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68-94, 5th in AL West

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Flipping recently added prospects might be one habit the A's need to break, but betting on Khris Davis' big second half in 2015 provides them with power they can afford http://es.pn/1odUn22

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1dDavid Schoenfield

Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

The Reds have Joey Votto, but not much else. David Schoenfield kicks off his pre-spring training rankings with a look at MLB's likely bottom-feeders.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Oakland Athletics have responded to Raiders owner Mark Davis' essential challenge to help them build two new stadiums in Oakland. Following is A's owner Lew Wolff's statement...

Schoenfield: Athletics come in at No. 25

Back in 2012 the As improved from 74 to 94 wins -- and that team scored just 19 more runs than the 2015 team. If you want a deep sleeper for 2016, the As are your team. Schoenfield: Ranking the teams (25-30)

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Franklin Barreto No. 22 prospect in 2016

Barreto could finally give the A's the shortstop they've been missing for the past 10 years. Sean Manaea is the only other Oakland prospect on this list at No. 59. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)

A's have No. 18 farm system in 2016

A couple of big trades brought back four of its top-10 prospects. Oakland's system is back on the upswing after a few fallow years. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)

Age 40 didn't stop Ty Cobb

Only three right fielders have batted 300 times at age 40 -- Cobb, Sam Rice and Ichiro Suzuki. In those at-bats, Cobb posted a .357/.440/.482 slashline. All-time age-40 All-Star team

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Where will Austin Jackson end up?

Jackson is a capable everyday CF who may have to accept a corner or backup OF spot at this point. He'd be an upgrade for non-contenders like the A's, Phillies and Reds or a useful piece for contenders like the Orioles, Indians, Angels and Cardinals. Unsigned free agents (Insider)

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MLB managers hang out at hoops game

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price and Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin sit together at the Stanford-Cal hoops game to cheer on their alma mater.

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Canseco: Japan's negative interest rates 'dumb'

Jose Canseco is now offering financial advice, with the former slugger saying in a Twitter rant the Bank of Japan's idea of negative interest rates "is blowing my mind."

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Jose Canseco's Tweet of the Day (2:05)
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Should Coco Crisp come off the bench?

With the Athletics hoping to keep Crisp healthy this season, the team might have to consider using the 36-year-old as a pinch-hitter instead of having him play every day in left field. MLB rumors roundup

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The surprisingly effective Rich Hill

Hill's fastball barely averages 90 mph, but it ranks as one of the top pitches in baseball among starters. How often the left-hander throws his curve could be making his fastball more deceptive. Best pitches in MLB (Insider)

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Any takers for Jonathan Lucroy?

Lucroy hopes to be traded from the Brewers to a contender, but Milwaukee might not be in a rush to deal him. The Rangers, Nationals and Athletics are among the teams reportedly interested in the veteran catcher. MLB rumors roundup

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A's lurk in free-agent market

Oakland isn't often a big spender, but it could bring in a bat like Dexter Fowler or Ian Desmond as potential trade bait down the road, Jim Bowden writes. Fits for free agents (Insider)

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A's defense could return to form

Assuming SS Marcus Semien is better defensively in 2016, Oakland could once again have a strong defense. Until then, the group falls short of making Buster Olney's list. Top 10 defenses (Insider)

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30dDavid Schoenfield

All-time great bullpens: 1990s

The 1990s saw save numbers go up as bullpen roles became more specialized; as offense ramped up, the Indians, A's and Orioles fielded standout pens.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs69414th
Batting Average.25118th
On Base Percentage.31220th
Slugging Percentage.39522nd
Earned Run Average4.1421st
Quality Starts83Tied-13th
WHIP1.3015th
BAA.25416th

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