ORLANDO, Fla. -- After a flurry of trades and free agent additions, the A's are happy with the roster they've put together. The feeling is much different in other American League West front offices.
As the A's settled in at the winter meetings on Monday, their division counterparts fueled the hot stove. The Texas Rangers are reportedly a finalist for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The Anaheim Angels are dangling slugger Mark Trumbo in search of starting pitchers. Having already agreed to a $240 million deal with Robinson Cano, the Seattle Mariners are rumored to have turned their sights to Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price.
"I could have done without Cano in our division, certainly," A's assistant general manager David Forst said, smiling. "And I fully expect the Rangers and Angels to make significant moves as well. We know we're in one of the toughest divisions in baseball."
The A's also know that they're still sitting pretty after bolstering their bullpen, trading for outfielder Craig Gentry and signing left-hander Scott Kazmir.
"I'm really happy with the team we have coming back," Forst said, pointing out that the A's have always been outspent.
Forst wouldn't go into specifics about any trade talks, but left-hander Brett Anderson is a hot topic at the Walt Disney World Dolphin resort, home of the annual industry meetings. Forst said he expects plenty of conversation this week, and the A's are thought to be looking for prospects who can refill a minor league system that has lost several marquee names over the past year. Right-hander Sonny Gray leads a group that has moved on to the majors, and outfielder Michael Choice was traded to the Rangers in return for Gentry.
"You never feel like there's enough," Forst said of the minor league system. "There's a gap in guys we see contributing in the immediate future."