The Athletics have cast off players like crazy this winter and look to have something of a talent deficiency. But if you go to the movies, you know exactly how a team like the Athletics solves this problem: they dress up as a British nanny to get closer to their kids and, in the process, win back the love of their ex-wife and learn a little something about themselves.
What, you were expecting “Moneyball?” Pfft. That stuff don’t work.
Anyway, they’re also willing to consider almost anyone as long as they’re cheap and as long as they could maybe hit the ball. That describes Manny Ramirez pretty well, and A’s owner Lew Wolff wouldn’t have any problem with his team taking a chance on Manny. From Jon Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:
“I really don’t see any non-baseball reason for not having him. I wouldn’t want to not have a player because he made a mistake and paid the price for it, but that’s really up to (general manager) Billy (Beane).”
Almost zero cost and a potentially half-decent reward if Ramirez could even manage to be a shadow of his former self. It’s at least worth bringing the guy to camp, no? It’s the A’s we’re talking about here.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.