By John Hickey
Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 6:26 pm in 2013 spring training.
After the A’s dispatched the Dodgers 7-4 Sunday, the club sent down second baseman Jemile Weeks and outfielder Shane Peterson.
Those were tough cuts, with Peterson hitting .408 and Weeks hitting .370.
It’s not going to get any easier, but some of the players who will make the team aren’t going to have numbers anywhere close to the numbers of the players just sent down.
Position players who are guaranteed one of the 13 available spots:
Catchers John Jaso and Derek Norris.
Infielders Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson, Jed Lowrie and Hiroyuki Nakajima. (Yes, Nakajima is hitless in his last 21 at-bats, but the A’s gave him a two-year contract and they like his potential).
Outfielders Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Chris Young and Seth Smith.
That leaves just two spots.
First baseman Nate Freiman, who just joined the club Sunday after being picked up on waivers.
Infielder Scott Sizemore, who has not played in a big league game since 2011 because of injury and who has just a .171 average but who is someone who has played well in the past for Oakland when healthy.
Infielder Adam Rosales, who has spent parts of the last five season with the Reds and A’s and who is a more than capable backup and who is hitting .343 this spring.
Infielder Eric Sogard, who has 15 hits in his last 21 at-bats and who is peaking (a .538 average) after spending parts of the last three seasons with Oakland.
If Freiman makes the club, and there are strong indications that is what the Oakland front office wants, because they’d have to return him to the Padres if the A’s couldn’t keep him, then it’s second base candidates Sizemore, Rosales and Sogard competing for one job over the course of the final week of the season.
Do you go with the veteran you like and with whom you’ve worked or with one of the guys who is hitting up a storm?
Or do you make a trade or two?
I’m thinking the A’s will be trying to push a couple of deals in the next week or so as they get their roster ready to go.