Make a couple of needed moves
In Chapman’s case, this may be the last offseason that the A’s can receive decent value for his services. While he was still a Gold Glove caliber third baseman and hit for power, he struck out 202 times and produced a 100 OPS+. However, his power bat and excellent defense still give him value that the A’s could capitalize on.
Manaea is a different case. He is a year away from free agency and the A’s would not be able to keep him in the first place. Although he may not be a staff ace, he is a top of the rotation arm and someone that contending teams would covet.
The A’s are clearly going to trade more than just those two. The entire roster is essentially on the block. However, they should look to be the most aggressive in moving Manaea and Chapman, although for completely different reasons.
The Oakland A’s are going to be trading off key pieces of the roster. Matt Chapman and Sean Manaea make the most sense as the first pieces to go.