In Search For An Outfielder – Oakland Athletics
So far, we have identified the following outfielders as possible targets for the Mets:
Atlanta – Reed Johnson
Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
Boston – Jerry Sands
Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson
Chicago White Sox - Dayan Viciedo
Cincinnati – Chris Heisey
Cleveland – Thomas Neal -
Colorado – Dexter Fowler
Detroit – none
Kansas City – none
Los Angeles Angels – Mark Trumbo
Los Angeles Dodgers – Alex Castellanos
Miami Marlins – Gorkys Hernandez
Milwaukee Brewers – Khris Davis
Minnesota Twins – None
New York Yankees - None
Pittsburgh – Jose Tabata
We now move on to the Oakland Athletics who currently have eight (8) outfielders on their 40-man squad:
Yoenis Cespedes – righty – $10.5mil thru 2015 – MLB, 487-AB, .292, 23-82
Coco Crisp – switch – $7mil for 2013 – FA-2014 – MLB: 455-AB, .259
Grant Green – righty – AAA: 524-AB, .296, 15-HR, 75-RBI
Shane Peterson – lefty – pre-ARB - AAA: .389
Josh Reddick – lefty – ARB-1/2014 - MLB: 611-AB, 32-HR, 85-RBI, .242, RF
Seth Smith – lefty – ARB-2 - MLB: 383-AB, .240, 14-HR, 52-RBI
Michael Taylor – righty – pre-ARB - MLB: 21-AB, AAA: 12-HR, 67-RBI, .287
Chris Young – righty - $8.7mil through 2013 – FA-2014 – CF –
Free agent losses this off-season include Jonny Gomes Boston) and Collin Cowgill (Mets). Obviously, if someone was available who was more talented than Cowgill, he probably would have already been traded, but this is a team in transition.
2013 looks set with Cespedes, Reddick, Young, and Crisp. Their problem is Crisp is in the last year of his contract and Young’s deal is just for 2013.
Green, Peterson, and Taylor seem all ready to make the next step.
Mets target: Grant Green - Green has made the conversion from SS to CF… right behind him in the system is top prospect Michael Choice. Taylor projects out as either a DH or 1Bman. If I can’t get Green, I pass on both Crisp and Young.