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The A’s began the offseason with a changing of the guard in baseball operations, as longtime executive vice president of baseball ops Billy Beane shifted into an advisory role and turned autonomy over to general manager David Forst. The A’s probably spent more in free agency than some expected — a low bar to clear — but they continued to trade away established talent with an eye toward the future. Whether that future will be in Oakland, Las Vegas or another city remains an open question; the team’s current stadium lease expires after the 2024 season and there’s been no agreement with the city of Oakland on a site for a new stadium.
Major League Signings
- Aledmys Diaz, INF: Two years, $14.5MM
- Jace Peterson, INF: Two years, $9.5MM
- Trevor May, RHP: One year, $7MM
- Shintaro Fujinami, RHP: One year, $3.25MM
- Jesus Aguilar, 1B: One year, $3MM
- Drew Rucinski, RHP: One year, $3MM
- Total spend: $40.25MM
Trades and Claims
- Traded C Sean Murphy to the Braves and RHP Joel Payamps to the Brewers in a three-team deal netting LHP Kyle Muller, RHP Freddy Tarnok, RHP Royber Salinas and C Manny Pina from Atlanta, as well as OF Esteury Ruiz from Milwaukee
- Traded LHP Cole Irvin and RHP Kyle Virbitsky to the Orioles in exchange for INF Darell Hernaiz
- Traded LHP A.J. Puk to the Marlins in exchange for OF JJ Bleday
- Acquired RHP Chad Smith from the Rockies in exchange for RHP Jeff Criswell
- Claimed OF Brent Rooker off waivers from the Royals
- Claimed INF Yonny Hernandez off waivers from the D-backs
- Traded INF Yonny Hernandez to the Dodgers in exchange for cash
- Selected 1B/OF Ryan Noda from the Dodgers in the 2022 Rule 5 Draft
Notable Minor League Signings
- Drew Steckenrider, Greg Deichmann, Tyler Wade, Pablo Reyes, Deolis Guerra, Austin Pruitt, Jake Fishman, Yohel Pozo, Joe Wieland
- Sean Murphy, Cole Irvin, A.J. Puk, Joel Payamps, Stephen Vogt (retired), Chad Pinder
Heading into the offseason, the A’s were in a virtually unprecedented spot: zero dollars in guaranteed salary on the 2023 payroll, a small arbitration class (that featured a few trade/non-tender candidates) and very little in the way of established big leaguers on the roster. It was a blank slate that both lent itself to some degree of creativity and also spoke to the dire situation in Oakland, where the initial stages of a fire sale designed to scale back payroll and build up the farm had only succeeded in the former of those two goals.
The possibility of a Sean Murphy trade loomed large over the Athletics’ offseason and dominated A’s-related headlines throughout the winter. It’s easy enough to see why. Murphy has cemented himself as one of the game’s top defenders behind the plate, and he jumped from a roughly average showing with the bat in 2021 to a well above-average year in 2022 (with a particularly strong finish to the season). Add in that he entered the offseason as a first-time arbitration-eligible player with three remaining years of club control, and there simply weren’t many teams where Murphy didn’t make sense as a target.
Despite that, Murphy arguably landed on one of those very clubs that didn’t appear to be a logical suitor. Though the Cardinals, D-backs, Giants, Astros, Cubs, Guardians, White Sox, Twins and Rays were among the teams to inquire on Murphy’s services, it was the Braves — who already had three catchers on the roster — who wound up orchestrating a three-team trade to bring Murphy to Atlanta.
Oakland’s return in the Murphy trade has generally been panned; the Braves were not only a surprise trade partner for Murphy due to their own catching surplus (Travis d’Arnaud, William Contreras, Manny Pina) but also because their prior series of trades and prospect graduations had thinned out a once-vaunted farm system. Atlanta was willing to part with Contreras, who broke out with a .278/.354/.506 batting line over 97 games in 2022 and had five remaining seasons of club control, largely because Murphy is viewed as a vastly superior defender. Rather than accept Contreras as a headliner, though, the A’s flipped him to Milwaukee (along with reliever Joel Payamps) in order to acquire center field prospect Esteury Ruiz, whom the Brewers had acquired from the Padres a few months prior in the Josh Hader blockbuster.
