Oakland A’s: Three takeaways from Opening Week
By David Hill
Extend Ramon Laureano – now
Ramon Laureano appeared ready to take that next step to stardom for the Oakland A’s. To this point in the 2020 season, he has not disappointed.
To this point, he has been the A’s best hitter, and it is not even close. Over the first nine games of the season, he has produced a .290/.368/.548 batting line with two homers and two doubles while driving in seven runs.
Laureano has also continued his impressive defense. Thus far, he has saved four runs in center and has notched an assist as players still have yet to learn not to run on his arm. He currently leads all AL center fielders in runs saved, range factor, and fielding percentage.
While he is not arbitration eligible for another two years, this is the time to strike. As he continues to establish himself as one of the more exciting young players in the league, his salary is only going to increase. Locking Laureano in now would not only give the A’s cost certainty going forward, but would also give the franchise a budding superstar that they can build around.
Ramon Laureano is an exciting player, a building block for the Oakland A’s. It makes sense to extend him as soon as possible.