Report: A’s could focus on one-year contracts to build the 2022 roster originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The immediate future of the A as an organization is currently just a huge question mark.
Both on and off the field, athletics is considering which direction to take the team next, both literally and figuratively.
The A’s ended the 2021 MLB season on a respectable 86-76 record and were among the teams vying for a playoff spot until the last days of the season. With plenty of talent in the squad, the strong core of local players has enabled them to be among the top eight teams in the American League.
Recent reports claim that the A’s will likely be shopping All star first baseman Matt Olson this off-season, as well as most of the players on their squad with value. This would indicate that another roster reset is due in 2022.
If the A’s are actually tearing the city apart and rebuilding it, then it’s The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported On Wednesday, citing MLB sources that Oakland could build its roster for 2022 with a bevy of free agents on year-long contracts.
“An alternative, according to major league sources,” writes Rosenthal. “The A’s are supposed to build themselves modestly by signing a bevy of freelance agents on annual contracts, a course that could enable them to build a presentable team in 2022 while building inventory for additional trades. Think 2014-15 return.” Off-season when the A’s acquired Ben Zobrist, who joined the Ben Zobrist agency a year after Josh Donaldson and Jeff Samardzija swapped and lost others to the free agency Ben Zobrist. “
Rosenthal says nothing has been decided yet and that A-owner John Fisher is aware of the criticism he’s likely to receive in the fan base if the team swaps star players while trying to figure out the organization’s future home.
Among the players Rosenthal speculates about as potential trading partners are those who have been under team control for several years.
“So the current situation is not hopeless, however annoying it may be,” adds Rosenthal. “Start with the A’s biggest names, who are under the club’s control every two years. Olson and Montas should be generating significant returns, and three-time gold glove winner Chapman could even have had a season below his own. ” usual standards offensive. Murphy, in control for four more years, will also be a hot commodity in a catcher-starved market. Manaea and the right-handed bassitt may be less desirable when they start their running years, but both are capable of starting pitchers. “
As one of the teams in the league with the least financial flexibility, that line between rebuilding and competing on a budget for the A is familiar territory. Having made the playoffs in six of the last ten seasons, they’ve proven that it’s still possible to build a competitive team while selling young talent and buying into the free agent bargain.
At some point, however, the fans of A want to break this cycle. Unfortunately, for these fans, 2022 doesn’t seem like the season that’s going to happen.