2 Moves Athletics Should Make This Offseason

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The Oakland Athletics are a team known for not spending money on free agents.

They rarely even pay their own players big contracts.

Last season we saw them trade first baseman Matt Olson before giving him a big contract.

So it’s foolish to expect them to compete for any high-profile free agents.

However, the A’s have been competitive in the past due to smaller signings and major trades.

Here are two moves the Athletics should make this offseason.

1. Commercial hunter Sean Murphy

The best player in Oakland last season was catcher Sean Murphy.

However, the more success he has in the MLB, the less likely he is to stay in the A’s.

It would be smart for Oakland to move Murphy this offseason and fill the many holes on their roster.

The A’s thrive on acquiring young players and then turning them into key contributors.

Murphy is valuable enough to have several top prospects from any team and help speed up the A’s rebuild.

2. Create Roster Spots for Young Players

At this point in their rebuild, the Athletics need to let their young players play.

Some of the players the A’s need to develop are Ken Waldichuk, Shea Langeliers, Nick Allen and Cristian Pache.

Each of these players was highly regarded as a prospect and could be the future of the Athletics.

Oakland may need to trade players like Murphy, Cole Irvin or Ramon Laureano to free up starting spots for those players.

The A’s have always been a draft and development team and this upcoming season is development time.