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A's GM Billy Beane: Rebuilding or retooling for another run?

A’s GM Billy Beane: Rebuilding or retooling for another run?

 

With the A’s heart-breaking 2014 campaign now over, the A’s faithful are left wondering, “What’s next?” But before we examine the possible answers to that question, let’s first take a look at who’s set to stay and who’s set to go…

 

A’s Eligible Free Agents:

Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Luke Gregerson, Jed Lowrie, Alberto Callaspo, Geovany Soto, Jonny Gomes, Adam Dunn

 

A’s Arbitration Eligible Players:

Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick, John Jaso, Eric Sogard, Sam Fuld, Craig Gentry, Kyle Blanks, Jeff Samardzija, Jesse Chavez, Ryan Cook, Fernando Abad, Fernando Rodriguez, Jarrod Parker

 

A’s Pitchers under Team Control in 2015:

Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz, Sean Doolittle, Fernando Abad, Eric O’Flaherty, Ryan Cook, Dan Otero, Evan Scribner, Fernando Rodriguez, A.J. Griffin, Jarrod Parker, Josh Lindblom

 

A’s Hitters under Team Control in 2015:

John Jaso, Stephen Vogt, Derek Norris, Eric Sogard, Nick Punto, Andy Parrino, Josh Donaldson, Nate Freiman, Kyle Blanks, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld, Craig Gentry

 

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Will Billy be wheelin’ and dealin’ this winter?

Assuming the A’s aren’t likely to re-sign any of the team’s potential free agents, the A’s available roster of players for the 2015 season doesn’t really look all that different from the roster of players the team started 2014 with. But with this season’s disappointment fresh in A’s fans’ hearts and minds, many have been calling for general manager Billy Beane and his staff to dismantle the current roster and begin the rebuild. If recent comments are any indication though, it looks like Beane and company aren’t ready for a rebuild quite yet and would rather retool for at least one more go-‘round with this current crop of A’s players. Beane was quoted in Bay Area media reports this week as saying that the A’s would be looking for a right-handed bat and that the shortstop position was also an area of concern for him. Those don’t exactly sound like the sentiments of a man looking to tear things down but rather of a man looking to build things back up.

When it comes to pitching, the A’s could actually be in a position to start off the 2015 season with a slightly stronger rotation than the team had in place at the start of 2014. Jeff Samardzija, Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz are all under team control and all performed well when given a shot in the rotation last year. The team began 2014 with Kazmir, Gray and Chavez in the rotation, along with Dan Straily and Tommy Milone. So Samardzija and Pomeranz would seem to represent something of an upgrade over Straily and Milone. Josh Lindblom should remain available at Triple-A, while A.J. Griffin could be ready to rejoin the rotation at some point during the season as he returns from Tommy John surgery. Jarrod Parker shouldn’t necessarily be counted on to rejoin the rotation though, since this is his second Tommy John surgery – only one player, Chris Capuano, has returned to a starting role after a second Tommy John surgery – but it’s possible that Parker could ultimately end up figuring into the A’s bullpen mix.

What will Doo do in 2015?

What will Doo do in 2015?

Sean Doolittle should return to the closer role, with Ryan Cook, Dan Otero, Fernando Abad and Eric O’Flaherty all coming back in supporting roles. With Luke Gregerson likely to depart via free agency and Jesse Chavez looking to return to the rotation, Evan Scribner and Fernando Rodriguez should have a good shot at stepping into their roles, and it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see the A’s pick up a couple of affordable arms with high upside (a la Fernando Abad) to add to the competition for the final bullpen spots. But other than that, there really isn’t that much work for the A’s front office to have to do on the pitching side of things this offseason.

When it comes to the team’s position players, while many names remain the same, there could be a couple of notable holes to try to fill. Catchers Derek Norris, Stephen Vogt and John Jaso are all under team control. While Vogt should be ready to get back behind the plate again after offseason foot surgery, Jaso’s catching days could be coming to an end and his days as a designated hitter may be about to begin. With Jed Lowrie set to test the free agent waters, the A’s middle infielder corps currently consists of Eric Sogard, Nick Punto and Andy Parrino, which clearly will not suffice. Brandon Moss should return to platoon at first base with Kyle Blanks if he’s healthy, or Nate Freiman if he’s not. And in the outfield, Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry all remain under the A’s control for 2015.

