Moneyball my ass. The A’s are wheeling and dealing this offseason.
After finishing atop the American League West in 2013, Oakland has sought a strategy that differs from the off seasons of year’s past. They are adding big pieces to the puzzle.
With free agents Bartolo Colon and Grant Balfour leaving the team as free agents, the A’s quickly added a pair of players to fill those spots on the roster. They signed free agent Scott Kazmir to a 2-year, 22 million dollar deal and dealt Jemile to find their new closer in Jim Johnson.
The team has also added a pair of secondary players through trade in outfielder Craig Gentry from Texas and reliever Luke Gregerson from San Diego.
All four players will figure to have key roles heading into 2014 as the Athletics aim to continue their reign atop the West.
And while they have been considerably active early this offseason, they aren’t done yet.
Teams can always use another bat. The A’s are no different. Oakland currently has a gaping hole at designated hitter, and seven starting pitchers on the roster. See the connection?
One Brett Anderson, set to make 8 million this upcoming season, could find himself on the way out as part of a package to grab a consistent bat.
Then again, you can never have enough pitching. Just look across the bay to what happened when a strong five from San Francisco’s world champion 2012 campaign faltered in 2013.
If Anderson is in fact dealt, however, there are a few strong fits. The Blue Jays, who fell to fifth place after a spending spree last offseason, need pitching with Josh Johnson gone. And with plenty of offense to go around, they could afford to give up, say, an Adam Lind for Brett Anderson.
Lind hit .288 in 2013 with 23 home runs in 2013, numbers that would be a welcoming fit for Oakland.
Of course, this is all just speculation. Oakland could very well be finished as far as significant offseason moves are concerned. On the flip-side, you can never count out the brilliance of Billy Beane.
Ahh, the beauty of the offseason.
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