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The Oakland A’s have been good for a while now, reaching the postseason in each of the last three years. That makes their players more expensive, as we’ll soon see in free agency when a couple top stars likely depart, but it also means other clubs are beginning to take notice of some of the administrative minds behind the success.
The A’s already dodged one potential poaching, when quality control coach Mark Kotsay was passed over for the Detroit Tigers manager job. He interviewed with the Tigers, but they ultimately chose former Astros skipper A.J. Hinch (himself a former A’s player).
A second name was on the radar, as A’s assistant general manager Billy Owens was considered a candidate for the Los Angeles Angels GM job. However, it appears he is no longer in the running, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported a list of five finalists and Owens isn’t one of them. Per Rosenthal:
The Angels are down to five finalists for their GM opening and could decide by the end of the week, sources tell The Athletic. Four of the finalists are Cubs senior VP Jason McLeod, DBacks assistant GMs Jared Porter and Amiel Sawdaye and Mariners assistant GM Justin Hollander.
... followed up with:
Braves assistant GM Perry Minasian is the fifth finalist for the Angels’ GM opening, sources tell The Athletic.
This isn’t the first time Owens has been attached to rumors about a GM job, and it won’t be the last. He’s considered by all accounts to be an excellent baseball exec who has earned a chance to lead a front office. Athletics Nation is particularly fond of him due to his countless in-depth interviews with our friends at Athletics Farm, providing detailed scouting reports on prospects.
Given the recent reports that Billy Beane may be leaving the club, it’s fair to wonder whether Owens could find himself in a GM role right here in Oakland soon, though there hasn’t been any official reporting on the likelihood of that theory. The San Jose native has worked as a scout, coach, and exec in the A’s organization for two decades. In addition to the title of AGM, he’s also currently the team’s Director of Player Personnel.
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These look like pretty strong numbers, considering ZiPS tends to work out on the conservative side (and Oakland will surely upgrade a couple of these spots during the offseason)
A sneak peek at the depth chart for the first ZiPS team, which is imminent, the Oakland A's. pic.twitter.com/1PFQrVGVMK— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) November 11, 2020
An offseason move! Though without any literal movement.
Free-agent right-hander Josh Tomlin is back with the Braves. Per source, one year, $1M contract with $1.25M club option or $250K buyout for 2022.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 11, 2020
An actual move!
OFFICIAL: #SFGiants have agreed to terms on a Major League contract with infielder Jason Vosler. The 27-year-old last played for the San Diego Padres’ AAA affiliate in El Paso in 2019. With today’s addition, the 40-man roster is now at 38 players.— SFGiants (@SFGiants) November 11, 2020
Marcus Stroman accepts the qualifying offer and returns to the Mets
However, D.J. LeMahieu rejects his QO
D.J. LeMahieu will not accept the Yankees’ $18.9 million qualifying offer by Wednesday’s deadline, per source. Not a surprising development, as LeMahieu has put together two stellar seasons in New York and is considered to be one of the top free agents on the market.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 11, 2020
Kevin Gausman is still deciding
Do not assume Kevin Gausman will take the qualifying offer. Gausman has received multi-year offers, sources say. The Giants, who extended him the QO, are thought to be among the teams involved in the multi-year discussions.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 11, 2020
Still got it