Regular Articles


Scott Kazmir -- They got him for two years and on short money.  He's definitely the best pitcher signing so far, but the most skillful move for pitching looks to have been Washington's for Doug Fister.  Kazmir made my selective list, and Fister just missed it.  Both had similar mid 3 SIERAs.  Fister just has a longer track record of performing this well, whereas Kazmir kind of came out of nowhere with his nice season.

Luke Gregerson -- This guy has one of the nastiest sliders in the game and is the definition of an elite setup man.  I've always had a man crush on his low SIERAs.  Gone from Petco to another forgiving home park, he will be fine.  And they gave up Seth Smith, a guy no one wanted a few years back, who provides 'meh' power in a platoon role.  Do the Padres know they don't have a DH spot?

Jim Johnson will be a part of the A's bullpen
Photo by Keith Allison, used under creative commons license.

Craig Gentry -- Texas must have read my article on cheap offseason targets because they sure didn't give him away cheap.  Michael Choice may be a prospect on the decline, as his powerful frame has yet to translate to real power.  Texas hopes they can coax the potential out of Choice while Oakland will enjoy a year of great defense and speed from Gentry.


Jim Johnson -- Between Johnson, Ryan Cook and Gregerson, Oakland now has three relievers who make a habit of underperforming their SIERAs.  Hmmm, do they know something I don't know?  Even if you assume Johnson will be fine, he still will be quite expensive.  I might've preferred a cheaper John Axford, but it remains to be seen just how cheap the reliever market turns out to be.

Josh Lindblom -- Not sure what they saw in him, but for me, he looks like a guy who has no future in the majors.  Chris Bostick was a pretty nice prospect they gave up, too, but he remains a few years away from the bigs.

All in all, they did well so far and definitely improved the team for next year.

Future moves?

Brett Anderson -- I think they might try to trade him for minor league talent.  They are especially thin at second after trading away Bostick and Jemile Weeks.

Sign a utility infielder -- Between Alberto Callaspo and Jed Lowrie, they are praying for no injuries or drop-offs in production.  I'm surprised they didn't go after the versatile Kelly Johnson (just signed cheaply by the Yankees) or Rafael Furcal (signed by the Marlins).  A guy such as Brian Roberts strikes me as interesting gambles, as he should come cheap.