Tag:Athletics
Posted on: December 6, 2010 4:44 pm
 

Japanese dream team in Seattle?

Hideki Matsui As if the Mariners weren't already Japan's favorite team, they may become even more popular -- the team is interested in adding Hideki Matsui, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi writes .

Ichiro Suzuki is the best Japanese player to play in the United States, but Matsui is still the most popular MLB player in Japan. The two together would really help the Mariners' ratings in Japan, and also at the gate in Seattle.

Morosi quotes "a person close to Ichiro" saying "[Ichiro] thinks [Matsui] would help as a DH threat."

Matsui hit .274/.361/.459 with 21 home runs in Anaheim last season and made $6 million.

It's unlikely the Mariners can afford that much money in a designated hitter.

Because of his past knee surgeries, Matsui is best-suited for the American League, and it's believed he would prefer to avoid artificial turf, which could rule out Tampa Bay and Toronto, two possible destinations. The A's have also been mentioned as a possibility.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Pirates eyeing more starters

The Pirates' search for pitching won't stop with Scott Olsen. The team is interested in Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami (MLB.com ) and Justin Duchscherer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ), because as of now, their rotation is Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, James McDonald, Charlie Morton and Olsen, with Brad Lincoln also in the mix.

The Braves are looking to unload Kawakami, who is due $6.667 million in 2011, the last year of his three-year deal with Atlanta. Kawakami went 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA, in 18 games and 16 starts. He was twice sent to the minors last season and was removed from the team's 40-man roster. The Braves would likely pay a good portion of Kawakami's salary and may just want to dump him.

Duchscherer, 33, appeared in just five games last season with the A's with a  hip injury and missed all of 2009 with back and shoulder injuries. He was an All-Star in 2008, going 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in Oakland.

According to the Post-Gazette report, Duchscherer is expected to be ready for spring training.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Beltre seeking 5 years, $70 million

Adrian Beltre is looking for five years and more than $70 million, ESPN.com's Buster Olney tweets . I'm looking for a chauffeured Bentley and a pet monkey, but that's neither here nor there.

Beltre will be 32 in April, so he'd be 37 at the end of a five-year deal. But heck, he's a Scott Boras client, so who am I to say what he can't get. With the A's having pulled out of the negotiations (reportedly) and the Red Sox no longer needing him, it appears it's down to the Angels and a mystery team. Except that the Nationals already have Ryan Zimmerman at third base.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says Beltre wants $85 million. Yeah, don't see that happening.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:43 am
 

A's still talking with Iwakuma

The A's are still negotiating with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets .

The deadline to sign him is midnight tonight. A report from the the Kyodo news service in Japan states Iwakuma has already decided to remain in Japan.

Slusser's also reported the A's have rescinded their offer to free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Once thought to be one of the most active teams in free agency, the A's could end up with not much of anything.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 11:59 am
 

Iwakuma, A's coming down to wire


The deadline for the Athletics to complete a contract with right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma or return his rights to Japan is midnight Monday/Tuesday, but as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle explains, the practical deadline is today. Any deal will require a physical, which takes a day.

Slusser says the outlook continues to be poor for a deal. Things quickly turned contentious between the sides after Oakland won the posting for a reported $19.1 million. The A's said he was asking for crazy money, and his agent replied that the A's were intent on counting the posting fee in the contract. But the posting fee would go to his Japanese team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, and Iwakuma wouldn't see a cent of it.

Slusser said a source in Japan tells her the feeling is that Iwakuma might be better off just returning to Japan. If I'm an A's fan, I'm thinking the same thing. That posting fee seems excessive, and a team with a payroll like Oakland's can surely spend it better.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:50 am
Edited on: December 3, 2010 8:48 am
 

Agent: Thome wants to play in 2011

Jim Thome Jim Thome is interested in playing in 2011 and maybe 2012, his agent tells Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune .

"He has no intention of retiring," Pat Rooney said.

At the end of the season, the 40-year old Thome said he'd talk to his family about playing again, and now it appears he will.

Thome hit 25 home runs for the Twins in 2010 and moved to eighth on the all-time home run list with 589.

Rooney said he's talked to the Twins and "other teams are in the mix."

Thome signed a one-year deal with the Twins before last season that paid him $1.5 million and then another $200,000 in incentives.

"Right now, he feels great," Rooney said. "He's been working out, he's in great shape, he's ready to go."

The Twins seem to be the perfect fit for Thome, but perhaps he could go to Oakland, a team that lost out on Adam Dunn. Thome would appear to be best-suited to playing in the American League, where he can DH. He last played in the field in 2007, but that was for just one game. He hasn't played in the field more than he's DH'd since he was in the National League with Philadelphia in 2005.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am
 

Russell Martin among those non-tendered

The deadline to tender contracts was Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., and here's the players who were not tendered contracts and are now free agents:

A's: Edwin Encarnacion, Jack Cust, Travis Buck

Angels: Kevin Frandsen

Astros: Sammy Gervacio

Blue Jays: Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis

Braves: Matt Diaz

Brewers: Todd Coffey, Joe Inglett

Diamondbacks: Blaine Boyer, Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, D.J. Carrasco

Dodgers: Russell Martin, George Sherrill, Trent Oeltjen

Giants: Eugenio Velez, Chris Ray

Mariners: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Marlins: Jose Veras, Ronny Paulino

Mets: Chris Carter, Sean Green, John Maine

Nationals: Wil Nieves, Joel Peralta, Chein-Ming Wang

Orioles: Matt Albers

Padres: Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Luis Perdomo, Matt Antonelli

Pirates: Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donnie Veal, Brian Burres

Rangers: Dustin Nippert

Rays: Lance Cormier, Willy Aybar, Dioner Navarro, J.P. Howell

Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Andrew Miller

Rockies: Manny Delcarmen

Royals: Josh Fields

Tigers: Zach Miner

White Sox: Bobby Jenks, Erick Threets

Yankees: Alfredo Aceves, Dustin Mosley

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Beltre could sign with Oakland Thursday

Beltre Two separate club officials told ESPN 's Jayson Stark that Adrian Beltre could sign with the Athletics before the close of Thursday.

While any signing is doubtful to happen by the end of the day, the A's are motivated to get Beltre in the fold before the non-tender deadline so they can make better decisions on the futures of Edwin Encarnacion and Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Oakland is believed to have made a five-year, $64-million offer to Beltre while no offer is pending from his former team of the Red Sox. Curious, given Boston needs a quality third baseman... like Beltre, who made a case for team MVP in 2010.

Beltre is thought to want to play on the West Coast, and with the lack of offers from any other West Coast team or Boston, could be inclined to move quickly.

However, the Angels could open up as a suitor and just because Boston has not tendered an offer yet doesn't mean they won't -- or other clubs. Beltre may be better served to wait until the winter meetings, plus there's one other obstacle toward a quick signing.

Scott Boras.

"I have no doubt that's [Oakland's] M.O.," said one general manager of Oakland signing Beltre quickly. "It may even be Beltre's M.O. But it's definitely not Scott's M.O."

-- Evan Brunell

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