Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Oakland A's

As the A's have done before, they may have to trade their ace, Gio Gonzalez, to net an impact hitter. Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the league division series, league championship series or World Series. It combines an overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

Today the sun sets on the Oakland A's, who watched their top two pitchers head for surgery and their offense sputter on life support.