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Past articles by Melissa:

A love for all seasons

Love, loss and the bond of sports. → Read More

Who Will Replace Sonny Gray As Athletics Ace?

When the Oakland Athletics traded right-hander Sonny Gray on Monday, they said goodbye to the leader of their starting staff. With Gray’s departure, the A’s are left with a starting rotation that is short on experience and proven track records. But is it a staff without an ace? We take a look. From his debut […] → Read More

What Will The Athletics Get Back For Sonny Gray?

The Oakland Athletics are expected to deal their number one starter, Sonny Gray, before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. → Read More

What will Madson and Doolittle bring to Nationals bullpen?

On Sunday, the Washington Nationals acquired veteran relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics. What exactly will Madson and Doolittle bring to the beleaguered Nats’ bullpen? It’s no secret that the Nationals needed relief help for the season’s second half. As of Sunday, the Nationals ranked dead last in baseball in reliever […] → Read More

Ranking the Oakland Athletics top trade chips

With nearly every American League team still within a reasonable number of games of a playoff spot, the MLB trade market remains uncertain a little more than three weeks before the non-waiver deadline. Several teams still are still weighing whether to be buyers or sellers. The Oakland A’s are in no such quandary, as their rebuilding […] → Read More

Patience will be essential with Athletics youngster Franklin Barreto

While the Oakland Athletics have been busy overhauling their roster to bring up young players over the past two weeks, top prospect Franklin Barreto wasn’t expected to be part of the current youth movement until sometime later this summer. Those plans changed when another rookie shortstop, Chad Pinder, injured his hamstring during the A’s 3-0 […] → Read More

Yonder Alonso Presents Athletics With A Dilemma

The Oakland Athletics’ midseason rebuild continued at a rapid pace on Thursday when the team parted ways with veteran catcher Stephen Vogt. As the calendar inches closer to July, the A’s will be a seller during the trade season. When the A’s start making moves, one player they are certain to receive calls on is […] → Read More