This post comes directly after the A’s victory over the Dodgers on Monday.
A’s spring record 11-6
The squad was shortened today as more cuts were made ( not exactly affecting today’s post ). Nothing unexpected or out of the ordinary, a few good players were sent to their expected camp.
Now the competition…
Right field will either go to Jack Cust or Travis Buck or will Giambi or Garciaparra force Daric Barton to the minors?
What I would like to see if I had the choice is Buck in right with Cust DH’ing. I know this would force Barton to Sacramento for more seasoning but Giambi is a first baseman, not Barton. The A’s first baseman should at least hit for power and drive in runs, two things were unsure of with Barton. The only criteria Barton has for sure is his defense, but we don’t need any more defense!
Right Field: Buck is the man to take over the final starting position in right because ( if healthy ), he can hit for average, has some pop, plus he covers plenty of ground out there in right. No argument for Cust manning right, I just don’t want to see it ( I know I’m in denial).
The remaining positions are -most likely- reserve positions (aside from third temporarilly, which belongs to Garciaparra thanks to Chavy’s health ). It looks like Rajai Davis will be depth in the outfield, once-prospect Landon Powell seems to have finally made the club as Kurt Suzuki’s back up ( based on the Bowen release), and Bobby Crosby as a “utility” guy. That leaves us two open spots.
So the infield could use another back-up, maybe a solid defender such as Gregorio Petit or Jack Hannahan, and the last spot will be between Denorfia, and Cunningham ( from what I’ve heard ).
I’ll take Petit for his bat and defense, and Denorfia for his upside ( and stellar play in WBC ).
Cunningham will be fine in tripple A for a while until the A’s need his depth.
So the 2009 opening day roster looks like this:( no particular order )
Reserves: Crosby, Petit, Powell, Denorfia, Davis
Rotation:All I know for sure is that there’s 5 anyone’s guess after Eveland and Braden.
Bullpen:Wuertz, Springer, Casilla, Blevins, Ziegler, Devine.