Oakland Athletics: Five Bounce-Back Pitchers to Target in Free Agency

The Oakland Athletics need serious help when it comes to the Starting Rotation. Here are Five Players who are due for a bounce-back season.
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Kenta Maeda
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No. 3 Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda has never been a dominant pitcher, but his consistency is unmatched. While he did miss all of the 2022 season after getting Tommy John surgery, he's come back into the 2023 without skipping a beat. In 18 games, his record is 4-7 with a 4.65 ERA, but that doesn't tell the full story. He doesn't walk players too often, at just 2.4 per 9 innings, and has 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. While this isn't the best, he's just a guy who comes in and eats the innings you ask him to while pitching well. In 2020, he was one of the best pitchers, finishing 2nd in Cy-Young voting behind Shane Bieber. The only problem is there could be quite a few teams, including his current team, the Twins, interested in him.