The New York Mets and the Oakland A’s will face off in 2014, and moves that the Mets made will Impact the Oakland A’s in 2014. The Mets look like they are going to be rising to contenders soon, and the A’s shouldn’t take these games lightly.
First and Foremost, the Mets made a move that is going to Impact Oakland in a huge way, even more than in just the games they play each other. The New York Mets signed Bartolo Colon and offered him the 2 years he was looking for. Whether another team would have offered him 2 years is hard to say, but the fact that the Mets offered 2 while the A’s were only offering 1 means the Mets gave Bartolo more, thus Oakland lost their best pitcher ERA wise. If no other team had offered 2 years, he might have had to settle for 1 with Oakland. Therefore the Mets didn’t just impact the A’s 2014 season in a big way, but also the offseason. It will be interesting to see Colon have to take at bats on a daily basis, and even more interesting if he pitches against the A’s.
Another move they made also involves a former A’s player. They signed Chris Young in the offseason. Here’s how this deal differs from the one with Colon. Chris Young was not going to return to Oakland in 2014 at all. The team was not interested in bringing him back at all, he didn’t fit in a role situation that he was brought in to do. In New York, Young can play every day and excel, which will be a danger to Oakland pitchers. Chris Young is a great player who needs to play every day to be his best, and if he does play everyday he will hit at least 1 long ball against the Oakland pitching staff. He is seriously a big threat in the lineup when he is at his peak, and New York is a great place for him to do that. Young will impact the A’s by being an offensive threat.
Overall the players that left Oakland and went to New York are going to be the ones that impact the games the most, and it’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. Overall I think the A’s emerge victorious between these two teams.