It was no secret that Mark Canha was a key part of the Oakland A’s success. His solid all around game and defensive versatility made him an important part of their lineup, as his ability to get on base led to his frequenting the leadoff spot.
But as important as Canha was to the A’s, it was no secret that they would not bring him back. For that matter, it is not as though the A’s really do much of anything in free agency, aside from look for bargains late. It was something that Canha alluded to as he referenced the A’s general refusal to spend any money whatsoever.
Mark Canha takes parting shot at Oakland A’s ownership
Canha has a point. Aside from the A’s willingness to spend in international free agency, they do not do much of anything that involves increasing their payroll. Their biggest move last offseason, trading Khris Davis for Elvis Andrus, was geared to clear up payroll so that they could sign some middle relievers.
Meanwhile, Canha has gone to an organization that is determined to win a championship. Mets owner Steve Cohen has said that he will spend whatever is needed in order to bring a title to the organization and has backed that up this offseason. While it remains to be seen if those moves will result in a championship, it shows a willingness to improve and contend.
The same cannot be said for A’s ownership. While the organization has been competitive more often than not, it is a testament to the front office and former manager Bob Melvin. Even then, those A’s teams have been flawed, with John Fisher refusing to spend the added money needed to bring in the missing pieces. Canha is getting to play for an owner who will stop at nothing to make his championship aspirations a reality.
Mark Canha may be a part of the New York Mets, but his time with the Oakland A’s resonates. He took a parting shot at ownership on his way out.