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Oakland A’s Player Roster in 2013: State Of The Union Part 2: The Pitchers

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Sunday, Mar.24/2013

A.J Griffin was 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 15 Games Started for the A's in his 2012 Rookie Season.  The A's will look for the 24 Year old for some Quality Starts in 2013

A.J Griffin was 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 15 Games Started for the A’s in his 2012 Rookie Season. The A’s will look for the 24 Year old for some Quality Starts in 2013.  The  former University of San Diego Pitcher yielded a 1.13 WHIP during his time last year.  As the teams #4 Starting Pitcher on the depth chart, Griffin should be able to see some favorable matchups in 2013.  If he throws like 2012 again in 2013, he might very pole vault to being the ace of the rotation.  We may have another 3 – 4 staff that contend for the AL Cy Young like the days of Hudson, Mulder and Zito.

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

Billy Beane has always recycled his great starting pitchers once they hit the experience level that he could not pay them for.  His new crop of pitchers include Jarrod Parker, Brett Anderson, Tommy Milone and new Starter A.J. Griffin

They also are bringing back Bartolo Colon for the 2013 season, despite taking a 50 game suspension for PED use last year. Billy Beane is a master tactician on assessing  a players worth and especially pitchers.  Just like the hitters, the pitchers are all mostly in the 25-30 Age bracket.  He has a quality set of controllable relief pitchers in the barn to close out games too.

A.J. Griffin at University of San Diego:

Billy Beane's great 2012 year ended with him winning the Sporting News "Executive of the Year" in The MLB.  He would really love a Playoff Series Win in 2013

Billy Beane’s great 2012 year ended with him winning the Sporting News “Executive of the Year” in The MLB. He would really love a Playoff Series Win in 2013 for his young club.

Beane has gambled so many times with trading Starting Pitching Veterans for 2-3 more pitchers – in hopes of 1 or 2 replacing the outgoing guy.  After you see this Pitcher Roster Tree, you will be able to see how he has done.  Beane has tailored his roster to playing in the confines of o.co Coliseum. 

His brilliant maneuvering has given him a 2nd Sporting News ‘Executive of the Year’ Award for the 2012 year. He has signed some great prospects as Free Agents out of other organizations for little or no compensation given up.  If the Athletics can duplicate the same kind of winning stretch as the early 2000’s A’s, there may even be another movie to the new “MoneyBall Philosophy.”

Roster Tree:

Pitcher:  Relief or Starter, Age, 2012 Year with W-L ERA and any significant stat/Transactions in reverse from trades, all players in the tree will be separated by semicolons: These players are currently on the  A’s Depth Chart!

Starters:

#1 Starter – Brett Anderson 1. Traded with Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham and Greg Smith By Arizona for Dan Haren, Connor Robertson: 2. Mark Mulder drafted by the Oakland A’s in 1998.    Mulder went 22-18 with a 5.04 ERA for the Cardinals, while Anderson is already 25-25 with a 3.57 ERA. 

In this whole train of transactions, the A’s end up with Brett Anderson, Daric BartonEric Sogard, Chris Carter, Michael Taylor  and (Shane Peterson with AAA Sacramento), plus only lost Huston Street and Mark Mulder for it (and Connor Robertson-Minors), as pieces of the initial Mulder deal, (Dan Haren) were used to acquire Carlos Gonzalez.  Gonzalez was used to acquire Holliday as the main piece.   Brett Wallace was the main part coming back from Holliday in the St. Louis trade, and he was later flipped for Michael Taylor from the Blue Jays.

The A’s have 5 players on the current 40 Man roster to claim for this cycle of events and Shane Peterson in the Minors (Part of the Cards trade to acquire Holliday.  Holliday was never going to sign long-term with the A’s.  This chain of trades is wickedly awesome! Greg Smith is playing AAA with the LAA. 

Wallace was traded for Anthony Gose for the Blue Jays. Dana Eveland is a Free Agent in 2013 after throwing 32 IP for the Orioles in 2012.  Huston Street was traded by the Rockies to the Padres for cash, and is a decent closer in the NL (2012 year 2-1, 23 Saves and a 1.85 ERA in 39 IP.)  I take the 6 for 3 deal any day of the week. 

