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The 2015 Oakland A's bullpen scatters to the four winds

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Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind As man’s ingratitude; As You Like It (II, vii, 174-176)

Ryan Cook exits after allowing an RBI single in April.
Ryan Cook exits after allowing an RBI single in April.
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I just wanted to show you all the members of the 2015 A's bullpen who are no longer members of the Oakland Athletics organization (all statistics are as relievers):

2015 A's relievers no longer with the A's, ordered by 2016 Team
2016
Team
G IP ERA W L SV Fate after A's
Dan Otero CLE 41 46.2 6.75 2 4 0 Claimed by Phillies, sold to Indians
Fernando Abad MIN 62 47.2 4.15 2 2 0 Signed by Twins
Edward Mujica PHL 38 33.2 4.81 2 4 1 Signed by Phillies
Drew Pomeranz SD 44 41.1 2.61 3 3 3 Traded to Padres
Evan Scribner SEA 54 60.0 4.35 2 2 0 Traded to Mariners
Cody Martin SEA 2 3.0 9.00 0 0 0 Claimed by Mariners
Ryan Cook SEA 4 4.1 10.38 0 2 0 Sold to Red Sox, claimed by Cubs, signed by Mariners
Chad Smith TEX 2 1.1 33.75 0 0 0 Sold to Angels, released midseason, signed by Rangers
Jesse Chavez TOR 4 6.2 0.00 0 0 1 Traded to Blue Jays
Arnold Leon TOR 19 26.2 4.39 0 2 0 Sold to Blue Jays
Pat Venditte TOR 26 28.2 4.40 2 2 0 Claimed by Blue Jays
Ike Davis Free 2 2.0 0.00 0 0 0 Non-tendered, still a free agent
Tyler Clippard Free 37 38.2 2.79 1 3 17 Traded to Mets, still a free agent
Eric O'Flaherty Free 25 21.1 5.91 1 2 0 Traded to Mets, still a free agent
Barry Zito --- 1 1.0 18.00 0 0 0 Retired

I don't really have any profound point except to say the Mariners are collecting former A's right-handed relievers like the Braves collect former A's.

Also, that's 26 relief pitching losses traded away there. Not that that directly means anything, but it wasn't your imagination that the A's bullpen was particularly good at blowing a lead and keeping it lost last season. The bullpen finished 10 games below .500, only worse than the Mariners, who were 15 below.

On the other hand, here are the members of the 2015 A's bullpen who are still in the A's organization:

2015 A's relievers still in the A's organization, ordered by 2016 bullpen role
G IP ERA W L SV 2016 role
Sean Doolittle 12 13.2 3.95 1 0 4 MLB closer
Fernando Rodriguez 56 58.2 3.84 4 2 0 MLB reliever
Ryan Dull 13 17.0 4.24 1 2 1 MLB reliever/AAA reliever borderline
Chris Bassitt 5 10.2 3.38 0 0 0 MLB starting rotation
Felix Doubront 3 11.2 3.86 0 0 1 MLB swingman, possibly
R.J. Alvarez 21 20.0 9.90 0 0 0 AAA reliever, probably
Aaron Brooks 2 2.2 13.50 0 0 0 AAA starting rotation
Angel Castro 5 4.0 2.25 0 1 0 Cleared waivers, AAA bullpen
Daniel Coulombe 9 7.2 3.52 0 0 0 Cleared waivers, AAA bullpen

Bolstered by Ryan Madson, Liam Hendriks, John Axford, and Marc Rzepczynski, the A's bullpen certainly has a fresh face. Don't discount J.B. Wendelken, either, as I bet he'll be competing to be the next reliever up out of Triple-A.