OAKLAND -- When examining the 2014 edition of his club, which sprinted to the top of the standings before sputtering into the American League Wild Card Game, A's general manager Billy Beane saw a team in decline. So he moved swiftly in his offseason maneuvering and moved several of his key parts while acquiring a handful of long-term pieces in return.
As a result, the 2015 A's are hardly recognizable. Gone are Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Jeff Samardzija. Beane's retooling project brought in Billy Butler, Brett Lawrie and Ike Davis, as well as youngsters Marcus Semien and Mark Canha.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.