Is there more to come for Oakland A’s this offseason?

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 18: General Manager David Forst and Manager Mark Kotsay #7 of the Oakland Athletics on the field before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at RingCentral Coliseum on April 18, 2022 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Orioles 5-1. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 18: General Manager David Forst and Manager Mark Kotsay #7 of the Oakland Athletics on the field before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at RingCentral Coliseum on April 18, 2022 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Orioles 5-1. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /
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In one of the biggest surprises of the offseason, the Oakland A’s have actually spent money.

Those expenditures were not large, especially compared to what the Mets have done. Jace Peterson and Aledmys Diaz are set to receive a combined $24 million. That amount is less than a third of the Mets luxury tax payout thus far.

Oakland A’s may have more deals coming

As the A’s are still firmly in the beginning stages of their rebuilding process, there were zero expectations that ownership would spend any money. If anything, the A’s were expected to either sign minor league free agents or look to hand out the sort of deal that they gave to Stephen Vogt and Jed Lowrie last year. Actually viable major leaguers were a luxury that they could not afford.

That is no longer the case. Not only have the A’s brought Peterson and Diaz on board, but they are looking to add other pieces as well. The A’s were a surprising entrant in the Jose Quintana Sweepstakes and are still looking to add a veteran starter to the rotation. Bullpen depth and the outfield are other areas that they’re looking to improve heading into next season.

While relievers are being paid more than anyone could have imagined, there are some potential bargains available. Taking a flier on someone such as Craig Kimbrel on a one year deal to prove himself could work. The same could be the case in the outfield, where the likes of Joey Gallo and Michael Conforto could be looking at a one year, make good contract as well.

Normally, that shopping list would just be wishful thinking. The idea of the A’s spending money just would not happen. However, considering that they have already done far more than they did last offseason, it is reasonable to expect that other deals could be coming in the next few days or weeks.

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The Oakland A’s are spending money and have actually been active in free agency. It would not be a surprise to see more deals get done soon.

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