The Oakland Athletics followed up their surprise 2018 season with second consecutive dominant year in 2019, finishing the season with a 97-65 record. Ultimately, Oakland's World Series aspirations would come crashing down during the AL Wild Card game, falling to the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-1, despite their home-field advantage.
Oakland's loss to the Rays marks the fifth straight one-and-done postseason appearance that the franchise has suffered since the turn of the decade and if they want to get over the hump, they'll need to add a few key pieces in free agency.
With that in mind, here are three free-agents that the Oakland Athletics should sign this offseason.
1. Daniel Hudson, Relief Pitcher
The Athletics had one of the most overpowering bullpens in the league last year (3.89 ERA, No. 7 in MLB), but adding to a position of strength is never a bad thing. Daniel Hudson had an excellent year in late relief in 2019, going 9-3 with a 2.47 ERA with eight saves and 11 holds in 69 appearances (73 innings) split between the Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals. Bringing in the 33-year-old righty to a bullpen that already features Liam Hendriks (1.80 ERA, 25 saves), Yusemiro Petit (2.71 ERA, 0.81 WHIP) and Jesus Luzardo (1.50 ERA) would create a formidable four-head monster that Oakland can confidently and consistently rely on late in games.
2. Brett Anderson, Starting Pitcher
Starting pitchers Brett Anderson, Tanner Roark and Homer Bailey are slated for free agency, but Anderson is the only one of the previously-mentioned trio that the club should seriously consider re-signing. The 31-year-old southpaw was a respectable mid-rotation starter for the A's, going 13-9 with a 3.89 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 2019 (176 innings). His strikeout numbers (90) won't impress anyone any time soon, but Anderson's 54.5 percent ground-ball rate makes him a good fit in Oakland with stellar defenders like Matt Chapman, Matt Olson and Marcus Siemien backing him up every time he takes the mound.
3. Gio Gonzalez, Starting Pitcher
The A's have rarely broken the bank for big-time free agents and even with game-changing starters like Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole available, they're unlikely to make serious play at either to round out their rotation. That being said, a reunion with Gio Gonzalez could be a steal if Oakland decides to go in that direction. The 34-year-old lefty has been one of the most underrated pitchers in the bigs over the past year-and-a-half, going 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 24 games (22 starts) for the Milwaukee Brewers (112 2/3 innings). A solid ground-ball pitcher (47.1 career percent) with respectable strikeout stuff (8.6 strikeouts per nine innings for career), Gonzalez would give the A's a solid all-around pitcher with ace-caliber stuff to round out their rotation for 2020.
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