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Oakland Athletics: How They Were Built

2015 Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics are off to a 5-6 start so far this season.  Here is a closer look at how the roster was constructed.  You will be surprised to see that very few were actually drafted by the team.  Most of the players found their way to Oakland thanks to trades and minor free agent deals.

Starting Pitchers

Sonny Gray – Drafted in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft by the A’s.  Career record of 20-13 with an ERA of 2.87.  One-year $513K

Jesse Hahn – Acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres in December 2014.  Career record of 7-5 with an ERA of 3.07.  One-year $508K

Scott Kazmir – Signed as a free agent in December of 2013.  Career record of 93-79 with an ERA of 4.04.  In the final year of the two-year $22 million deal.

Kendall Graveman – Acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in November of 2014.  Career record of 1-1 with an ERA of 6.08.  One-year $508K

Drew Pomeranz – Acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rockies in December of 2013.  Career record 10-19 with an ERA of 4.18.  One-year $518K

Bullpen

Tyler Clippard (CL) – Acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals in January of 2015.  Career record of 37-26 with an ERA of 2.87 and 34 saves.  One-year $8.3 million.

Fernando Abad – Acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals in 2013.  Career record of 3-19 with an ERA of 3.57.

Dan Otero – Selected off waiver from the New York Yankees in 2013.  Career record 10-2 with an ERA of 2.36.

Eric O’Flaherty – Signed as a free agent in January of 2014.  Career record of 21-9 with an ERA of 2.85.  Final year of the two-year $7 million contract.

Jesse Chavez – Purchased from the Toronto Blue Jays in August of 2012.  Career record of 17-23 with an ERA of 4.67.

Starting Lineup

Stephen Vogt (C) – Sent to Oakland as a part of a conditional deal in April of 2013.  Career batting average of .257 with 14 home runs and 57 RBI.

Ike Davis (1B) – Signed a one-year free agent contract for the 2015 season.  Career average .242 with 78 home runs and 275 RBI.

Ben Zobrist (2B) – Acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Career average .264 with 115 home runs and 517 RBI.

Brett Lawrie (3B) – Acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Career average .264 with 44 home runs and 159 RBI.

Marcus Semien (SS) – Acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.  Career average .246 with nine home runs and 43 RBI.

Mark Canha (LF) – Acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rockies.  Career average .324 with one home run and seven RBI.

Sam Fuld (CF) – Acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Twins.  Career average .240 with 10 home runs and 93 RBI.

Josh Reddick (RF) – Acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.  Career average .244 with 66 home runs and 234 RBI.

Billy Butler (DH) – Signed as a free agent for the 2015 season.  Career average .295 with 128 home runs and 634 RBI.

Coco Crisp (DL) – Signed as a free agent in 2012 after signing originally in 2009.  Career average .270 with 117 home runs and 578 RBI.

Projected Bench

Josh Phegley (C) – Acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.  Career average .216 with seven home runs and 30 RBI.

Cody Ross (OF) – Signed as a free agent in 2015 after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Career average .263 with 132 home runs and 507 RBI.

Eric Sogard (IF) – Acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres.  Career average .235 with seven home runs and 70 RBI.

Craig Gentry (OF) – Acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers.  Career average .269 with four home runs and 77 RBI.

 

John Ginder

Site Co-Founder/Senior Editor and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.

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