Oakland Athletics news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:28:47 -0800
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp is expected to start in left field for the A's in 2016, if he's healthy. However, the 36-year-old played in just 44 games last year because of neck issues. 1B Mark Canha will see time at first base, but he, along with OFs Sam Fuld, Jake Smolinski and Andrew Lambo can fill in in the outfield.
Fantasy Tip: Canha gives fantasy owners the most to like of this group after drilling 16 home runs and driving in 70 RBI in 2015. How many games can you realistically expect Crisp to play given his age and injury concerns? There's a good chance he becomes a bench player even if he's healthy.
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:07:17 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Vogt had a career year as the A's starting catcher in 2015, hitting .261 with 18 home runs and 71 RBI. He'll be behind in spring training, so it's entirely possible he could open the season on the disabled list. That'll likely cause his draft stock to suffer, if ever so slightly.
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:47:54 -0800
Oakland Athletics 1B Billy Butler has ramped up his offseason conditioning routine leading into the 2016 campaign. "I think I'm getting older and I've got to do more things to stay young," Butler said. "I'm not old, but I'm old in baseball terms, getting there. It's one of those things where I've got to do more to keep up with these young bucks."
Fantasy Tip: Butler's batting average and RBI total has progressively dipped in each of the past three seasons following his career-best showing in 2012. Last year, Butler returned an underwhelming .251/.323/.390 slash line with just 15 home runs and 65 RBI, and at a deep fantasy position, it wasn't good enough to make him anything more than a cavernous mixed and AL-only option. He is an endgame flier to target in deep mixed league drafts entering the 2016 season.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:51:17 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Crisp could be limited to start the season. If you plan to take Crisp in fantasy, plan to have plenty of depth on hand since he has a propensity for injury.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:50:09 -0800
The Oakland Athletics are interested in keeping OF Josh Reddick long term. He can be a free agent after the 2016 season. Negotiations have not started, and he indicated he is not interested in extending talks into the season because it could be a distraction for him and the team.
Fantasy Tip: Reddick could have a giant season for fantasy owners as he plays for a big paypay. He should be viewed as a Top 40 fantasy outfielder in mixed formats.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:49:20 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Doolittle is expected to be the team's closer with Ryan Madson working in a setup role in the eighth inning. If he is 100 percent, Doolittle could re-emerge as a must-start fantasy option in most seasonal formats.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:47:51 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Alvarez is making his way back from shoulder surgery last July. He could be a tremendous fantasy option once he debuts as O.co Coliseum is a great pitcher's park.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:47:15 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Parker is a big-time injury risk heading into the 2016 season. He isn't a bad low-risk option in the later rounds on draft day.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:46:20 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Hahn appears to be ready for the regular season, but he is an injury risk for fantasy owners in AL-only leagues and deeper mixed formats.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:40:20 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Reddick hit .272 last season and cut down on his strikeouts, and that alone has made him more attractive to fantasy players. Middle rounds of AL and mixed drafts will benefit from Reddick's presence.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:27:06 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Reddick had a sneaky good season in 2015, and it is no coincidence playing 149 games had a lot to do with it. He scored 67 runs, hit 20 home runs and drove in 77 RBI with a respectable .272/.333/.449 slash line. Plus, he stole 10 bases. Five-category production is rare and Reddick is a potential value grab in the middle rounds of drafts, especially if he falls.
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:31:24 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Valencia played above his head in 2015, hitting a combined .290 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI with the Toronto Blue Jays and A's. He's likely to serve in a part-time role in Oakland at least against left-handed pitchers. It'll be hard for him to match his numbers, and a full season in Oakland will hurt his power output.
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:46:24 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Alonso has battled injuries over the past three seasons and averaged just 355 plate appearances per year. He has shown well as a contact hitting with a career .273 batting average, but he has never hit 10 home runs in a season and has a career-high RBI mark of just 62. Alonso is only an option in cavernous mixed and AL-only formats.
Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:28:51 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Alvarez is a potential late-round flier in cavernous mixed and AL-only leagues next spring, if he is healthy and on track to be in the rotation to begin the season. His career 4.7 K/9 doesn't move the fantasy needle, so his ratios need to be elite to make him a viable fantasy asset.
Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:15:28 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Parker has a long road back after breaking his right elbow throwing a pitch. He's a name to remember, but he's undraftable right now.
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