The Oakland A’s find themselves in an enviable position as the 2021 season draws closer. They have an impressive amount of pitching depth, both in terms of veteran arms and prospects. While teams are struggling to find the arms they may need to survive the upcoming campaign, the A’s hypothetically have at least nine possibilities to take a turn in the rotation.
This bodes well for the team this season. Should the A’s find themselves hammered by injuries, they have the depth needed to withstand those losses. Oakland may not have another ace in waiting in the Triple-A ranks, but they do have plenty of solid arms.
Oakland A’s pitching depth can be strength in other areas
But this pitching depth can make a major difference in other ways as the season wears on. Teams are going to be looking for arms throughout the year, especially if injuries arise. That is where the A’s depth can truly be a strength.
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Despite all of the moves that the A’s made, there are still questions on the roster. Second base will remain a possible issue until one of the options steps forward and seizes the position, if that ends up happening. Likewise, the closer role is somewhat in question, as Trevor Rosenthal had not been dominant in years before his resurrection last year.
But prospects and pitching depth could solve those issues as well. The A’s could use one of those arms on the trade block to shore up other areas, be it second, the outfield, or the back of the bullpen. The one issue with all that depth is not having the ability to use it all at the major league level.
In theory, the A’s Triple-A arms could be a part of the future. At some point, they will be needed at the major league level, especially as the likes of Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas become increasingly expensive. But the arms that are close are starting to age out of prospect status, making this the time to consider a deal.
The Oakland A’s have enviable pitching depth. That depth could be a major boost this year, either in the rotation or on the trade block.