With most of their pieces already in place – at least for the next year – the Oakland Athletics can mostly hang back and watch the MLB offseason unfold. But they still have important work to do.
Athletics’ GM David Forst told MLB.com’s Martin Gallegos earlier this week that the Green and Gold’s number one priority this offseason would be the all-important bullpen.
“We need to get better. We need to try and catch the Astros and get out of that one-game playoff,” Forst said. “We have a number of things to do, but addressing the bullpen is definitely at the top of the list.”
Considering the roller coaster the A’s relievers have taken the team on the past two seasons and their talent elsewhere, most fans would agree with Forst’s assessment.
Towards the end of the season, young pitchers A.J. Puk, Jesus Luzardo and JB Wendelken replaced struggling relievers Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino and brought some stability to a unit that by the end of the season had three usable arms: all-star Liam Hendriks, Yusmeiro Petit and big-money signing Joakim Soria.
But that is not the only item on the to-do-list for the A’s this offseason.