Mulder hasn’t played since 2008.  Taylor still has time to mash the ball.  Street was taken in the 2004 Draft as a Sandwich Round pick for losing Miguel Tejada to the Baltimore Orioles in FA.

#2 Starter- Jarrod Parker  (24)  13-8  3.47 ERA: 1. Cowgill was traded with Ryan Cook and Jarrod Parker for Trevor Cahill, Craig Breslow and cash.  2.  Breslow was picked off of waives by the A’s from the Minnesota Twins for no compensation.  3.  Cahill was drafted by the A’s in the 2nd round of the 2006 Amateur Draft.  So right now it is still a trade to be analyzed.

#3 Starter – Tommy Milone (25 ) 13-10  3.73 ERA:  1.  Gio Gonzalez was traded with Robert Gilliam to Arizona for P Tommy Milone, C Derek Norris and Brad Peacock.  So essentially you have Reddick, Kottaras, Norris, Milone and A.J. Cole (Minors A+) all traded for Andrew Bailey, Nick Swisher and Robert Gilliam (8th round Draft of Oakland A’s 2009 year). 

This is one is a pretty fair deal if you ask me.  Please see this trade reactor on the hitter’s side under Josh Reddick  here.  Kottaras was recently plucked off of waivers by the Kansas City Royals.   

Peacock was used with Chris Carter, plus Max Strassi (4th RD draft Pick in 2009 Draft)  – in order to acquire Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez. 

A.J. Cole was used with Ian Krol (7th Rd Draft Pick in 2009 by A’s) and Pitcher Blake Treinen (7th Rd Draft Pick in 2011 Draft) in a 3 way deal to acquire new A’s Catcher John Jaso.

#4 Starter – A.J. Griffin  (24)  7-1   3.06 ERA:  Griffin was drafted in the 13th Round of the 2010 Amateur Draft.

Bartolo Colon was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA for the year before being suspended for PED use. Beane has risked 3 Million Dollars on a 1 YR Deal for the 38 year old. How much will he give the A's in 2013? Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com

Bartolo Colon was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA for the year in 2012 before being suspended for PED use. Beane has risked 3 Million Dollars on a 1 YR Deal for the 38 year old. How much will he give the A’s in 2013? Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com.

#5 Starter – Bartolo Colon (39)  10-9  3.43 ERA:  Signed as a Free Agent before the 2012 year  ( 1 YR/2 Million) – and now the 2013 year (1 YR/3 Million.) No compensation needed.  Colon will be re-eligible to join the A’s on April 6th (finishing out his suspension from last year).

#6 Starter – Dan Straily  (24)  2-1  3.89 ERA in 7 Starts :  Straily was drafted in the 24th Round of the 2009 Amateur Draft by the Athletics.  He made his debut in August of 2012 and may see some action as a starter or reliever in 2013.

#7 Starter – Travis Blackley  (30)  6-4  3.86 ERA:  Blackley was selected off of Waivers by the Athletics from the San Francisco Giants in May of 2012. Nice little move for Beane for a #5 starter or extra relief guy.  The man from Australia will probably see most of his time in the Bullpen, but is a good swing guy.

Relievers:

the 35 year old native of South Wales just made his Spring Training Debut on Mar.21st.  Last year Balfour was 5th in the AL in Appearances and notched 24 Saves to take over the role as the Closer.

the 35 year old native of South Wales just made his Spring Training Debut on Mar.21st. Last year Balfour was 5th in the AL in Appearances and notched 24 Saves to take over the role as the Closer..

Grant Balfour  (34)  3-2   2.53 ERA  24 Saves,  75 Games,  74.2 IP and 75 SO:  Absolutely great 3 year/11.75 Million Dollar signing in the 2011 by Beane.  Cost him nothing as a Free Agent.

Ryan Cook  (25) 6-2   2.09 ERA  14 Saves, 71 Games, 73.1 IP and 80 SO:  Again look to the Jarrod Parker listing here.  This trade is yet to be analyzed to the fullest extent, however when you add Cook with Parker, it is looking favorably for Oakland so far.  Cahill went 13-12 with a 3.78 ERA in his 1st year with the D’Backs. 

