB. He also had 8 homers. This was a drop off from 2013 where his slash line was .321/.431/.460 over 225 PA/187 AB.
Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson  View Profile

The 26 year old has been a career minor leaguer and shouldn't make much noise on this Oakland team.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

17 Nov, 05:45 PMSource

Athletics outfielder Kenny Wilson has elected free agency.

WIlson, a second-round pick in 2008 by the Blue Jays, has yet to make an appearance in the big leagues and will now get a chance to try his luck with a new organization. However, it is unlikely he will have a significant impact where ever he lands for the 2015 season.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

9 Nov, 08:58 AM

Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson.

In typical Billy Beane fashion, his stars are on the market. Josh Donaldson doesn't however, appear to be joining the likes of Jeff Samardzjia and Scott Kazmir on the list of Athletics who are likely to be traded.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

5 Nov, 03:49 PMSource

Athletics claimed RHP Taylor Thompson off waivers from the White Sox and outright C Bryan Anderson to Triple-A Nashville.

Thompson only appeared in five games this past season with the White Sox and posted a 2.14 ERA with 68 strikeouts over 59 innings in Triple-A. The 27-year-old will serve as bullpen depth for Oakland.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

4 Nov, 02:12 PMSource

Athletics did not extend a qualifying offer to Jed Lowrie.

The 31 year old shortstop will be looking for a new team this offseason. He is a lower tier middle infielder, not a starting shortstop for a fantasy team, but you should not count him out as a starting SS at the MLB level in 2015.
Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson  View Profile

This will make Lowrie an unrestricted free agent. The A's are very careful on how they spend their money and they will look elsewhere for a starting shortstop.
Analyst: Mark Kaplan  View Profile

3 Nov, 05:31 PMSource

Athletics sign RHP Kevin Whelan to a minor league deal.

I take note anytime the Athletics make a pitching move. He had a good year at Triple-A Toledo, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 43.1 innings (41 games). He has seen only three innings of MLB action with the Tigers and Yankees and has not shown much in those limited appearances, but as I said, I pay attention to what Oakland does pitching-wise.
Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson  View Profile

1 Nov, 03:19 PMSource

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