How All Of The A’s Pitchers Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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Much like the hitters, the ‘Moneyball GM’ has wheeled and dealt until he put together one of the best run prevention teams in the game baseball.
Beane looks like a thief in the night for orchestrating that deal. Craig Breslow was in that move too, and was selected off of waivers from Minny a few years prior.
Jesse Chavez has been a great fill in starter in 2014, and was simply plucked off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.
Fernando Abad is an awesome LHP out of the pen, and was picked up for a guy yet to make the majors.
Beane also forked down a 2 YR deal to Eric O’Flaherty last winter – to secure yet another Lefty for his Bullpen late this year.
So far the deal has looked good. The former Braves hurler ran out a 1.99 ERA in 295 appearances in his time with Atlanta, and is operating at the same level during his brief A’s stint thus far.
Even with Lester and Hammel leaving for next year, the team still has Samardzija, Gray, Kazmir, Chavez, Pomeranz, Griffin/Parker all on the depth chart to start in 2015.
Not only that, the Bullpen only loses Gregerson. Doolittle has been filthy as the Closer, and is signed on a team friendly deal through 2020.
When you add in fellow lefty’s Eric O’Flaherty and Abad, then you still have 3 southpaws for the 2015 Relief Core.
Cook and Otero should return as the main RHP Bullpen guys, with a possible promotion of Evan Scribner and Fernando Rodriguez, both toiling in the Minors right now, but had nice appearances in small sample sizes for the 2014 A’s
The club could also see Josh Lindblom be moved back to be a reliever as he has struggled adapting to a starting role in Sacramento, with a near 6 ERA to date.
Either all of these aforementioned players will be part of the 2015 Pitching Roster, although with Beane it is a guarantee that many more deals will be consummated before the start of next campaign too.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Jarrod Parker (11/24/84) SP: December 9, 2011: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Ryan Cook and Collin Cowgill to the Oakland Athletics for Craig Breslow, Trevor Cahill and cash.. Jarrod Parker is out for the year with Tommy John Surgery, however he holds a 25 – 16 record with a 3.73 ERA thus far.
Collin Cowgill (5/22/86) OF: December 18, 2012: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the New York Mets for Jefry Marte (minors). Collin Cowgill only had a .654 OPS in 104 AB with Oakland before his trade to the Mets.
Jefry Marte (6/21/91) 3B: Has been playing at AA Midland, and is starting to hit better.
Ryan Cook (6/30/87) P: a solid force in the A’s Bullpen the last 3 years.
A.J. Griffin (1/28/88): Griffin was drafted in the 13th Round of the 2010 Amateur Draft.
Luke Gregerson (5/14/84) RP: December 3, 2013: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Oakland Athletics for Seth Smith. The bullpen reliever is Free Agent after the 2014 season. The bullpen reliever is Free Agent after the 2014 season.
See the Hitters breakdown for the entire tree here.
Sean Doolittle (9/26/86) CL: Doolittle was drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 Amateur Entry Draft by the Athletics.
Evan Scribner (7/19/85) RP: Scribner was plucked off of waivers from the Padres at the end of the 2011 year. Under team control to the end of the 2018 season.
Jesse Chavez (8/21/83) SP: This cost the organization nothing as they claimed the Canadian off of waivers from the Blue Jays. Is under team control until the end of the 2016 season
Jon Lester (1/7/84) SP: July 31, 2014: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Jonny Gomes and cash to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes and 2015 competitive balance round B pick. Is A Free Agent at the end of the 2014 year
Jonny Gomes (11/22/80) OF/DH: Is A Free Agent at the end of the 2014 year.
Jeff Samardzija (1/23/85) SP: July 5, 2014: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for Billy McKinney (minors), Addison Russell (minors), Dan Straily and player to be named .
Jason Hammel (9/2/82) SP: Is A Free Agent after 2014.
Transaction Dates Provided by the best website in the world, http://www.baseballreference.com
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