Sort of similar to Parker.  Breslow was a waiver wire pick up for Beane off of Minnesota.  He was traded by Arizona to Boston for Matt Albers.  Cook is one of the better late inning relievers in all of Baseball.  Bravo Mr. Beane.

Jerry Blevins  (29)  5-1  2.48 ERA in 63 Games and 65.1 IP:  1.  Blevins was acquired in a trade with the Cubs along with Rob Bowen (Released by the A’s and never signed by anyone else) for Jason Kendall.  2.  Kendall was acquired from the Pirates and cash for Mark Redman and Arthur Rhodes

Redman and Rhodes had signed as Free Agents with the As in the 2003 winter.  So Beane pulled out Blevins for no roster players from the organization.  Kendall hit .271 with the club over his 373 game tenure.    It cost the A’s 15 Million over the 3 years for Kendall, (Not that bad for a veteran Catcher.)

Jordan Norberto  (25)  4-1   2.77 ERA, 39 Games,  52.0 IP and 46  SO:  1.  Traded by the Arizona DiamondBacks with Brandon Allen (Picked off waivers by the Rays from the A’s) for Brad Ziegler.  2.  Ziegler was Purchased by the Oakland A’s from a Northern League team (Great scouting A’s) as a Free Agent.  So this is Norberto for Ziegler, but Ziegler was not drafted by the A’s, but lets still compare the two.  Ziegler was 6-1  with a 2.49 ERA in 77 Games, and 68.2 IP with Arizona in 2012.  So far, this looks pretty even and Ziegler is 8 years older at 33.

Sean Doolittle  (26)  2-1   3.44 ERA, 44 Games, 47.1 IP and a whopping 60 SO!:  Doolittle was drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 Amateur Entry Draft.

Pat Neshek  (32)  2-1  1.37 ERA  24 Games, 19.2 IP and 16 SO:  Beane purchased this reliever from the Orioles and the guy was virtually lights out with Oakland the rest of the way, with a WHIP of 0.81.

Evan Scribner  (27)  2-0  2.55 ERA, 30 Games, 35.1 IP, 13 GF and 30 SO:  Scribner was plucked off of Waivers from the Padres at the end of the 2011 year.  He did not allow a baserunner in the 2.0 IP – of Game #5 during the ALDS versus the Tigers.

Pedro Figueroa  (27)  0-0  3.32 ERA,  6 GF, 19 Games, 21.2 IP and 16 SO:  Figueroa was signed as an Amateur Free Agent in 2003 by the franchise.

The Athletics will need to have carry years out of their bullpen horses again.  Grant Balfour is on the last year of his deal and will look to have a strong campaign. Facing the Angels and the Rangers a lot, the Athletics will need to keep working over game plans with their young pitchers.  They are a good home club. 

In 2012, they won with a bunch of walk-off hits.  In order to do that, it meant the pitchers were doing their portion in those tops of the Innings.  Besides excellent drafting, a lot of the great valued trades and transactions have been pulled from Free Agency and Waiver Wire Deals from Beane, where no compensation has gone the other way.

The Future of the Oakland A’s:  The Mustache Gang Meets the Bash Brothers:  Revealing Billy Beane’s Master Plan click here.

For The Oakland A’s 2013 Roster Tree Part 1:  The Hitters  Click Here

Hollywood should truly consider making a sequel to the Moneyball movie with last years version of the club.  The team erased a 13 and a half deficit to the Texas Rangers and were the best team in the MLB for the last half of the year.  The pitching was a colossal factor

Hollywood should truly consider making a sequel to the Moneyball movie with last years version of the club. The team erased a 13 and a half game deficit to the Texas Rangers – and were the best team in the MLB for the last half of the year. The pitching was a colossal factor.  The Staff only stands to make around $20 Million Dollars in 2013, while Bartolo Colon (SP)  – $3 MIL , Brett Anderson  (SP) $5.75 MIL and Grant Balfour (CL) $4.5 MIL will earn $13.25 MIL between them.  That leaves about 8 other chuckers making roughly a $1 MIL  each.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Writer/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here . You can also follow my Guinness Book of World Record Successful Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 23 Days – click here.  I am happy to be part of such an awesome Magazine-Style Baseball Website and am looking forward to talking to all of the fans of the MLB.  You can reach me on Twitter here

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right)  at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right) at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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