5 Oakland Athletics Who Won’t Make It Through 2014 Spring Training
Five Oakland Athletics Who Won't Make it Through 2014 Spring Training
The Oakland Athletics came away with another AL West division title amidst breakdowns by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Texas Rangers. And with the implementation of the wild-card play-in game the Rangers missed the playoffs by one game. Of course, no one foresaw the A’s as victors because they are the most overlooked major league club in the country. They have no headliners like Coachella weekend two. So the 2013 A’s saw a 96-win season, second only to the Boston Red Sox, and one game away from the ALCS.
The A’s are projected to be spending $70 million this year which is not the lowest, but it’s not the same range as the Seattle Mariners, Angels and Rangers. Think about Seattle alone in free agency spent $240 million on Robinson Cano over ten years, essentially ensuring Cano’s retirement in Seattle.
We all know Billy Beane’s M.O. is get the most of what you have then buy low and sell high. The A’s spent money in free agency with a two-year deal on Scott Kazmir who promises a comeback season in a pitcher-friendly stadium. Yet a lot of moves Beane made were trades for bullpen pieces like closer Jim Johnson and setup guy Luke Gregerson.
In 2014, no one’s going to pick the A’s just because they won the AL West title for two years straight. As of right now the Oakland A’s haven’t released their non-roster invitees to spring training, so we’ll take a look at the 40-man roster and see who might not make it through March into the 25-man roster. These five guys are more likely to start in the minors for 2014.
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5. Chris Gimenez
There are currently four catchers on the 40-man roster, and it looks like a solid platoon with John Jaso and Derek Norris. For that third spot it’s going to be Gimenez or Vogt, and I’m going to take a stab at it and say the new guy goes to AAA.
4. Shane Peterson
Brandon Moss and Nate Friedman are the platooning guys at 1B, so that leaves Peterson battling it out at the fifth outfielder spot. Peterson made his major league debut last year and with his AAA stats (.250 BA, .358 OBP, .387 SLG) I project that he’ll spend his time in AAA.
3. Michael Taylor
His stats don't impress (.281 BA, .474 SLG and 85 RBI) and he's out of minor-league options. With adding Craig Gentry to the roster from the Rangers, I don’t suspect Taylor will see time in an A's uniform.
2. Andy Parrino
Parrino is a middle infielder who spent a lot of time in AAA in 2013. Nick Punto and Jed Lowrie are the A's guys for the middle infield. Then Addison Russell is their SS in-waiting in the minors. Though platoon is always an option, I doubt Parrino gets a stay on the 25-man.
1. Michael Ynoa
This is one of the best pitchers in Oakland's depleted farm system. He won’t be on the 25-man roster as Ynoa is projected in A-ball. He’ll be there to hang out and work with the major league staff.