The Murphy return is generally viewed as a quantity-over-quality collection of players. Ruiz brings elite speed — he stole a ridiculous 86 bases in 103 tries in 2022 — but doesn’t have much ability for making hard contact. Muller has solid Triple-A numbers but hasn’t had much success in limited big league time yet and is considered more of a potential fourth starter than a higher-end pitching prospect. The other arms in the deal — Freddy Tarnok and Royber Salinas — have had success in the minors but also come with a fair bit of bullpen risk. It wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise to see any of the three pitchers enjoy a run in the A’s rotation, nor is it out of the question that Ruiz’s blazing speed and baserunning acumen make him a table-setting type of outfielder for the foreseeable future.
Still, the general expectation when trading a player of Murphy’s caliber — particularly three years of control over such a player — is more certainty and more ceiling. The Athletics have had success with bulk returns that don’t necessarily feature high-end prospects in the past (e.g. acquiring Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt and Josh Phegley in exchange for a year of Jeff Samardzija), in part because they seem to habitually buck the industry consensus when it comes to prospect evaluation. Part of that is surely recognizing that the unique dimensions of their home park tend to allow back-end starters (Cole Irvin, for example) to find success even if they’re not prototypical, highly touted pitching prospects.
Speaking of Irvin, he joined Murphy amid the latest offseason exodus in Oakland. Traded to the Orioles alongside minor league righty Kyle Virbitsky, he brought infield prospect Darell Hernaiz to the A’s. Irvin wasn’t a clear-cut trade candidate, as he had four years of team control remaining and wasn’t even eligible for arbitration yet, but the A’s surely feel good about acquiring him in exchange for cash in 2021 and flipping him for a prospect of some note just two years later. Keith Law pegs Hernaiz No. 6 among A’s prospects over at The Athletic, calling him a potential regular at second base or a super-utility option who can bounce around the infield. Either would be a nice outcome for an Oakland system that was light on infield depth.
It should be noted, too, that Irvin is a pitch-to-contact starter who’s thrived with the A’s partly due to the spacious confines of the Coliseum. He has pronounced home/road splits and has been quite susceptible to the long ball when pitching away from Oakland. He also finished out the 2022 season in a prolonged slump, and there was certainly risk that with a poor start to his 2023 season or an injury, the trade value he possessed might’ve quickly dried up.
The third notable A’s trade of the offseason shipped lefty A.J. Puk to the Marlins in exchange for minor league outfielder JJ Bleday. It was a “challenge” trade to some extent — a direct swap of the 2016 No. 6 overall pick (Puk) for the 2019 No. 4 overall selection (Bleday).
In this instance, the A’s gave up the player with big league success in order to acquire the younger, more recent draftee, but it was another somewhat curious swap for Oakland. The 6’7″ Puk rattled off 66 1/3 innings of 3.12 ERA ball in 2022, fanning a well above-average 27% of his opponents against a solid 8.2% walk rate and 43.4% ground-ball rate. Five of the 23 runs surrendered by Puk came in one nightmare outing against the White Sox, and his ERA outside that disastrous showing was an even sharper 2.47. Puk may not ever pan out as a starter — he’s already had shoulder surgery and Tommy John surgery since being drafted, and that injury history surely factored in Oakland’s decision to trade him — but he at least looks the part of a potential high-end reliever.
Bleday, meanwhile, is a career .225/.337/.409 hitter across three minor league levels with strikeout rates that have risen as he’s ascended the organizational ladder. He’s punched out in 27% of his Triple-A plate appearances and fanned at a 28.2% clip in 238 big league plate appearances last year, finishing with a .167/.277/.309 output in his debut effort. Bleday walks at a high clip but doesn’t make much contact and hasn’t shown more than above-average power to this point.
The Marlins have spent two offseasons looking for a center fielder and, despite coming up empty, felt comfortable trading Bleday, who has spent more time in center field than in the corners to this point in his career. The A’s are making a big bet on Bleday. We know the type of packages a southpaw like Puk could command at the trade deadline if he’s healthy and in the midst of a big season. One of these two teams is quite wrong about Bleday, and for the A’s to reverse their trend of underwhelming trade returns over the past calendar year, it’s paramount that they got this one right.
The rest of Oakland’s offseason featured a handful of sensible free-agent additions. Aledmys Diaz and Jace Peterson give the A’s some affordable infield flexibility — veterans who can hold down a starting position but handle multiple spots if a younger farmhand usurps their spot in the lineup. Peterson’s OBP-and-defense skill set at the hot corner, in particular, feels like a vintage Oakland play. Neither veteran’s signing garnered significant attention, but they’re solid hands who could easily hold some trade appeal — particularly Peterson, given his lower salary.
