Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/1/13
There was no need for a late rally in 2013. The A's took over the lead in the AL West for good on September 6th, and clinched the division on the second to last weekend of the season. Oakland took a 2-1 lead in the ALDS against the Tigers, and led 3-0 in Game 4 before getting outscored 11-3 over the final game and a half to end their season at the Coliseum once again. Needs Oakland only has two major free agents: closer Grant Balfour and starter Bartolo Colon. Both are likely going to be finding new homes this offseason after they had great years in 2013, and while the A's would like to bring the pair back, it doesn't appear to be financially possible. As for what the team *needs*? Well...not much, really. The A's will bring back their top 12 offensive players in fWAR next year along with midseason acquisition Alberto Callaspo, and that should take care of their position players. Oakland can also bring back 11 of their top 13 pitchers from a year ago, meaning that the team probably won't need to really fill many holes on their pitching staff either. Possible Options If the A's are in the market for any players this winter, I'd assume they'd be looking for buy low options on the mound. Relievers like Kevin Gregg, Carlos Marmol, and Francisco Rodriguez could come cheap. If they can't bring back Colon and want a starting pitcher, someone like a Ted Lilly or Bruce Chen could be a fit. But honestly, I doubt the A's make much of a splash at all in the free agent market thanks to arbitration raises. Trade Options Hello, Oakland. Billy Beane loves to make deals. Last year, he brought in Chris Young, John Jaso, and Jed Lowrie in separate deals during the offseason. After the 2011 season, Beane traded closer Andrew Bailey and starters Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, picking up standouts Josh Reddick, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, Ryan Cook, and Jarrod Parker in those trades. After the 2010 season, he acquired outfielders David DeJesus and Josh Willingham. The question is, what's Beane looking to do this winter? Someone like Brett Anderson, who has an $8 million club option for 2014, could be dealt, as could someone like first-time arb-eligible outfielder Josh Reddick. Maybe even pricey outfielder Yoenis Cespedes could be available, but I'd lean towards him sticking around. Trade Targets The A's have a pretty good track record with the talent they acquire in their trades, and I'd never bet against Billy Beane getting the maximum value for his players in both the present and future, An upgrade at second base might be an option for the A's - perhaps a flyer on Dan Uggla of the Braves (with the Braves eating a substantial bit of his contract) could be worth it. I don't think the A's will be looking to put together a package of prospects for a stud, like they did a few years ago with Matt Holliday, but trading a non-prospect for a minor upgrade would be a good use of their resources.And if they trade off one of their veterans who is getting pricey, look for the A's to seek talent that's closer to the majors. They don't need a full rebuild, and picking up a 19-year old in low-A as the centerpiece of a potential trade wouldn't really be prudent for them right now. [follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Hugh Freeze resigns amid reports he contacted escort service

Dodgers reportedly ‘in the mix’ for top left-handed relievers

Did LeBron troll the world with Ben Simmons birthday tweet?

O.J. Simpson granted parole, will be released in October

Jourdan Lewis will miss start of camp for domestic abuse trial


Vick 'truly sorry' for comments about Kaepernick

NFL owners pushing for Ezekiel Elliott suspension?

Report: Derrick Rose in ‘serious talks’ to join Cavs

Giants co-owner: Kaepernick is not being blackballed

Report: Lakers wanted to sign D-Wade if Bulls bought him out

Report: Bell has no plans to miss regular season games

Three Up, Three Down: The Dodgers are a complete juggernaut right now

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

Every NFL team’s biggest question as training camps start

Box Score 7/20: Nothing but Nolan

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

Every MLB team's biggest need at the trade deadline

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

Box Score 7/19: The shadow of the trade deadline begins to fall over baseball

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

The 'Youth in baseball is cyclical' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

Getaway Day: Class is back in session

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker