It has been a long offseason already for A’s fans as Billy Beane aimed to retool and reinvigorate a team that had fallen fast in the second half of last year. The team had begun to look old and even the infusion of Jon Lester wasn’t enough to get them over the hump. With the Mariners right on their heels, and the Angels a good chunk ahead, Beane had to act.
Besides Jon Lester leaving for Chicago, and Jed Lowrie and Luke Gregerson to Houston, here are the major moves of the Oakland offseason thus far as they’ve traded 3 All Stars.
- 12/19 — Released Nick Punto
- 12/18 — Traded C Derek Norris, LHP Seth Streich and an international draft slot for RHPs Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez
- This move was liked for both sides by Keith Law of ESPN, and Fangraphs’ Paul Swydan liked the trade for Oakland
- 12/18 — Acquired Lefty Eury De La Rosa from Diamondbacks for Cash Considerations. De La Rosa had a 2.95 ERA with a 7.9 K/9, and 3.4 BB/9. De La Rosa is a ground ball pitcher with a reverse platoon split but in only 61 plate appearances
- 12/9 — Traded Jeff Samardzija along with prospect Michael Ynoa to White Sox for Cal Shortshop Marcus Semien, righty Chris Bassitt, right hander Josh Phegley, and Rangel Ravelo.
- Semien was very strong in Triple A Charlotte hitting 267 with a 380 on base percentage and 552 slugging. The former Cal player hit 20 doubles, and 15 homers showing some pop for a Shortstop. He struggled in a 231 AB audition in Chicago hitting 234/300/372.
- Bassitt is a 25 year old right hander who made his big-league debut in 2014 after missing much of the year with a broken hand. He had a strong 2.97 ERA and 8.6 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in four minor-league seasons while being ranked the 15th best prospect in the White Sox system.
- Phegley is a 26 year old backstop who has failed to take advantage of a limited big league opportunity
- Ravelo is a corner infield prospect who slashed 309/386/473 in 551 plate appearances. He has experience at 3B but has played mostly first.
- 12/8 — Traded OF/1B Brandon Moss for Minor league 2B Joe Wendle. Wendle is a 24 year old propsect who had a 253/311/414 slash line over 370 Double-A appearances before having his season cut short by a broken hammate bone. His best tool is his hitting and he rates to have decent power and solid defense. He is also reputed to be a “good character guy”
- 11/28 – Traded All Star 3B Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for 3B Brett Lawrie who owns a 265/323/426 line over 3 plus seasons, Lefty Sean Nolin a starter with a true four pitch mix and possible number four starter type, righty Kendall Graveman a 2013 draftee who largely dominated the minors before making some relief appearances in the majors, and shortstop Franklin Barreto a possible gem whom is a 18 year old rated Toronto’s 5th best prospect.
- 11/23 – Acquired 1B/OF Ike Davis
- 11/19 – Signed DH/1B Billy Butler to 3 year/$30M contract