Beane talks outfield
While the entire outfield represents a glaring issue for the A’s this winter, A’s general manager Billy Beane noted the most pressing concern rests in center field since they would like to keep Ryan Sweeney in right field — Beane deemed him their starting right fielder, as the roster stands now. The A’s GM said he’s stayed in touch with Coco Crisp’s agent, Steve Comte, but noted he does so with several agents. It remains unlikely that Crisp would make a return to Oakland. As for Michael Taylor, Beane said he’s had “good performances,” but the A’s are waiting for “dominant” before giving him a shot at 500 ABs at the big league level. The only proven youngster, Beane said, is Jermaine Mitchell, but the outfielder had knee surgery in September and isn’t expected to be up to speed by season’s start. The A’s won’t look to fill these spots in the free-agent market, at least not now. Beane expects to hold out and, in the meantime, could possibly find just what he wants via trade.
Not much news came out of his suite tonight, and, per usual, Beane is departing early tonight, leaving assistant GM David Forst as the A’s head honcho through Thursday. As mentioned yesterday, Beane doesn’t expect to get a deal done during the Winter Meetings, but that’s not to say something couldn’t happen shortly after.