Double K’s Take: The crazy offseason for the 2015 Oakland Athletics…


                                                                                                          Looking at the Oakland Athletics roster heading into the 2015 season I don’t see many names that I remember from last year. Gentry, Crisp Reddick all of these guys will be wearing the Green and Gold this upcoming season. The pitching staff on the other hand has had what I like to call a backward cleaning. The top elite pitchers from last year are gone (Lester, Samardja) but their replacements aren’t that bad (Griffin, Chavez, Pomerance, Parker) but alas it left A’s fans with no star power on their roster, but with one hell of a team…


Athletics trade 3B Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for 3B Brett Lawrie and minor leaguers: When Donaldson was moved most of the A’s fans cringed. I didn’t I looked at what we got in return and began to understand what Bean was trying to do in helping the Athletics compete now and into the future. Not to mention the fact that Lowrie is not a bad bat. He may not be Donaldson but he will serve the Athletics well at the bat and in the field…


Athletics trade SP Jeff Samardzija to White Sox for IF Marcus Semien, C Josh Phegley, RHP Chris Bassit, ect: This was the trade that got a lot of look see by a lot of people. Mainly because of the fact that everyone (Including Me) thought that the Athletics could get more for Samardzija; But then when I took a closer look at what they did get for him Semien could be the future at SS and pairing him now with Zobrist leaves the A’s in a good place…



Athletics trade C John Jaso and 2 minor leaguers to the Rays for IF Ben Zobrist and SS Yunel Escobar: Another trade that from a distance looks great for the Athletics, when you think about it this single trade solves all of the A’s infield woes. The double play combo with two veterans left them with Davis/Butler at 1st, Zobrist at 2nd, Escobar at SS and Lowrie at 3rd. I would take that infield any day of the week. But alas that dream was only short lived…


Athletics trade SS Yunel Escobar to Nationals for All Star RP Tyler Clippard: The final of what has been 9 trades this off season, involving 27 players. The Athetics addressed their bullpen. Last year the bullpen let the A’s down at crucial moments during the season and left A’s fans screaming for a overhaul.They got one of sorts as Clippard will fit in nicely with Doolittle, Cook ect. So look for the A’s to compete for another AL West title in 2015, Thanks to the great mind of GM Billy Beane…

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