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MLB Preview – Oakland Athletics

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2014 Record:  88-74

Key Additions:

  • Billy Bulter: Designated Hitter
  • Tyler Clippard: Relief Pitcher
  • Ike Davis: First Base
  • Jesse Hahn: Starting Pitcher
  • Brett Lawrie: Third Base
  • Marcus Semien: Shortstop
  • Ben Zobrist: Second Base

Key Losses:

  • Josh Donaldson: Third Base
  • Luke Gregerson: Relief Pitcher
  • Jason Hammel: Starting Pitcher
  • John Jaso: Catcher
  • Jon Lester: Starting Pitcher
  • Jed Lowrie: Shortstop
  • Brandon Moss: Outfield
  • Derek Norris: Catcher
  • Jeff Samardzija: Starting Pitcher

Top Prospects:

  • Franklin Barreto: Shortstop, age 19
  • Matt Olson: First Base, age 21
  • Renato Nunez: Third Base, age 20

 

2015 Outlook: Oakland was the best team in baseball for most of the year.  They struggled at the end of season and lost in the wild card game to the AL champion Royals.  The A’s took the opposite approach of the Angels and changed their entire team.  Rather than lose their talented players to free agency, the A’s traded many of their biggest contributors.  While they did get some nice players in return they are not enough to replace what they lost.  The A’s at this point are once again looking to the future.  Oakland is not bad; they’re just not going to be good enough to compete in the AL West.

 

Player to Watch: Brett Lawrie – Lawrie was great in his debut for the Blue Jays in 2011.  Since then his play has stagnated.  Maybe a change of scenery will help him become the star he should be.

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2015 Projected Record: 80-82

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