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Front Office Thinking: Fun With Inferences Before diving into analysis, let us "oldies but goodies" acknowledge the passing of a true icon, Big Bird - known to few as Caroll Spinney, the man who adorned the 8' 2" costume and provided the signature voice for 49 years.

That's Amaury News and Commentary: Adios Raiders, Buena Suerte! Cbssports.com illustration: Artists rendering of the future home of the Las Vegas Raiders located on the strip. The new stadium is expected to be ready by 2020. By Amaury Pi Gonzalez.

Oakland A's rumors: Interest in Adam Frazier The Oakland A's "have at least some interest in Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier," reported John Perrotto on Wednesday. The A's need a new second baseman after trading away incumbent Jurickson Profar last week.

Former Oakland A's lefty Brett Anderson finds new home with Brewers Left-hander Brett Anderson, who won 13 games with the A’s last season, signed a one-year deal with the Brewers on Friday.

Oakland A's free agents: Brett Anderson to Brewers He certainly earned that payday, but he's no longer an obvious bargain like he was the last couple seasons. Good luck to Anderson in Milwaukee!

Mike Fiers did the right thing blowing whistle on Astros' cheating But a closer look at the reporting and quotes - especially those from Fiers and some of his critics - paint a clearer picture of Fiers as an honest whistleblower trying to do good and right a wrong. First, let's look at Fiers.

Elephant Rumblings: A’s leave Winter Meetings with two prospects The 2000 MVP and this year's runner-up drove in 120 runs, hit 38 home runs, and had a.342 batting average for the wild card Oakland A's this season. 2010 - The A's sign oft-injured starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a one-year contract. Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith hit 28 home runs in his entire career.

Oakland A's rumors: Interest in Jed Lowrie The Oakland A's have "had internal conversations about bringing back" second baseman Jed Lowrie, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. The A's need a new second baseman after trading away incumbent Jurickson Profar last week.

Oakland A's acquire Buddy Reed from Padres That PTBNL has now been named, and he's outfield prospect Buddy Reed, the team announced Thursday. He does not require a spot on the 40-man roster at this time, and will be a non-roster invitee to spring training. Reed is a switch-hitter who played last season in Double-A.

Player to be named later in A's Jurickson Profar trade revealed 2 trade that sent infielder Jurickson Profar to the San Diego Padres. But a player to be named later was included in the transaction, too. Once Winter Meetings wrapped up, the A's revealed left-handed hitting outfielder Buddy Reed as the player headed from San Diego to Oakland.

Reds take Oakland outfielder in Rule 5 Draft CINCINNATI - The Reds on Thursday selected Oakland A's outfielder Mark Payton in the Rule 5 Draft. A team that selects a player in the Rule 5 Draft pays $50,000 to the team from which he was selected.

Athletics Acquire Buddy Reed To Complete Jurickson Profar Trade The Padres announced Thursday that they've traded minor league outfielder Buddy Reed to the Athletics as the player to be named later in this month's Jurickson Profar deal. Oakland traded Profar to San Diego in exchange for catcher Austin Allen and a PTBNL back on Dec.

Athletics' Buddy Reed: Dealt to Oakland Athletics' Buddy Reed: Dealt to Oakland.

2019 Rule 5 draft: Oakland A's lose one prospect, gain another The A’s didn’t technically make a pick, but they acquired someone else’s pick.

MLB Winter Meetings: A’s trade for Phillies’ Rule 5 pick in transaction flurry The Oakland A's are on the hunt for a left-handed hitting middle infielder. They acted quick during Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, passing initially in the draft itself before trading cash considerations to the Philadelphia Phillies for left-handed hitting infielder Vimael Machin.

Oakland Athletics: Could Jed Lowrie be headed back to Oakland? The Oakland Athletics are interested in Jed Lowrie. Again. According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, the Oakland Athletics may be interested in trading for Lowrie if the New York Mets are willing to eat part of his salary. Lowrie apparently represents the Oakland front office's eternal flame.

MLB Winter Meetings: A’s lose All-Star closer, Coliseum to add more netting The Oakland Athletics kept in contact with their one-time All-Star closer, but Treinen followed more money to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Elephant Rumblings: Angels get their man, add Anthony Rendon on mega-contract Rule 5 draft: A's lose one prospect, gain another The A's didn't technically make a pick, but they acquired someone else's pick. Elephant Rumblings: Top free agent Gerrit Cole signs with Yankees for $324 million.

Trade Rumors: Rangers, Smith, Lowrie, Blue Jays, Frazier, Cubs The Athletics aren't the only AL West team interested in Jed Lowrie's services, as the Rangers have been in talks with the Mets about a deal that would send both Lowrie and Dominic Smith to the Lone Star State, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports. However, "talks to this point have failed to progress" between the two clubs.

A's free agents: Blake Treinen to Dodgers, Tanner Roark to Blue Jays Former closer Blake Treinen signed a one-year, $10M contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while midseason acquisition Tanner Roark joined the Toronto Blue Jays on a two-year, $24M deal. Treinen joined the A's at the 2017 deadline, coming over from the Washington Nationals in the Sean Doolittle trade.

Oakland A's rumors: Chad Pinder not going anywhere An Oakland A's player showed up in the rumor mill this week, but then was quickly removed from it. On Tuesday, insider Jon Heyman reported that utilityman Chad Pinder was "drawing significant interest" on the trade market, with inquiries from multiple teams including the Indians.

Athletics Interested In Jed Lowrie Second baseman Jed Lowrie is only a year removed from leaving the Athletics for the Mets in free agency, but the A's are now interested in bringing him back via trade, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. However, for that to happen, the Mets would have eat the majority of Lowrie's $10MM salary for 2020, according to Slusser.

Dodgers to add former Oakland closer Blake Treinen And WorldLive VideoPoliticsInvestigationsConsumerHealth and Food #ABC7Eyewitness TipsTV ListingsABC7/ContactMeet the News TeamJobs / Internships Right-hander Blake Treinen and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Wednesday.

Report: Former A’s closer signs eight-figure deal to join Dodgers bullpen Former Oakland A's closer Blake Treinen is reportedly joining the LA Dodgers bullpen.

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