Option off table for A's? Yanks get infielder from Chicago in seven-player deal


Option off table for A's? Yanks get infielder from Chicago in seven-player deal

If the A's are looking for a taker for Yonder Alonso, one suitor may be off the table.

The New York Yankees, in need of a first baseman, have acquired third baseman Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox in a seven-player deal.

The White Sox are sending Frazier, closer David Robertson and reliever Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees. Chicago will receive a package that includes 2016 first-round pick Blake Rutherford, 2013 first-round pick Ian Clarkin, major league reliever Tyler Clippard and minor league outfielder Tito Polo.

Frazier, predominently a third baseman, has appeared in four games at first base this season. In 2014, he played in 43 games at first base while playing for the Reds.

On Monday, Fox Sports reported that the A's sent their top scout to watch the Yankees' Low-A affiliate Charleston RiverDogs which features Rutherford.

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.