Sunday, February 5, 2017

Season 37 Preview: Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics
Season 36: 74-88
GM:  billhowell75

The A's have been competitively rebuilding for 3 seasons now; where do things stand?

They've been active in the "moderately-priced" FA market, picking up pitchers Alfonso ServetCliff Smith, and Destin Hale; OF Albie Accardo; and 3B Miguel Gonzalez.

They've got a few young home-grown talents on the ML roster now, led by 1B and on-base (career .394) specialist Stevie Foltynewicz.  He's well-suited to the spacious Oakland-Alameda Coliseum; that his game is not power based also means he'll wear well into his mid-30's.  SS Ryne Gant (Sea 33 #9 overall) had a promising debut (.286/.361/.432) last year, and reliever Greg Simmons (Sea 32 #23 overall) has locked down the closer job for the next decade (3.11 ERA over 2 seasons).

They also have some vets who could bring value  (like last year's trades of Hector Canseco, Alan Heaney and Lyle Adkinsson), primarily C Tony Chirinos and SP Al Rosado.  If they can swing deals for those 2 this season, their far system will really be primed (the best prospects are their #1's of the last 2 seasons - Pepe Lopez, Chris Goldberg, and Kiko Malone - but they also have 6 supplemental #1's from Seasons 35 and 36 plus the hauls from last year's trades)

So, expect another competitive but not contending season, with a lot of young talent showing up in Seasons 38 and 39.

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