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Athletics could be ready to strip down team

Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:35 pm

By Evan Brunell

Depending on what happens with the Athletics' attempted relocation to San Jose, the club could enter a rebuilding phase.

As has been reported for some time now, Oakland would strip the team and enter into a rebuilding process over the next three seasons should commissioner Bud Selig rule that the A's can move to San Jose. The issue has been on Selig's desk since March 2009 and is complicated by the Giants claiming territorial rights over San Jose. The hope is that Selig will have a ruling shortly for the A's, and it could impact the team's offseason moves.

If Selig approves the move to San Jose, any new stadium would require at least three years to be built. Oakland and GM Billy Beane would enter into a rebuilding period in the hopes of having a contender ready to go once the stadium opens. That could mean trading players such as Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Kurt Suzuki. The only person that would be unavailable in a rebuilding, Fox Sports reports, is second baseman Jemile Weeks, who debuted this season.

If there is no news, the club likely will move to younger players regardless. As opposed to last season when Beane went hard after Adrian Beltre, Lance Berkman and Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma, and losing out on each, poor revenues could force the A's into yet another rebuilding process. Things could change, though, if Selig rules against San Jose. Faced with a long-term arrangement in Oakland, Beane could be aggressive just like last season to build a contender with the core already in place.

Should the A's rebuild, there will be no shortage of suitors, especially with a poor free agent class. Gonzalez (pictured), in particular, has been linked to the Yankees before and could be dealt to New York for top prospect Jesus Montero, which would give the A's a long-coveted elite bat they can control for some time.

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Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:34 am

Athletics could be ready to strip down team

This just in: Andrew Bailey has other teams interested. Shocker. How does Billy Beane define young, talented, affordable and locked up? Can you say AA?

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:52 am

Athletics could be ready to strip down team

"Enter" a rebuilding mode?! How is what they've been doing for five years anything other than a constant rebuild?

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:55 pm

Athletics could be ready to strip down team

So the A's can be like they were in Kansas City...a farm club for the Yankees.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:13 pm

Athletics could be ready to strip down team

Someone must've finally said, enough is enough

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:29 pm

Athletics could be ready to strip down team

Yanks should not go after Cahill. The only things Yankee fans know about him are his catstrophic outings against the Yanks. Granted, he obviously would not face the Yankees in this scenario, he does not fare well against good offenses. And against the AL east, he would not survive. Gonzalez is a different story. He had a very good season last year and he is young and on the rise. Montero and Hughes for Gonzalez, and you solidify that no. 2 or no. 3 spot in the rotation. Personally, putting him at the no. 3 slot would take some of the pressure off, which is my biggest concern for any player going from Oakland to New York. Oh, and you get rid of Hughes (who I think needs a change in scenery, similar to Ian Kennedy). Yanks definitely like the fact he's a lefty, as they had almost no lefty starts this season. Besides, we all know Montero does not really have a place in New York. 

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:32 pm

Athletics could be ready to strip down team

While the Yankees need pitching, it is tough to envision them giving up Montero for anything other than a number 1 or 2 starter. Cahill is not a 1, nor is he a 2. He'd probably slot in as a 3 with the Yankees. Behind CC and Nova. Godzilla is a free agent right now, so the A's can't trade him, And it seems that a DH is the last thing the Yankees need. They have more than enough offense to fill the DH position; A Rod, Jeter, Tex, Swisher and Montero should all get plenty of at bats as a DH this year. Girardi likes to use that position to rest the aging players...Well, techinacally I guess every player is an aging player, but I think you know what i mean.

Additionally, there are better pitchers than Cahill out there. Buehrle (pretty sure i mangled that spelling), CJ Wilson and perhaps even Jair Jurrens.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:46 pm

Athletics could be ready to strip down team

Give the Yanks Cahill and "Godzilla" back for Montero, no need to part with Gonzalez. If anybody can make the trade happen it's Beane.

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