Oakland A’s should give Luis Alexander Basabe a look
By David Hill
With barely two weeks until spring training begins, the Oakland A’s find themselves with numerous holes in their lineup. While the 40 man roster may be full, the team still needs outfield depth, a new middle infield, and help in the bullpen. However, the A’s are not exactly spending any money on anything.
That does not mean they are without options. One possibility is former prospect Luis Alexander Basabe, who was designated for assignment by the Giants on Thursday.
Luis Alexander Basabe fits the Oakland A’s offseason
There would be a bit of irony in the A’s acquiring Basabe. His place on the 40 man roster went to former Oakland second baseman Tommy La Stella, who the A’s were hoping to bring back.
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Although Basabe seems as though he has been around forever, he is just 24 years old. His former status as a top prospect, and had been included in the package for Chris Sale. While the Giants acquired Basabe for cash considerations, he has had a reasonably solid track record in the minors once he has gotten comfortable at the higher levels.
That track record leads to the hope that he could find success in the majors. While his .143/.333/.143 batting line in 18 plate appearances may not lead to much confidence, he did manage to draw four walks and did not necessarily look overpowered at the major league level. That performance matched his minor league track record, where he has displayed a solid eye at the plate and some pop.
There would be some risks with Basabe. He is out of options, so if he would not crack the A’s roster, he would have to be exposed to waivers once again in order to remain in the organization. However, as a possible fourth outfielder with upside at a minimal cost, his potential is well worth the risk.
The Oakland A’s need outfield depth. Luis Alexander Basabe may not develop into a star, but he has plenty of potential remaining.