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The Oakland A’s are likely to platoon at DH in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 12:36 pm

30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Seth Smith will likely start at DH against righty starting pitchers in 2013.  He played in 125 games for the A’s last year and he was 92 of 383 (.240 avg, .754 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 14 homers, 52 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Smith has now played in 612 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 446 of 1,668 (.267 avg, .815 OPS) with 255 runs scored, 65 homers, 233 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  29-year old righty swinging Chris Young and 33-year old switch-hitting Coco Crisp could get some P.T. at DH against left-handed pitchers.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DESIGNATED HITTERS IN 2013:  C

The Oakland A’s are banking on Josh Donaldson at 3B in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Monday 18 February 2013 at 3:31 pm

The A’s are hoping that 27-year old righty swinging Josh Donaldson is ready to take over full-time at the hot corner in 2013.  He played in 75 games for the A’s last year and he was 66 of 274 (.241 avg, .687 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 9 homers, 33 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Donaldson played in 71 games (all starts) at 3B for the A’s last year and he made 12 errors there while showing out of this world range.  Donaldson has now played in 89 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 71 of 306 (.232 avg, .666 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 10 homers, 37 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  29-year old righty swinging Adam Rosales’ versatility could help him win a backup spot on the A’s this spring.  He played in 3 games (1 start) at 3B for the A’s last year and he didn’t make any errors while showing out of this world range there.  28-year old righty swinging Scott Sizemore missed all of last year due to injury, but he started quite a few games at 3B for the A’s in 2011.  26-year old lefty swinging Eric Sogard is also in line to compete for a bench job this spring.  Sogard played in 37 games for the A’s last year and he was 17 of 102 (.167 avg, .480 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He played in 14 games (12 starts) at 3B for the A’s last year and he had 2 errors while showing outstanding range there.  Sogard has now played in 68 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 34 of 179 (.190 avg, .539 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 4 homers, 11 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013:  C

The Oakland A’s have lost Grant Balfour for the next 4-6 weeks

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 14 February 2013 at 5:41 pm

35-year old righty closer Grant Balfour had knee surgery today and he will miss the next 4-6 weeks.  Balfour pitched in 75 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 3-2 with 24 saves, a 2.53 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  If Balfour isn’t ready for the start of the 2013 season, the A’s will turn to 25-year old righty Ryan Cook as the closer.  Cook pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 6-2 with 14 saves, a 2.09 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  At least the A’s have a capable replacement in Cook, but, they want Balfour to heal up as quick as possible.

The Oakland A’s are going to have a new look at SS in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Tuesday 12 February 2013 at 9:37 am

The A’s are likely to go with 30-year old righty swinging Hiroyuki Nakajima as their starting SS, as long as he looks good this spring.  He played in 136 games in Japan last year and he was 155 of 499 (.311 avg, .833 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 13 homers, 74 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He will have competition though as 28-year old switch-hitting Jed Lowrie is going to push him for the job.  Lowrie played in 93 games (90 starts) at SS last year for the Astros and he had 8 errors while showing off good range.  Lowrie will also be competing for the 2B job this spring.  29-year old righty swinging Adam Rosales is going to try to win a bench job this spring for the A’s.  He played in 42 games for the A’s last year and he was 22 of 99 (.222 avg, .631 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  He played in 11 games (9 starts) at SS last year for the A’s and he didn’t have any errors while showing pretty solid range.  Rosales has now played in 251 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 152 of 674 (.226 avg, .630 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 15 homers, 68 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  27-year old switch-hitting Andy Parrino will also compete for a backup job this spring.  Parrino played in 55 games for the Padres last year and he was 24 of 116 (.207 avg, .592 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 26 games (22 starts) at SS for the Padres last year and he had 6 errors there while showing off pretty good range.  Parrino also played in 65 games in AAA-ball last year in which he was 77 of 235 (.328 avg, .864 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 1 homer, 32 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Parrino has now played in 79 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 32 of 160 (.200 avg, .576 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013:  C

The Oakland A’s sign Hideki Okajima

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 11 February 2013 at 2:22 pm

The A’s have signed 37-year old lefty reliever Hideki Okajima to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 56 games (0 starts) in Japan last year and he was 0-2 with 9 saves, a 0.94 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors back in 2011 with the Boston Red Sox.  Okajima has now pitched in 261 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 17-8 with 6 saves, a 3.11 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Okajima is going to be a long shot this spring to make the A’s bullpen.

