It was a more than eventful offseason for the A's. They lost their closer, two of their top starters and both of their corner outfielders. Needless to say this will be a very different looking A's team come opening day.
Though losing three all-star pitchers in the course of a month may seem like the club is heading in a horrible direction, it may actually work to the A's advantage, eventually. Clearly the loss of Gonzalez, Cahill and Bailey will impact the A's this season, but with the Angels and Rangers both making big splashes in free agency, the A's were bound to miss the playoffs again this year anyway.
Though the present looks bleak, things may turn around sooner rather than later for the A's. Here are 10 reasons why the A's benefit from trading Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey.