Happy Tuesday, Athletics Nation! Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season.
The A’s won their last AL West division title in 2020. They were last place in 2022, and looking at the Oakland A’s roster right now, post-winter meetings and big free agent signings, not-last place seems about the best A’s fans can realistically hope for in 2023. Staff at The Athletic assessed the AL West teams heading into the second half of the offseason, citing each team’s “met” and “remaining” needs.
According to Steve Berman, the A’s best moves included shoring up their infield depth with the free agent signings of Aledmys Díaz and Jace Peterson, and bolstering the bullpen with the signing of Oakland-positive Trevor May. He also notes that while the A’s return for Sean Murphy largely disappointed fans, targeting Esteury Ruiz reflected general manager David Forst’s desire to reinforce the team’s outfield depth in light of a disappointing 2022 at the plate for Cristian Pache.
As for remaining needs, Berman thinks the current roster is not much improved over the one that came in last this past season; thus, “player development, patience, and hope” are prescribed. Berman points out that Spring Training will include a lot of intriguing non-roster invitees, and of course the A’s have a lot of young pitchers to sort out. 2023 does indeed figure to be another rebuild year, but hopefully one from which the core of the next contending squad will more clearly begin to emerge.
Meanwhile, the Rangers got Jacob DeGrom, the Angels will probably continue to suck with a projected payroll of $206 million, the Mariners have marginally improved a roster that made the postseason, and according to Brittany Ghiroli, the Astros look “poised to go deep into October again.”
So, yeah. Not-last place and a few player breakouts in 2023 would count—relative to expectations—as a decent season from my current vantage point. How about yours?
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Best of Twitter:
A'S RECENT MOVES: LHP Zach Logue claimed off waivers by DET, RHPs Drew Rucinski & Trevor May signed as FAs, LHPs Jake Fishman & Garrett Williams signed MiLB deals/sent to LV, OF Cody Thomas & IF Ernie Clement to LV, IF Vimael Machin elects free agency… https://t.co/joKXkyUAPy— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) December 24, 2022
HBD Rickey Henderson! 12/25/58
Happy 64th birthday, Rickey Henderson! In addition to becoming the all-time stolen base record holder with 1,406, he set all-time records for runs scored with 2,295 and unintentional walks with 2,129.— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) December 25, 2022
Milo Stewart Jr. pic.twitter.com/FMTsO89lNK
HBD Zach Jackson! 12/25/94
Hey, Zach. It's your birthday, go ahead and party like it's your birthday! pic.twitter.com/nXPnQSi2qF— Oakland A's (@Athletics) December 25, 2022
HBD Dany Jiménez! 12/23/93
✅ Notch first career save— Oakland A's (@Athletics) December 23, 2022
✅ Celebrate your b-day
Have a year, Dany! pic.twitter.com/h8M9ik9PBQ
HBD Hogan Harris! 12/26/96
Happy birthday, @ItsHoganHarris! pic.twitter.com/6H2knYfkvd— Oakland A's (@Athletics) December 26, 2022