What Can Billy Bean Do Next Year To Make A’s Contenders Again?

What Can Billy Bean Do Next Year To Make A’s Contenders Again?

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OAKLAND — The A’s hold the worst record in the American League this season and have for much of the season. Billy Beane so much as had a fire sale on any player that was considered to be anywhere near star status. At the time, when all of that took place, it left most fans baffled. And most fans still are.

The movie Moneyball portrayed Beane as this guy who thinks outside the box to get things done and work with what he was given. While most movies do not depict things as 100% gospel, it seemed as though there was a method to his madness. This season however, seemed to lack the method only to leave the madness.

While the Athletics still possess a few key players, they do not have the strength heading in to the 2016 Season to get things done. There is not nearly enough pitching and equally not enough offensive presence. Players like Coco Crisp, while fan favorites, are just not going to get it done next season.

At some point, Billy Beane is going to have to merge his Moneyball concepts with the intangibles that star players bring to the table. It’s tough for players to rally around seemingly average talent. You have to have the Clayton Kershaw’s, the Bryce Harper’s, Mike Trout’s etc. Those players are obviously one of a kind and tough to come by, but you get the point.

With that said, Beane will have to search the free agency market. There are holes everywhere. Third base, First base, and nearly the entire outfield can stand to get better with exception to maybe Reddick.

Here are some options Beane may consider looking in to the future of the 2016 Season:

FIRST BASE

Jeff Baker (35)
Chris Davis (30)
Edwin Encarnacion (33) – $10MM club option with a $2MM buyout
Corey Hart (34)
Kelly Johnson (34)
Garrett Jones (35)
Justin Morneau (35) – $9MM mutual option with a $750K buyout
Mike Napoli (34)
Steve Pearce (33)
Sean Rodriguez (31)

THIRD BASE

Mike Aviles (35)
Gordon Beckham (29)
David Freese (33)
Maicer Izturis (35) – $3MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Casey McGehee (32)
Aramis Ramirez (38)
Juan Uribe (37)

LEFT FIELD

Yoenis Cespedes (30)
Rajai Davis (35)
Alejandro De Aza (32)
David DeJesus (36) – $5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Chris Denorfia (35)
Jonny Gomes (35) – $3MM vesting/club option
Alex Gordon (32) – $12.5MM player option
Kelly Johnson (34)
Matt Joyce (31)
David Murphy (34) – $7MM club option with a $500K buyout
Gerardo Parra (29)
Steve Pearce (33)
Colby Rasmus (29)
Sean Rodriguez (31)
Skip Schumaker (36) – $2.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
Justin Upton (28)
Chris B. Young (32)
Delmon Young (30)

CENTER FIELD

Rajai Davis (35)
Dexter Fowler (30)
Austin Jackson (29)
Colby Rasmus (29)
Denard Span (32)
Drew Stubbs (31)

RIGHT FIELD

Nori Aoki (34) – $5.5MM club option with a $700K buyout
Jose Bautista (35) – $14MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Marlon Byrd (38) – $8MM vesting option
Alejandro De Aza (32)
David DeJesus (36) – $5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Chris Denorfia (35)
Jason Heyward (26)
Torii Hunter (40)
Matt Joyce (31)
David Murphy (34) – $7MM club option with a $500K buyout
Gerardo Parra (29)
Ryan Raburn (35) – $3MM club option with a $100K buyout
Colby Rasmus (29)
Alex Rios (35)
Grady Sizemore (33)
Ichiro Suzuki (42)
Justin Upton (28)
Will Venable (33)
Shane Victorino (35)
Chris B. Young (32)


 

There are obviously a plethora of options here for Beane to consider. But the point is, he should consider. The saber metrics can only take you so far. While every team has leaned on this approach, it has been more of a checks and balance mentality there.

The facts are this… the A’s will never get a new stadium as long as they don’t make a push deep in to the playoffs or win another World Series. Beane has to field a product first. And the Oakland fanbase will follow wherever he can get a stadium built here in the Bay Area. They are quite possibly the most loyal fanbase in baseball.

Who would you like to see in an A’s uniform next season? Comment below.

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