Massive Blockbusters: Could Oakland Join This Trend?
Despite the fact that Billy Beane has emphatically said he would not trade from his young starting pitching – after all that is what he did last year to acquire so much of this young starting pitching – Jason Churchill of ESPN didn’t stop that from him suggesting that these new blockbuster deals we’ve seen (think the Dodgers-Red Sox deal last summer and last week’s Blue Jays-Marlins deal) could be in Oakland’s future. Specifically talking about the Colorado Rockies packaging a Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki he mentions our A’s saying,
“In the way the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins worked together this month, perhaps there is a fit for Tulowitzki or Gonzalez. The Rockies need young starting pitching and could use a first baseman, third baseman and catcher, too.
Perhaps a club laced with young arms, such as Seattle, Oakland or Texas, could put together such an elite package. For The Mariners that might have to include two of their three top pitching prospects and perhaps one of their shortstop prospects to go with a major-league player or two. Same goes for Oakland with the young pitching, but the complementary pieces would be different.”
There is of course a big difference between Los Angeles, Toronto or even the supposed Seattle and Texas as the “acquiring” teams here. They all have abundant amounts of money to spend whereas Oakland does not. So if we are talking on paper, all things being equal baseball sure there’d be little harm or risk to Oakland exploring such a move. Tulowitzki, who would clearly fit into Oakland’s vacancy at short is owed $144M. That is not going to float in Oakland. From 2015-2019 he would be earning $20M a season, Oakland isn’t the market that’ll have a player like that. So while on paper these sorts of deals would work, reality is a bitter pill.