The AL West: An interim report on front office work

May 25, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Texas Rangers General Manager Chris Young on the field before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Texas Rangers General Manager Chris Young on the field before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oakland Athletics front office, -12.0

They’re calling it a rebuild in Oakland, and perhaps some day it will be looked upon that way. But since the end of the 2021 season, the A’s have rid themselves of Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Mark Canha, Sean Manaea, Starling Marte  and Chris Bassitt, all with no measurable return.

The Beane-Forst front office has acquired nine 2022 major leaguers via trade or purchase, not one of whom has generated a positive value. They signed or extended a dozen free agents, only one of whom (Parker Martel, +0.1) has produced positive value. The roster of the team’s most impactful moves will not inspire short-term joy in Oakland. Nonetheless, here is that list.

March 26. After granting infielder Jed Lowrie his free agency the previous November, the A’s signed him back for one more season in March. His 2022 season has involved two stints on the injured list to repair a shoulder sprain, between which he’s hit .185 with a .523 OPS and a -1.6 WAA.

Nov. 3. Starling Marte became a free agent in early November and signed with the Mets at month’s end. New York’s gain has been Oakland’s loss. Marte is batting .288 in New York with 40 RBIs and an imposing .803 OPS. That works out to a 1.5 WAA.

March 14. The trade with Atlanta that separated Matt Olson from the A’s returned three minor leaguers plus hot outfield prospect Cristian Pache. He may develop enough to fit his reputation some day, but it hasn’t happened yet. Brought north with the A’s, Pache hit .159 in 214 plate appearances, good for a -1.3 WAA and on June 30 was sent down to Las Vegas to work things out.

April 7. Pitcher Adam Oller’s introduction to major league life has been an up-and-down experience. Working around May 1, May 15 and June 30 trips to Las Vegas, Oller has made four starts, five relief appearances and is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA. That will get you -1.3 WAA.

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Sept. 22. Journeyman catcher Aramis Garcia was released by the A’s in the final days of the 2021 season. Signed in November by the Reds, he’s provided lackluster backup duty behind the plate, hitting just .221 in 45 games. That works out to a -1.0 WAA for the Reds…and as big a plus as it’s possible to find on the Oakland transaction list.