It’s the weekend, Athletics Nation!
Yesterday the A’s won their first game of the spring, showing off a bevy of their new talent. Baseball games are happening and everything seems that much better because of it. After a busy week of offseason transactions and with a few more potentially on the horizon, it’s nice to at least be in the regular baseball routine.
In the aftermath of being traded to the Blue Jays earlier this week, new information about Matt Chapman’s time with the A’s came to light yesterday via Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. After the 2019 season the A’s reportedly offered Chapman a 10-year, $150 million contact extension. If agreed to, this would have been the largest contact in Oakland A’s history, more than double the $66 million Eric Chavez signed for in 2004. The contract would have covered Chapman’s final pre-arbitration year at league minimum, his 3 arbitration years, and six additional years he will now be a free agent for.
Turning down a major offer like this shouldn’t be too surprising for Chapman as he is represented by Scott Boras, who is notorious for getting his star players paid in free agency rather than getting locked down in extensions. Boras has not been shy about the fact that Chapman was aiming toward testing free agency. The true potential for Matt to match or exceed this offer from the A’s will be determined from the next two seasons with the Jays. If his hip is as recovered as he tells Rosenthal and his hitting returns to the calibre of his offer year, perhaps getting a better payday will be doable in 2024.
This offer backs up a lot of the A’s front office’s talk back in 2019, locking down fan-favourite talent while believing to then be a year away from breaking ground on a new ballpark. Of course, 2020 came along and spoiled many best-laid plans, pushing back key votes on the Howard Terminal project that have only just happened two years later. The contention window for the A’s core headed by Chapman was also focused to coincide with the original plan for a 2023 stadium opening. Instead, we now face the usual A’s cycle of a rebuilding effort, with that previous core being traded away. The next wave of big A’s will hopefully see their popularity rise in a Howard Terminal park, and perhaps we may see them get offered similar high-profile deals.
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- Rosenthal: Two offseasons ago, Matt Chapman turned down huge extension with A’s. Now he looks to make that bet pay off ($)
- Kawahara: A’s president Dave Kaval addresses team’s trades of star player, competitive ‘cycles’ ($)
- Akers: A’s offer on another Las Vegas site, have setback in Oakland
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- Simon: Q&A: A’s president Dave Kaval addresses trades, ticket price hikes and more ($)
- Smith: Grade A’s: Langeliers, young newcomers hit Oakland camp
- Kawahara: Healthy Brett Honeywell Jr., once a top prospect, eager to help A’s ($)
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- Kawahara: A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus, recovered from leg injury, eyes bounce-back season ($)
- Longley: Chapman eager to make strong first impression with new Blue Jays teammates
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Best of Twitter
First game of the spring and we’re already at Peak Pinder
It seems that anything goes in spring training
Buck Showalter said today one reason Ryan Flaherty made the Orioles as a Rule 5 pick in 2012 was because he brought two monkeys to a camp talent show that spring. The monkeys threw batting practice, and the Orioles were later fined by the health department, Showalter said.— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) March 18, 2022
More spring training tomfoolery across baseball
You guys I am dead.— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) March 18, 2022
Wander Franco parked in @RaysBaseball GM Erik Neander’s spot today at spring training.
As a result, Kevin Cash had them pull Wander’s car out onto the field during workouts. pic.twitter.com/3YhMrAZR3d
We miss you, Ray
While we are excited for our first broadcast, there is an enormous hole here and in our hearts without Ray. We will celebrate him and remember him constantly and do our best to make him proud. We are aware of the changing times on the field, players we enjoyed growing (1/2) pic.twitter.com/17jkjk0RAF— Vince Cotroneo (@vincebaseball) March 18, 2022
Vince won’t stand for Murphy being forgotten
You know the Gold Glove was won in Oakland? https://t.co/8eseJfrvoI— Vince Cotroneo (@vincebaseball) March 18, 2022
We’ve got spring ball for the next three weeks, enjoy it!