The weakest link of a disappointing 2015 A’s club has quickly transformed into a formidable force. With prominent bullpen additions, among them Ryan Madson and John Axford on multiyear deals that were made official Friday, Oakland is already a significantly improved team.
Oakland completed a pair of trades for three Minor League pitchers and continued its progress in bolstering the bullpen with the signing of John Axford.
Bob Melvin has the qualities you look for in a contemporary manager, and the record to prove it. Melvin has been Manager of the Year in both Major Leagues. And he had three straight seasons– 2012-14– in which he managed the Oakland Athletics to a postseason berth.