With Roxa and Schultz out the door, we have officially entered re-building mode in Oakland. It's clear I jumped the gun in trying to chase a WC, and now I need to backtrack.
You have two options on this trade block:
1) Take David Price off my hands. For the cost of Price, I will add in Joc Pederson and Phillippe Aumont, and you just throw back any lottery ticket of a prospect you can. (Have to wait until June 1 to complete the trade).
2) Take a look at who's available and do a traditional trade.
- Most Expensive:
OF Joc Pederson - an elite run producer signed to a reasonable contract that takes him through his prime
- OF Jeremy Sullivan - elite power, less plate discipline than Joc, but younger and still with five years of team control
2B/SS Andres Yanez - offensive production has been down this year, but still a very good MINF option and signed for just $1M for two more years.
- The Tweener:
- CL Phillippe Aumont - consistently one of the best RP in MLB Pro, signed for $800k through 2020 (providing he meets the vesting option next year).
- Everyone Else (Various Price Levels)
- SPs Sonny Gray and James Paxton - I signed both of these guys to extensions in the offseason. Gray has gotten better, Paxton...hasn't. I assume all terrible performances are due to playing in the awful environment in Oakland.
- SP Trevor Rosenthal - Continues to get the job done for me. 3.76 ERA. Would be a nice addition to any team looking for back-of-the-rotation help for a playoff run
- All RPs - with the exception of Manny Banuelos, my bullpen has actually been pretty good. Plenty of useful pieces to be had.
- 1B William Beckwith - starting to figure it out after a slow start, 27 years old with two more years of control
- 3B Taylor Sparks - recently demoted to AAA after a miserable start. I have no idea why this guy won't hit for me.
- DH Robinson Cano - can't play the field, but still a useful platoon bat at DH or an above average bench bat.
- C Juan Carlos Estrada - Good ratings, excellent intangibles, but like Sparks, I can't figure out why he won't hit for me. Still just 23 with four more years of team control
- C Larry Gonzalez - veteran locker room presence, easy on the payroll, hitting for me like he always does
- Literally anyone else on the 25 or 40 man roster. The only guy that I probably won't move is Jeremy Benson, and even that's not an absolute. He'd just be ridiculously expensive to pry away from me.