In 2014, the Oakland A’s finished second in the American League West, earning a spot in the Wild Card playoff game. Oakland and the Kansas City Royals engaged in one of the best playoff games in recent memory. Even with its ace, Jon Lester, toeing the rubber, Oakland blew a three-run eighth inning lead and eventually fell to Kansas City, 9-8 in twelve innings. This win jumpstarted Kansas City’s playoff run which culminated in an American League pennant. Oakland, however, opted to remake its entire roster by trading away five of its seven All-Stars. Third baseman Josh Donaldson was traded to Toronto, catcher Derek Norris was traded to San Diego, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was traded to Boston, first baseman Brandon Moss was traded to Cleveland and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Oakland has made some moves to fill the voids, but will need multiple internal options to step up and fill the voids. Oakland received third baseman Brett Lawrie in its deal for Donaldson. Lawrie, a 24-year-old third baseman, was a highly touted prospect, but has dealt with injuries for majority of his young career. Lawrie has never played more than 125 games in a single season, but it’s rare that Top 10 Prospects are available for trade. This is the type of trade that General Manager, Billy Beane, normally makes.
According to TicketIQ, the average ticket price on the secondary market for A’s Opening Day tickets is $108.25 while the get-in price is $29. Ticket prices for Opening Day 2015 are higher than the last four Opening Days at O.co Coliseum.
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A’s Opening Day Ticket Prices Since 2011
The rise in ticket prices aligns directly with expectations for the 2015 Oakland A’s and their opponent, the Texas Rangers. Fans are expecting Oakland to once again qualify for the playoffs and make a deep playoff run. An American League pennant and World Series title has alluded Beane and Co. Oakland is taking a few chances on younger players, but this team has a lot of potential. Oakland’s main foes, the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners, have questions within their starting rotation. Oakland has the talent to win the American League West. An Opening Day matchup against the Texas Rangers, a team that always plays well against Oakland, will be must watch TV. Texas had a subpar season during 2014, but first baseman, Prince Fielder will return from injury. Expect Oakland to once again qualify for the playoffs and to put pressure on the Los Angeles Angels in a race for the American League West crown.