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The Athletics Have A Shocking List Of Subtractions

Elvis Andrus #17 of the MLB Oakland Athletics reacts after flying out to center during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 12, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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The Oakland Athletics were in the hunt for a Wild Card spot last year, well into September.

Yes, that’s right: before getting rid of nearly all of their expensive players, they were actually very close to securing a postseason berth in 2021.

They failed to do so, and ownership ordered a fire sale that started last offseason and continues well into the 2022 campaign.

After their decision to release shortstop Elvis Andrus and outfielder Stephen Piscotty, here is a list of A’s players who were on the roster less than a year ago and are now with other organizations.

“All of these players were on the Oakland A’s less than a year ago. They’re all gone now: • Elvis Andrus • Stephen Piscotty • Matt OlsonMatt ChapmanMark CanhaJosh HarrisonJesus LuzardoStarling MarteChris BassittSean ManaeaFrankie Montas,” MLB analyst Danny Vietti tweeted.

 

The A’s Likely Won’t Be Competitive For A While

Olson, Chapman, Canha, Luzardo, Marte, Bassitt, Manaea, and Montas are all unquestioned starters on any contending team.

In fact, most of them are now part of a postseason race: all of them with the exception of Luzardo should make the playoffs with their new teams.

However, it’s sad to see an MLB franchise hitting the reset button so strongly and suddenly.

The A’s entered a deep rebuild that should make them a last-place team in the AL West for at least the next two or three years.

Who can blame fans for not wanting to go to the stadium and support an ownership that doesn’t want to put together a competitive team?

It’s definitely a sad day to be an A’s fan.

They do have some nice prospects collected over the last few months in their trades, but their contention window will likely be closed for a long while.




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