Sean Doolittle tweets heartfelt thank you to A's fans

Sean Doolittle tweets heartfelt thank you to A's fans

OAKLAND — Reliever Sean Doolittle never was one to disappoint A’s fans when it came to Twitter.

On Sunday evening, Doolittle — traded to the Washington Nationals earlier in the day along with Ryan Madson — tweeted out a heartfelt goodbye to A’s fans:

Doolittle was the final player left on the A’s who was a part of all three postseason teams from 2012-14. With his Metallica entrance music, his fiery demeanor on the mound and bushy red beard, he became a fan favorite at the Coliseum.

Even A’s executive VP of baseball operations Billy Beane, who pulled the trigger on the trade, expressed some nostalgia about sending Doolittle elsewhere.

“Some of my best memories are with Sean on the mound, whether it was setting up games during that playoff run (in 2012), in some cases closing them,” Beane said. “He had that great combination of being emotional but also under control in a very intelligent way.”

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.