The Athletics also tapped into the KBO and NPB markets, signing righties Drew Rucinski and Shintaro Fujinami to cheap one-year contracts in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle. At 34, Rucinski is an older MLB reclamation project but has been nothing short of sensational in South Korea (732 2/3 innings, 3.06 ERA, 21.5% strikeout rate, 6.3% walk rate, 66% ground-ball rate). The younger Fujinami is a 28-year-old flamethrower who was once a high school rival of Shohei Ohtani (and a similarly touted prospect). He was dominant as a starter early in his NPB career but has battled command woes in recent years as his stock has dropped. For a one-year commitment at this price point, there’s little to dislike about the A’s taking a chance and hoping to unlock something in the 6’6″ right-hander.
One-year deals with Trevor May and Jesus Aguilar give the A’s a potential late-game bullpen option and a cheap roll of the dice on a power bat who’ll hope to turn things around in a change of scenery. May limped through an injury-plagued 2022 season but from 2016-21 had a solid 3.71 ERA with a massive 32.2% strikeout rate. Home runs have been an issue, but his new home park will help with that. Aguilar, meanwhile, is no stranger to pitcher-friendly parks, having swatted 22 homers in just 130 games with the Marlins as recently as 2021. Last year’s .235/.281/.379 slash was an eyesore, but dating back to 2017 he’s a .257/.326/.456 hitter with 109 round-trippers.
While many of the Athletics’ free-agent additions were sensible in a vacuum, they also underscore the manner in which the 2021-22 offseason’s slate of trades has come up short thus far. None of the pitching prospects the A’s acquired in trades of Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Chris Bassitt and Sean Manaea has solidified a spot on the roster yet, despite several arms receiving opportunities to do just that. Left-hander Zach Logue, acquired in the Chapman deal, was designated for assignment and lost to the Tigers on waivers less than a year after being acquired.
In the lineup, both center fielder Cristian Pache and third baseman Kevin Smith struggled enormously. Pache is now out of minor league options after batting just .166/.218/.241 in 260 plate appearances with Oakland last year. He’ll have to try to refine his offensive skill set at the big league level, but with Ruiz and Bleday now joining veteran Ramon Laureano, it’s not entirely clear that Pache will be given an everyday role, which only further complicates his development.
Broadly speaking, that’s a microcosm of the entire 2023 season for the A’s. It’ll be one of large-scale auditions for young players as Oakland hopes to piece together the makings of a core that unfortunately did not begin to take form in 2022. The only somewhat established starter in the rotation is righty Paul Blackburn, who had an out-of-the-blue, All-Star first half in 2022 before a torn tendon in his hand tanked his numbers in the second half. Others vying for spots will include Rucinski, Fujinami, Muller, Tarnok, Ken Waldichuk, Adrian Martinez, JP Sears and James Kaprielian.
In addition to Pache, Bleday and Ruiz in the outfield, the A’s will hope some combination of catcher Shea Langeliers (acquired in the Olson trade) and top prospect Zack Gelof (drafted 60th overall in 2021) can emerge as mainstays on the roster. Shortstop Nick Allen, a light hitter but high-end defender, will get another crack at shortstop, and the aforementioned Smith will likely get a big league mulligan at some point somewhere in the infield as well.
As the summer approaches, more A’s veterans will surface in trade talks. Expect each of Blackburn, Pina, Laureano, second baseman/outfielder Tony Kemp, first baseman/outfielder Seth Brown to surface in trade chatter this summer along with this offseason’s veteran signees — particularly those who inked one-year deals.
It’s a tough time for A’s fans, with no viable path to contention and — despite the gutting of a core that helped produce a 316-230 record from 2018-21 — one of the worst-ranked farm systems in the game. There will be plenty of opportunity for young players, and some of the veteran additions will help, but year two of the team’s rebuild feels a lot more like year one than it should.
How would you grade the Athletics’ offseason? (Link to poll)
People love to make fun of Farhan and the Giants for dumpster diving but I think it’s pretty clear that it’s a better alternative to the A’s decision of becoming the dumpster itself.
What an off-season for Oakland! Fans lining up for season tickets and will likely break all time attendance records!
