A’s revamp bullpen, still have work to do
The Oakland Athletics had a miserable 2015 season, finishing at 68-94. The cause of most of those losses has to be credited to the A’s bullpen, which completely fell apart. Changes needed to be made, and what better time to do so than the annual MLB Winter Meetings?
In 2015, All-Star set-up man Ryan Cook ended up in being sent to Triple-A, traded, released, picked up by the Chicago Cubs and non-tendered. Seventh-inning pitcher Dan Otero took a similar dive after two great seasons in Oakland, landing in Triple-A for most of the season and eventually being picked up off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies at the end of the season.
All-Star closer Sean Doolittle was out to start the season with a small tear in his rotator cuff. He made one appearance for the team in May and a completely unrelated shoulder injury kept him out for most of the rest of the season.
The A’s bullpen was a rotating carousel of different guys coming and going between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville. It was almost impossible to keep track day to day as to who was actually in the bullpen.
But the A’s seem to have taken care of their bullpen issues –actually even moreso signing John Axford who most recently played for the Colorado Rockies and is famous for his Oscar winners picks (yes, I know it doesn’t mean anything but really he is!) this morning, and trading away Evan Scribner to the Mariners late last night.
But the A’s are not done yet. They have needs in their starting rotation alongside some potential help in left field with Coco Crisp’s health in jeopardy – for more on how the A’s have improved and what they still need to do within the next day (or after) at the Winter Meetings – check out the rest of my column on Today’s Knuckleball via the link below: