It has been a quiet offseason like usual for the Oakland Athletics. Aside from a semi-large trade for closer Jim Johnson and the departure of cogs like Grant Balfour and Bartolo Colon; this winter has been somewhat of a bore for Oakland’s die-hard baseball fans. Thankfully, spring is near which means the Athletics are a little over a month away from taking the field and battling it out in a brutally difficult AL West division.
In an attempt to make sure he’s ready for the late-summer brawls with the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels and of course the Seattle Mariners; Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes decided to put on an extra 10 pounds of muscle this offseason. Not to mention the fact that Cespedes worked extensively with a personal trainer to shorten his swing, which is a measure to help keep No. 52 away from the disabled list in his third MLB season.
Over the last two years, Cespedes has missed a grand total of 60 regular season games and Oakland manager Bob Melvin knows that the A’s are going to need their powerful right-handed bat in the line-up for more than 80% of the time. Furthermore, it’s very nice to see the 28-year-old Cuban taking matters into his own hands by adding onto his already impressive frame.
While a 2014 American League MVP trophy might seem like it’s out of reach to some; Cespedes definitely has a shot at finishing the year as the AL’s top player.