The A are never too shy to cry poorly. This year is no exception as all Major League Baseball teams are making significant financial gains due to the pandemic
But Oakland’s inability to sign Marcus Semien on a one-year contract is an alarming sign that the A’s are really in dire financial straits.
The A’s could have expanded qualifying offers worth $ 18.9 million to get closer to Liam Hendriks and Semien.
While Hendriks was likely a ban to leave – he would eventually land a $ 54 million three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox – it seemed entirely possible that the A’s Semien could get into one under the qualifying offer could bring back short term contract. Semien could bounce back after a rough, short 2020 season and position itself for a more lucrative deal in the next off-season, and the A could keep their leader for a reasonable price. Instead, Semien fled to Toronto on Tuesday with a $ 18 million one-year contract to play the second base for a young, talented Blue Jays team that is spending on parts to bolster a budding competitor. It’s safe to say that the move will be a culture shock for Semien.
It’s a lot of money to be a midfielder for sure, but it’s not a good sign that the A’s failed to keep this deal to get their clubhouse leader, 2019 MVP finalist, who is shortstop for another season and fan favorite in his hometown starts to keep. at least.
With regard to baseball, there are corrections for the loss. Nick Allen could be a defensive star alongside Matt Chapman in the near future – maybe not in 2021, but soon.
Andrelton Simmons didn’t sign with the Minnesota Twins soon after Semien’s signature, but the A’s may find a player through deal or agency if they don’t put Chad Pinder in a regular shortstop role.
Morally speaking, this is another achievement for a franchise company that is already numb from the pain of playing or working for an organization in need of money.
Last spring, Chapman indirectly expressed his frustrations and displeasure over his revised contract for the 2020 shortened season, which for the two-time Platinum Glove winner was $ 230,926. He retweeted a tweet that said, « So I just found out I’m doing more this year than @ mattchap6. Guess my dinner for another year, buddy !!! »
Then he liked a series of tweets from A-fans calling for possession not to be spent on players, especially stars like Chapman.
We also know that the A’s only have the green light for players when they have shovels in the ground on the new stadium area. Billy Beane, executive vice president of baseball operations for the team, and general manager David Forst said the same.
« All things we do run parallel to what is happening to the stadium and when we can start planning it, » said Beane in December 2019. « Until we know this is going to happen , we have to stay relatively nimble. »
New plans for the Howard Terminal ballpark stalled, and local government officials were completely preoccupied with the pandemic. And with that, the A’s financial future becomes even darker.
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The A’s had 10 free agents going this off-season. Four of them – Semien, Hendriks, Robbie Grossman and Mike Minor – ran. The current state of affairs in Oakland can’t compete with stars like Chapman and Matt Olson as it certainly diminishes the possibility of extension for them and the dozen players who went to arbitration this year.
Oakland are a talented team, and they should measure up to the hordes of young talent it has on the 2021 roster so far. But morality is also important. And the loss of Semien stings for more than the obvious reason.