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Snorgator's Offseason Plan

Arbitration Eligible Players:

Khris Davis - Tender - $11.1 Million

Marcus Semien - Tender - $3.2 Million

Kendall Graveman - Tender - $2.6 Million

Blake Treinen - Tender - $2.3 Million

Chris Hatcher - Non-Tender - $2.2 Million

Liam Hendriks - Tender - $1.9 Million

Josh Phegley - Non Tender

Jake Smolinski - Non-Tender - $700k


So the number being thrown around is that Oakland has about 40M to spend in free agency. I don't think the A's will be able to fill all their roster holes this offseason through free agency, so they'll have to be active on the trade market as well. They were competitive enough in the second half last year that drastic upgrades aren't needed to realistically get to the .500 mark next year.

Trades:

OAK receives:

CF Christian Yelich, 3B Martin Prado

MIA receives:

SP Logan Shore, SP Grant Holmes, SS Yairo Munoz

Christian Yelich is the kind of player who isn't available in trades very often, and the A's must jump at the opportunity to acquire him. He's a cheap, controllable outfielder that the A's can build around, and fits in with both a rebuilding or a win-now timeline. His defense in center field would also be an improvement over previous years for Oakland.

Taking on part of Martin Prado's contract will probably be the most unappealing part of this plan to many A's fans, but hear me out. The Marlins biggest concern right now is shedding salary, and Prado's contract will be the hardest to move this offseason as his value is basically negative. Though the team outplayed expectations in the second half, Billy Beane did say that the would be rebuilding, and adding bad contract to this deal means the A's can acquire Yelich without dealing Barreto, Luzardo, or any other top prospects. Oakland wouldn't take on the whole salary, but by taking 5-7M of Prado's contract for the next two years should reduce the prospect package significantly.

I thought of adding Dee Gordon to the deal instead of Prado, but Gordon is not the kind of player the A's would target, or want to be paying for the next 4 years compared to Prado's 2.

OAK receives:

SP Jeff Samardzija

SF receives:

2B Joey Wendle

SP Daniel Mengden

Oakland definitely needs to add to their rotation, and Samardzija is the perfect fit for their rotation. CC Sabathia has been the name thrown around a lot in connection to the A's, but Samardzija is a true innings eater, and less of an injury concern. His peripherals suggest improvement from his numbers with the Giants, and O.co could help him out. I feel better about giving Samardzija 3/33 than I would Sabathia at around 2/24.

The Giants need to shed salary if they're serious about chasing Giancarlo Stanton, Lorenzo Cain, or any other top free agents. Even if they ate 7M of Samardzija's contract per year, they would still be saving almost 40M.

FA Signings:

C Welington Castillo 3yrs/24M

I know many people have predicted a possibly cheaper Alex Avila signing, but Welington Castillo would provide the best offensive upgrade at the position. While he doesn't offer much in terms of plate discipline, I equate this move to putting Ryon Healy's bat behind the plate, minimizing Oakland's offensive losses. His glove isn't great, but he has a cannon, and threw out 49% of base stealers last season.

LF/UTIL Howie Kendrick 1yr/6M

This may be a little less than Kendrick will get on the market, but Kendrick fits the A's need of a right handed outfielder, who can also back up 2B and 3B.

Salary added for 2018: 41M

Rotation:

1. Jeff Samardzija

2. Sean Manaea

3. Kendall Graveman

4. Andrew Triggs

5. Jesse Hahn

Bullpen:

CL-Blake Treinen

Emilio Pagan

Daniel Coulombe

Ryan Dull

Liam Hendriks

Frankie Montas

Santiago Casilla

Raul Alcantara

Lineups:

vs RHP

C Wellington Castillo

1B Matt Olson

2B Jed Lowrie

3B Matt Chapman

SS Marcus Semien

LF Howie Kendrick

CF Christian Yelich

RF Matt Joyce

DH Khris Davis

vs LHP

C Welington Castillo

1B Matt Olson

2B Jed Lowrie

3B Matt Chapman

SS Marcus Semien

LF Howie Kendrick

CF Christian Yelich

RF Chad Pinder

DH Khris Davis

This plan wasn't able to patch up all holes in the roster, as there's still a need for a SP, and a LH reliever. But overall, I feel like this team is far more improved than if I was to spread the money out for lesser players, and take on salary in order to hold onto top prospects. Let me know what you think.