Oakland Athletics Roundup: Monday, November 16
When the Oakland Athletics’ front office announced that they were sticking with their current outfield, they also mentioned that they would instead be searching for a starter.
That brings into question what the A’s are thinking about their current rotation candidates. Assuming Sonny Gray is a lock for the ace spot, that leaves a plethora of candidates for the remaining spots. Will Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin be able to come back? Maybe the Athletics front office has questions about their health, or that of Jesse Hahn.
There are also several young candidates in Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and even Aaron Brooks, not to mention veterans like Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz, who will likely end up in the bullpen due to a lack of open spots in the rotation. What makes the Athletics front office think that they need more help?
For now, they aren’t sharing any further information, but it’s definitely concerning. If they truly believed that Parker and Griffin were set to return, it seems unlikely that they would spend big bucks on a pitching upgrade in free agency – especially with prospects like Sean Manaea so close to the major leagues.
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