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.
- MLB execs still say the Angels will get Crawford
- Several writers over at MLBTR have the Angels landing Crawford, Beltre and Soriano!
- If like me you are fed up with Scioscia’s man love for Jeff Mathis and his “awesome defense” Matt Klaassen at BTBS ranked Mathis dead last in catcher defense. Anybody Facebook friends with Scioscia? He needs to see this.
- The OCR takes a look at some Plan B options if the Angels don’t sign Crawford. * Click with caution most of these are far fetched.
- Rob Picciolo will take over for Ron Roenicke as bench coach