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A's claim former USC reliever Chad Smith off waivers

Chad Smith will be one of three former USC pitchers in the Oakland Athletics' spring-training camp after being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Mark Ellis Retires: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

MLB veteran second baseman Mark Ellis, who spent much of his 12-year career with the Oakland Athletics, announced his retirement Wednesday. Ellis, 37, told The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser about his decision to walk away from the game for the time being. "It was definitely time," said Ellis. Show More Summary

MLB's 'Moneyball' Power Rankings: Who Is Overpaying/Underpaying the Most?

The Moneyball philosophy may not have resulted in a World Series title for the Oakland Athletics yet, but it undoubtedly had an impact on the way teams are assembled throughout the league. Whether we're talking about a small market team...Show More Summary

Ambidextrous A's Pitcher Pat Venditte Uses Special Glove on the Mound

Pitcher Pat Venditte is competing for a spot with the Oakland Athletics this spring, and there is something that could certainly give him an edge over some other relievers. Venditte is a switch-pitcher. That's right, he can pitch with both his left and right hands. Show More Summary

Grading the Oakland Athletics' Offseason Trades so Far

With seven All-Stars under contract through the 2015 season, many thought the Oakland Athletics would remain silent in winter meetings. General manager Billy Beane had other ideas, and he dealt fan favorites like Josh Donaldson, Brandon...Show More Summary

Oakland Athletics: Why Barry Zito Is the Player to Watch at Spring Training

No Oakland Athletics player will be more exciting to watch and have more potential impact on the roster this year at spring training than Barry Zito. If you recall, Zito came up through the A's organization, helping form one-third of The Big Three (with Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson). Show More Summary

Barry Zito Signs Minor League Contract With Oakland Athletics

In what could turn out to be the feel good reunion of the season, left-handed pitcher Barry Zito agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The contract includes an...Show More Summary

AP Sources: Barry Zito Returning to A's on Minor League Deal

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Left-hander Barry Zito is returning to the Oakland Athletics with a minor contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training, two people with knowledge of the agreement said Tuesday.

Barry Zito to Athletics: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Barry Zito and the Oakland Athletics are reuniting. According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, the A's have signed their former pitcher to a minor league deal, giving him an invitation to spring training: CBS Sports' Jon...Show More Summary

Jason Giambi Retires: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

After a long, illustrious and at times controversial career that began in 1995 with the Oakland Athletics, Jason Giambi announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Monday. In his statement, published by the New York DailyShow More Summary

Complete Oakland Athletics 2015 Spring Training Preview

Oakland Athletics' FanFest is in the books, which means the next big event is the beginning of spring training. It's been a hectic offseason, so whether you've lived under a rock or paid full attention, you'll probably need a refresher course regardless. The team made plenty of additions. Show More Summary

Eric Chavez could be a part-time A’s broadcaster this season

Long-time Oakland Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez could end up back with the team in a new position – broadcaster. Chavez and the team are discussing a commitment for him to call 20 games in 2015, and I assume he’ll be replacing Shooty Babbitt, who did 20 games last season. Show More Summary

Athletics roster built 70 percent by Billy Beane trades

Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane has made a career out of overturning his roster over and over again, looking to maximize his talent with fewer resources than most clubs. Pending free agent that the A's might not sign? Never...Show More Summary

MLB Network Presents will profile the oft-forgotten Billy Bean

The final episode of MLB Network Presents this winter will air at 9 PM on Tuesday, and profiles a forgotten man in baseball history – Billy Bean. No, not the Oakland Athletics GM – MLB’s first-ever Ambassador for Inclusion, and one of two current or former MLB players to come out as gay. Show More Summary

Caron Presents Faculty Scholarship Rankings and Law School Success Today at Pepperdine

Paul L. Caron (Pepperdine) presents Faculty Scholarship Rankings and Law School Success at Pepperdine today: In What Law Schools Can Learn From Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, 82 Tex. L. Rev. 1483 (2004), Rafael Gely and I argued that legal education must use technology to develop more sophisticated measures...

Why Trading Yunel Escobar Was the Oakland Athletics' Best Move of the Offseason

Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane has had the busiest offseason of any GM, making nine trades involving 27 players in total. His most recent deal, swapping shortstop Yunel Escobar for Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler...Show More Summary

Sean Doolittle Injury: Updates on Athletics Closer's Shoulder and Recovery

The Oakland Athletics have jettisoned more than a few players integral to their recent success, but losing Sean Doolittle wasn't a part of the plan. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the A's closer has a small...Show More Summary

How Data Can Make Our Cities Safer and Smarter

Michael Lewis' book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, documents how the Oakland Athletics, a baseball team with a near league low $40 million payroll, won over 100 games by focusing on the most valuable, not the most expensive, skills. Show More Summary

Jonny Gomes Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Free Agent OF

After splitting time between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics in 2014, free agent Jonny Gomes is reportedly attracting interest from the Atlanta Braves.'s Mark Bowman provided the news: Gomes hit a combined.234/.327/.330 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 112 games between the Red Sox and A's last season. Show More Summary

Oakland Athletics: Biggest Winners and Losers from the Offseason

The Oakland Athletics' offseason has been...busy, to say the least. After a myriad of moves, fans and analysts continue to debate whether the A's will remain contenders or fail to finish above.500. Some say they're winners, because doubting Billy Beane is foolish. Show More Summary

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