Originally written October 31, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
The 2012 season for the Oakland Athletics came pretty much out of nowhere. The A's went from a .500 club at the All-Star Break to AL West champions to finish the year, with the season culminating in a thrilling three game sweep of the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers in Oakland to give the A's the division title. This offseason, I don't think the A's will be very active...but then again, this *is* Billy Beane we're talking about. Needs I would imagine that at the top of Oakland's offseason shopping list will be a shortstop. They traded Cliff Pennington, last season's starter for two-thirds of the year, to the Diamondbacks for Chris Young, and didn't pick up the option on Stephen Drew, last season's starter for the other third of the year. I think the A's would at least flirt with some starting pitching with Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon hitting free agency, and Dallas Braden being outrighted off the roster and joining th...
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