A's acquire RHP Chris Resop from Pittsburgh


A's acquire RHP Chris Resop from Pittsburgh

OAKLAND -- Just days after adding right-handed reliever Sandy Rosario from the Boston Red Sox, the Oakland Athletics have added another right-handed reliever in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Oakland acquired Chris Resop from Pittsburgh in exchange for minor league pitcher Zach Thornton. Resop, 30, has seven years of big league experience. He has a career 4.51 ERA in 225 13 innings. He appeared in 61 games for the Pirates last season with a 3.91 ERA, 46 strikeouts and 24 walks in a career-high 73 23 innings. Resop has a low 90s fastball, a curveball, and mixes in a cutter and a change-up. He'll likely be a suitable replacement for reliever Jim Miller who was claimed on waivers by the New York Yankees after being designated for assignment by Oakland on November 20. Thornton, 24, was drafted in the 24th round by the A's in the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. He spent the 2012 season in Single-A Stockton where he had a 4.53 ERA in 48 games.According to the A's, a move to clear space for Resop is forthcoming later tonight. Oakland has until midnight Eastern time to tender contracts to their remaining five arbitration eligible players. If one of those players is non-tendered, it will clear space on the 40-man roster for Resop. The five players that are still arbitration eligible are Adam Rosales, Brandon Moss, George Kottaras, Seth Smith and Jerry Blevins.

Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

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Young A’s fan writes letter to team after fires take home, beloved memorabilia

Young Athletics fan Loren Jade Smith is among the thousands of people affected by the Northern California wildfires. Along with his family's home, the fire storm took his most valued possession -- his A's memorabilia collection. 

In his disappointment, Smith wrote a letter to the A's that has since gone viral. 

After the letter was shared throughout the Twitterverse, A's President Dave Kaval said the team would reach out to Jade and his family to replace his memorabilia. 

And since Kaval's announcement, the A's community of fans has responded with offers to send the young fan some memorabilia. The A's have even set up an address where fans can send Smith their gifts. 

Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?


Who can we blame for epidemic of teams losing three straight elimination games?

Fox’ Matt Vasgersian, who does his job well,  declared the New York Yankees’ American League Division Series win over Cleveland to be amazing.

It is not. Not any more.

In fact, the Yankees winning three elimination games in succession is a feat that has happened seven times in the past three years. And we can only conclude from that that they’re not making teams that can avoid the bad beat the way they used to.

The 2017 Indians joined the 2016 Indians, Warriors and Thunder, the 2015 Clippers, Capitals and Texas Rangers, the 2014 Penguins and Sharks, the 2013 Red Wings, the 2012 Reds and Cardinals, the 2011 Penguins, the 2010 Bruins and Capitals as proud laryngectomy victims – teams that needed to win only one of three (or in the Sharks’ case, four) games to advance in the playoffs (or in the Warriors’ case, win).

That’s 15 times this “amazing” thing has happened, which means that by any estimate, teams that needed to win three consecutive games to escape the icy hand of Uncle Death are now pretty much the norm in this decade.

And why, you ask? I blame Twitter. I blame global warming. I blame video games. I blame smartphones. I blame phones. I blame the new president. I blame the old president. I blame Satan. I blame participation trophies and orange slices and juice boxes. I blame the players and I blame the owners and I blame the fans and definitely those smarmy bastards in the media. They’re the worst.

I blame you. Hell, I think I blame Matt Vasgersian.

But whomever is at fault, we have here an epidemic of feet strangling their owners when everything seems their cheeriest. And unless we live in such misery-enriched times that good times are only precursors to far worse ones, there is no sensible explanation. Players’ windpipes are no smaller than they were a decade ago. The Internet is older than seven years. Close-out games are not materially more difficult than they were before 2010.

And yet winning that one extra game is suddenly like finding out your SAT test has been written totally in anagrams. In other words, when things look brightest, that’s when you know you’re totally screwed.

And if you don’t believe me, ask Terry Francona. In a few weeks maybe. Not right away. Not unless you’re keen to see how it feels to have your neck used as a bathmat.