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I wonder what Maeda's going to cost. He doesn't have massive K numbers, and the fact that a strong gust of wind could blow him off the mound might scare some people off. But he's in his prime and has excellent control. Probably too much!

 
This would be an interesting bullpen to go unconventional/CBC with, but assuming they don't:

CL: Doolittle
SU: Madson

SU: Hendriks

L: Rzepczynski, Doubront? Having a second lefty in the pen (outside of Doolittle) would be nice, and Felix seems like he's tailor-made for a role like this. Or maybe he takes on some weird hybrid mop-up man/LOOGY role.

R: Scribner, Rodriguez. Dull and Alvarez probably open the season in AAA, although I love Dull.

Could be really good, assuming full health. At this moment I think we can go ahead and assume that the pen will look pretty close to this. The lineup and the rotation, who knows.

 
The FO has said that clubhouse chemistry was a significant issue last year (certainly one that was exacerbated by losing) and character would be a factor re: trades, wonder if Lawrie was considered a culprit? Guess it's impossible to tease out who's getting traded for character reasons or baseball reasons.

 
Good news about Butler trying! The talk about a Reddick extension is nice, and I'm sure they're going to make some sort of an effort, but I'd bet that he hits the open market next Fall.

Forst's phrasing on that first question leads one to infer that they're on to something with Alvarez.

 
I don't see a huge difference between the Oaklands and the rebuilt Tampas that the locals are excited about in their thread. Both teams have to maximize production from cost-controlled, undervalued assets via platooning, high roster churn and other creative means. One big difference is the Rays were able to lock in their star 3B while Beane had to trade his away but other than that, I think I prefer the A's bats. I don't know if Danny Valencia can avoid regression, Crisp can avoid injury and Semien can avoid errors. You could put bags over the heads of Butler, Alonso, LoMo and Pearce and nobody would complain.

The Rays rotation obviously looks better but a lot can change in a few months. I was surprised Oakland invested so heavily in their bullpen this offseason but I'm always inclined to give their organization the benefit of the doubt in spite of some recent missteps. The West is deeper than it was a few years ago though. I think the A's can be competitive but like the Rays, it's hard to see them getting over the hump.

 
I don't see a huge difference between the Oaklands and the rebuilt Tampas that the locals are excited about in their thread. Both teams have to maximize production from cost-controlled, undervalued assets via platooning, high roster churn and other creative means. One big difference is the Rays were able to lock in their star 3B while Beane had to trade his away but other than that, I think I prefer the A's bats. I don't know if Danny Valencia can avoid regression, Crisp can avoid injury and Semien can avoid errors. You could put bags over the heads of Butler, Alonso, LoMo and Pearce and nobody would complain.

The Rays rotation obviously looks better but a lot can change in a few months. I was surprised Oakland invested so heavily in their bullpen this offseason but I'm always inclined to give their organization the benefit of the doubt in spite of some recent missteps. The West is deeper than it was a few years ago though. I think the A's can be competitive but like the Rays, it's hard to see them getting over the hump.
The AL West has more than one other live team. That does make it tough.

I'm bullish on Valencia and Semien, especially now that Washington's back. Not so much Crisp. I think attacking their pitching with a sheer number of arms is probably a good way to go about things, it seems like a logjam now, but I think it'll sort itself out once the season starts.

If they'd held on to Donaldson another year they might have gotten Stu to trade the entire state for him. I think I mentioned this before, but I theorize that that deal left them gun-shy and probably unwilling to entertain any logical offer for Gray.

 
My mlb.tv subscription auto renewed.  Time to get excited about Khris Davis.

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Swept the Mariners after losing 3 of 4 to the White Sox.  Only allowed 4 runs in the series. Coco stealing bases and hit the game winning homer in the 10th today.  

 
Yikes man.

Coghlan jettisoned today for stalled/post-hype Cubs prospect Arismendy Alcantara. Puk taken in the draft. Both extremely talented but flawed dudes.

Hill, Reddick, and Crisp coming off the books this year. Reddick can probably bring back quite a bit. As should Hill if his injury's not too bad. There's no reason they shouldn't be exploring deals now.

But the bigger, macro problem is simply developing players via the farm system. The pen overall has been good this year, now it's just everything else going to ####.

 
How good does Addison Russell have to ultimately be to make up for Josh Donaldson for Rich Harden and Dennis Eckersley for Brian Guinn/Mark Leonette/Dave Wilder?

 
Long-time A's fan, but stopped following them the past couple of seasons.  Is the Wolff news good or bad, from a fan's perspective?

