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How David Forst thinks state of MLB free-agent market will impact A's

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How David Forst thinks state of MLB free-agent market will impact A's

During an interview last offseason on MLB Network, Indians manager Terry Francona joked he was upping his score in a game on his phone. That's how he described the "excitement" of the Winter Meetings.

Not much happened.

This year in San Diego, things could be different.

"It does seem like the narrative has been less about the starring free-agent market," A's general manager David Forst said Thursday on a conference call. "You know, we always kind of go at our own pace here. I think we have a good track record of targeting the players that we think fit for us and moving at our own pace."

Jurickson Profar also will be heading to San Diego, but as a member of the Padres. He was the first major trade of the A's offseason with catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later coming back to Oakland in the deal. 

"I don't know that we're gonna be affected by what is going on in the rest of the industry, but it is nice that there's less of a narrative of how slow and boring things are and hopefully that continues next week," Forst said.

That narrative possibly being gone means Ken Rosenthal will continue to lose sleep and perhaps means the A's will get aggressive. 

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With the loss of Profar, Franklin Barreto and Jorge Mateo will get a chance to make an impression at spring training along with Sheldon Neuse who played at second base a bit last season. The A's, however, aren't set on the infield. 

"But we do continue to look for a left-handed option in the infield," Forst added.

A's manager Bob Melvin has unique tie to 49ers-Chiefs Super Bowl 54

A's manager Bob Melvin has unique tie to 49ers-Chiefs Super Bowl 54

OAKLAND -- Bob Melvin can’t lose on Super Bowl Sunday.

Or maybe, he can’t exactly win.

With the San Francisco 49ers facing the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 2, the A's manager has important family connections on both sides.  

You may already know that Bob grew up locally in Palo Alto, and considers himself a “longtime 49ers fan."

“My grandfather had season tickets,” Melvin told NBC Sports California on Friday. “Our family always had season tickets to the games. Went to many during the [Joe] Montana days. It was part of my youth, obviously.”

But what you may not have known is that there’s also a Melvin on Kansas City’s coaching staff.

“A little qualifier here …” Bob explained. “My cousin is the tight ends coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Melvin. He’s been with Andy Reid since San Francisco State.”

Tom Melvin’s coaching career actually began with the Gators in 1984. He broke into the NFL in 1999, working there every season since.

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So, if Chiefs star Travis Kelce catches a touchdown pass -- or if 49ers running back Raheem Mostert sprints to paydirt -- how will the longest-tenured MLB manager pick sides?

“I’m going to have to sit on my hands a little bit,” Melvin explained.  

“If the 49ers win, I’ll be ecstatic. But there’s a little more at stake here when part of your blood is with the other team.”

Three A's prospects make MLB Pipeline's latest top 100 for 2020 season

Three A's prospects make MLB Pipeline's latest top 100 for 2020 season

The A's impressive trio of talented prospects continued to be recognized on Saturday. Pitchers Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk, as well as catcher Sean Murphy, were listed on MLB Pipeline's new list of their top 100 prospects for the 2020 season. 

Luzardo leads the way at No. 12 with Murphy ranked 33 and Puk at No. 60. This is much different than how Baseball America ranked the three

Luzardo, 22, is ranked three spots lower by MLB Pipeline than Baseball America, which placed the left-handed pitcher as the ninth-best prospect in baseball. Murphy and Puk are seen much differently by the two outlets as well. 

Baseball America has Puk as high as No. 21, coming in as Oakland's second-best prospect. His injury history as someone who underwent Tommy John surgery could be a reason MLB Pipeline ranks him lower. 

Murphy, on the other hand, is ranked eight spots higher on MLB Pipeline's top 100 than he is on Baseball America's. He's considered the best defensive prospect at catcher and could be a Gold Glove candidate as soon as this upcoming season. 

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All three prospects played a part in the A's reaching the AL Wild-Card Game last season. In 2020, however, they'll look to push Oakland to an AL West title and more. 

The future is here for the A's, and it starts with Luzardo, Murphy and Puk.