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