The A’s have been trying this quantity over quality ish for years and it never works. I remember when they traded Tim Hudson to the Braves for guys like Charles Thomas aka “Chucky T.”
That was a terrible trade. Hudson went on to pitch great years in Atlanta and took hometown discounts on multiple contracts. I think for some reason the A’s prefer trading their stars to the Braves. Is it because they like the fact that the Braves get their players to sign for below market prices so it lowers the average price of players and extensions? I can’t understand it. Tim Hudson, Matt Olson and Sean Murphy altogether for what looks like one good catching prospect and a back end starter and a couple relievers. That looks to be the likely return on those three players from the Braves (and yes I know Hudson was long ago but Billy Beane was still involved back then). It seems they have already given up on Pache with the Ruiz acquisition. They should trade him to the Rockies so he can take the most advantage of his defense catching all those Coors Field balls. Colorado can’t hurt Pache’s offense either. Either way it looks like a piss poor return from the Braves for 3 stars like Tim Hudson, Matt Olson and Sean Murphy. I think I remember some A’s fan adamantly saying the Braves would have to trade Acuna to get Murphy. I wonder how he feels about the actual return. It was A’s Fan in UK.
The GM is pulling a Costanza and trying to get fired. No other explanation.
A’s fans are tired of Billy Beane and David Forst’s macho head games!! Think I’ll put on Rickey Henderson’s old uniform and eat fresh strawberries.
@cdouglas24000- I’m wondering if the A’s look at Ruiz as the NEXT Rickey Henderson. He did steal 88 bases last season. I can’t think of any other reason they would trade William Contreras and ANOTHER prospect to get him. I know he’s not good defensively but if you ask me William Contreras was the best player involved in that trade other than Sean Murphy. The guy was a starting All-Star in his rookie season and could clearly crush the ball with an OPS over .850. I’m shocked that the A’s traded him and another prospect just to get Ruiz. It looks like the A’s are going after athleticism over production. No doubt Ruiz and Pache are great athletes. This is baseball though. Plenty of great athletes (Michael Jordan comes to mind) can’t hit the ball. William Contreras could flat crush the ball, probably even more than his brother. I can’t believe the A’s gave him away. I know his D sucks but he could end up being one of the best LF/DH hitters over the next half decade. If the Braves were smart they would have tried to acquire Ruiz from Milwaukee while keeping Contreras and then straight traded Ruiz in the deal because Contreras is better than anyone but Murphy in that trade. It’s fun to dream on Ruiz though. 88 steals is nothing to sneeze at. Hell… 38 steals is nothing to sneeze at. The bat is more important though and Contreras has it.
They’ve made an art of finding players on Craigslist.
Well Farhan came from the A’s so….
He’s got a Giants sized budget now though.
If you’re looking at the As off-season as whether they made themselve competitive then obviously this is an F.
Buuut Bleday, Peterson, Muller, Fujinami, Aguilar, and Rucinski are all guys that could thrive with regular playing time and become trade or core pieces
They gotta get outta that town. Mamy college stadiums sell more tix than the A’s do. It’s not a baseball town, the stadium is a trash heap, the location in the city is garbage. Move the team. And I agree with a comment someone said a week ago here. Owners and GM’s have to budget a salary of 100 mil a season or they could be moved to a city that will comply. Tampa and Oakland are graveyards for true baseball fans so might as well ship em to Vegas, Omaha, Charlotte, or even Eugene, OR maybe. Nobody is going to a rays or A’s game anymore.
missing the moustaches
The fans are on strike against the owner. Their season ticket prices are comparable to the Giants with roughly a third of the budget. John Fisher could easily be considered the worst owner in all of sports. He is worth over $2 billion that’s to his daddy founding gap but won’t invest in the team or put any money into a $12 billion stadium development to close the current funding gap.
He won’t move the team to Vegas unless Vegas gives him $500 million. Sell the team to Joe Lacob (warriors owner) and watch what a difference having a good owner can make!
missing the moustaches
Oakland is not a small market team, they are in the Bay Area and have access to millions of fans. They have a small market owner and have had similar owners since Walter Haas owned the team and paid players what they were worth, invested in the farm system (3 ROYs in a row!) and actually marketed the team.
Honestly it’s more than we did last year… but I suspect that’s only cause the new union agreement got us back into revenue sharing and the ownership is trying to be more subtle about their embezzlement so we don’t get booted again.
