Surprise A’s have given the front office no choice but to keep this team together

Forst on upstart club: 'They deserve a chance to play this thing out'

Karl Buscheck
July 11, 2018 - 4:38 pm

Not even David Forst, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, could have foreseen just how promisingly the first half would play out for his club.

After all, the young core is still growing. They’re learning on the job. The team has already churned through 12 starting pitchers.

“If you would have told me Edwin Jackson and Brett Anderson were in our rotation in July, I’m not sure I would have guessed that we were going to be 10 games over (.500),” Forst said on “The Jim Rome Show” before Wednesday’s meeting with the Astros.

The A’s, who began the day at 51-41 thanks a 17-5 tear, are baseball’s biggest surprise.

While Forst cautioned that there are still weeks to go before the trade deadline arrives at the end of the month, for now, it’s clear how to approach the summer marketplace.

“This group deserves a chance to stay together,” Forst said. “They deserve a chance to play this thing out. I think we know here how precious playoff opportunities are. You don’t just punt them because you’re a little bit ahead of schedule or maybe didn’t expect to be here.”

The A’s haven’t been to the postseason since 2014. This year’s club, as Forst, like so many others has said, has shades of the 2012 upstarts. Instead of the annual summer tradition of tearing things down, this bunch has earned the right to stay together — and potentially even get some help.

“This group likes each other,” Forst said. “They enjoy playing together and I think we’re going to go into the next three weeks feeling like, ‘Hey, let’s see if we can stick together, hold this group and maybe even help them out a little bit.’”

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