A’s final roster takes shape …

So here we are, 36 exhibitions down, 1 to go …

The A’s won’t announce their 25-man roster until after today’s Bay Bridge Series finale against the Giants, but it’s pretty easy to connect the dots in the bullpen, the only spot where there was still some unknown. If you go by performance during this series, Sean Gallagher figures to get that last spot in the bullpen as long reliever over Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez missed so much valuable time during spring training w/his shoulder injury, and he was predictably rusty w/his command Thursday night. Gallagher got the job done in his one inning last night and has previous relief experience.

So we’re looking at a seven-man bullpen of Brad Ziegler, Russ Springer, Santiago Casilla, Michael Wuertz, left-hander Jerry Blevins, rookie Andrew Bailey and Gallagher. That’s six righties, one lefty …

The rest of the final roster won’t hold many surprises:

Rotation — Dallas Braden, Trevor Cahill, Dana Eveland, Brett Anderson, Josh Outman

Catchers — Kurt Suzuki, Landon Powell

Infielders — Jason Giambi, Mark Ellis, Orlando Cabrera, Eric Chavez, Bobby Crosby, Nomar Garciaparra

Outfielders — Matt Holliday, Ryan Sweeney, Travis Buck, Jack Cust, Rajai Davis

That’s the way it should unfold, unless something drastic happens between now and the end of the game …

–Bob Geren raved about Powell’s performance behind the plate last night, which apparently answered any concerns about his health. So he looks ready to go to start the season as the backup catcher…

–Geren also talked about his batting order, saying he likes Giambi hitting third w/Holliday in the cleanup spot. That’s largely because Cabrera, a right-hander, will hit second, and Geren likes keeping a lefty/righty switch-off in the upper half of the lineup.

Chavez, not surprisingly, will hit fifth. Look for Garciaparra to do the same when he spells Chavez at third base.

I’ll check in w/all the final details after the game …

Joe Stiglich

  • 94577Z06

    Let’s go Oakland !

  • I hope the A’s do well this season but with a pitching staff like this their is no way we can play 500 ball. I’ve never heard of these guy’s.

  • Bee

    Larry, hide and watch. I think the guys you never heard of will do pretty well. Having the added fire power at the plate should take some of the pressure off the young pitchers. I’m optimistic, but then I’m always a glass half full kind of a gal.