Trevor Cahill

How six free agents A's let go in offseason have fared with new teams

How six free agents A's let go in offseason have fared with new teams

The A's faced some challenging decisions this past offseason as they tried to determine which of their eight free agents to bring back.

Oakland ultimately re-signed only Brett Anderson and Edwin Jackson, though Jackson was recently traded to Toronto. The A's allowed their other six free agents -- Trevor Cahill, Jeurys Familia, Matt Joyce, Shawn Kelley, Jed Lowrie and Jonathan Lucroy -- to sign elsewhere.

Here's a look at how they've fared with their new teams this season:

Trevor Cahill

Cahill signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Angels and it has not paid off for Los Angeles.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 2-4 with a 6.43 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 49 innings. He has already allowed 14 home runs, tied for second-most in the majors.

From the very moment the Angels signed Cahill, the deal seemed destined to fail. Sure, he had a nice bounce-back season for the A's last year, going 6-4 with a 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP, but much of that was due to pitching in the Oakland Coliseum. On the road, his ERA was 6.41.

Clearly, the A's made a wise decision letting Cahill go for that price.

Jeurys Familia

Familia returned to the Mets on a three-year, $30 million deal and it has not worked out, at least so far.

The 29-year-old reliever is 2-0 but has a 6.50 ERA and 1.89 WHIP in 18 innings. Familia's biggest issue has been his lack of control, as he has already issued 14 walks. His command was also an issue at times last year, as he surrendered 14 walks in 31 1/3 innings with Oakland.

The A's were never going to re-sign Familia for $10 million per year, and it appears the organization made the right call.

Matt Joyce

Joyce initially signed a minor-league contract with the Indians but was released and signed another minor-league deal with the Giants.

San Francisco then traded the 34-year-old to Atlanta, where he has actually had some success in limited action. Joyce is slashing .250/.340/.477 with two home runs and five RBI in 44 at-bats. He was injured for much of last season and really didn't have a spot to play in Oakland, finishing the year with a .208/.322/.353 slash line.

The A's have plenty of younger options in the outfield, so they haven't missed Joyce at all. Still, it's nice to see him getting a chance on a major league club.

Shawn Kelley

Kelley signed a one-year contract with the Rangers worth $2.75 million. To this point, the veteran right-hander has been a bargain, going 3-0 with three saves and 1.80 ERA. He has struck out 12 batters in 15 innings, issuing just one walk.

Kelley, 35, recently had a health scare when he had to undergo surgery to remove multiple lumps from his vocal cords. Fortunately, the growths were benign, and he has since returned to the mound for Texas.

Kelley was outstanding after joining the A's last August, recording a 2.16 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 16 2/3 innings. He's probably the one free agent Oakland regrets letting go.

Jed Lowrie

Lowrie signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets this past offseason after a career-year in Oakland.

Unfortunately, the 35-year-old has yet to play a single game this season, due to injuries. Lowrie missed all of spring training and the start of the regular season with a sprained knee capsule. Now. he is dealing with a strained hamstring and is expected to be out until at least June.

The A's have certainly missed Lowrie's bat in their lineup, although Jurickson Profar is finally starting to heat up. Based on Lowrie's age, price tag and injuries, it appears Oakland made the right decision in letting him walk.

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Jonathan Lucroy

Lucroy signed a one-year contract with the Angels worth $3.35 million and he has made it worth their while.

The 32-year-old catcher is slashing .265/.326/.439 with six home runs and 21 RBI. Last season in Oakland, Lucroy only hit four homers all season, while slashing .241/.291/.325.

His value certainly went beyond the numbers, as he guided the A's pitching staff to a stellar season despite numerous injuries.

Even with Lucroy's success this season, the A's have actually received more production from their catchers. Josh Phegley is slashing .276/.317/.474 with five home runs and 28 RBI, and Nick Hundley has added two homers of his own.

MLB rumors: Ex-A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy agrees to Angels contract


MLB rumors: Ex-A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy agrees to Angels contract

Jonathan Lucroy reportedly will head back to the AL West in 2019. He just won't be with the A's. 

The veteran catcher agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported. The deal is worth $3.35 million, and up to $4 million with incentives, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

The A's signed Lucroy late in free agency last offseason, and the 32-year-old stabilized a young, injury-riddled rotation en route to a 97-win season and Oakland's first postseason appearance since 2014. But Lucroy and the A's reportedly were far away on contract terms this winter, as Lucroy reportedly was unwilling to sign with the A's for less than he made last season. But, his reported contract value is less than the $6.5 million he made last season, and he'll join starting pitcher Trevor Cahill as a member of the 2018 A's to trade a green-and-gold "A" for a red one. 

Earlier this offseason, Oakland signed 31-year-old catcher Chris Herrmann to platoon with Josh Phegley behind the dish. General manager David Forst said at the MLB Winter Meetings this month that the A's would "still probably look around and see if there are options," and there are still plenty of possibilities left on the market. 

As NBC Sports California's Ben Ross noted on Thursday, veteran catchers such as Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley remain available, should the A's consider any of them an upgrade. But the A's again will have to be patient in order to find any diamonds in the rough, and success with the strategy last offseason doesn't guarantee the same success going into 2019. 

MLB free agency: Ex-A's pitcher Trevor Cahill, Angels agree to contract


MLB free agency: Ex-A's pitcher Trevor Cahill, Angels agree to contract

Trevor Cahill is staying in the AL West, but it won't be in Oakland. 

The former A's starting pitcher has agreed to a one-year contract with the Angels.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the news. 

Cahill, 30, was a bit of a pleasant surprise for the A's in 2018 with a 7-4 record and 3.76 ERA. He was behind just Edwin Jackson and Sean Manaea for the team lead in ERA amongst starters in his second stint in Oakland. 

Looking at his ERA doesn't tell the whole story of Cahill's season, as there were two sides to the right-hander: Home Trevor Cahill and Away Trevor Cahill. Pitching in Oakland, he was 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA, but on the road, his ERA rocketed to 6.41 with a 2-3 record.

This is the second signing of a veteran starting pitcher in three days by the Angels. On Tuesday, they added Matt Harvey on a one-year deal as well. 

The A's were said to have interest in bringing Cahill back, but $9 million with the chance at earning another $1.5 million from incentives probably was too much for the A's.

Starting pitching remains the team's biggest need as its rotation is virtually barren at this point. Once healthy, though, the A's do feel good about their organizational depth.

"We feel really good about the depth we have," A's manager Bob Melvin said at the MLB Winter Meetings. "Now, granted, a lot of these guys are hurt right now, and you never really know how you're going to respond. But there's a whole host of guys who are going to be back (between) spring training (and) the end of the year that we're really excited about."