Oakland A's: An Early Free Agency and Offseason Primer

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Oakland A's: An Early Free Agency and Offseason Primer
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Outside of losing one big name, not too much should change this team.

The Oakland A's are all-in for 2014, but what happens this offseason if they lose? Heck, what decisions will the team be facing if it wins the World Series?

The team opened the 2014 season with an $82 million payroll, its biggest in the last 15 years, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts. Winning the World Series or not, the A's aren't likely to spend that kind of money in back-to-back seasons unless there's a strong chance of repeating. Even then, big spending is doubtful.

Oakland must decide which players to try to re-sign, which free agents to pursue and how much to offer arbitration-eligible players.

Here's a look at what's ahead.

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