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The Athletics Nation 2016-2017 offseason plan project

Let's crowdsource the next A's roster.

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Last year, we asked y'all to construct different plans for the A's offseason. We got some great participation and it was a lot of fun, and it seems to have happened organically already, so we're going to do it again. We're asking you to do your best to come up with a viable offseason strategy for the A's via FanPost.

If you've never created a FanPost before, click this link or find the "write a FanPost" link on the right side of the homepage when you're logged in. We've got a couple good ones up already, here's an example that's already been featured on our front page.

Here are a couple resources:

What follows should be a good guideline that you can copy-paste into your FanPost and edit where necessary.

[Your name here]'s Offseason Plan

Arbitration Eligible players (using MLBTR's arbitration estimates)

Write tender or non-tender next to each name. You can trade before tendering a contract.

  • Danny Valencia – $5.3 million
  • Yonder Alonso – $4.1 million
  • Khris Davis – $5.0 million
  • Stephen Vogt – $3.7 million
  • Sonny Gray – $3.7 million
  • Liam Hendriks – $1.0 million
Really, if you want to save time and space, you only have to make a decision on Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso. I can't imagine anyone would non-tender Gray, Vogt, Davis, or Hendriks.

Impending Free Agents

Re-sign, qualifying offer (lol), or let go?

  • Ross Detwiler – made $1.00M in 2016
  • Sam Fuld – made $1.925M in 2016
Free Agency

Peruse the list of free agents, name the ones you would pursue, the max offer you would extend to them, and explain your reasoning. As many as you want, but remember to keep payroll in mind.

Trade Proposals

Propose any trades you think sound reasonable for both sides. Reasonable is key here – we at AN love our fantasy trades, but try to keep it within the realm of possibility – the exercise is useless if we just get a bunch of "Axford for Trout" proposals. Explain your reasoning for both sides of the trade.


If you end up with a coherent 25 man roster, feel free to list it. If you don't, that's cool, we don't expect you to fully plan out a 7-man bullpen or the end of the bench. What's more important is how you've filled out key positions – at least list potential lineups, the rotation, and the top of the bullpen.

You can go as realistic or outlandish as you want. If you want to try to predict the A's 2016 roster, that's fine. If you want to trade literally everyone and come up with your dream team, that's cool too.

Here are some plans that have already appeared over the past week:

And here's a list of plans that we'll be updating constantly. In a few weeks, we'll take a look at some of the trends and what we've learned about what the fanbase wants and expects.

Have fun!