Jan. 11, 2015
Zobrist Transforms A's into AL Contenders
After reaching the postseason three times and coming out empty, the Oakland A’s are determined to reach the World Series. It’s hard to believe that the franchise will be unable to do that in 2015 after the first blockbuster trade of 2015.
The A’s acquired Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. Oakland had to give up John Jaso, Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell.
Zobist’s power numbers declined in 2014, but the BA was above his career average, The A’s can expect to get a guy that can hit 20 home runs and 70-plus RBIs, which is what they’re looking for. Zobist’s defense is the main reason why Oakland had to make this trade. He finished the 2014 season with a BA of .272 with 10 home runs, 52 RBIs, 34 doubles, three triples and 10 stolen bases in 570 at-bats.
Escobar is not going to produce big-time numbers. However, he is consistent at the plate, which could help Oakland during the season. In 2014, he posted a 258 batting average with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 476 at-bats.
With Zobrist and Escobar coming to Oakland, it will give the franchise a much-needed boost this coming season. What Billy Beane is trying to do is reconstruct a team that can make a run at the postseason in 2015. Let’s see if he can be successful.