If I Was the A’s General Manager for a Day – Ben’s Sports Blog – News Block


The Oakland A’s are currently going through a horrible season, going 31-60 with two games remaining before this week’s All-Star break. Although they started the year well, the team’s collapse in June (5-21 record) ended their dim hopes of competing. Now the A’s, owners of the worst record in the American League, sit nearly 30 games behind the first-place Houston Astros and have a legitimate chance to match or surpass the 1979 franchise team that lost a record 162-game season franchise 108 games. . Ever the optimist when it comes to my beloved A’s though, there is one small bright spot with the team performing a bit better of late, going 5-5 in their last ten games. However, with the season insurmountable, here are some moves I think the team should make to salvage any positives from this season and prepare for the future.

baseball transactions

  1. Free Stephen Vogt and Jed Lowrie. These guys are two of the most notable and beloved players to have donned the green and gold over the past decade. Stephen Vogt is such a fan favorite that fans of A did the “I believe in Stephen Vogt” chant. Lowrie, who has returned to the A’s a couple of times after being traded, used to provide average defense and reliable hitting. In 2017, he set the A’s record for most doubles in a season. However, both Vogt and Lowrie are now in their 30s, not as good as they once were, and serve no purpose for this rebuilding team.
  2. Releasing Vogt would allow the A’s to call up catcher Shea Langeliers, their top prospect who they received in the Matt Olson trade and is almost ready for his major league debut. In fact, he today plays in the Futures game along with other top baseball prospects. He would also soon look to Cristian Pache (the other big name in the Olson trade) in hopes that his recent offensive performance in Triple-A carried over to the big leagues to match his defensive prowess.
  3. Decide what to do with veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus, who activates a $15 million option for next season if he accumulates 550 at-bats. He is currently halfway there. He seems to bring a good attitude along with some veteran experience, and he’s been relatively solid both offensively and defensively. However, at 33, it might be time to let him go and invest the resources (which Fisher seems so unlikely to part with) in younger talent. Speaking of which, he would continue to give Nick Allen playing time, as he is outstanding defensively at both shortstop and second base and shows some offensive ability. Although he’s been doing a good job in the second season, he could replace Andrus as the starting shortstop starting next season.
  4. Trade at least Frankie Montas before the August 2 trade deadline to fully complete the roster teardown. With the A’s out of contention, the teams will line up to try to trade for the A’s star pitcher, as long as his shoulder injury doesn’t slow him down. A’s President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane should try to land as many top prospects as possible for himself and any other traded players. For example, he might consider Dodgers pitching prospect Bobby Miller or Cardinals prospect Michael Mcgreevy.

Non-baseball transactions

  1. Most home games are 95% empty as no one is going to watch this losing team play in the decrepit Oakland Coliseum. So reduce the cost of tickets and parking and maybe more people will come to the games. Regarding the new stadium project at Howard Terminal, A’s ownership must do whatever it takes to reach an agreement with Oakland’s leadership so that this storied franchise can stay in Oakland forever.
  2. Speaking of A ownership, owner John Fisher is a super-reserved individual who won’t talk to the media, spend money to retain key players, or even sit in on Howard Terminal meetings alongside team president Dave Kaval. Meanwhile, Joe Lacob, the super-successful owner of the Golden State Warriors NBA team, apparently has a standing offer to buy the A’s. I, and many other A’s fans, wish Fisher would sell the team to Lacob or whoever else is more willing to invest in the team on and off the field. Unfortunately, Fisher doesn’t seem to be in the mood to sell, so the A’s will likely continue to be just the farm team for every other MLB club for the time being.

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