Another year, another loss in the Division Series for the Oakland Athletics.
There are some teams that are better equipped to perform well over the course of 162 games as opposed to a short series, though it's not like the A's didn't have chances to defeat Detroit.
No matter. While the rest of the baseball world focuses on what is sure to be an epic clash between the Tigers and Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, Billy Beane and his staff are busy preparing for 2014.
The good news is there likely won't be a lot of reshuffling for the A's, because virtually all of their top talent is under team control at least through next year. It also doesn't hurt that there are a few players at the upper levels of the minors who are ready to fill a few voids they have.
Overall, the A's don't have a great system. Sonny Gray was their most high-profile prospect to graduate in 2013, but who will be the next great Oakland star to get this franchise over the playoff hump in 2014?
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted.