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Oakland A's options & service time

Service time considerations and options flexibility play a huge role in all but the most talented professional baseball player's career.

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Roster analysis: Free Tyler Ladendorf

With the A's facing three left-handed pitchers in the next five days, Nate Freiman's power against left-handers must be replaced somewhere.

Enter Tyler Ladendorf, Sacramento middle infielder.

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Injury update: Shocking roster moves ahead

There are going to be some roster moves that are going to initially make you gasp in terror. I'll try to put your mind at ease.

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Otero temporarily optioned for Gentry or Blanks

With Jason Hammel skipping a start and either Kyle Blanks or Craig Gentry returning, the Athletics can spare a reliever until a few days before Hammel's next start on August 26. Read on to see how the A's could manage past that date.

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No, the A's cannot demote Jason Hammel to Triple-A

Why even keep Hammel on the roster? Why not send him to Sacramento to hang out until rosters expand? I'll tell you.

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Ladendorf suspended; what's on 2nd?

Tyler Ladendorf suspended; what's on 2nd?

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Why Drew Pomeranz might not be back 'til September

Why Drew Pomeranz's disagreement with a wooden chair may have cost him his spot in the rotation, how Stephen Vogt could get a chance to stay in Oakland, and who leaves the bullpen when Eric O'Flaherty returns from Tommy John surgery.

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Doolittle's promotion makes his contract a bargain

Is the Sean Doolittle contract everything the Atlanta Braves can't avoid with Craig Kimbrel?

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If not Kyle Blanks, then who's on first base?

Replacing Daric Barton with anyone has roster implications beyond 2014. Is a trade for Kyle Blanks a good move? Should Nate Freiman get his sophomore season underway? Why not Stephen Vogt?

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Fernando Rodriguez optioned, thoughts on Pomeranz

Fernando Rodriguez was activated from rehab and optioned to Sacramento. How does this affect Drew Pomeranz's development as a starter?

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Drew Pomeranz: Send him down and stretch him out?

Bringing up another reliever isn't so simple.

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