MESA, Ariz. – After a disappointing last-place finish in the American League West a season ago, the Oakland Athletics are looking for a huge turnaround as they head into their first workouts on Feb. 15.
With a mix of young talent like 25-year-old Ryon Healy at third base, who had the team’s best batting average a year ago, and Coco Crisp, a 37-year-old outfielder with more playoff experience than any other player on the roster, the A’s look to climb back up to the top of the division they haven’t won since 2013.
The A’s continue to use their “money-ball” mathematics in an effort to sign the best players while spending the least amount of cash possible. Last year’s last-place A’s had the fourth smallest payroll in the entire major league last year and have made no major signings in the off season up until this point. However the owners remain optimistic about this year’s group of prospects which is said to include some added star power to the pitching rotation with A.J. Puk, a 21-year-old lefty who was a first round draft pick in 2016.