The Oakland Athletics never openly admitted that they would be entering a full teardown of their roster.
That’s understandable, because they couldn’t risk losing some leverage in trade talks: they probably won’t get the same return in a deal if the whole MLB universe knows they will get rid of most expensive players either way.
But, in baseball and in life, actions speak louder than words, and Oakland is indeed rebuilding and tearing down their roster as they seek to cut as much payroll as possible.
After trading third baseman Matt Chapman to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for four prospects, they said goodbye to another star.
MLB on Fox, via Twitter, reminded us of all the players the Athletics have lost in the 2021-22 offseason.
Oakland A's notable offseason departures:
▫️ Mark Canha
▫️ Starling Marte
▫️ Chris Bassitt
▫️ Matt Olson
▫️ Matt Chapman
▫️ Josh Harrison
▫️ Andrew Chafin
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 16, 2022
A New Era In Oakland
With all those players on the roster, the A’s were good (86-76 record in 2021), but not good enough to challenge for a spot in the playoffs.
It didn’t matter that the postseason has been expanded: they thought they are still far from being a playoff-caliber team, so they decided to start over and try another rebuild.
Now, Canha, Marte, and Bassitt are on the New York Mets, Olson is on the Atlanta Braves, Harrison signed with the Chicago White Sox, and Chafin ended up with the Detroit Tigers.
The worst of all, at least for A’s fans, is that the teardown is far from over.
The A’s are in for a long rebuild.NEXT: 3 Free Agents Athletics Should Target This Offseason