The San Francisco Giants may have taken home the World Series title, but they weren’t the only team in the Bay Area to grab our collective attention last year. The Oakland A’s, of
Catfish Hunter Bash Brothers Moneyball regular baseball fame, had a great year and, in combination with a Texas collapse, rallied to actually win the AL West in 2012.
Let’s take a closer look at the A’s.
Major Off-Season Moves:
- Acquired John Jaso in 3 way from Seattle. Jaso is good young player and will be a sneaky great addition for the A’s
- Acquired IF Jed Lowrie from the Houston after he made a temporary home their. Lowrie made like $20/hour, so he was way too much for the Astros.
- Signed Hiroyuki Nakajima from half across the world in Japan. They hope he is better than Kaz Matsui.
I think the Jaso and Lowrie trades were great deals for the A’s but, in typical fashion, they weren’t flashy this offseason. If Brad Pitt knows anything, it’s how to acquire players below market value. Side note: we discussed one of Jaso’s most important features here when the trade was made.
Now on to who is going to take the field this year.