MLB beat writers, announcers, anonymous executives, and the like all agree the A’s had one of the best offseasons of any MLB team. They made a flurry of big moves over a couple of days and some quiet ones to go along with the big ones. With all these moves I even had to write a road map for A’s fans at one point. With that being said we are officially less then a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training and the offseason, though not officially over, is coming to an end. Here is a recap of all the departures, acquisitions, and signings.
RHP Fernando Abad from the Washington Nationals for Minor League OF John Wooten.
RHP Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres for OF Seth Smith
OF Craig Gentry and RHP Josh Lindblom from the Texas Rangers for OF Michael Choice and Minor League 2B Chris Bostick
RHP Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles for 2B Jemile Weeks and Minor League C David Freitas
LHP Drew Pomeranz and RHP Chris Jensen from the Colorado Rockies for LHP Brett Anderson
OF Billy Burns from the Washington Nationals for LHP Jerry Blevins
OF Corey Brown from Washington Nationals for cash
Cash from Miami Marlins for SS Hiram Martinez
Free Agent Signings:
SS Nick Punto
LHP Scott Kazmir
LHP Eric O’Flaherty
Minor League Signings:
And there you have it. One of the busiest offseasons in A’s history has come to an end. There were the more notable transactions (Kazmir, Gentry, Johnson, Gregerson) and the more quiet transactions (Punto, Abad). Fan favorites left (Balfour, Colon, Anderson, Blevins) and future ones arrived (Burns).
Which one of these transactions will pay the biggest dividends? Will it be the biggest Free Agent signing (Kazmir) or one of the small minor league transactions (Nieve)? We can only guess at this point, but one thing is certain about 2014. This is the first season in nearly a decade where the A’s went “all in”. They are coming off back-to-back AL West titles with nearly the same team. The only difference is they improved.