3 moves for the Oakland A’s this offseason
By David Hill
The Oakland A’s are in a transitionary period. Long time manager Bob Melvin has departed, being allowed to head to the Padres. The team is looking to slash payroll down to a reported $50 million mark which is going to lead to a lot of trades and free agent departures.
There are potential complications. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire and there are questions as to the financial aspects of the new deal. Major League Baseball has proposed a salary floor which could complicate the A’s plans, although the Player’s Union is steadfastly opposed to the idea.
Three moves for the Oakland A’s this offseason
For now, the assumption is that there will not be a salary floor and the teardown will happen as expected. It is part of the cycle for the A’s – they compete, do not supplement their core for financial reasons, then rip it all apart because they cannot afford their salaries in arbitration. Another downturn is coming.
The Oakland A’s have a busy offseason ahead of them. Let’s take a look at three moves they should make as they look towards the future.
Hire Ron Washington
The most surprising addition to the Oakland A’s offseason shopping list is their need for a new manager.
Even though they were entering a rebuild, no one expected that Melvin would be leaving. He was expected to be a part of the organization until he retired. But this was one rebuild too much as he indicated that he wanted to be part of a franchise that had a chance to win and ownership that was willing to provide the financial support needed.
This leaves the A’s in need of someone who is capable of working with younger players, knows how to develop prospects, and understands the organizational philosophy. Former Rangers manager Ron Washington, who had been a coach for the A’s previously, fits that description perfectly.
Washington wants another chance to manage, and the A’s may be his best chance this offseason. He is still beloved by the organization, for his ability to teach the game and his upbeat personality. He made a tremendous difference in Atlanta, and could do the same if given the chance in Oakland.
The Oakland A’s need a new manager. It is time to bring Ron Washington back into the fold.