How do you go about building on a team that already surprised people by making the playoffs last year? You make out of character moves to improve your team. See the Oakland Athletics.
Free Agent Losses: Dallas Braden (RHP), Joey Devine (RHP), Stephen Drew (SS), Jonny Gomes (OF), Brandon Inge (3B).
Trade Losses: Yordy Cabrera (SS), Chris Carter (1B), A.J. Cole (RHP), Collin Cowgill (OF), Brad Peacock (RHP), Cliff Pennington (SS), Tyson Ross (RHP), Max Stassi (C).
Free Agent Signings: Grant Balfour (RHP, Option Exercised), Bartolo Colon (RHP), Hiroyuki Nakajima (SS).
Trade Acquisitions: John Jaso (C), Jed Lowrie (SS), Chris Young (OF).
The A’s did things a little different this off season – they traded prospects for veterans. First though, they let a few players walk.
The most notable were Drew and Gomes. While Drew was only with the team for part of the season, he was key to the drive down the stretch. The main concern for him is health, and a deal couldn’t be worked...