Athletics Notes: Gomes, McCarthy, Drew, Inge

The Athletics have had minimal contract talks with their free agents this winter, with the exception of Jonny Gomes, writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Sources say that Oakland presented Gomes' former agency, ACES, with an offer at the end of the season.  The two sides were unable to come to terms on a deal, however, and the A's went on to trade for Chris Young.  Here's more from Slusser..

  • Brandon McCarthy has drawn immediate interest from numerous teams including the Cubs, White Sox and Blue Jays.  McCarthy was impressive when healthy but missed significant time thanks to shoulder issues and the scary line drive incident in early September.
  • Oakland hopes to continue talks with shortstop Stephen Drew, who became a free agent after the club declined their side of a $10MM mutual option.  The shortstop posted a combined batting line of .223/.309/.348 in 327 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks and A's in 2012.
  • The Athletics won't totally rule out a return for Brandon Inge, but he hasn't been considered a strong candidate to return. 
  • The A's agreed to a new one-year deal with Bartolo Colon earlier this afternoon, and GM Billy Beane told MLB.com's Jane Lee that he considers the right-hander low-risk depth (Twitter link).
  • Slusser notes (on Twitter) that the Colon deal will not impact the club's attempts to re-sign McCarthy.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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24 Comments on "Athletics Notes: Gomes, McCarthy, Drew, Inge"


Jaysfan724
2 years 9 months ago

Please sign McCarthy and his wife Blue Jays!

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

Lmao. That was awesome.

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

She would certainly attract fans as well.

Frankvego
2 years 9 months ago

I hope we bring back McCarthy. Man would hate to see him go.

deadgeorge
2 years 9 months ago

Yeah, but would you want him for 2 years and twenty million? I like him at 4M; I’d be fine with him at 6M; but I’d be scared of him at 8M–and that’s on a one year contract. Makes sense for the mid to large market teams, because who can you find with that upside for that money? Certainly beats giving Lohse 5 or 6 years.

2 years 9 months ago

Was hoping the Sox would decline Floyd and sign McCarthy, but I guess they could still sign him, would be a hell of a number 4 or 5.

EightMileCats
2 years 9 months ago

I’ll give you behind Peavy and Sale (assuming health for peavy holds up).
But who else are you putting him behind? Either way, he’d be a nice pick up for any team

2 years 9 months ago

I think Danks is a better overall pitcher.

metsmagic
2 years 9 months ago

When healthy yes, but that’s certainly in question next year

Michael Kenny Jr.
2 years 9 months ago

I’m sorry, is it less in question with McCarthy?

2 years 9 months ago

Both are kind of question marks. But if you remember Danks was traded for McCarthy in a deal that the White Sox clearly won as Danks went on to pitch remarkably while McCarthy was rather unimpressive and spent the bulk of his time with the Rangers on the DL. So yes, both are injury risks but these are the moves the Sox are going to need to make; lower risk, high reward. .

ZAK
ZAK
2 years 9 months ago

If Drew goes elsewhere it will be the first real fail of the new Beane era that was so successful. That was the last bit of wool in Towers’ sheep he took with Drew and they need him (concretely when the option still being proposed is Escobar). There’s no way he’s as bad as he was this year when fully healthy and he fits what the A’s need at the top of the LU to a T. As a Giants fan I frankly hope he stays in the AL.

melonis_rex
2 years 9 months ago

Well it depends.

If Drew’s taking a one year deal, he has plenty of incentive to take it in a hitters’ park (buff up his offensive numbers to set up for a big multi year deal next year). That’s not on Beane at all, since he can’t control how the Coliseum plays.

Also the A’s still have a chance to resign Drew. Just because they didn’t want him at 10MM (which I don’t understand, frankly), doesn’t mean they don’t still have a chance to get him on a 2 year deal.

There’s also the option of finding a better or equal shortstop via trade.

ZAK
ZAK
2 years 9 months ago

You have to understand the “failure” that I speak of is not getting Drew for the long term after the heist the trade was. But there’s a little sarcasm in there as well, Beane’s already won the deal, now he just needs to stick it to Towers and Boras to punch it home as he’s been able to do with Cook and Parker.

I understand them declining Drew’s option but his #’s this year were skewed completely by the injury he tried to come back from too quickly. To get Drew it will take a multi-year deal but that is ideal for the A’s- a patient hitter ala Scutaro to the Giants is an invaluable piece.

The A’s saw the most pitches in mlb this year but they also had huge K totals. Trying to rebuild the LU from young players requires having a vet around to enstill patience- same reason Colon was brought back for the young pitchers. Bottom line somewhere Beane is going to have to spend a little bit to get the LU solidified and Drew is a good place to start.

Who can they trade? They’re not going to get another proven mlb SS for what they have to offer at this point which is mainly pitching prospects in the minors.

deadgeorge
2 years 9 months ago

Yeah, totally, if they don’t resign the guy that came mid-August and was average after he came over and atrocious in the playoffs, that will totally destroy their chances in 2013. Or, will have no effect whatsoever.

meanguygary
2 years 9 months ago

Big, big fan of McCarthy. Would love to have him in Toronto.

Bluejaysnation
2 years 9 months ago

I hope the Jays can sign him.

scott brecht
2 years 9 months ago

i think dempster goes to the blue jays, mccarthy to the cubs.

2 years 9 months ago

That is a pretty bad starting rotation

not_brooks
2 years 9 months ago

I have Tommy Milone on the line. He’s pretty upset with you…

Edit: Scratch that. I have no idea why I didn’t see Milone in your rotation.

Another edit: Scratch that. I just realized that you replaced Straily with Milone. Nice one.

letsgogiants
2 years 9 months ago

The A’s are more likely to have Donaldson at 3rd rather than Hicks, and Cabrera would not be a good fit for playing half his games at the Coliseum. Despite his latest injuries, Anderson is not someone I would give up on as he is front-end quality when healthy. Also there is no way Garcia is over Griffin in the starting rotation.

Snoochies8
2 years 9 months ago

If anything it’d be Brett Anderson for Asdrubal Cabrera + others, not Cabrera for Anderson + Crisp, so that’s a no go

It’d be Green/Sizemore at 2B and Donaldson at 3B

so…just….no…

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
2 years 9 months ago

Coco Crisp and Bret Anderson for Asdrubal Cabrera…..hahahaha no!
Are you trying to Chris Antonetti fired?

As for signing Freddy Garcia, hahaha NO! He’s a disaster.

PS If the A’s trade Coco Crisp for whomever (if they do), who would lead off for the A’s?

corey23
2 years 9 months ago

I’d thumbs down this twice if I could… no way anderson would go in a trade for cabrera hahaha