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:
- Here is the Cot's Contracts page for the A's payroll obligations. We don't know for sure what the A's payroll will be for 2017, but you can pretty much assume that it'll be below $100 million. It should be pretty easy to add up, given the A's only have five guaranteed contracts (including the ghost of Billy Butler).
- Here's the list of free agents from MLB Trade Rumors. Some of these guys have options, so use your head on whether they're going to be picked up.
[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
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
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.
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: