Matt Olson is going to be one of the more coveted players in baseball when the MLB lockout ends. The Oakland A’s first baseman is expected to be on the trade block, especially after reports that the team was looking to cut payroll down to the $40 to $50 million range. Anyone that is making more than a pittance is expected to be sent elsewhere.
With that being the case, plenty of teams are interested in Olson’s services. In fact, it can be difficult to keep track of the more ardent pursuers for his services. Let’s take a look at the more realistic options.
The teams in the Matt Olson Sweepstakes
The Yankees and Padres both have options at first, but they are not exactly sold on those players. Both teams have actively been shopping their current options while they look for upgrades. If Olson does head to either of those teams, it is entirely probable that the incumbent would head back to Oakland as part of the deal. However, in the Padres case, they would need to send a large amount of money for the A’s to take on Eric Hosmer’s contract.
The Braves have also been noted as having an interest in Olson. One would assume that their top priority would be to bring Freddie Freeman back, but that is not a given as he has become increasingly frustrated with negotiations before the lockout. Olson would be less expensive and may even be an upgrade considering that he is five years younger and in the midst of his prime.
A pair of division rivals are also interested in Olson. Both the Mariners and Rangers have been listed as possible suitors, although the Mariners may be more interested in adding one of the A’s pitchers. However, it is known that both teams have been in contact with the A’s about various players, with the Rangers known to have asked about Olson specifically.
Then there are the potential longshots. The Brewers, Dodgers, and Guardians would fall into that category. While Olson would be a perfect fit for the Brewers lineup, there are questions as to whether or not they are looking to make that type of splash. The Dodgers could target Olson while moving Max Muncy to the DH spot. The Guardians desperately need another competent bat in the lineup, but they are almost as allergic to spending money as the A’s.
There are plenty of teams interested in Matt Olson. It can be difficult to keep track of them all.