By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on March 23, 2014
For two consecutive seasons the American League East has been forced to bow down to the greatness that is the Oakland Athletics. They don't have the best stadium and they don't have nearly the highest payroll. All they do is win baseball games but they do that quite well. The 2014 season could be a three-peat of what has happened in the last two but it could also be much more difficult than some A's fan think.
1 – Yoenis Cespedes: Though he has yet to recieve a contract extension, Cespedes really has more time to prove just how much he is worth. This should be a good thing for him as he prepares to have another great year.
2 – Josh Donaldson: Last season Donaldson came out of nowhere and forced himself into the MVP conversation. Will the same happen in 2014?
3 – Josh Reddick
4 – Coco Crisp
5 – Brandon Moss
1 – Sonny Gray: Gray has been tabbed as the Opening Day starter for the A's which could be a sign of things to come.
2 – Scott Kazmir
3 – Jim Johnson: The move to bring in Johnson could be one of the best ones in the entire AL West.
4 – Jesse Chavez
5 – Dan Straily
1 – Scott Kazmir: Especially with the injuries this spring, the signing of Kazmir goes a long ways towards replacing what Bartolo Colon was able to do.
2 – Jim Johnson
3 – Nick Punto
4 – Luke Gregorson
5 – Eric O'Flaherty: As soon as O'Flaherty is ready to go the A's will be extremely glad they signed him to a nice multi-year deal.
1 – Sonny Gray: Yes, even though we know him well at this point, Gray has only started a handful of games in the majors and still basically is a rookie.
2 – Addison Russell: Still another year away at least, Russell should be a big plus even later this season when he is called up.
3 – Michael Ynoa
4 – Ronato Nunez
5 – Daniel Robertson
I think the A's will probably be as tough to beat this season as they were in 2013. They will have tougher competition from the Mariners and a ton of hard games to play against the greatly improved Texas Rangers. This could lead to them falling a tad short of their three-peat goal in 2014 but if they do it won't be by much.
Final Record and Season Prediction: 90 – 72, 2nd in American League West, With Wild Card Berth will Make it Through ALCS.
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