Athletics In Re-Signing Tommy La Stella
The American League West champion Athletics’ postseason received off to a less-than-ideal begin Tuesday with a loss to the Lucas Giolito-led White Sox, who held the A’s to only three hits in a 4-1 defeat. A kind of hits got here from infielder Tommy La Stella, whom the A’s may see depart in free company as soon as their season ends, although they’re all in favour of re-signing him.
Oakland govt vice chairman Billy Beane lavished reward on La Stella this week, saying (through Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle), “I’ve identified about La Stella going again to the Braves (2014), however you don’t notice how good this man is till you see him on an on a regular basis foundation, he simply places an excellent at-bat on you each single time.”
So far as presumably retaining La Stella goes, Beane said: “I’d usually say, ‘We’ll take care of it on the finish of the season.’ However based mostly on what I simply stated about him — effectively, you’d be loopy to not put him on the prime of your listing. I usually form of hedge on every part since you by no means know, however goodness, he’s been so spectacular it will behoove us to place him on the prime of the listing, not less than have a dialogue with him.”
The Athletics paid a reasonably excessive value for La Stella once they acquired him from the division-rival Angels earlier than the July 31 deadline, as they gave up former prime infield prospect Franklin Barreto in a one-for-one deal. Barreto by no means received a lot of an opportunity to determine himself in Oakland, whereas La Stella broke out as an Angel a yr in the past and has stored that momentum going between the Halos and A’s this season. The soon-to-be 32-year-old has slashed .289/.353/.483 with 20 house runs over 438 plate appearances courting again to 2019.
Together with offering well-above-average offensive manufacturing since final yr, La Stella has logged a big quantity of innings at second and third, which ought to up his incomes energy if he reaches free company. If La Stella stays with the A’s, he most likely gained’t get a lot taking part in time going ahead on the sizzling nook, the place Matt Chapman ought to return from hip surgical procedure in 2021. Then again, there’s far much less certainty for Oakland on the keystone. La Stella has been the group’s prime producer there, outdoing Tony Kemp and Chad Pinder.