Sunday, November 25, 2012

Oakland A's Season 21 Outlook

Season 20
Won/Loss (place in division) & Playoffs: 66-96 (4th), missed playoffs
Offense: 710 runs (13th)
Pitching: 4.46 ERA (9th)

Major Changes
C Al Bournigal and SP Roger Hudson departed for free agency.

Signed free agents Pete Simpkins (SS), Wendell Coveleski (SP), Rico Samuel (SP), Clay Lee (2B), Luis Perez (LR), Reagan Knoblauch (LR), Felipe Baez (DH), Albie Espinoza (LR)

Season 21 OutlookThe A's will likely have modest expectations this year.  They have a long winning tradition from the early years, fell on hard times, then emerged from the abyss the last few seasons.  They won 66 last year with a motley assortment of AAAA castoffs and a few solid players...they've added a more professional cast through free agency and could well bump up that win total this year.

Long-term, though, the team has to develop a strategy to add some big-time young talent.  Their minors are bringing no help anytime soon, and they'll be hard-pressed to compete with the rest of the West unless that's addressed.

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