“The Murphy return is generally viewed as a quantity-over-quality collection of players.”
That defines Oakland for the last 2 years.
They are doing what they did before the Olson Chapman years, and those were terrible teams of not good enough talent.
The fact that they went from a top team to a bottom team isn’t what is amazing.
What is amazing is that they traded all that top team talent and what they got back didn’t make their farm rankings improve.
They are somewhere between last and bottom third.
With all the talent they traded away the ‘F’ is well-deserved. By all measures, so far, they have failed miserably at trading 101.
That said – it’s spring and hope is in the air.
It will be fun to watch all the rookies and reclamation projects to see who succeeds! (and hopefully, this year, at least some one does succeed!
As the grade is for what they did this off season, I gave them a C. I’m not going to let what occurred before October effect it. They got some nice players in Langeliers, Ruiz, and Hernais. They definitely look to be taking advantage of the new rules which help speedy p!ayers. Yankee fans are already moaning the loss of the pitchers traded for Montas. I do expect them to come in last, but with the stadium situation still dragging, I never expected them to start spending lavishly.
They should keep Pache, no reason to let him go. He’s still very young.
How did you have so much to write about? Do you get paid by the sentence?
You know the off-season was a bust when your highest paid player is a RP at $7M (including bonus). They did nothing to really improve themselves and I’m not sure what the point of having May on the team if your team isn’t going to have that many closing opportunities.
May is showcasing himself for a competing team – and a better pay – in 2024…
The Big Yo
The A’s are a 75 win team. Out of contention by July probably and hopefully a few starters have good half seasons so let’s get a decent trade(s). Joel Payamps and AJ Puk big losses for our pen. They could have been 6,7 and 8 for the A’s this year
they would be happy to win 75 games. I would like to know why would anyone want to pay to see them?
why would anyone want to pay to see them?
That pretty defines their problem. Small market teams generally cannot become contenders unless they occasionally tank. If the fans will only spend money when they are winning, their overall ability to spend will be severely curtailed.
You do understand ticket revenues are one of the lower forms of revenue to a baseball team, correct? Apparently not.
Our tv contracts are pretty big and you’ll see A’s caps all over Northern California. Most of us are basically on strike because the ownership is an embarrassment (embezzled revenue sharing funds and the only team to be sanctioned during the pandemic for their treatment of minor leaguers). If they leave, fine, but we don’t need a Pittsburgh situation where the ownership just walks all over us forever.
Box office makes a difference with small market teams. Attendance also goes hand in hand with TV ratings, which also makes a difference with the revenue that comes in from the TV package. If no one is watching now, who will pay to broadcast in the future? It also effects merchandise sales. While each is a different entry in the ledger, you do understand it’s all related, correct? Apparently not.
I find it interesting that a billionaire would buy a team, then not put any of it into building a competitive team. Unless they’re using it as a tax write-off.
It’s more about the real estate deals. I forget which team but there was another case where an owner bought the team, didn’t invest much, and bailed as soon as they got the downtown real estate deal with the new stadium.
A’s only won 60 games last year. You think they’ve added 15 wins to that total?
In theory subtracting only Irvin from the rotation while adding Fujinami and Rucinski (even if both are wild cards) while imoroving the offense if only slightly with Aguilar, Peterson, and Diaz could potentially get them closer to 70 wins, maybe not 75 but i don’t think they are necessarily a 100 loss team this season
Very poor MLB team, unimpressive minor league system. Weak returns on all their big pieces, and they signed 2 middling utility players to boost their putrid offense. Unacceptably bad. They need to be sold or moved (or both) ASAP, they’re an embarrassing example of team ownership/management.
Call me crazy, but I’m sort’ve excited to watch how some of these prospects pan out. I know we will be awful but some of these guys have some serious potential such as Soderstrom, Waldichuk, Ruiz, Gelof and Jordan Diaz.
Agreed. This could be a fun team to watch if a few of the kids pan out
Team reminds me of the movie major league. A owner who wants to move so he trades away all his players for a group of misfit AAA players. Only difference is its not a movie but real life and they lose 100 games. Why doesn’t other owners complain is because they are happy knowing they are not the worst owners in MLB
Like Billy said in Moneyball: “we are organ donors for the rich”. Why would 29 other teams (really maybe 20-25 as there are at least 5-10 teams in somewhat similar situations) complain when the A’s losses are their gains
I don’t think anyone would be surprised if A’s lost 100 games this season. That’s why they get a F grade.
