Oakland Athletics: Will the A’s Contend or Rebuild in 2016?

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Will the A’s Contend or Rebuild in 2016?

The Oakland Athletics have a lot of areas in which they need to improve. They also have a lot of very good players, like Sonny Gray and Sean Doolittle, who would easily belong on a playoff team.

In 2014, the A’s got wiped out in the Wild Card game, and last season, they only won 68 games all year. It’s shocking to go from being a playoff team to being the worst club in the American League, but what’s even harder is to get back to the postseason after such a rough season.

Many of the Athletics’ top prospects – Sean Manaea, Matt Olson, Chad Pinder – were at Double-A Midland last season. Others, most notably Joey Wendle, spent the year at Triple-A Nashville. Will they be ready in time to join the A’s in 2016?

With those thoughts in mind, the Swingin’ A’s staff tried to answer this week’s featured question:

Will the A’s be contenders in 2016, or will this be a rebuilding year?

Here’s what the staff had to say:

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