Here’s a few quick hitters from A’s manager Bob Geren’s media Q&A that just wrapped up:
–Ideally, Geren would like to see top hitting prospects Chris Carter and Brett Wallace begin the season in Triple-A to get more seasoning. Though he said Wallace is currently a third baseman, he didn’t rule out an eventual switch to first base.
–Geren was asked about Hideki Matsui, amid speculation that the free agent slugger could be a fit for Oakland. Surprisingly, Geren didn’t shut down as A’s officials usually do when asked about prospective free agents. “He’s certainly one of the better players in the league for sure. He’s had some great years in New York.” Then he asked a reporter, with a slight smile: “Where’s he going? Have you heard anything?”
–He said the A’s could benefit from pursuing a free agent starting pitcher to bolster the rotation.
–Geren would like to play newly acquired Jake Fox at several different positions during spring training to see where he fits best. Fox is primarily a third baseman but can also play first or left field and serve as DH. Geren considers Fox a middle-of-the-order bat. “I don’t think there’s any one position where he stands out defensively. But he doesn’t necessarily have any bad deficiencies anywhere. He’s really known for his offense and his versatility.”