2014: 88-74, second place in American League West; lost wild-card game to Kansas City
Manager: Bob Melvin (fifth season)
They’re here: C Josh Phegley, 1B Ike Davis, 2B Ben Zobrist, SS Marcus Semien, 3B Brett Lawrie, DH Billy Butler, IF/OF Mark Canha, RP Tyler Clippard, SP Jesse Hahn, SP Kendall Graveman
They’re out of here: C Derek Norris, C John Jaso, 1B Brandon Moss, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Josh Donaldson, INF Alberto Callaspo, SP Jon Lester, SP Jeff Samardzija, SP Jason Hammel, RP Luke Gregerson
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Projected lineup: LF Coco Crisp (.246, 9 HR, 47 RBIs; will start season on DL after elbow surgery), CF Craig Gentry (.254, 38 R, 20 SB) or Sam Fuld (.239, 4 HR, 36 RBIs), 2B Ben Zobrist (.272, 10 HR, 52 RBIs), DH Billy Butler (.271, 9 HR, 66 RBIs), 1B Ike Davis (.233, 11 HR, 51 RBIs) or Mark Canha (minors in 2014), RF Josh Reddick (.264, 12 HR, 54 RBIs, will start season on DL with oblique strain), 3B Brett Lawrie (.247, 12 HR, 38 RBIs), SS Marcus Semien (.234, 6 HR, 28 RBIs), C Stephen Vogt (.279, 9 HR, 35 RBIs) or Josh Phegley (minors in 2014)
Projected rotation: RH Sonny Gray (14-10, 3.08 ERA, 183 strikeouts in 219 innings), LH Scott Kazmir (15-9, 3.55), RH Jesse Hahn (7-4, 3.07 in 14 games, 12 GS), LH Drew Pomeranz (5-4, 2.35 in 20 games, 10 GS), RH Kendall Graveman (minors in 2014)
Key relievers: LH Sean Doolittle (2-4, 2.73, 22 saves, will start season on DL with shoulder inflammation), RH Tyler Clippard (7-4, 2.18 in 75 games) RH Dan Otero (8-2, 2.28 in 72 games), LH Fernando Abad (2-4, 1.57 in 69 games), LH Eric O’Flaherty (1-0. 2.25 in 21 games)
Outlook: It’s difficult to forecast the A’s with so much offseason turnover. Their roster got younger, and Bob Melvin will have options to mix and match again. But many are unproven on offense and in the starting rotation. The lineup is built more to manufacture rallies with the losses of power hitters such as Donaldson and Moss. At 25, Sonny Gray should continue to get better, but the back end of the rotation has little big-league experience between Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman. Tyler Clippard will close until Sean Doolittle returns from a shoulder injury. The A’s had a similar overhaul before the 2012 season and won the division, so it’s tough to count them out.