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Open Thread - Game 8 (Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins)

UPDATE: A's, Cahill agree to extension! Per Carsnick on Twitter.

Trevor Cahill has reached agreement on multiyear deal with #Athletics pending physical, says BB source

Rotoworld's Take

Trevor Cahill - OAK

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Athletics and Trevor Cahill have reached agreement on a multi-year contract, pending a physical.
The terms of the contract aren't yet available, but the deal will likely cover his arbitration seasons. Cahill, 23, went 19-9 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 30 starts last season and is off to a quick start over his first two starts this year with a 1.42 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings.
Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter

Sometimes it seems like heartbreak is the lifeblood of being an A’s fan. Well, that, and excellent pitching and awful offense. After yesterday’s 2-1 loss to the Twins despite Anderson’s excellent complete game, the A’s have fallen to 2-5, and desperately need some wins in order to keep pace with the undefeated Rangers. Today Gio Gonzalez takes on Nick Blackburn at 6PM tonight.

Pre-Game Discussion Question: What should be done about the A’s 3rd Base situation? Kevin Kouzmanoff is, as we’ve all observed, doing rather horribly thus far into the season. He is sporting a wOBA of .164 this season, and has committed 4 errors already despite defense being his forte.

Should the A’s bench Kouzmanoff and play Andy LaRoche? Or should they try to trade for a star 3B, if one can be found this early in the season, at great cost?

At least we’re not in the situation the Rays are in, right?

Oakland Athletics

Minnesota Twins

CF Coco Crisp

CF Denard Span

1B Daric Barton

C Joe Mauer

RF David DeJesus

1B Justin Morneau

LF Josh Willingham

LF Delmon Young

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Michael Cuddyer

C Kurt Suzuki

DH Jason Kubel

2B Mark Ellis

3B Danny Valencia

3B Kevin Kouzmanoff

2B Luke Hughes

SS Cliff Pennington

SS Alexi Cassilla

P Gio Gonzalez

P Nick Blackburn