Oakland Athletics release opening day roster

The Oakland A finalized their 2022 Opening Day roster on Thursday, a day before the season begins in Philadelphia.

Overall it is surprising considering the turnover within a year: only nine players from their initial 2021 roster are in the 2022 starting group, even with two additional roster spots this year.

After rumors arose in November and continued during MLB’s owner-imposed lockdown, Oakland briefly traded four star players during spring training: third baseman Matt Chapman, first baseman Matt Olsen and starting pitchers Chris Bassit and Sean Manea. . He let several players go as free agents, notably outfielder Mark Canha and starling Marte (who was acquired in a July trade for pitcher Jesus Luzardo).

Only three of the AK’s 13 pitchers remain on their initial 26-man roster in 2021: opening day starter Frankie Montas, left-handed starter Cole Irvine and close Lou Trivino.

This position is only slightly better on the player side, as six players remain a year later: infielders Elvis Andrus, Jade Lowry, Chad Pinder and Tony Kemp, outfielder Stephen Piscotti and catcher Sean Murphy. Ramon Loreno is still with Oakland, but he will miss the first 27 games of 2022 as he completes an 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension.

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