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- Ryan Madson, RP: $15MM through 2018
- Sean Doolittle, RP: $7.95MM through 2018 (plus 2019 and 2020 club options)
- Jed Lowrie, 2B: $7.5MM through 2017 ($6MM club option for 2018; $1MM buyout)
- John Axford, RP: $5.5MM through 2017
Arbitration-Eligible Players (service time in parentheses; link to MLBTR projections)
- Danny Valencia, 3B/RF (5.118) – $5.3MM
- Yonder Alonso, 1B (5.116) – $4.1MM
- Khris Davis, LF/DH (3.104) – $5.0MM
- Stephen Vogt, C (3.084) – $3.7MM
- Sonny Gray, SP (3.061) – $3.7MM
- Liam Hendriks, RP (3.038) – $1.0MM
- Non-tender candidates: Valencia, Alonso
- Sam Fuld, Ross Detwiler. The A’s outrighted Henderson Alvarez, Felix Doubront, Jarrod Parker, Eric Sogard, Fernando Rodriguez, Tyler Ladendorf, Andrew Lambo, Donn Roach and J.B. Wendelken off their 40-man roster after the season. Each elected free agency.
While the A’s didn’t hit or pitch well this year, their defense and baserunning were even more egregious. Those two elements played the largest roles in Oakland’s last-place finish in position player fWAR (4.1), which was significantly worse than 29th-ranked Atlanta’s total (10.0). In the field, the A’s placed 30th in Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved, and they were third from the bottom at turning ground balls into outs (via StatCorner). That was particularly damaging to a pitching staff that had the majors’ ninth-highest grounder rate.
On the base paths, the A’s came in 28th in FanGraphs’ UBR metric and 26th in steals. Outfielders Billy Burns, Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick, all of whom were dealt during the summer, combined for more than half (26) of the team’s 50 stolen bases. Thanks in part to those departures, the A’s are going to have to address their outfield, where questions abound.