MESA, Ariz. – A season ago expectations were high for the Athletics, who were predicted to finish in the top tier of the American League.
This season, the oddsmakers in Reno and Las Vegas give Oakland a total number of 69 wins, ranking them the 29th best team out of the 30 Major League Baseball teams. Its easy to understand why expectations are so low as the team is coming off back-to-back last-place finishes in their divisions, and have failed to make any signature signings in the offseason.
On the other hand, the A’s have lost some key parts to their roster from the middle of last season until now including pitchers Rich Hill and Fernando Rodriguez. Outfielders, Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp and Billy Burns and third baseman Danny Valencia.
For A’s fans there is still some room to be optimistic. There is an abundance of young talent waiting to prove they belong in the major league on the A’s roster including pitchers Sean Manaea and Ryan Dull and infielders Ryon Healy and Marcus Semien, who look to lead the team past all expectations in the coming season.