Oakland Athletics Roundup: A’s Will Not Seek Outfield Upgrade; Chicago Cubs Can Help


Oakland Athletics Roundup: Saturday, November 14

Last week, the A’s front office announced that they would not seek any upgrades in the outfield, telling MLB.com that they were counting instead on Coco Crisp to perform well.

That seems like a risky strategy, given his injury history and the lack of true depth behind him. (Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld will not make an impact in the lineup.) However, if Crisp can make it through Spring Training and begin the season healthy, it’s possible that Matt Olson is closer to the big leagues than it seems. In the meantime, the A’s will just have to settle for the same options they had this year – Mark Canha and Fuld.

For more on this, check out Samantha Riley’s analysis of the left field backup plan in our ICYMI section below.

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A’s Could Draw Interest From Chicago Cubs – Trade season has already begun. With the Athletics openly stating that they will not seek outfield help because they believe in Coco Crisp‘s resurgence, Andrew Dambrauskas examines whether they’d be willing to potentially trade an outfielder – or a pitcher – for a need like Cubs’ infielder Javier Baez.

A’s Need a Solid Backup Plan For Left Field – What will the A’s do if Crisp doesn’t manage to stay healthy? Samantha Riley explains what the A’s options are, and why those aren’t necessarily foolproof plans.

A’s Prospect Profile: Relief Pitcher R.J. Alvarez – A’s fans saw a glimpse of R.J. Alvarez in 2015, but he spent a considerable amount of time traveling between Triple-A Nashville and Oakland. What can the Athletics expect from him in 2016? Samantha Riley analyzes his season and his future.


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