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Date: Team: Pos:

Athletics signed LHP Ryan Verdugo to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old southpaw split the 2014 season between the Royals and Red Sox organizations, compiling a 3.94 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 82/25 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings at Triple-A. Billy Beane continues to stockpile quality organizational bullpen depth.
Nov 22 - 11:24 AM

Athletics signed LHP Jim Fuller to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old spent the 2014 season in the Twins organization where he posted a solid 2.41 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 68/30 K/BB ratio over 56 innings at Double-A New Britain. He'll add to the organizational bullpen depth for the A's.
Nov 22 - 9:51 AM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Jon Lester is scheduled to meet with at least two teams next week.

Lester met with Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this week. The Cardinals have been mentioned as one potential landing spot for Lester, so they could be one of the clubs the left-hander visits next week. The Red Sox reportedly have offered Lester a six-year deal in the $110-120 million range.
Nov 21 - 4:47 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves did not make an offer to Jon Lester during their meeting Thursday.

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart conceded Thursday that it was a "long shot" that they could afford Lester. It's possible an offer could still be forthcoming, or they could have just decided after meeting with the left-hander that they simply couldn't afford him. The common thought is that it will come down to the Red Sox and Cubs.
Nov 20 - 8:26 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of 3B Renato Nunez from High-A Stockton.

Nunez is now protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The 20-year-old third baseman hit .279/.336/.517 with 29 home runs and 96 RBI in 124 games this past season in High-A ball. He could have a very bright future.
Nov 20 - 2:55 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN confirms that the Braves are meeting Thursday with free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

"Is it a long shot? Yeah, it's a long shot," acknowledged Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. "(But) we're keeping all the doors open." Lester reportedly received a six-year offer worth around $110-120 million earlier this week from the Red Sox, and he's also said to be drawing interest from the Cubs and Cardinals. The 30-year-old registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland.
Nov 20 - 10:39 AM

A source tells Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that the Red Sox have shown a "willingness to negotiate" with free agent Jon Lester.

It was reported that the club made an offer in the range of $110-120 million over six years earlier this week. That's significantly higher than the four-year, $70 million offer the BoSox were reported to have extended to Lester in spring, and it appears they would be open to going even higher if necessary. The team isn't alone in its pursuit of the 30-year-old, as the Cubs, Braves and Cardinals have all been linked to Lester in recent days as well.
Source: WEEI.com
Nov 19 - 8:19 PM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have interest in free agent Jason Hammel.

It was previously reported that as many as 12 teams had interest in the right-hander. Hammel was having a great year with the Cubs before a mid-season trade to the A's, and he still finished with a 3.47 ERA and 163/44 K/BB ratio over 176 1/3 innings. He may have to wait to sign until some of the bigger free agent fish are reeled in.
Source: Miami Herald
Nov 19 - 8:01 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox's offer to free agent Jon Lester "falls into the $110-120 million range over six years."

Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston said Wednesday morning that the Red Sox are not expecting a quick decision from Lester, who can shop this proposal around to other teams to jack up the price. The 30-year-old left-hander is also believed to be drawing serious interest from the Cubs, Braves, and Cardinals. He had a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland.
Nov 19 - 5:40 PM

Athletics signed LHP/RHP Pat Venditte to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Venditte is a switch-pitcher (meaning he can throw both left-handed and right-handed) who should get a shot in the major leagues at some point, perhaps next season in Oakland. The 29-year-old posted a 2.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 83/22 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings this past summer between the Yankees' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates.
Nov 19 - 4:06 PM

Athletics general manager Billy Beane said Wednesday that John Jaso (concussion) has been cleared for all baseball activities.

That means he'll be able to catch again, but it remains to be seen how often he'll be behind the plate next season. Jaso's last two seasons have ended prematurely due to concussion issues, so putting him behind the plate at all is a dangerous proposition. The A's are considering giving him some reps at first base in spring training.
Nov 19 - 1:10 PM

Athletics signed DH/1B Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract.

He's expected to receive $5 million of it as a signing bonus. It's a surprise that Butler was able to get such a contract after the worst offensive year of his career, but the A's obviously think he can fill a void. Oakland did need to get better versus left-handed pitching, and as a career .314/.393/.519 hitter versus southpaws, he should definitely help them in that regard. Butler will be the team's primary DH while also handling some first base.
Nov 19 - 12:05 PM

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to Jon Lester.

It's not clear what the offer is or if it's their final one, but either way Edes says the club is not expecting a quick decision from the left-hander. The Cubs are generally viewed as the Red Sox' biggest competitors for Lester, with the Braves and Cardinals are also reportedly interested.
Nov 19 - 8:42 AM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports the Cubs have shown interest in free agent Jonny Gomes.

Bradford said the Cubs are one of five teams having "legitimate interest" in the soon-to-be 34-year-old. The Cubs have also been linked to Nick Swisher, an indication that they're heavily in the market for a veteran corner outfielder. Gomes hit .234/.327/.330 this past season and should be relatively cheap for an interested club.
Nov 18 - 11:16 PM

Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com reports the Athletics have signed Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale confirmed the terms of the contract but said it isn't quite official just yet. How Butler will be utilized is up in the air -- Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes the Athletics' propensity for platoons at positions, but Butler would be an awfully expensive part-time player. After a down 2014 season it's a nice landing spot for the 28-year-old designated hitter, who can still mash left-handed pitching.
Nov 18 - 10:28 PM

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