A's to dedicate statue of Rickey Henderson at Coliseum next season


A's to dedicate statue of Rickey Henderson at Coliseum next season

The A’s will dedicate a statue of Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson at the Coliseum for next season, a team spokesperson confirmed to NBC Sports California.

The exact date of the unveiling will be announced as the 2018 season gets closer, but the statue is another tribute to the major leagues’ all-time stolen base and runs leader. The playing surface at the Coliseum was named Rickey Henderson Field before this season, and that honor will carry over into the A’s planned new ballpark near downtown Oakland, scheduled for opening in 2023.

The A’s have made increased efforts this season to spotlight some of the greats throughout their history. They’ve renamed two of the entrance gates to the Coliseum after Hall of Fame pitchers Catfish Hunter and Dennis Eckersley.

Earlier this year, Henderson and Eckersley both were named special assistants to A’s president Dave Kaval. Henderson has been visible around the Coliseum often this season; Eckersley’s time is more limited due to his broadcasting duties with the Boston Red Sox.

The Coliseum’s Joint Powers Authority needed to grant final approval for the Henderson statue, and that came during Friday’s board meeting.

The East Bay Citizen was first to report news of the Henderson statue.

A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter


A's announce 2018 Opening Day starter

For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.

The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.

Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.

"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.

In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.

A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher


A's agree to deal with familiar veteran pitcher

UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.

On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth. 

Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round. 

Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams. 

The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.