28. Oakland Athletics
Using its usual method of glue, tape, unheralded prospects and discarded veterans, the A’s are attempting to put together a baseball roster that resembles a MLB club rather than a AAA outfit. Seemingly every year, they end up outperforming expectations despite having suboptimal talent. Sean Murphy was dealt to Atlanta for prospects. Jesus Aguilar was brought over to bring some thump to the lineup. It’s not a group with a ton of star power. However, you can bet that the A’s will approach things with a workmanlike attitude. The starting pitching features some young though unproven talent. This team could be better than you’d think…or it could finish dead-last in the MLB standings. We’ll also see if Cristian Pache can do something. Remember, he was arguably the crown jewel in the Matt Olson trade.
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