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Dan Otero: Future Closer?

The Oakland Athletics have brought Jim Johnson on board for the 2014 season to replace Grant Balfour. They are paying him $10 million for one yearto take on the 9th inning and save the day. Johnson is an outstanding pitcher, having saved 101 games for the Orioles in the last two seasons, a Major []Dan Otero: Future Closer? - Swingin' A's - Swingin' A's - An Oakland Athletics Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Josh Reddick And As Come To Terms

Josh Reddick and the Oakland As ended having to go to arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for a reported $2.7 million per year, just above the median he was seeking. Reddick was asking for $3.25 million and made $510,000 last year. The move puts to rest any distraction of arbitration hearings and []Josh Reddick And As Come To Terms - Swingin' A's - Swingin' A's - An Oakland Athletics Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

How Free Agency is Changing in Sports

There is a very dangerous trend going on in sports. This trend is changing sports for the worst, and it has the potential to kill off small market sports teams. This trend is the trend of huge contracts. Were seeing it all the time now, not just in baseball but in all sports. Specifically []How Free Agency is Changing in Sports - Swingin' A's - Swingin' A's - An Oakland Athletics Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Led by Gray, A's could be even better this season

As Spring Training gets underway, no team is better built to win 100-plus than the Athletics. They know it, too, although as usual the offseason headlines were mostly about other teams. That's OK with them.

Reddick agrees to one-year deal with A's

The A's and outfielder Josh Reddick have agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.

Lindblom hopes experience vs. A's helps this season

Josh Lindblom has been traded three times in less than two years, shipped most recently to an A's team that clobbered him during his one-year tenure in Texas.

Cook throws long toss; Opening Day appears realistic

Ryan Cook is already throwing again, further proof that his mild hiccup with shoulder inflammation was just that.

A's focus on improving pitchers' defense this spring

Spring Training isn't complete without pitchers' fielding drills. As mundane as they can be, they're essential to the preseason routine, and the A's will feature them prominently in camp this year.

Pitchers, catchers report as title defense begins

Slowly but surely, A's pitchers and catchers filed into Phoenix Municipal Stadium for reporting day Friday, trickling in with a light schedule in advance of Saturday's first official workout.

Elder statesman Kazmir embraces chance to lead

At the tender age of 30, Scott Kazmir has at least four years on any other member of the club's starting staff.

Setup duo of Cook, Doolittle suffer minor setbacks

Oakland relief duo Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook will be slowed by mild injuries in Spring Training. Doolittle suffered a right calf strain earlier this week, while Cook is nursing an inflamed right shoulder.

Reddick raring to go, feeling no pain in repaired wrist

A's right fielder Josh Reddick began his offseason with a simple message from his employers. "Get healthy. That was it," Reddick told radio station 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. "[Manager] Bob Melvin told me he wanted me to get healthy and come into Spring Training 100 percent, and I've done that."

'No flinching' for Jaso after bout with concussion

A's catcher John Jaso is prepped to enter Spring Training free of any concussion symptoms after missing the final two months of the 2013 season and postseason because of the issue.

Beane, A's perfect fit with recipe for continued success

The A's haven't won a World Series in Billy Beane's 16 seasons as their general manager, but they have been among the most successful franchises west of the Hudson, advancing to the postseason seven times, claiming a Wild Card and six American League West titles, including each of the past two.

Expectations evolve as A's eye three-peat

The Athletics will exhibit plenty of new faces in Spring Training following a bevy of creative offseason moves by general manager Billy Beane, but expect to see much of the same in 2014: strong pitching backed by a platoon-generated offense.

In improved division, A's confident in current club

The A's christened the unofficial start of the baseball season Saturday with an action-packed FanFest that featured appearances by the majority of the club's roster. The same group that occupies this roster will likely remain unchanged by the time camp opens next week, Billy Beane suggested.

A's aim to avoid arb with Reddick, who skips FanFest

A notable face wasn't seen at A's FanFest on Saturday. Right fielder Josh Reddick, originally scheduled to be in attendance at the annual event -- which drew more than 20,000 fans this year -- was missing from the buzzing scene after backing out for unknown reasons Friday.

Cespedes interested in extension of his own

When Yoenis Cespedes speaks of his future, he sometimes mentions his desire to explore free agency when his contract expires after the 2015 season. So it was something of a surprise when he made it known on Friday that he's interested in adding a couple of years to his current contract, just hours after teammate Coco Crisp's two-year extension with a vesting option for 2017 was announced.

Crisp, A's agree to two-year contract extension

The A's have signed outfielder Coco Crisp to a two-year deal that extends through the 2016 season with a vesting option for 2017. The 34-year-old leadoff man will be entering his 13th Major League season this spring.

Inbox: Are the A's looking to add another big bat?

The Athletics are confident they can continue to find success with the platoon system that manager Bob Melvin has mastered, without adding a big bat to the lineup.

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