Complete failure. Added bad pitchers, got bad value for their vets, and still refusing to spend.
It’s Major League the movie at this point.
2nd best jerseys in the game
Underrated statement. You are 100% correct. The only question is, who is number 1 in your opinion?
O’s! Pirates and Cubs are up there for me as well haha
Fair enough, I like the O’s. As a Giants fan I like our black and orange combos. The dark blue Royals unis have always been a favorite of mine as well.
I like those as well!
All I can say is here come your Las Vegas Athletics!
Sorry Oakland your owner sucks.
He would still be the owner if they moved and they would still suck.
What team will Trevor May be pitching for in August?
Back to the Mets, they will need bullpen help down the stretch.
I grew up watching and rooting for this team, and it is sad to me what they have become and what they represent. F for how they treat their fans.
To properly grade you need to realize their goal, which was to acquire young talent for their next contention window.
Given how often they find and develop players, I have to give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the players they acquired. The A’s like them and they clearly know more than I do.
So I’ll give them a B. They didn’t land any marquee talent but they clearly got talent they like.
The funny part is that they only finished 8 games behind the Rangers, who spent like $90M for FAs last year.
Rangers fans have hope, A’s don’t have any fans (not literally). That is a meaningful difference in the way these two franchises are being run and how THIS offseason has gone.
Educate yourself on the ownership situation of each club before making statements like this.
Make your point instead of telling me to “educate myself” would’ve been more productive to this convo. THIS offseason (as I emphasized) one team hired a 3 time world series winning manager and brought in good major league talent while the other team kept unloading the roster. I’m not criticizing the fans, but the ownership group about THIS offseason.
One more change to report. The soda in the machine in the clubhouse will now be $2. The extra revenue will be put on the field.
I find it odd that they “splurge” on Peterson and Diaz. They both seem overpaid to me.
Why drop $$ on those two when you’re so cheap overall?
My biggest question about the As this season is will they win 60 games?
Blah blah blah
The A’s are not graded on the same curve as everyone else.
They get a B+ and a participation trophy every year no matter what they do
Let this sink in…. Plus 40 year old pitcher signed by the Mets, for a bigger contract than the entire total Payroll of the Oakland A’s……. time to move this team to Nashville… not Vegas. Move the Royals back to the AL west and slide the Nashville team in the central.
Not a bad idea since Nashville already has buyers in place. The question is, would they take the A’s franchise in their current state. Also, if KC is moved to the west, who would they replace? And are we sure at this point if Nashville would be in the AL or NL?
KC moving to the AL West, replaces Oakland… Oakland being relocated to Nashville, takes KC”s Spot in the Central…. simple as that.
I don’t understand why it seems like Oakland never has high upside prospects. Yes a while back Olsen and Chapman were, but they make so many deals and draft players where there’s just very little upside. They trade for a center fielder who clearly cannot hit, so many of their pitchers have weak stuff, it’s like an interchangeable mix of parts that offer very little.
Their trade returns have been terrible. Add in the clown shown stadium situation and I’ve lost interest in being a fan since childhood. I ve expected they’ll never spend money but they go sign old infielders and relievers with the little money they have.
That’s part of the problem. The A’s have a .531 winning percentage over the past five years with a 1st, two 2nds, and a 3rd place finish where they were in it until the final few weeks.
Then the finish 5th and the fans quit.
How was Marcus Semien not a great prospect? Did you look at his great stats in the minors?
Semien was no longer a prospect by the time he got to Oakland.
Oh, yes, slow start to career thanks!
C Yards Jeff
Outside his TJ surgery in 2014, looks like a clean injury sheet for Cole Irvin. Orioles get an innings eater … and with decent career era too. A lefty, he now has “cavernous” OPACY left field as part of his home park digs.
O’s desperately needed a solid LSP to bolster and balance out the 23 rotation. Kudos FO, err, Elias and crew.
Off-season outlook: bleak.
I’m sorry A’s fans, you don’t deserve what the front office has done to this team. On the positive side, it should be fun to see what Fujinami and Rucinski can bring to the table, who knows they could set the world on fire and trade them at the deadline for a piece that might help in the future. At least the front office signed some guys with versatility that are at least major league caliber.
If they’re major league caliber, they won’t be on the team for very long.