Matt Olson’s trading hurts, but the tactics were brilliant to get a big return – The Vacaville Reporter

Here we go again fans of A.

As former franchise cornerstone A’s Matt Olson signed an all-new, 8-year, $168 million extension with the Braves on Monday, franchise fans in the East Bay felt the cycle of rinsing and rehearsal of a small market team.

This cycle is about developing and onboarding some of Major League Baseball’s brightest and brightest new stars, trying to win with them and if that doesn’t work, trading and starting over.

As much as A fans would have liked to see players like Olson or starting pitcher Chris Bassitt at least one more season to aim for another run, well, that’s just not the reality. When these guys post numbers they have lately, especially Olson with his career .252 Batting Average, 142 homers and 373 RBIs, they’ll want to be paid handsomely and that’s just not happening under current Oakland ownership. .

So fan of A, I understand. However, how and where that trade collapsed was enjoying a pivotal moment since the lockdown was lifted.

After lifting a trophy over his head for the team that drafted him, first baseman Freddie Freeman had been a staple of the Atlanta Braves since 2010 who was all but certain the man would sign another contract to end his career with the same team. Looking at the rumbles over the past few weeks, interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees has sparked interest.

However, at one point, behind closed doors, Freeman and the Braves were unable to see each other and return plans were deemed unworkable. So the franchise rushed in and to fill that gap they called the office of General Manager of Athletics David Forst. Which meant jumping at the chance to earn the rights to Olson’s services, and it was expensive, but also a big payoff.

As for the immediate impact, the name of the title A received included 23-year-old No. 1 prospect Cristian Pache, who was a fringe major leaguer who occasionally saw in Atlanta’s roster, so his offensive numbers do not. speaks fully of its potential.

However, what is complementary is his speed and defense. What he needed more than anything was a roster with an everyday spot, so offensively with the right amount of reps he could become even more crucial in the future of the A’s. Also, I hate say so, but it may be a sign that Ramon Laureano will likely be one of the guys they buy next.

As far as talent goes, the best guy they got in that deal was Atlanta Braves No. 2 prospect in wide receiver Shea Langeliers, who had already skyrocketed to Triple A last season. after only being drafted in 2019 with the Braves’ first. -Round pick. Strong on the defensive side of the ball, he has a fast draw that can easily take out potential fast base stealers. Offensively, Langeliers still has room to develop, but A fans can see him part of the big club already this season.

To complete that trade, the A’s got two different pitchers with highly coveted potential pitchers in Ryan Cusick and Joey Estes. Neither is ranked high in the Braves system or in Baseball America alone, but both can throw the ball hard and, with the right orientation, can gradually find themselves moving up the ranks.

When a player is looking for big money and his franchise can’t accommodate it, it’s best to get a big return and the A’s to capitalize on a franchise that has gone rampant.

Although none of these guys had enough big league reps to make sure they prepared to move on from a talent like Olson, but it was the best step forward. To bet on the future of four guys versus a final run with a star, it makes sense to bet on these guys.

Until then, it’s interesting to see who else the A’s plan to be on their big league roster when the season rolls around. Rebuilding a franchise doesn’t make anyone untouchable.

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