My YouTube video was a one-take, initial reaction to it all.
Thinking it through further, and surveying the various articles and comments about the trade, makes me think it all comes back to this:
- The A’s Front Office had been given a very tight budget for this year, but still wanted to have a good shot at competing.
- That budget included spending $16.75m on KD and moving that was far and away the most impactful thing they could do to gain some payroll flexibility.
- That flexibility was essential as the A’s had no realistic internal options for shortstop and also needed to add some experienced pitching (a starter and 2-3 relievers).
- Andrus will earn $14m this year. Texas chipped in $13.5m to the deal so Andrus will fill the hole at shortstop for essentially $500k to the A’s.
- The A’s then have approximately $13m-16m to play with in adding the pitching ($3.5m to Fiers already) and to have a bit of payroll flexibility during the season.
- Add in that KD hasn’t been the Khrush of old for a while, and is strictly limited to DH’ing, and there’s limited likelihood of ‘seller’s remorse’.
Won’t make me miss seeing KD in the green and gold, saluting as he rounds third base, any less, but it does all add up to a sensible decision and one that could be very beneficial to the A’s.