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Bassitt's been great at Nashville. Need him and/or Griffin to get back and get Graveman outta there.

If they're in the mix they might gamble on hanging on to Zobrist and Kazmir, offering them QO's, and then collecting the picks. Zobrist shouldn't be a problem as some defense/versatility-minded team will likely spring on him (LAD? CHC?), Kazmir could make it too if he stays healthy.

Billy Butler jfc.

 
Annyong said:
Is Billy Burns for real? What his floor/ceiling? I know nothing about him.
Sharked from the Nats. He's fast as balls and he's been hot lately, but the plate discipline still has a ways to go. Could be a great OF potentially.

 
Interesting spot for Beane. Things are going their way but man it's a long way to go.

IMO, trade Clippard, keep Zobrist and just take the pick at the end of the year, maybe trade Kazmir depending on what kind of arm they can get back in return.

 
Three straight series wins. Gray pitching for the sweep of Texas tomorrow. Tough weekend series coming up with the Royals. I feel like they can get to the all-star break only 4-5 games below .500 and make a run at the playoffs in the second half.

 
Beane promoted to VP of Baseball Ops and Forst to GM, but no change in their respective roles.

Beane also says that Reddick is an ext. candidate and won't get traded this off-season. I read somewhere that a "seller" can get almost double the amount of projected WAR at the mid-season trade deadline than the off-season, so probably a good move (ahem) on principle.

Oakland needs reinforcements, be it via FA or through guys coming up, but at least they're pretty flexible in terms of who they can fit where. Ridding themselves of Butler :X and finding one/two more 1B/DH types is probably the area of biggest need.

Oh and it looks like San Jose is officially dead.

 
The team is better off in Oakland anyway IMO.

Good luck with the salary dump of Country Breakfast. 2/$20M isn't a lot in today's day and age but an aging DH coming off two bad years is about as low in trade value as you can get. I thought Butler would rebound this year but he didn't. $22M next year for Butler and Crisp is huge dead money for an organization like the Oaklands.

 
The team is better off in Oakland anyway IMO.

Good luck with the salary dump of Country Breakfast. 2/$20M isn't a lot in today's day and age but an aging DH coming off two bad years is about as low in trade value as you can get. I thought Butler would rebound this year but he didn't. $22M next year for Butler and Crisp is huge dead money for an organization like the Oaklands.
1) Your opinion is categorically untrue.

2) Dunno what they were thinking with that Butler move, I get the advantage to striking early, but geez.

That said, he and Crisp are really the only committed money they have, the bulk of the major league talent is still on their rookie deal or in arbitration. So the guys that are grossly underperforming their contracts are balanced out by the ones who are grossly overperforming theirs, (2015 salaries): Reddick (4.1mm), Chavez (2.1), Lawrie (1.9), Valencia (1.6), Doolittle (signed for 1.5mm in 2016), Gray (minimum), Vogt (minimum), Semien (minimum), Haaaaaaahn (min), Graveman (min), etc. etc. Assuming their payroll goes from low 80's to somewhere around 90, they're going to have at least some money to play with in FA after arbitration. They're not as lean/mean as Houston, I don't think any team is, but relative to their normal situation I don't think they're at a particularly precarious position here.

 
AnonymousBob said:
Rich Hill would be an A's-y signing.
+1

Mike Leake, maybe. Boston has tried acquiring Gray a couple times now. They've been rebuffed each time, but no denying they've got a lot of young pieces.
Leake's going to cost too much and be too many years and isn't that great to be worth it.

Don't think Oakland will even pick up the phone on Gray unless it's someone who's similarly good/cost-controlled, e.g. Betts. And I don't think they're trading Betts. I'd put the chances of a Gray trade this off-season at 5-10%.

 
Gentry, Abad, and Griffin DFA'ed.

Really like the Hendriks grab. Chavez likely wasn't going to be QO-worthy, and four years of a cheap, excellent reliever is a pretty nice return.

 
Payroll currently sitting at slightly under $69mm, $14mm below what they spent last year. Funds!
That's enough for one helluva pizza party.
Trying to stay within the bounds of reason here and allowing for a reasonable jump in payroll, I think a good allocation of that money would be to sign Dae Ho Lee, Mat Latos (I know, I know!) and a reliever. Or maybe splurge on an Iwakuma and grab an OF in the Rule 5 and force them in, someone like a Goeddel or a Cave.

 
Ignoring the fact Butler is clogging up the bases, I'd be interested in taking a flyer on Alvarez. Maybe Carter.

If we're picking through the rest of the garbage (and ignoring current roster setups, which is probably dumb but the roster will undoubtedly get turned around a bit more), I have very mild interest in Lough, Flowers, Alvarez, Jason Gurka,

 
Payroll currently sitting at slightly under $69mm, $14mm below what they spent last year. Funds!
That's enough for one helluva pizza party.
Trying to stay within the bounds of reason here and allowing for a reasonable jump in payroll, I think a good allocation of that money would be to sign Dae Ho Lee, Mat Latos (I know, I know!) and a reliever. Or maybe splurge on an Iwakuma and grab an OF in the Rule 5 and force them in, someone like a Goeddel or a Cave.
Cliff Lee is going to come back. I think he's done and don't want him but wouldn't be the first time Oakland took a gamble on an old player who was left for dead.

 
Ignoring the fact Butler is clogging up the bases, I'd be interested in taking a flyer on Alvarez. Maybe Carter.

If we're picking through the rest of the garbage (and ignoring current roster setups, which is probably dumb but the roster will undoubtedly get turned around a bit more), I have very mild interest in Lough, Flowers, Alvarez, Jason Gurka,
They could probably dump Butler and use the money saved to grab Carter, that doesn't seem too unreasonable. He can't field but he hits the #### out of the ball, especially against righties.

Agree on Gurka, also my bff Yusmeiro Petit is out there!

 
Payroll currently sitting at slightly under $69mm, $14mm below what they spent last year. Funds!
That's enough for one helluva pizza party.
Trying to stay within the bounds of reason here and allowing for a reasonable jump in payroll, I think a good allocation of that money would be to sign Dae Ho Lee, Mat Latos (I know, I know!) and a reliever. Or maybe splurge on an Iwakuma and grab an OF in the Rule 5 and force them in, someone like a Goeddel or a Cave.
I had to mull over the Latos idea for a bit, but the more I thought about it the more I think I'd be on board with signing his dooshy face. Could be a typical short term, let a guy regain his value type deal.

The Cuban guy also intrigues me, but he's supposed to have limited power and defensive skills. While that doesn't scream star, it also puts him maybe into Oakland territory, price wise. Supposed to have an extraordinary eye at the plate with great contact skills.

I know this is likely a bad idea as he'd fall apart signing the contract and shoulder injuries are scary, but I'm interested in signing Morrow as a reliever.

 

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