Mr Suaves Take: Can the Oakland Athletics contend in 2015 and how??...


                                                                                             Can the A's contend in 2015? Sure they can. But it will take a lot of ifs. Did Billy Beane reshape the roster enough from trading seven All Stars? Can the pieces lost last year in Griffin and Parker come back and retake their rotation spots? Can the new pieces acquired come in and restore a statistically powerful lineup from last year? That's a bunch of questions that need to be answered. If that answer is yes then yes the Athletics can again win the west or at worse be a wild card team...



                                                                                              But if any of those questioned are answered with a no? Then the A's could fall beneath Seattle in the division. The Angels are slowly moving into the team we thought they'd be five years ago. Texas is still a dangerous team led by Darvish and Fielder. And then there is Seattle led by Hernandez and Cano. A's fandom is again split between wondering if Beane can pull off the magic that had the A's at contender levels the last three years or if the A's will suffer while the team again reshuffles the entire roster. So many questions. So many ifs. Parker and Griffin missed last year with injuries. Beane landed a very good player in Zobrist from TB but can be replace Cespedes or Donaldson's production?...


                                                                                                 This year I don't think the A's will contend. Too many unanswered questions. Big moves made by Beane right after depleting the team of its best players and the farm system of high potential talent. This season screams rebuilding year for Oakland. A year where they will have to fight Seattle to stay above Houston in the standings. The rotation can be very good if healthy. Gray, Kazmir, Parker and Griffin are a formidable rotation. But can Zobrist replace the production of Cespedes and Donaldson by himself or be the lineup linchpin that helps those around him? I just don't see it...


                                                                                                 Beane is building yet again for the future after going all in last year. But it can't be denied that he is the best GM in baseball. He's done everything except win a World Series. Ownership continually handcuffs him as they obviously wait to try to move again to build a new stadium. Lew Wolff and company hate Oakland. But MLB's new commissioner has told them that he won't allow them to leave and they should build in Oakland. Build a stadium that could've been built ten years ago if Wolff didn't hate Oakland...


                                                                                                So no I just don't see the Athletics contending this year. At the beginning of this year all teams start 0-0. That's as close as I believe the A's will be to first place. The depth is too weak to withstand an injury to any pitcher or the lineup. Bob Melvin can work magic with this team but it may not be enough. Beane has reshaped this entire roster. The team will need to find another identity. They won't be able to be the team they were the last three years and this year we will see the new Oakland Athletics. A team with interesting pieces and hopes but one that will require a long
time to gel and become the team they were...

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