Offseason Outlook: Oakland Athletics

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Having amassed fewer than 70 wins both in 2015 and this season, the Athletics are mired in their worst stretch since the late 1970s. While the 2016 A’s picked up one more victory than last year’s version (69 to 68), their run differential actually declined by 73. Only two other American League teams totaled fewer wins than the A’s (who finished last in the AL West) and just one team had a worse run differential. With a roster devoid …read more

5 Key Stories: 10/15/16 – 10/21/16

Here are five of this week’s biggest stories here at MLBTR…

Diamondbacks hire Mike Hazen as general manager, executive vice-president. Arizona officially moved on from the Tony La Russa/Dave Stewart era by installing Hazen atop its baseball operations pyramid. The highly-regarded Hazen spent a decade in the Red Sox front office, including the last year as Boston’s GM, working under president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski. Rumors have been swirling that Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo could become the new D’Backs manager.

Red Sox looking at internal GM candidates. Dombrowski would prefer to replace Hazen …read more

Whereabouts of Tribe’s ’48 title pennant remains a mystery

It once flapped in the breeze above old Municipal Stadium, a physical representation of a triumphant World Series title that, for the last 68 years, the Indians have fought futilely to reclaim. Our best guess is that it was upwards of 15 feet wide, a broad banner broadcasting Cleveland’s clout to any and all. And because the importance of that 1948 outcome has only grown in measure with each successive season that has led to this 2016 return to the Fall Classic stage, you could say the importance of this pennant has only grown in importance, too. Now, if only …read more

NL West Notes: Preller, Giants, Rockies, D’Backs

Padres GM A.J. Preller is back on the job now that his 30-day suspension has ended, though both Preller and the organization may need more time to repair their reputations around baseball. ESPN’s Buster Olney (subscription required) reports that several teams will adjust how they negotiate with San Diego from now on, while one team has simply refused to consider any trades with Preller and the Padres. There is also still “a river of industry speculation” that the Padres could face lawsuits about their handling of player medical information. Here’s some more from …read more

Tigers Attemped To Trade Justin Upton Last Season

The Tigers “were ready to move” Justin Upton last season, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (subscription required). The club’s efforts seemed to go beyond merely testing the market or exploring offers, as Olney writes that the Tigers “pushed to” trade Upton and will make an “effort to dump his salary this winter.”

It was just last January that Detroit signed Upton to a six-year, $132.75MM contract, seemingly making him a cornerstone piece for the franchise (though the deal allows Upton to opt out after the 2017 season). His tenure in the Motor City …read more

Quick Hits: McCann, Cards’ Pen, Salazar, Rea

We’ve long heard chatter about a possible reunion between Yankees catcher Brian McCann and the Braves, and’s Mark Bowman provides some hints about where things stand. New York has asked for righty Mike Foltynewicz or center fielder Ender Inciarte to part with the veteran receiver, which certainly sounds like a non-starter from here. An arrangement could yet make sense, Bowman writes, but Atlanta won’t include either of those two players.

Here are a few more notes from around the game:

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