As disheartening as this season has been for the Oakland Athletics, there have been some bright spots, including the performances of starting pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Guillermo Moscoso, along with the standout season by potential Rookie of the Year candidate, second baseman Jemile Weeks.
But with 18 players who will be free agents this winter—10 of whom are eligible for arbitration—there are going to be quite a few decisions for Oakland management to make to determine next season’s roster.
While several players have produced admirably during a very trying season, there are others who did not do enough to ensure they will be back in Oakland in 2012. Every team in the MLB will make personnel changes as part of the continuous effort to improve their rosters. The toughest decisions come down to who will be re-signed and who will not.
This will be no different for the Oakland Athletics, who look to make the necessary moves to regain playoff contention. Here are five players who the A’s should not keep in 2012.