The A’s have six pending free agents heading into this winter. Here is a look at who I see staying and leaving:
Stephen Drew: The A’s have a $10 million dollar mutual option on 29-year old lefty swinging SS Stephen Drew for the 2013 season, or they can buy him out for $1.35 million bucks. Drew played in 39 games for the A’s last year and he was 38 of 152 (.250 avg, .707 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 5 homers, 16 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 79 games overall last year for the A’s and D-Backs in which he was 64 of 287 (.223 avg, .657 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 1 stolen base. VERDICT: THE A’S DECLINE DREW’S OPTION AND RE-SIGN HIM FOR LESS.
Brandon Inge: 35-year old righty swinging 3B Brandon Inge gave the A’s a lot of pop before his season ended due to shoulder surgery. Inge played in 74 games for the A’s last year and he was 64 of 283 (.226 avg, .675 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 11 homers and 52 RBIs. Inge played in 83 games overall last year for the A’s and Tigers in which he was 66 of 303 (.218 avg, .658 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 12 homers and 54 RBIs. VERDICT: LEAVING
Jonny Gomes: 31-year old righty swinging OF/DH Jonny Gomes ripped the ball last year for the A’s. He played in 99 games for the A’s last year and he was 73 of 279 (.262 avg, .868 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 18 homers, 47 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. VERDICT: LEAVING
Bartolo Colon: 39-year old righty starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was rolling for the A’s, when he was suspended for 50 games due to testing positive for testosterone. Colon pitched in 24 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. VERDICT: LEAVING
Brandon McCarthy: 29-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy’s season ended early when he was hit in the head with a line drive that fractured his skull. He had brain surgery due to the damage done by the ball. McCarthy pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the A’s last year and he was 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. VERDICT: STAYING ON AN INCENTIVE LADEN DEAL
Grant Balfour: 34-year old righty reliever Grant Balfour pitched in 75 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 3-2 with 24 saves, a 2.53 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. The A’s have a $4.5 million dollar club option on Balfour or they can buy him out for $750,000 bucks. VERDICT: STAYING