June 1, 1999 |
Gerald Laird must decide today if he is going to sign with Oakland or reenter the baseball draft, which starts Wednesday. Laird was taken in the second round (the 45th pick overall) last year by Oakland and when no agreement could be reached he elected to play at Cypress so he would be eligible for the draft again this year. Oakland has made a recent offer and Laird's advisor has made a counter offer. Laird said he wants first-round money but would not give an exact figure.
December 14, 1999 |
The Angels are involved in serious negotiations with the Athletics about a trade that would send center fielder Jim Edmonds to Oakland for pitcher Brett Laxton and two more players, but the deal could hinge on whether A's General Manager Billy Beane is willing to part with one of his top prospects for a player who may only be in Oakland for a year. Another potential stumbling block: Beane must get ownership approval or clear some room on his $29-million payroll before adding Edmonds' $4.
September 27, 1999 |
The Red Sox certainly didn't look like a team that had a chance to clinch a tie for a wild-card berth entering Sunday. The Red Sox made three errors leading to seven unearned runs as the Baltimore Orioles defeated them, 8-5, dropping Boston's magic number for clinching a wild-card berth to two after Oakland lost, 10-3, to Texas. Boston's errors weren't limited to their fielders.
December 13, 2001 |
Soon after it's official that one slugger has left the Oakland Athletics for the New York Yankees, another looks likely to join the A's--after leaving the Dodgers. Word emerged at about 1 a.m.
December 8, 2001 |
The Oakland Athletics acquired closer Billy Koch from the Toronto Blue Jays to complete the first phase of a proposed three-way trade with the Dodgers that would send Gary Sheffield to Oakland, but the Dodgers and Oakland were at an impasse late Friday night on the final piece of the transaction, baseball sources said.
October 15, 2001
The best trade-deadline acquisition in baseball had to be carried off the field in the third inning of Game 4 Sunday, and with him may have gone the Oakland Athletics' World Series hopes. Cleanup batter Jermaine Dye, who hit .297 with 13 homers and 59 runs batted in 61 games for the A's after being traded from Kansas City on July 25, suffered a fractured tibia after fouling a ball off his left shin and is out for the season.
October 11, 2001 |
New York owner George Steinbrenner stood in the back of the press box near the end of Wednesday night's game at Yankee Stadium, fuming over his team's play in the opener of the division series. The Oakland Athletics were in the midst of beating the Yankees, 5-3, to snatch home-field advantage in the best-of-five series, and Steinbrenner appeared ready to fire the first employee who caught his eye. "Who's their general manager?" he said loudly, referring to Oakland's Billy Beane.
September 26, 2001 |
The rap music was blaring and the card tables were hopping an hour before Tuesday night's game, giving the Oakland Athletics' clubhouse that familiar fraternity house feel these Brash Brothers thrived on during their run to the playoffs last season. Yes, that old A's swagger is back, maybe stronger than it was in 2000, but it wasn't always like this in Oakland this season.
August 30, 2005 |
Four home runs and a baserunning gaffe by the Baltimore Orioles enabled the Oakland Athletics to take a wealth of momentum into their showdown with the Angels. Nick Swisher and Mark Ellis homered off Jorge Julio in a five-run 12th inning, and the Athletics completed a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a 10-5 victory Monday. Jay Payton and Dan Johnson also homered for the A's, whose sixth straight win extended their lead in the American League West to one game over the idle Angels.