With the Oakland Athletics taking the Detroit Tigers to the brink of elimination the past two season just to lose it in game five they need to do something dramatic if they are to finally get over the hump. With a solid rotation and most of the everyday starter position taken a position of weakness is at second base.
Last year they had Eric Sogart manning second base for most of the season he is not an everyday player. The A’s also have Albert Callaspo whom can play second base but he would be more valuable to the team as a platoon player.
For the budget conscious A’s to make a splash of this magnitude is not the norm, especially the rumored 10 years $300 million Robinson Cano is seeking.is something Billy Beane would never do but with several big contracts coming off the books, assuming Billy Beane does not pick up their options. Here are some contracts that can come off the books this winter
Chris Young – $11 million or $1.5 million buyout
Kurt Suzuki – $8.5 million or $650,000 buyout
Brett Anderson – $8 million or $1,5 million buyout
Grant Balfour – Free Agent, $4.5 million in 2013
Bartolo Colon – Free Agent, $3 million in 2013
By letting these players go the A’s would have $30 million available for the upcoming season. Out of the players above Balfour and Colon were the only two players that had a huge impact on the success of last year but with both players on the verge of retirement over the next few years it may be time to let them go and look toward the future.
Having a player of Cano’s skillset in his prime is something that doesn’t happen every year. Signing him would set the A’s up for success for the next 5-10 years, especially with the plethora of young controllable talent currently in place.
If the A’s are serious about trying to content every year a move of this magnitude will put them in a position to compete with the financial powerhouses year in and year out. Not only would it help us compete it will also generate some excitement from the fan base, which will generate more revenue for a team.
In reality a move like this will never happen but if Billy Beane wants to ever get over the hump he needs to convince the owner Lew Wolf to open his pocket book and sign this once in a generation talent no matter what the financial implications might be. Who knows, with a long string of division titles and a World Series title the signing of Cano could end up being profitable for both sides.