A's trade Cahill, Breslow to Diamondbacks


A's trade Cahill, Breslow to Diamondbacks

The A's announced they would entertain offers for anyone but Jemile Weeks this offseason, and they weren't joking.

Oakland pulled the trigger Friday afternoon on a trade that sent their young starting pitcher Trevor Cahill, relief pitcher Craig Breslow and cash considerations to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team announced in a press release.

In return, the A's receive right-handed pitcher Jarrod Parker, outfielder Collin Cowgill, and right-handed pitcher Ryan Cook.

"Cowgill is a scrappy player with gap power," said Comcast SportsNet MLB analyst Shooty Babitt. "Parker has a chance to be middle of the rotation guy."

The trade picked up momentum all day as pieces fell into place.

The A's receive three players with minimal MLB service as they retool for the future.

Parker, 23, underwent Tommy John surgery late in 2009. He started one game for the Diamondbacks last season, throwing 5.2 innings of four-hit ball against the Brewers. Some reports indicate that the D'backs planned on Parker filling the fifth spot in the rotation in 2012.

Cowgill, 25, played in 36 games with the Diamondbacks in his first MLB season last year. He hit .239 with one home run. Billy Beane and the A's have targeted Cowgill for years now; he was originally drafted by the A's in the 29th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft, but did sign. He was then drafted by Arizona in the fifth round in 2008.

Cook, 24, appeared in 12 games for the Diamondbacks last year. He allowed six runs in seven and two thirds innings. He is a power pitcher, his fastball flirting with triple digits.

The A's part ways with two pitchers who have been key cogs to both the starting rotation and bullpen.

Cahill, 23, is 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA in his first three MLB seasons with Oakland. He was an All-Star in 2010, and the A's opening day starter last year.

Breslow, 31, is 11-11 with a 3.14 ERA over his three seasons with Oakland. He appeared in 67 games last year, posting a 3.79 ERA, his highest by far as an Athletic.

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.