The Athletics finished last season with the worst record in the American League, and they could end up with the same distinction in 2016. There is promise here, though, and a few breaks could result in both an intriguing lineup and rotation, but there just might not be enough to these A's for them to upset the balance of power out West or contend for a wild card.
Khris Davis has the kind of power that could change the middle of the A's order, a necessity in their cavernous home park. He'll be replacing last summer's collection of left fielders, one that saw Sam Fuld bat under .200 and slug under .300 while leading the team in plate appearances at the position.
All additions: Khris Davis, Yonder Alonso, Ryan Madson, Jed Lowrie, Chris Coghlan, Rich Hill
It's a bit of a toss up between Brett Lawrie and Jesse Chavez, as neither excelled in their respective roles, but it's also clear the A's could do much worse than either.
All departures: Brett Lawrie, Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz, Fernando Abad
If you squint, you can see the Athletics making it to the postseason. Josh Reddick is great, and a lineup with him, Stephen Vogt, Khris Davis, and Yonder Alonso in the middle has real promise. The rotation is led by Sonny Gray, Rich Hill is around after a stunning renaissance in 2015 with the Red Sox, Jesse Hahn could figure things out and be productive once more ... you can go on like this and talk yourself into the A's as a contender.
OK, stop squinting.
Lineup: Billy Burns, Jed Lowrie, Josh Reddick, Danny Valencia, Stephen Vogt, Khris Davis, Yonder Alonso, Billy Butler, Marcus Semien
Rotation: Sonny Gray, Rich Hill, Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman, Felix Doubront