So if the A’s front office is looking to retool for 2015, Beane’s comments this week about a right-handed bat and a shortstop being among the team’s areas of need make perfect sense. A productive right-handed hitting outfielder who could fill the role of the departed Yoenis Cespedes would be a big step towards getting the A’s offense back on track. Any number of players due to hit the free agent market or available on the trade market could fill that role. Finding a credible shortstop to take Lowrie’s place could be a little more challenging – especially since former shortstop-of-the-future Addison Russell was dealt away to the Cubs and new shortstop-of-the-future Daniel Robertson is just 20 and still likely a couple of years away – but it might not be quite as challenging as some might think.

Would Stew do a deal with the A's?

Would Stew do a deal with the A’s?

Though some of them will surely be beyond the A’s budget, shortstops such as Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, J.J. Hardy, Stephen Drew, Clint Barmes, Mike Aviles and Rafael Furcal are all expected to hit the free agent market this offseason. But there could also be some interesting opportunities to be found with one the A’s most frequent trade partners. The Arizona Diamondbacks, now run by former A’s and long-time Beane acquaintances Dave Stewart and Tony LaRussa, currently control four credible shortstops, three of whom – Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius and, yes, Cliff Pennington – all had better WARs this season than Jed Lowrie according to Baseball-Reference, while the fourth, Nick Ahmed, is a former 2nd-round draft pick who turned in a solid .312/.373/.425 slash line at Triple-A in 2014.

So while many disappointed A’s fans might be calling for a rebuild, the A’s front office looks like it may be planning on retooling for another run in 2015. With staff ace Jeff Samardzija now firmly atop the A’s starting rotation – and last year’s goat Jim Johnson nowhere to be found around the bullpen – if Beane and company can manage to come up with a credible shortstop to replace Lowrie and a solid right-handed bat to fill Cespedes’ role in the lineup, then the A’s could very well end up heading into the 2015 season with a slightly stronger roster than they had when they kicked off the 2014 campaign. The ball is now in Billy’s court – let the offseason wheeling and dealing begin!

 

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Sunday, July 20th: Lou Trivino Pitches Snappers to Victory while Rehabbing A’s Outfielder Josh Reddick Homers in Ports Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Lou Trivino (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Pitcher Lou Trivino (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Bowling Green Hot Rods  0

Beloit Snappers              4

WP – Trivino 5-8 / 5.33

HR – Vollmuth (9)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Lou Trivino

(7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K / Win)

RHP Lou Trivino turned in his best start of the season to help the Snappers win their second straight on Sunday. Trivino allowed just 2 hits over 7 shutout innings to earn his 5th win for the Snappers, while RHP Sam Bragg pitched 2 perfect innings in relief to pick up his 4th save. Outfielder Tyler Marincov had his second straight multi-hit game, posting a pair of doubles and driving in a pair of runs, and first baseman B.A. Vollmuth homered in his second straight game for the Snappers.

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Saturday, July 19th: Snappers Win Behind Marincov’s Big Bat while Tommy Milone Struggles for Cats and Josh Reddick Goes 0 for 4 for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Outfielder Tyler Marincov (3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

 

MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A)

Bowling Green Hot Rods  4

Beloit Snappers              5

WP – Adkins 1-3 / 5.40

HR – Marincov (12), Vollmuth (8)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Tyler Marincov

(3 for 4 / Home Run / Triple / 2 RBIs)

Outfielder Tyler Marincov had a big night for Beloit on Saturday. Last year’s 8th-round draft pick for the A’s singled, tripled, homered and drove in 2 runs, including the tying run in the bottom of the 6th to help the Snappers snap their 3-game losing streak. First baseman B.A. Vollmuth singled, homered and drove in a pair, including the winning run in the 6th, while second baseman Melvin Mercedes, outfielder Justin Higley and designated hitter Ryan Mathews had a pair of hits apiece. Starter Hunter Adkins allowed 4 runs and struck out 6 in 6 innings of work to pick up his 1st win, while RHP Brendan McCurry struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief, and RHP Bobby Wahl pitched a perfect 9th to post his 4th save.

