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Could The Oakland A's Be The Team to Beat in 2011?

Dallas Braden and The A’s  Thinking Big for 2011

The Rangers made the jump last year, and so far in the 2010 off-season the A’s are looking like they are planning to be next in line to leap frog the Angels in the AL West. I know theoretically the A’s finished a game ahead of the Halos last year to claim 2nd place but I’m talking about AL West supremacy in the field of perception.

Oakland is shaping up  in the least to be the Seattle Mariners of last off season. The Paper Champions. The difference from this years A’s and last year s Mariners however is that the A’s are already a good team stockpiled with a deep rotation , solid offense and good bullpen.

Here is what the A’s have done so far :

  • Acquired David DeJesus  (via trade)
  • Picked up Edwin Encarnacion (signed off waivers)
  • Won the negotiating rights to Japanese phenom pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma
  • Put in the first offer to Adrian Beltre reportedly for five-years,  and $64 million
  • Traded Rajai Davis for 2 highly regarded relievers to solve their Outfield log jam (Conor Jackson is now in the fold)
  • “Leaders” for acquiring  Hideki Matsui or Lance Berkman

These moves are all solid yet unspectacular.  The one thing it proves is  that the A’s are working to stockpile talent  and could be gearing up to be a legit favorite heading into 2011.

So what have the Angels been up to?

Not much in comparison , it’s  mostly rumors at this point.

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Tags: A's Off Season Adrian Beltre AL West Angels David DeJesus Edwin Encarnacion Hisashi Iwakuma Predictions Rajai Davis

  • http://swinginas.com Joseph Lopez

    The A’s are clearly trying to be aggressive this offseason, and with rumors swirling around that the A’s offered Beltre a 5-year deal worth about $64 million the team could make a run next year. Nothing has been done, however, to really address the lack of offense, but if the A’s land a bat or two (either through trade or via free agency), the team has a shot at contending in 2011.

  • Kalup Alexander

    Agreed Joseph.. And If the A’s can also land Beltre it will allow them to move Kouzmanoff or Encarnacion for even more help (if that’s not the plan already).

  • rick

    Well, I think Jayson Werth is another target. If he doesn’t come to Boston or Philly, he’s up for grabs in the AL West. Another pickup could be Adam Dunn, moving him to third. Nobody thought of that ‘ey?