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Elephant Rumblings: Calm before the offseason storm

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Good morning afternoon, Athletics Nation!

There’s not much going on in baseball right now. The World Series is over, the awards are handed out, and the offseason open market has officially begun. The first transactions are beginning to trickle in, and now it’s just a waiting game until the major moves start happening around the league, between some significant free agents and the annual blockbuster trade or three.

This is a particularly nervous offseason for Oakland A’s fans, since we really have no idea what to expect. Normally it’s clear whether the team is aiming to contend or working on a rebuild, but not this winter.

We know the A’s have a playoff-caliber core, with several legitimate stars, and with proper resources available it could certainly be molded into a heavyweight contender in 2021. But it’s unclear how much of those resources are available, and if it’s not enough for another serious push, then there are compelling (if frustrating) arguments to do at least a partial roster teardown — and thus reset the competitive window a couple more years down the road, when a new ballpark (and the higher revenue it brings) might be closer to reality.

The A’s haven’t done much to their roster yet except for the normal November details, like protecting prospects from the Rule 5 draft, and signing minor league free agent depth. We did see a notable move elsewhere in the majors on Tuesday, though, as the Atlanta Braves signed starting pitcher Charlie Morton away from the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays — check out the links below for more details.

Stay tuned, because the action in Oakland could start any day now. Even the day after Thanksgiving isn’t guaranteed to be quiet, as we’ve seen in the recent past (if you know what I’m referring to, then, zero days).

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