Following a disappointing ending to an otherwise remarkable season, the Oakland A’s will now begin their offseason evaluation period as they begin constructing another team they hope will contend with the higher payroll powerhouses of the league.
At some point it gets annoying to constantly be beat over the head with the payroll restrictions of playing in Oakland and at the O.co Coliseum, in fact, I’d wager a bet that most of you already feel that way, but it’s a fact that must be acknowledged and accepted if you are a fan of the A’s.
Let’s do this in two stages. First, let’s take a look at the payroll decisions that the A’s are facing and what the most likely outcomes are. Secondly, at some point in the coming days, we’ll look at the trade and free agent market and see where there may be some reasonable upgrades or replacements.
Before we get started with who the A’s will have to make decisions on, let’s quickly recap who the A’s don’t have to make roster decisions on.