Juansbz Offseason plan

Juansbz's Offseason Plan

Arbitration Eligible players (using MLBTR's arbitration estimates)

  • Khris Davis - $11.1 million – tender

  • Marcus Semien - $3.2 million – tender

  • Kendall Graveman - $2.6 million – tender

  • Blake Treinen - $2.3 million – tender

  • Chris Hatcher - $2.2 million – non tender

  • Liam Hendriks - $1.9 million – tender

  • Josh Phegley - $1.1 million – non tender

  • Jake Smolinski - $700k – tender (option to AAA Nashville)

Free Agency -

Sign Bryan Shaw – 3 years 21 million

Shaw has one of the best cutters in the game and he often sits in the mid to high 90’s. Shaw has never been to the disabled list, which can help the A’s a lot as they have seen there bullpen hit the DL often in the past. Shaw has never posted an ERA over 3.52, which was this years ERA. He has already pitched in the postseason and has proven he can be dominant and go beyond one inning very often.

Other Options: Joe Smith, Pat Neshek, Anthony Swarsak

Sign Brandon Morrow – 3 years 24 million

Morrow, a California native, was predicted by Jim Duquette to come to the A’s. He became the second player in MLB history to pitch in all 7 games of the World Series. He has an upper 90’s fastball and a great wipeout curveball. He could work as the closer or setup man behind Treinen. Earlier this offseason he said that he didn’t care if closed games or not.

Other options: Brandon Kintzler, Juan Nicasio, Addison Reed

Sign Tony Watson – 2 years 16 million (7 million club option)

Watson has been very dominant but also very healthy. He is only behind Bryan Shaw in total games pitched from 2012-2017. He has never pitched to an ERA higher than 3.38 and could be a solid 1 inning guy or lethal lefty specialist. Either way he has been very dominant throughout the past 5 years.

Other options: Kevin Siegrist (2 for 10), Fernando Abad (2 for 10)

Sign Rene Rivera – 2 years 6 million

With recent news involving Bruce Maxwell the A’s will need a primary catcher. Rivera has experience to handle the young A’s defense and rotation. Rivera a defensive first catcher will handle the young A’s and pitchers should benefit from him just like Noah Syndergaard did in 2015. He is less expensive than signing Avila or Castillo, which helps the A’s use that money on relievers or save money for that historic free agent class next season.

Extensions –

Note: This doesn’t have to happen this offseason but throughout next year you could do them.

Sign Matt Chapman 6 years 28 million (2 club options of 12 million)

Sign Matt Olson 6 years 20 million (2 club options of 10 million)

Tim Anderson a very highly regarded prospect and now shortstop of the Chicago White Sox signed to a 6-year 25 million. This is why I thing Olson should cost less since he just had a great half season. We still don’t know if he will continue this mashing especially since he wasn’t (at the end of his prospect career) regarded as a very high prospect. Jon Singleton a very similar player to Olson in terms of power signed a 5-year 10 million contract.

Trade Proposals -

Trade #1: Logan Shore, Grant Holmes and Yerdel Vargas for Domingo Santana and Jorge Lopez

A’s side: The A’s want some controllable outfield. Domingo Santana might be my favorite one out there. I don’t know if the Brewers want to give him but they might have to. There OF is stacked with Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, Keon Broxton, Brett Phillips, Hernan Perez and very soon to be called up Lewis Brinson and Corey Ray. They have to deal at least two of those and I think Domingo might bring the best package for those who aren’t Brinson or Ray who are top tier prospects. Domingo Santana is 25 years old and won’t have 26 until August. Lopez was the 14th ranked prospect of the 2016 Brewers according to He debuted and it didn’t go very well. He adds pitching depth to the A’s as he possesses an above average fastball and curveball.

Brewers side: The Brewers get some much-needed pitching depth. Shore can be a no. 4 or 5 and is a strike-throwing machine. Holmes was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft and has a lot of upside. He has improved a lot in his control and strikes out a lot of batters (150 in 148 innings). Vargas is just 17 years old and also has a bright future.

Trade #2: Kendall Graveman and Ryan Dull for Victor Caratini

A’s side: The A’s acquire their catcher of the future and now have the platoon of the future in Caratini and Murphy. Victor isn’t as skillful Murphy behind the plate but he can hit. He had an average of .342 in AAA and hit 10 bombs. He only struck out 48 times in 83 games so that is also pretty good and can benefit the lineup especially with lots of swing and miss in Olson, Khrush and Chapman. Caratini, I assume, would be available because he is a very good catcher and is being blocked by Contreras. It’s better for the cubs to trade him and address other needs by doing so.

Cubs side: The cubs acquire Graveman who can be a solid No. 3 starter when he is right. The Cubs don’t have starting pitching and this trade can benefit them especially with Graveman who is still young. Dull would add depth to their bullpen and has the chance to be really good as he was in 2016 when he had a 2.42 ERA in 70 games.

Trade #3: Liam Hendriks for Rafael Bautista

A’s side: The A’s acquire another young outfielder that could sneak himself into the every day lineup. Bautista is very athletic and has a great glove. He can be a solid 4th outfielder and if he can start hitting more he can become a solid everyday player.

Nats side: The Nats add another solid bullpen option. There bullpen was better this postseason and by adding Hendriks, this gives you another reliable arm out of the pen. Bautista’s path to the Big Leagues is blocked so it would be better for the Nats to trade him.

Trade #4: Ryon Healy and Matt Joyce for Sandy Alcantara or Dakota Hudson

A’s side: The A’s get a young solid starter or very good relief pitcher. Alcantara has an electric fastball that can reach triple digits. He can be a solid starter or a great reliever. I don’t know if he would be available which is why I added Hudson in case. Dakota is a solid starter option and adds depth for now but in the future he can also become a solid starter. Both starters need more innings in the minors in my opinion so they could both start AAA.



CF: Dustin Fowler

2B: Jed Lowrie

RF: Domingo Santana

DH: Khris Davis

1B: Matt Olson

3B: Matt Chapman

SS: Marcus Semien

C: Victor Caratini

LF: Boog Powell

BN: Chad Pinder

BN: Rene Rivera

BN: Rafael Bautista


CF: Dustin Fowler

2B: Jed Lowrie

RF: Domingo Santana

DH: Khris Davis

1B: Matt Olson

3B: Matt Chapman

LF: Chad Pinder

C: Rene Rivera

SS: Marcus Semien

BN: Boog Powell

BN: Victor Caratini

BN: Rafael Bautista


SP: Sean Manaea

SP: Andrew Triggs

SP: Jharel Cotton

SP: Paul Blackburn

SP: Daniel Mengden

Depth: Jorge Lopez, Sandy Alcantara/Dakota Hudson, Daniel Gossett


Long: Raul Alcantara

LHP: Daniel Coulombe

LHP: Tony Watson

RHP: Frankie Montas

RHP: Bobby Wahl

RHP: Bryan Shaw

SU: Brandon Morrow

CL: Blake Treinen