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Oakland A’s: Positional Battles To Watch In Spring Training

Oakland A’s: Positional Battles To Watch In Spring Training

Hyped by on February 6, 2013 Website: goldengatesports.com

Following a tremendously successful season in which they surpassed any and all reasonable expectations from even the most optimistic of fans, the Oakland Athletics are poised to make another run at the playoffs in 2013.
Although general manager Billy Beane hinted that the roster would essentially remain the same, he’s still been a busy man over the last few months, continuing to tweak the roster through trades as recently as two days ago.
While it’s anyone’s guess as to who will actually take the field on Opening Day, one thing that is evident is the organizational philosophy that underlies each of these transactions.
Beane has given reigning AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin plenty to work with for the platoon strategy that led to a division title last season, and this year’s spring training could be a prime opportunity for a beat reporter to win a Pulitzer if they can somehow decipher which players will win their respective competitions for an everyday spot in the lineup.

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