The dog days of summer are upon us, and in baseball August means the playoff push is in full swing. But for those teams that are out of the playoff picture, like the Oakland Athletics, a lot of baseball is left to be played for different reasons. As September approaches, many teams not in the hunt for October must reevaluate their rosters with a few reasons in mind.
With veteran soon-to-be free agents on the roster, are any of them worth keeping for next season? Some teams must determine if an upcoming free agent will be offered a contract during the offseason or be allowed to walk without receiving anything specific in return.
Which players on the current roster are deemed expendable? There comes a time when a team can no longer provide particular players any more options. The player has either performed poorly, not met expectations, or both. At any rate, some of them will be playing their last season with their current team.
This allows teams to take a look at upcoming prospects within their farm system. When the rosters expand on September 1, which players will be called up for month-long auditions? It gives teams an opportunity to thoroughly assess what their minor leaguers can do at the big-league level and whether any of them will be a part of the organization’s future.
Like the majority of teams in MLB, the Oakland Athletics will be firmly entrenched in analyzing their roster this September to ascertain who will and will not be in their short- or long-term plans. Here is one analysis of how the last month of the season will be played out for certain Athletics.