Posted By Jeff Fletcher on February 16, 2009 10:20 am
I feel I’ve been ignoring the A’s the past few days. Of course, A’s fans also seem to be ignoring me. It’s a chicken-and-egg sort of thing. I want to bring you guys back here because when I go to spring training in a few weeks, I’m going to be covering the A’s every day, so I’d better have some A’s fans here to read the stuff.
So here’s my A’s topic du jour. The A’s are going to start the season with 12 pitchers and only eight of them have secure jobs. (I’d argue that really only seven of them should, but more on that later). I want to hear your thoughts on who the 12 guys should be.
Here’s what we know so far. Bob Geren has said the starters with an inside track at the first four spots are Justin Duchscherer, Dana Eveland, Sean Gallagher and Dallas Braden. (Personally, I’m not sure Braden has accomplished enough in the majors to earn this distinction. Speaking of Braden, I think this item about letting him throw his screwball is right on the money.) The No. 5 starter candidates are Gio Gonzalez, Josh Outman and newly signed Edgar Gonzalez. Oh, and our old friend Jerome Williams. Then there are Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson and Vin Mazzaro. All of them could be up sometime this year, but probably not for opening day. Then again, these are the A’s, and all three of those guys seem to have more upside than any of the A’s current starters (with the possible exception of Gallagher) so I wouldn’t rule them out. I think the fact that the A’s didn’t get a veteran starter is a clue that they think these young guys are closer to being ready than they want to say publicly.
In the bullpen, you’ve got Joey Devine, Brad Ziegler, Russ Springer and Michael Wuertz with jobs locked up. Jerry Blevins, Santiago Casilla, Chris Schroeder, Jeff Gray and all of the losers in the No. 5 starter competition are in the mix here for the other three spots.
So, who do you like? Anyone who nails all 12 on the opening day roster wins a prize to be determined.
Just for bonus points, I’ll add that Cahill, Anderson and Mazzaro will each start at least one game for the A’s in 2009, and I’ll bet one of them starts at least 10.