Originally written on 85% Sports  |  Last updated 8/5/14
The A’s were a constant surprise last year. They took a high school player with their first pick in the draft. They surprised the AL West (and experts) by winning the division. They followed it up by trading for veterans. Will the surprises keep coming? Key Losses: Dallas Braden, RHP (Not Signed, Free Agent) Yordy Cabrera, SS (Marlins, Trade) Chris Carter, 1B (Astros, Trade) A.J. Cole, RHP (Nationals, Trade) Stephen Drew, SS (Red Sox, Free Agent) Jonny Gomes, OF (Red Sox, Free Agent) Brandon Inge, 3B (Pirates, Free Agent) George Kottaras, C (Royals, Waivers) Jim Miller, RHP (Yankees, Waivers) Brandon McCarthy, RHP (Diamondbacks, Free Agent) Brad Peacock, RHP (Astros, Trade) Cliff Pennington, SS (Diamondbacks, Trade) Tyson Ross, RHP (Padres, Trade) Key Additions: Grant Balfour, RHP (Option Exercised) Bartolo Colon, RHP (Athletics, Free Agent) John Jaso, C (Mariners, Trade) Jed Lowrie, SS (Astros, Trade) Hiroyuki Hakajima (Japan, Free Agent) Hideki Okajima, LHP (DNP, Minor League...

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