Cactus League Spring Training Preview: Oakland A’s
This was supposed to go live next week on my main site, WestSideCulture.com, but I gotta say, I’m feeling the love here on the MLB blog network. So, I offer you, an exclusive, full-access preview of my…. preview (doh!)… Just read about the A’s already.
I don’t know why, but I believe. Maybe it’s David Justice or Tim Hudson. Perhaps its Scott Hatteberg or reliever Chad Bradford. Whatever it is, the Oakland A’s have it. GM Brad Pitt and special assistant to baseball operations, Jonah Hill have manipulated this roster to perfection.
OK, enough with the make believe, Hollywood script. This team is not good. The only thing that might be able to save it would be to hire Brad Pitt to do their marketing and ask him to take a large percent stake in the team. Aside from that, the battle of last place in the AL West is on. It’s going to be neck and neck, down to the wire between Seattle and Oakland.
There are a few bright spots we will highlight, but make no mistake about it, this team won’t be contending anytime soon.
Josh Reddick comes over from Boston after playing a solid half season where he came up with many clutch hits for the Red Sox. Jemile Weeks is the best player on the team and will be a Major League All-Star in no time. That about covers the offense.
As far as pitchers go, as always, Oakland is stock piling arms. Dallas Braden will be back after missing 99% of last season. He will lead a staff that’s likely to feature two future aces in Jarrod Parker and Brad Peacock. Both were ranked in baseball’s top prospects, with Parker at #23 on the list.
Oakland does have 6 of the top 100 prospects in all of baseball. GM
Brad Pitt Billy Beane is smart enough to realize the A’s aren’t going to win in Oakland or that dump they call the Coliseum. He’s chosen to invest in the future with commodities of young raw talent. Talent, that hopefully will mature when it’s time for the A’s to move into what likely will be a new home in San Jose.