2024 Division Outlook: AL West

One division down, five to go. The 2024 MLB Season is right around the corner, and it's time to preview and highlight the five squads that make up the American League West.

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Oakland Athletics

Brent Rooker, Ryan Noda
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Key Additions
- RHP Ross Stripling
- RHP Trevor Gott
- INF Abraham Toro
- LHP Alex Wood
- OF Miguel Andujar
- INF JD Davis

Key Loses
- 2B Tony Kemp
- RHP Trevor May
- RHP James Kaprielian

Ah, the fan favorite Oakland Athletics, or soon to be Las Vegas Athletics. John Fisher's team looks to be heading into another season where they'll be doomed to finish last in the AL West and in the bottom third of Major League Baseball. The bright spots on this roster are few and far between, with the main offensive highlights being Zack Gelof and Brent Rooker. Gelof got his first taste of the major leagues in 2023, and did nothing but produce, accumulating 2.9 fWAR in only 69 games, nice. Ryan Noda, Esteury Ruiz and Shea Langeliers each had their faire share of highlights in their first full year together, but still have a lot to improve upon if they want to remain big leaguers. Overall, the Athletics lineup is just bland, with a few players to keep an eye on.

If you thought the A's lineup was lackluster, don't even bother taking a look at the pitching staff. JP Sears and former All Star Paul Blackburn will lead their staff, with veterans Alex Wood and Ross Stripling following. The 5th spot is up in the air still, due to the fact that the A's announced flamethrower Mason Miller will be moving to the bullpen. I haven't said a whole lot about this rotation, and I still already don't have much else to say. They finished with the second worst team ERA in 2023 with a mark of 5.48, only beating out the Colorado Rockies.

The Athletics will not be a threat in the American League, and that's to no ones's surprise. With only a handful of young players to keep an eye on, the team might be most looking forward to their move to Las Vegas.

Team MVP: Zack Gelof

Team Cy Young: Mason Miller (Yes, even out of the pen)

Team X-Factor: Esteury Ruiz (does it really matter for the A's)

The Nationals will head out to play Oakland for a three game series from April 12-14.