A’s acquire Michael Wuertz

| February 2, 2009

The A’s just picked up right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz from the Cubs in exchange for minor leaguers Richie Robnett and Justin Sellers.

Wuertz, 30, is a journeyman who has been part of the Cubs bullpen off and on for the past few years. Last year he had a 3.63 ERA in 44 2/3 innings. His career ERA is 3.57 in parts of five years. He’s been pretty consistent, though. His ERA has been under 4.00 each of the past four years.
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Free agent frenzy coming?

| February 2, 2009

Buckle up, baseball fans, because I think we’re going to be in for a wild couple of weeks. It’s Feb. 2 and there are still dozens of free agents left on the market, including marquee names like Manny Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Bobby Abreu, Orlando Cabrera, Orlando Hudson and Ben Sheets.

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David Forst answers your questions

| January 30, 2009

A’s assistant GM David Forst, fresh off a trip to the Dominican Republic, answers questions you emailed to me. Enjoy…

Would the A’s consider moving Jack Cust for a young infielder on another club (he could replace Bobby Crosby)? (John)

Unfortunately you aren’t going to get me to comment on specific players or specific trade proposals. As always we are open to listening to any possibilities that improve our club, but we see Jack as an important part of the team in 2009.

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More Matt Holliday

| January 30, 2009

Ever since last week’s note about Matt Holliday’s road performance as a Rockie, I’ve been getting a lot feedback about whether his stats prove my theory or are coincidental.

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Hurry with questions

| January 29, 2009

Ok, A’s fans, you only have until Friday morning to send me your questions for A’s assistant GM David Forst. Email them to jfletcher@pacbell.net

By the way, I already have plenty of questions about Cahill, Anderson and Mazzaro.

Two more years for Korach

| January 27, 2009

The A’s just announced that radio announcer Ken Korach has signed a two-year extension, bringing him through 2011.

I like Ken. He’s always got good golf stories.

Ask David Forst

| January 26, 2009

A’s fans, it’s your turn. Just as Giants fans had their shot to ask questions of director of player personnel Bobby Evans, you guys now can ask questions for A’s assistant GM David Forst. Just email your questions to me at jfletcher@pacbell.net. Include your first name and hometown in your email. Don’t simply post them here as comments.

Remember, he is not allowed to comment on players under contract to other teams, so don’t bother asking about which players the A’s might get in trades. He is allowed to talk about free agents, but I’m guessing he won’t. Questions about players currently on the A’s roster or in the minor leagues are the best.

Start firing the questions now and I’ll have the answers posted within a week.