Mere hours to go until the A’s and the Giants have to set their 25-man rosters — the deadline is noon today — and here’s my best guess.
The A’s will keep Todd Walker to play first base primarily, as well as DH. Walker put it best Saturday when he said he “didn’t fly here from Phoenix for one game.” The release of Erubiel Durazo on Saturday only seemed to solidify Walker’s thinking (And it will make one loyal reader in Seattle very happy).
Travis Buck, on the other hand, will head to the minors so he can continue to get at-bats. The A’s have never been a team that’s rushed young talent, and keeping Buck this time would be doing exactly that.
Chad Gaudin enters the rotation for the time being, and Esteban Loaiza goes on the disabled list with his strained right trapezius. No-brainer here. Loaiza is simply not ready for the regular season, yet, and Gaudin gets the nod over Brad Halsey, because Halsey hasn’t had the greatest spring. Halsey, however, remains to be a part of the bullpen. Antonio Perez, who’s been out with a non-baseball related manner, stays and can be used as a fifth outfielder, if necessary.
For the Giants, Mark Sweeney will be cut. He’s a nice pinch-hitter and good glove as an extra first baseman, but his age, 37, works against him. He’ll latch on somewhere else. That will allow the Giants to keep Lance Niekro and Jason Ellison, both of whom have had terrific springs, and both of whom are out of minor-league options.
Check back later this afternoon, when we know officially.