31-year old lefty swinging 3B Eric Chavez has been hurt the last couple of years and the A’s missed his bat and defense. He played in 23 games for the A’s last season and he was 22 for 89 (.247 avg, .688 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. Chavez played 15 games at 3B for the A’s last season and he only made 1 error while showing outstanding range. The A’s really need Chavez to stay healthy to improve the defense and the hope is that he hits for his career norms of a .269 batting average with a .830 OPS.
The A’s signed 35-year old righty swinging Nomar Garciaparra as insurance against Chavez’ health. He played in 55 games for the Dodgers last season in which he was 43 for 163 (.264 avg, .792 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 8 homers and 28 RBIs. Garciaparra played in 11 games at 3B last season for the Dodgers and he made 2 errors while showing good range. Garciaparra also is a brittle player but the A’s didn’t want to rely on Jack Hannahan again if Chavez wasn’t ready to go in 2009.
29-year old lefty swinging Jack Hannahan played a lot of 3B for the A’s last season and that’s the reason they signed Garciaparra. Hannahan played in 143 games for the A’s last season and he was 95 for 436 (.218 avg, .647 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 9 homers and 47 RBIs. He was o.k. in the field as he made 9 errors in 126 games while showing average range. He will need to play better than last year to continue his major league career.
26-year old righty swinging Jeff Baisley is #4 in line at 3B for the A’s. He played in 14 games for the A’s last season in which he was 11 for 43 (.256 avg, .598 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. Baisley also played in 87 games in Rookie + AAA ball last year in which he was 95 for 321 (.296 avg) with 49 runs scored, 10 homers and 49 RBIs. He didn’t make any errors in 10 games at 3B for the A’s while showing poor range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C-