Rosterbate Session Oct. 30....How better to spend the offseason

The 2012 Season is officially over and the urge is there. That means lock your door and make sure your parents/kids/roommates cannot walk in on you……It’s time to Rosterbate

Let’s start with our roster for next year assuming we don’t pick up any options and all arb eligible players are picked up.

With our 2012 payroll at 55 Million we can expect some expansion as we move to compete. Beane has said he will add payroll and Wolff’s ownership group went as high as 80 Million in 2007. I assume we can add 20-30 Million to the payroll. This means a few free agents and maybe a trade or two.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Brett Anderson

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Jarrod Parker

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Tommy Milone

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->RHP-AJ Griffin

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Dan Straily

Depth in AAA- Ross, Peacock, Godfrey, Simmons

Conclusion-Strong but could use some depth. Do any of you want Ross or Godfrey starting a game?


<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Grant Balfour (option picked up)

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Sean Doolittle

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Ryan Cook

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Jerry Blevins

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Jordon Norberto

<!--[if !supportLists]-->6. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Evan Scribner

<!--[if !supportLists]-->7. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Travis Blackley

Depth in AAA - Pedro Figueroa, Jim Miller, Pat Neshak

Conclusion-Very solid, however because relievers are fungible, you can always add talent when the market permits.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->CF-Coco Crisp

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->SS-Empty

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->LF-Yoenis Cespedes

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->1B-Brandon Moss

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->RF-Josh Reddick

<!--[if !supportLists]-->6. <!--[endif]-->3B-Josh Donaldson

<!--[if !supportLists]-->7. <!--[endif]-->2B-Scott Sizemore

<!--[if !supportLists]-->8. <!--[endif]-->C-Derek Norris

Bench-Chris Carter, Chris Young, Seth Smith, Adam Rosales, Kottares

Depth AAA-Jemile Weeks, Colin Cowgill, Daric Barton (probably non-tendered), Grant Green, Eric Sogard

Conclusion-Outfield is solid but upgrades are possible.

Looking at the roster it appears that we can break things down into 2 categories of importance.

In Need of Addressing:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->Starting Pitching-You can never have enough

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->Shortstop

Nice to Upgrade:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->Catcher

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->Utility Infielder

Starting Pitching-

In order to have a good five man rotation you need 7-8 MLB caliber pitchers. I believe we need to sign two or three FA pitchers to really fortify the starting rotation. I believe the best way to do that is with the free agent market.

First option is resign Brandon McCarthy.

Brandon McCarthy’s health has been a question mark and he will probably receive 1 year and lincentive laden offers. I suggest the A’s instead give him a low total dollar amount but a multiyear deal. 3 year 18 Million. Give this deal with the expectation that McCarthy will pitch ~120 innings. But those 120 innnings will be high quality. It might be one of the only multiyear deal he receives so he will probably take it. McCarthy will be a great guy to have in the clubhouse and would be a perfect teammate for the next three years as the A’s are competitive.

Cost: ~4-7 Million per season

Rebuild value pitchers-

Here I think we should look for a solid veteran who can fill in as a 4th or 5th starter but has shown the upside. Many position players will go to hitter’s parks on 1 year deals in order to rebuild their value. Oakland can provide this to pitchers. There will be a few pitchers who have lost free agent value and have a chance to rebuild it: Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Carlos Zambrano and, Erik Bedard. Try to sell these guys on a one year rebuilding value contract in a pitchers park, for a contender.

Cost-8-11 Million but it's possible this will fall apart as the Angels might be stupid enough to pick up Haren or Santana's options.

5th Starter Veteran Depth-

A reliable inning eater who can just keep us in every 5th game. There’s not much to say about these guys. They are better than AAA but not going to be anything better than a number 5.

Here’s some options: Joe Blanton, Bartolo Colon, Kevin Correia.

Cost: 2-4 Million


Best option is resigning Stephan Drew. It just makes sense. Offer him a 2 or 3 year deal to try to lock him up until Addison Russell because our shortstop in 2015/2016. While he is the best shortstop on the market, he’s far from proven. He has one great season but some struggles, and a devastating injury.

If the bidding war heats up too much the backup option is Marco Scutaro. We will have to overpay for Scutaro too however at the age of 37 (it’s his birthday today) he should be a cheaper than the Drew option.

Cost: 7-11 Million per season.

Utility Infielder-

Part of the reason for the A’s success in 2012 was the depth and filling in without losing much. We need a starter level utility infielder who can fill in in case our shortstop plan falls through. Also in case Sizemore doesn’t have a 2011 type season or Donaldson shows he’s not the player he was during the second half of 2012.

The obvious but controversial option here is Yunel Escobar. Toronto will trade him for peanuts and he has a team friendly 5 million dollar deal. He can play shortstop and can fill in just in case our infielders regress. As a backup, it should be a wake-up call to get his head together.

There is no backup plan other than use internal options such as Green, Sogard, Hicks, or Rosey.


Napoli would be out of our price range and this position I feel need a big upgrade. No offseason rosterbating session would be complete without a big trade (the climax of Rosterbating.) For this I have one option: Someone named Carlos.

First Option is Carlos Santana (the baseball player)

Santana will not come cheaply as Cleveland should build around young core players who are team controlled to 2017 like Santana. However we might be able to package something like a

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->Dan Straily

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->George Kottaras

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->Michael Choice

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->Brad Peacock

The Second Option is Carlos Ruiz

Ruiz who will be 34 next year and hits the free agent market after next season. Phillies are not rebuilding per se. Ruiz who is signed for a team friendly 5 Million will not be prospect cheap even for a one year rental.

Package for Ruiz

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->George Kottaras

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->Michael Choice

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->AJ Cole

Plan A team:


<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Brett Anderson

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Jarrod Parker

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Tommy Milone

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Brandon McCarthy

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Dan Haren

Depth: Joe Blanton, AJ Griffin, Tyson Ross


<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Grant Balfour

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Sean Doolittle

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Ryan Cook

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Jerry Blevins

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Jordon Norberto

<!--[if !supportLists]-->6. <!--[endif]-->RHP-Evan Scribner

<!--[if !supportLists]-->7. <!--[endif]-->LHP-Travis Blackley


<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->CF-Coco Crisp

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->SS-Stephen Drew

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->LF-Yoenis Cespedes

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->1B-Brandon Moss

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->DH-Chris Young

<!--[if !supportLists]-->6. <!--[endif]-->C-Carlos Santana

<!--[if !supportLists]-->7. <!--[endif]-->RF-Josh Reddick

<!--[if !supportLists]-->8. <!--[endif]-->3B-Josh Donaldson

<!--[if !supportLists]-->9. <!--[endif]-->2B-Scott Sizemore

Bench-Norris, Escobar, Smith, Carter

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