The Oakland A’s will likely have a three man battle for 2B this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 9 February 2013 at 5:20 pm

28-year old switch-hitting Jed Lowrie, 26-year old switch-hitting Jemile Weeks and 28-year old righty swinging Scott Sizemore will likely duke it out for the starting 2B this spring for the A’s.  Lowrie is likely the favorite as the A’s gave up a lot to get him from the Astros.  Lowrie played in 97 games for the Astros last year and he was 83 of 340 (.244 avg, .769 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 16 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He didn’t play in any games at 2B for the Astros last year.  He did play in 93 games (90 starts) at SS for the Astros last year and he had 8 errors while showing decent range.  Lowrie has now played in 353 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 287 of 1,148 (.250 avg, .743 OPS) with 153 runs scored, 35 homers, 159 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Jemile Weeks took a step back last year for the A’s.  He played in 118 games for the A’s last year and he was 98 of 444 (.221 avg, .609 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 2 homers, 20 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Weeks played in 113 games (112 starts) at 2B for the A’s last year and he had 11 errors while showing off horrible range.  Weeks has now played in 215 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 221 of 850 (.260 avg, .681 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 4 homers, 56 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.  Sizemore got hurt in spring training last year and he missed the entire 2012 season.  He last played in the majors in 2011 for the Tigers and A’s.  He has now played in 158 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 122 of 511 (.239 avg, .711 OPS) with 69 runs scored, 14 homers, 70 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SECOND BASEMEN IN 2013:  C+

Brandon Moss could get his first real big shot for the Oakland A’s in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Monday 4 February 2013 at 6:28 pm

With Chris Carter dealt to the Astros, 29-year old lefty swinging Brandon Moss could get a shot to start full time at 1B in 2013.  Moss played in 84 games for the A’s last year and he was 77 for 265 (.291 avg, .954 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 21 homers, 52 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He whiffed 90 times, which is way too many, but the A’s will put up with it if Moss keeps ripping the ball the way he did in 2012.  Moss has now played in 333 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 237 for 943 (.251 avg, .759 OPS) with 122 runs scored, 36 homers, 130 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Moss played in 55 games (51 starts) at 1B for the A’s last year and he made 8 errors.  He is not a good defensive 1B.  27-year old lefty swinging Daric Barton will be a longshot to make the A’s roster in 2013.  He played in 46 games for the A’s last year and he was 23 of 113 (.204 avg, .630 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 43 games (33 starts) at 1B for the A’s last year and he didn’t make any errors.  Barton has played in 484 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 394 of 1,583 (.249 avg, .732 OPS) with 220 runs scored, 27 homers, 163 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  It’s entirely possible that Jed Lowrie or Josh Donaldson could platoon at 1B with Moss.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE FIRST BASEMEN IN 2013:  C

The Oakland Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Monday 4 February 2013 at 5:51 pm

The Oakland A’s have acquired 28-yaer old switch-hitting infielder Jed Lowrie and 28-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez from the Astros for 26-year old righty swinging 1B Chris Carter, 25-year old righty starting pitcher Brad Peacock and 21-year old righty swinging catcher Max Stassi.  Jed Lowrie could be a supersub or he could wind up starting at 2B or 3B for the A’s in 2013.  Lowrie played in 97 games for the Astros last year and he was 83 of 340 (.244 avg, .769 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 16 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Lowrie has now played in 353 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 287 of 1,148 (.250 avg, .743 OPS) with 153 runs scored, 35 homers, 159 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Fernando Rodriguez pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the Astros last year and he was 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  He whiffed 78 batters and he only gave up 68 hits in 70 1/3 innings for the Astros last year, which shows what kind of stuff he has.  But, he also walked 34 batters and that got him into a lot of trouble.  Rodriguez has now pitched in 119 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 4-13 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  The A’s are hoping a change of scenery will help Rodriguez turn the corner.

Chris Carter is the guy the A’s will likely miss the most that they sent to Houston in this deal.  Carter played in 67 games for the A’s last year and he was 52 of 218 (.239 avg, .864 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 16 homers and 39 RBIs.  Carter played in 106 games in his three years with the A’s and he was 71 of 332 (.214 avg, .735 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 19 homers, 46 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Brad Peacock was one of the players the A’s got from the Nationals in the winter of 2011 in the deal that sent Gio Gonzalez to Washington.  He was a huge disappointment in 2012 for the A’s.  Peacock pitched in 28 games (25 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Max Stassi played in 84 games in A-ball for the A’s last year and he was 84 of 314 (.268 avg, .799 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 15 homers, 45 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.

I like this deal for both teams.  I think Lowrie is really going to help the A’s in 2013 and Rodriguez could give them another live arm in the pen.  Peacock could be in the Astros’ starting rotation in 2013 and Chris Carter will likely be their starting DH.

The Oakland A’s sign Pedro Viola

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Sunday 3 February 2013 at 9:31 am

The A’s have signed 29-year old lefty reliever Pedro Viola to a minor league deal.  Viola pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 0-2 with 4 saves, a 4.75 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors in 2011 with the Orioles.  Viola has now pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He will be a big time longshot to win a spot in the A’s pen this spring.

The Oakland Athletics sign Carlos Fisher

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Sunday 3 February 2013 at 9:29 am

The Oakland A’s have signed 29-year old righty reliever Carlos Fisher to a minor league deal.  Fisher pitched in 52 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year for the Reds and he was 0-2 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors in 2011 with the Reds.  Fisher has pitched in 74 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 2-5 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  Fisher has a good arm and a lot of pitchers have turned things around in Oakland.

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