Last season the Oakland Athletics surprised more than a few people along the way to their successful 2012 season. This season everyone will be watching as they head to Spring Training and try to repeat their good fortune. One area getting a good bit of attention is the outfield where they have four viable and reliable options expected to make the every day roster. Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, and Chris Young who came over via trade make up the group. Which ones will see the most playing time?
Josh Reddick had a lights out season last year and has the “Green Collar” approach that seems to work well in Oakland. Look for him to show up in an even larger way than he did last season. Coco Crisp is a great table setter at the top of any order and can still go get them in the outfield. He’ll likely have another plus season and get a ton of time. Yoenis Cespedes had a mini-breakout year in 2012 and could have a bigger one this year.
Chris Young came over from the Arizona Diamondbacks and is considered one of the better defensive outfielders in the league. For the Athletics, it’s a good problem to have. At least they are in the American League and can switch use the DH role as well. If the good years of their young players can be followed up by even better years, at least for one or two, they will have a great chance at having one of the best outfields in the AL.