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Friday, July 18th: Hounds Win in a Walk-Off Thanks to Kent Matthes Grand Slam while Josh Reddick Homers in 9th to Help Ports Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Kent Matthes (Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Designated Hitter Kent Matthes (Grand Slam)

 

TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A)

San Antonio Missions     3

Midland RockHounds  5

WP – Hassebrock 4-0 / 6.32

HR – Matthes (5)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Kent Matthes

(Grand Slam)

With the bases loaded and Midland down by two runs in the bottom of the 9th, designated hitter Kent Matthes slugged a grand slam to give the RockHounds the walk-off win on Friday night, and the Hounds have now won 13 of their last 15 games. Catcher Beau Taylor and third baseman Jefry Marte had a pair of hits apiece in the game. Starter Shawn Haviland had a solid outing, allowing 2 runs and striking out 6 in 6 innings of work, while LHP Frank Gailey tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, and RHP Blake Hassebrock picked up the win after giving up an unearned run in the top of the 9th.

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Wednesday, July 16th: Dusty Brown Helps Lead AZL A’s to Victory while Josh Reddick Goes 0 for 4 in Second Appearance for Ports

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Catcher Dusty Brown (3 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: AZL A’s Catcher Dusty Brown (3 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

ARIZONA LEAGUE  (Rookie Short-Season)

AZL A’s       6

AZL Giants  3

WP – Zambrano 3-1 / 5.47

Farmhand Of The Game:

Catcher Dusty Brown

(3 for 4 / Double / 3 RBIs)

Catcher Dusty Brown collected 3 hits, including a double, drove in 3 runs and scored twice to help lead the AZL A’s to victory on Wednesday night. Brown was originally signed with the expectation that he’d be beginning the season at either Sacramento or Midland, but that was before undergoing shoulder surgery in the spring. Brown’s been working his way back in Arizona and is now hitting .400 with a home run, a double and 5 RBIs over his last 5 games and is starting to look like he might be ready to get back in action at a higher level before long. 17-year-old Venezuelan starter Jesus Zambrano allowed 1 run and struck out 6 over 5 innings to earn his 3rd win, while LHP Derek Beasley struck out 4 in 2 scoreless innings of relief, and RHP Dawson Brown pitched a perfect 9th to post his 2nd save for the A’s. Meanwhile, 3rd-round draft pick, RHP Brett Graves, 15th-round draft pick, infielder Trent Gilbert, and hot-hitting Korean catcher Seongmin Kim were all promoted from Arizona to Vermont.

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Monday, July 14th: A’s Outfielder Josh Reddick Goes 4 for 4 and Homers in Ports Victory while Max Muncy’s Grand Slam Helps Hounds Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Josh Reddick (4 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Josh Reddick (4 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

San Jose Giants    1

Stockton Ports  11

WP – Sanchez 4-0 / 2.81

HR – Olson (26), Reddick (1)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outfielder Josh Reddick

(4 for 4 / Home Run / Double / 3 RBIs)

A’s outfielder Josh Reddick looked mighty healthy in the first game of his rehab assignment with Stockton on Monday. Reddick collected 4 hits, homering in the 1st inning, doubling in the 2nd and posting a pair of singles, while driving in 3 runs for the Ports. First baseman Matt Olson smashed his league-leading 26th home run, while shortstop Daniel Robertson had 4 hits and drove in a run, and designated hitter Ryon Healy had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in a pair. Starter Jake Sanchez allowed just 1 run and struck out 8 over 6 innings to earn his 4th win, while LHP Omar Duran and RHPs Nolan Sanburn and Austin House each tossed a scoreless inning in relief. House was reassigned to Stockton from Sacramento earlier in the day, while infielder Chad Pinder was activated off the disabled list and outfielder Aaron Shipman was placed on the DL for the Ports.

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Sunday, June 22nd: Justin Higley’s Inside-The-Park Grand Slam Leads Vermont to Victory, While Matt Olson’s 2 HRs Help Stockton Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Designated Hitter Justin Higley (Inside-The-Park Grand Slam)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Vermont Lake Monsters Designated Hitter Justin Higley (Inside-The-Park Grand Slam)

 

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE  (Class-A Short-Season)

Connecticut Tigers                 7

Vermont Lake Monsters  10

WP – Cruzado 1-0 / 2.70

HR – Higley (3)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Designated Hitter Justin Higley

(Inside-The-Park Grand Slam)

Lake Monsters designated hitter Justin Higley pulled off a rare feat on Sunday – an inside-the-park grand slam. And to make things even better, it came with the game tied in the bottom of the 8th inning and provided Vermont with the margin of victory on Sunday. Higley also doubled, walked and scored 3 runs in the game, and he now has 9 extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in his first 10 games this season. Second baseman Joe Bennie had 3 hits and drove in a run, while first baseman Ryan Huck singled, doubled and drove in a pair. Starter Cristhian Perez allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, over 5 innings of work, while RHP Fernando Cruzado picked up the win despite giving up a run in the 9th.

