Beane loves to work the trade market much more than the free agency market. As mentioned earlier, it would not be an offseason without a Beane trade. It is inevitable that he will complete a trade, but it is unclear what the deal will be.
Position players who could be on the move this offseason include Danny Valencia, Coco Crisp (if they can find a taker), and Billy Butler. The A’s could use these pieces to improve their bullpen and defense via trades. Whichever route Beane decides to go, know that it will likely be for a package of young players who can help improve the A’s in multiple facets.
There is not much excitement in Oakland coming into this offseason, but we all know that Beane will create excitement – or at least make noise. The A’s will have to improve both externally and internally this offseason. Their biggest additions could come from the inside if relief pitcher Sean Doolittle and starting pitchers A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker can return from injury and back to form in 2016.
The offseason has just begun and the Athletics roster will surely look much different when they take the field on Opening Day next season. It is Billy Beane’s time to shine and for us to sit back and watch him work his magic.