 
It's not a huge change since the same ownership group remains intact but hopefully Fisher is a more successful point man in getting an Oakland stadium deal done.  Wolff was always controversial because he so obviously wanted to leverage his A's position into sweetheart real estate development deals. 

Waiting for gratuitous GPJ reference to San Jose territorial rights in 10...9...8... 

 
It's not a huge change since the same ownership group remains intact but hopefully Fisher is a more successful point man in getting an Oakland stadium deal done.  Wolff was always controversial because he so obviously wanted to leverage his A's position into sweetheart real estate development deals. 

Waiting for gratuitous GPJ reference to San Jose territorial rights in 10...9...8... 
The new point guy is David Kaval.

I think Wolff saw the A's as a good business opportunity vis-a-vis getting a new stadium built and increasing the value of the team. It clearly didn't work. He claims that simply age was a big factor in having him step down, it might just be that the idea of leaving Oakland is dead. 

He tried his damndest to get a new stadium, and, even if his intentions weren't completely baseball-pure, pretty clearly it's time for Oakland to move. I think the town's economic revitalization makes a downtown/waterfront park a lot more palatable, but a site is still tricky, and getting the city/county to spring for any of it will also be tricky.

Maybe Kaval's a better guy for that job, I don't know. Wolff caught a lot of #### as owner, some justified, some not, some I'm not sure. Kawakami, fwiw, thinks it means that the A's will be more competitive/well-staffed, which would be good for the fan, obviously.

 
A Raiders move helps the A's, right?
It definitely does not hurt, although I think the A's were always more likely to be able to meet the city halfway and get some funding or tax breaks. There's just no way the city could ever match what "Vegas" is offering, or LA.

 
I just watched the MLB Network special about the Oakland A's of the 1970's. Quite interesting. I knew most of the basic elements of the story, but a lot of details got filled in. The first thing that stood out was  how obvious the animosity towards Finley from the players has not abated, not forty-five years since those days, or the twenty years since Finley's death. Bando, Blue and especially Holtzman are still seething.

Finley during the arbitration hearings for Blue/Holtzman: the only reason they have so many wins is because the team has the majors best closer in Rollie Fingers.

Finley during the arbitration hearings for Fingers: the only reason he has so many saves is because the team has two top starters in Blue/Holtzman. 

Fingers made a good point about what might have been a fourth championship in 1976. After Bowie Kuhn negated the fire sale trades, and forced the players back, Finley refused to play them, only relenting when the team threatened a strike. They still only lost the division to KC by two games. If Rudi, Blue and Fingers were in the lineup for those ten days, things might have been different. 

 
Had to go way back to find this thread. A's are playing some good baseball. Especially against the AL East. Still no one cares.

 
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The Oaklands have been hitting the ball but they're running out of SPs.  The return of Brett Anderson went pretty much as expected and his inevitable injury along with Triggs' pretty much forces the return of Kendall Graveman.  Maybe Daniel Gossett can give them a spark.

 
The Oaklands have been hitting the ball but they're running out of SPs.  The return of Brett Anderson went pretty much as expected and his inevitable injury along with Triggs' pretty much forces the return of Kendall Graveman.  Maybe Daniel Gossett can give them a spark.
They should call up Dickey. The guy can gobble of lots of mediocre innings, and that's their biggest problem. It seems like an obvious match if RA is willing to play one more year. 

 
Oakland continues their quest of acquiring old and/or crappy arms that defy expectations and trade for Fernando Rodney.

 
1 game back. 

Three game series with Houston starts Friday. It's been a long time since they've had such a meaningful series this late in the season. Here's hoping the magic doesn't end anytime soon. 

 
Couldn't get it done today so now a game back of the Astros. A's are 3 games in to a stretch of 20 straight days with a game. Rangers next. Houston goes to Seattle so one of them will lose.

 
Tied for first again! 

Oakland had a group of make a wish kids at the game last night. Khris Davis asked one of them to sign the back of his jersey then he wore it during the game as he hit bomb #37.

 
Second straight shutout.  Khris Davis tied for the league lead in homers. Going for the sweep tomorrow.  All alone in first for the next 30 minutes or so.

 
Three wins in a row after dropping two. Huge stretch coming up. 1.5 behind Houston, 4.5 behind the Yankees and 5 ahead of the Mariners. They play all 3 in the next 10 days. First up 3 at Houston which is the last meeting of the season. I think they need 2 of 3 to stay in the division race.

 

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