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MLB arbitration projections: Salary figures for 12 A's candidates

MLB arbitration projections: Salary figures for 12 A's candidates

The A's have 12 players who are eligible for arbitration this offseason, which could lead to some difficult decisions.

MLB Trade Rumors has released its annual arbitration projections for every team in MLB. Here are the salary figures they expect for Oakland:

Marcus Semien - $13.5 million
Blake Treinen - $7.8 million
Jurickson Profar - $5.8 million
Liam Hendriks - $5.5 million
Mark Canha - $4.9 million
Sean Manaea - $3.5 million
Robbie Grossman - $3.3 million
Chris Bassitt - $2.8 million
Josh Phegley - $2.2 million
Ryan Buchter - $1.8 million
Chad Pinder - $1.8 million
Jharel Cotton - $800k

Right off the bat, it appears that the A's will have four strong non-tender candidates: Blake Treinen, Jurickson Profar, Robbie Grossman, and Ryan Buchter. Josh Phegley is another possibility, though he is expected to return.

As dominant as Treinen was in 2018, the A's can't afford to take a $7.8 million gamble on a 31-year-old who struggled with his performance and injuries this season. Liam Hendriks overtook Treinen as the closer and is a much better bargain at an estimated $5.5 million.

As we detailed on Tuesday, Profar is a strong trade or non-tender possibility for a couple of reasons. The 26-year-old had a mostly disappointing season in 2019, both at the plate and in the field. With Sheldon Neuse, Jorge Mateo, and Franklin Barreto all waiting in the wings, not to mention Chad Pinder, Profar isn't worth bringing back at nearly $6 million.

Grossman could be a decent fourth outfielder option, but $3.3 million seems a little pricey, especially with Chad Pinder and possibly Seth Brown filling that role. The A's also have Dustin Fowler and Skye Bolt for depth purposes.

Buchter posted respectable numbers as a left-handed relief specialist, going 1-1 with a 2.98 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 45 1/3 innings. However, he will lose a great deal of value next season when pitchers must face a minimum of three batters. That means he will have to face more right-handed hitters, a group that has given him significant trouble throughout his career.

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Not surprisingly, Marcus Semien is in line for the biggest raise of anyone on the team. The 29-year-old is projected to earn $13.5 million next season, more than double his $5.9 million salary this year.

Semien certainly earned that raise, slashing .285/.369/.522 with 33 home runs, 43 doubles, 92 RBI, and 123 runs scored, while playing phenomenal defense at shortstop. The only question is whether the A's will sign Semien to an extension, as he is due to become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Mark Canha, Sean Manaea, Chris Bassitt, Chad Pinder, and Jharel Cotton should all be no-brainers to return at their respective salary projections.

A's fans stay loud, proud during another heartbreaking wild-card loss

A's fans stay loud, proud during another heartbreaking wild-card loss

OAKLAND -- The fans were loud from start to finish. All wild-card game-record-breaking 54,005 of them.

Prior to the A's heartbreaking 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, there was a fluster of media presence, including an accidental elevator share with Alex Rodriguez and watching ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" do interviews with A's third baseman Matt Chapman and manager Bob Melvin.

Not quite what we're acccustomed to during a mid-week game at the Coliseum, but we embraced it.

Fans in the left-field bleachers were punctual as usual, getting their banners ready to show off. That crew made noise to some of the A's players who were standing around in left, shagging batting-practice balls. They shouted Ryan Buchter's name until he reacted with a wave, then Jake Diekman's. And cheered after each response.

Fans in the right-field bleachers hosted "Workaholics'" star Blake Anderson, who wanted to bang on the drums for the crowd after an in-game interview.

The fans were loud when pitcher after pitcher went in to pick up starter Sean Manaea. They were loud when each double play was easily made by the Rays. They even were loud when A's slugger Mark Canha struck out.

And it didn't go unnoticed.

"They were great. They were positive and stayed with us the whole time," Canha told reporters after the game. "I think they were kind of waiting for a rally, just like we were. They kept having faith in us, even down four in the last couple innings there, probably cheering their hardest."

Melvin, ever the professional, tipped his cap to the unique Oakland fans.

"It's disappointing," he said of the loss in front of such a robust crowd.

The team always wants to play in front of a big crowd, and it was beyond that Wednesday at the Coliseum.

"They were engaged from the first pitch of the game, they were engaged from the anthem on, and it felt like we just couldn't give them enough to really get into it," Melvin said. "But every inning they were up, every inning they were waving their towels and so forth, and it's disappointing we couldn't put on a better show for them."

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"They came out for us."

They certainly did.

A's vs. Mariners lineups: Mark Canha, Khris Davis back in wild-card lock game

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A's vs. Mariners lineups: Mark Canha, Khris Davis back in wild-card lock game

Mark Canha and Khris Davis return to the lineup Friday night as the A's look to clinch a playoff berth for the second straight season.

Oakland needs either a win in Seattle or an Indians loss in Washington to lock up a spot in the AL Wild Card Game. The A's also lead the Tampa Bay Rays by one game for the top wild-card position.

Canha will start in center field and bat fifth after missing Thursday's game with a left groin strain. Davis will serve as the DH and hit sixth. He missed two games with the stomach flu.

Right-hander Mike Fiers will take the hill for Oakland, seeking his 16th win of the season, which would be the most by an A's pitcher since Bartolo Colón won 18 games in 2013. Fiers, 34, is 15-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts. In 11 career outings against the Mariners, he is 3-2 with a 6.15 ERA.

Seattle will counter with left-hander Justus Sheffield. The 23-year-old is 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA in seven games this season, including six starts. This will be his first time facing the A's.

Here are the full lineups for the A's-Mariners game, which will be broadcast on NBC Sports California and the MyTeams app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. PT, with first pitch at 7:10.

Oakland A's (96-63)
SS Marcus Semien
RF Ramón Laureano
3B Matt Chapman
1B Matt Olson
CF Mark Canha
DH Khris Davis
LF Chad Pinder
2B Sheldon Neuse
C Josh Phegley

RHP Mike Fiers (15-4, 3.91 ERA)

Seattle Mariners (66-93)
LF Shed Long
SS J.P. Crawford
1B Austin Nola 
3B Kyle Seager
RF Kyle Lewis
DH Daniel Vogelbach
C Tom Murphy
2B Donnie Walton
CF Dylan Moore

LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 6.10 ERA)