See Justin Higley’s inside-the-park grand slam for yourself…

 

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Saturday, June 21st: McKinney’s Key Hit Helps Ports Win as Josh Reddick Has Big Night for Cats and Hiro Lends A Hand in Hounds Win

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Billy McKinney (2 for 4 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports Outfielder Billy McKinney (2 for 4 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze   5

Stockton Ports   10

WP – Bowman 1-5 / 6.05

HR – McKinney (8)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Outifelder Billy McKinney

(2 for 4 / Home Run / 4 RBIs)

Stockton’s bats continued to boom on Saturday night and center fielder Billy McKinney drove in the decisive go-ahead run in the 7th inning as the Ports came back to win their 5th straight. McKinney hit his 8th home run in the 2nd, singled in 2 runs with the bases loaded in the 7th and drove in another run in the 8th with a sacrifice fly. Designated hitter Ryon Healy had 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in 3 runs, while second baseman Chad Pinder singled, doubled and scored 3 times. Starter Hunter Adkins was a little shaky for Stockton, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks over 4 2/3 innings, while RHP Josh Bowman gave up 1 run in 3 1/3 innings of relief to pick up his 1st win for the Ports.

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Thursday, June 19th: Ports Win in a Walk-Off Behind Matt Olson’s Big Bat as Dan Straily Gets Shelled in Cats Loss

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports First Baseman Matt Olson (5 for 6 / 2 Home Runs / Double / 5 RBIs)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Stockton Ports First Baseman Matt Olson (5 for 6 / 2 Home Runs / Double / 5 RBIs)

 

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE  (High-A)

Bakersfield Blaze  7

Stockton Ports    8

WP – Sanburn 2-1 / 3.18

HR – Olson 2 (17), Nunez (10)

Farmhand Of The Game:

First Baseman Matt Olson

(5 for 6 / 2 Home Runs / Double / 5 RBIs)

First baseman Matt Olson had a huge night in Stockton’s 11-inning victory on Thursday. The A’s third overall pick in 2012 draft collected 5 hits, including a double in the 1st inning, a home run in the 6th to tie the game and another homer in the bottom of the 11th to provide the walk-off win for the Ports. Olson drove in 5 runs and scored 3 times on the night, and his 17 home runs currently lead all California League hitters. Third baseman Renato Nunez tagged his 10th home run, while outfielder Dusty Robinson, designated hitter Ryon Healy and second baseman Chad Pinder had a pair of hits apiece for the Ports. Starter Tim Atherton surrendered 4 runs in the 1st inning on a 2-out grand slam but held Bakersfield scoreless over the next 5 frames, and he ended up allowing 4 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings of work. RHP Michael Ynoa gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief, while RHP Nolan Sanburn tossed a scoreless 9th, 10th and 11th to pick up his 2nd win. In other news, the A’s signed 25-year-old Venezulean minor league free agent RHP Yeiper Castillo and assigned him to Stockton. The former Red Sox, Cubs and Angels prospect has compiled a 3.71 ERA over 152 career minor league games. He’ll join RHP Jake Sanchez, acquired in the Michael Taylor trade, as the two newest members of the Ports pitching staff.

See what Matt Olson had to say after his big night here…

 

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Wednesday, June 18th: Arnold Leon Pitches Sacramento to Victory as Josh Reddick Begins Rehab Stint with River Cats

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Arnold Leon (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Sacramento River Cats Pitcher Arnold Leon (6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A)

Sacramento River Cats  3

Round Rock Express         0

WP – Leon 7-2 / 4.91

HR – Freiman (12)

Farmhand Of The Game:

Pitcher Arnold Leon

(6 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 0 BB / 2 K / Win)

RHP Arnold Leon was impressive on Wednesday, allowing just 2 baserunners over 6 shutout innings to earn his 7th win for Sacramento. Leon retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and 18 of 20 on the night. Rehabbing LHP Eric O’Flaherty didn’t allow any baserunners in the 7th, nor did LHP Justin Marks in the 8th, and RHP Jeremy McBryde wrapped things up with a perfect 9th for his 5th save. Designated hitter Nate Freiman walked, homered and drove in a pair of runs, while center fielder Shane Peterson singled and doubled, and right fielder Josh Reddick went 1 for 3 and threw out Carlos Pena at second base in his first rehab appearance with the River Cats.

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