OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 3: Managing Partner John Fisher, President David Kaval, Assistant General Manager, Pro Scouting & Player Staff Dan Feinstein, General Manager David Forst and Special Assistant to General Manager Chris Pittaro from Oakland Athletics talk in the Athletics Design Room on the opening day of the 2019 MLB Draft at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on June 3, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris / Oakland Athletics / Getty Images)
Tommy La Stella signs a three-year contract with the San Francisco Giants
Everyone knew the Oakland A’s would scrape the bottom of the barrel when it came to free hand. Even at the best of times, they don’t usually spend in the market, preferring to take advantage of their prospects or bet on less expensive players. This is how the A’s work.
This is not the best time. The A’s bottom-of-the-barrel approach would take to new levels this off-season due to the financial crisis. As it turned out, no one knew how far the A’s had to go as they reportedly had no money to spend.
I know that I’m out of step now. The A’s do not make a one-year contract for seminars as part of the QO. This is not a good sign of the direction the franchise is headed. You told agents they didn’t have any money. I think they really don’t, considering how important Semien is to the team / community.
– Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 26, 2021
It only got worse for the Oakland A’s
This lack of funding explains the A’s behavior during this off-season. Her greatest moves were trading for Nik turkey and to be active in draft rule V. While Oakland was linked to a few players, nothing more happened.
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This also explains their strange behavior when it comes to their own free agents. Liam Hendriks hardly heard from the A’s, received messages of congratulations on his awards, but nothing related to a contract offer. The A’s also stated what they wanted Tommy La Stella and Marcus Seeds back, but there were never any rumors of contract offers.
A’s lack of financial resources is not a good sign for the coming season. In theory, this should be when the team revolves around its young core and does everything it can to win a championship for as long as it can. Instead, their inability to spend at all could result in a wasted year on the organization.
At some point the A’s have to bring in someone. With ten free agents in this off-season, they cannot fill up the roster exclusively from their farm system. Even if the A sign multiple players on smaller league contracts, they need to build their depth.
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The problem is whether or not they can even afford it. The Oakland A’s are reportedly strapped for cash in the worst possible way.