Report: A's hope to build new stadium on land near Laney College


Report: A's hope to build new stadium on land near Laney College

UPDATE (Wednesday at 10:53am) -- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released the following statement Wednesday morning:

“I am excited the A’s made three major commitments to Oakland today. First: They are staying right where they belong – in Oakland. Second, they are building a privately financed ballpark on their own dime and not at the taxpayer’s expense. And finally, they will engage residents in a serious and meaningful dialogue to address both the benefits and impacts a once-in-a-generation development will have on our community.”


After a lot of speculation, the A's have decided where their next home will be.

The team hopes to build a new privately-financed stadium on a plot of land near Laney College in downtown Oakland, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

“Finally, we’ve got our site. It’s really the strongest location when it comes to private financing, and that’s really an important component to be successful,” team president Dave Kaval wrote in a letter to Peralta district Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, which was obtained by the publication.

The A's had been deciding between the land at Laney, the existing Coliseum site and Howard Terminal.

According to the The Chronicle, Kaval delivered a letter to Laguerre, stating the team's interest in buying or leasing the land.

Kaval and the A's had promised to announce their future home before the end of the calendar year.

“We firmly believe that the Peralta site represents the best opportunity to keep Oakland’s last professional sports team in Oakland for the long term," Kaval wrote in the letter, according to The Chronicle.

The A's have played at the Coliseum since 1968.

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.