Oakland A’s: Three bounceback starters to consider
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s have at least one opening in their starting rotation. Let’s take a look at three potential bargains they could pursue.
The Oakland A’s find themselves in a bit of a Catch-22 when it comes to the starting rotation. Although they will have an opening, they do not necessarily need to add another starter given their minor league options. However, if the A’s want to take that next step from contender to a viable World Series caliber team, they need to land a top of the rotation arm.
Of course, the latter is easier said than done, especially in the current economic landscape. Virtually every team, including the A’s, will be faced with trying to fill out the holes on their roster without a lot of money to spend. Finding bargains in free agency will be key for every team.
This means that the Oakland A’s will have plenty of competition as they look to find that needed piece. Let’s take a look at some potential bargains that they could consider.
Chris Archer was expected to be the piece that would make the Pittsburgh Pirates contenders once again. Instead, he flamed out spectacularly during his time in Pittsburgh.
After being a borderline top of the rotation arm during his time in Tampa Bay, Archer was a disaster with the Pirates. In his 172 innings, he posted a 6-12 record with a 4.92 ERA and a 1.395 WHiP, striking out 203 batters with 73 walks. To make matters worse, the players sent to the Rays were key parts of their World Series run this year, while Archer underwent thoracic outlet surgery and missed all of 2020.
Understanding that his value is practically zero at this juncture, Archer is looking for a one year, make good contract. Presumably, he would be looking for a contending team, as well as one that has had a record of being able to get the most out of their pitchers. The A’s would certainly fit that bill.
If the price is right, Chris Archer could be a solid fit for the Oakland A’s. He may not be a top of the rotation arm, but he would provide another quality starter that the A’s need.