Extend Ramon Laureano
The Oakland A’s may not enjoy paying high salaries to players, but they do love a bargain. They may have one with Ramon Laureano.
Laureano had a solid showing in 2021. He produced a respectable .246/.317/.443 batting line in his 378 plate appearances, hitting 14 homers and 21 doubles while stealing 12 bases. His defense was excellent as always and he continued to step up as one of the leaders of the clubhouse.
But Laureano saw his season cut short due to a PED suspension. That put his performance from last year into question, especially as it pertains to his stolen base and home run numbers. That suspension will also keep him out of the lineup for the first few weeks of the 2022 campaign as well.
This also gives the A’s a potential bargain. Laureano is a viable five tool player, someone that can make a major difference going forward. He is someone that the A’s can build around and market, be it in Oakland or Las Vegas.
Ramon Laureano is the type of player that any team would want. He is also the type of player that the Oakland A’s should look to keep and build around.