Catcher - Shoppach (or another), Donaldson --- Rosales backup backup catcher???? Norris in Minors1st Moss, Cespedes, Donaldson. Yes, the big guy here to save wear and tear and free up the OF slots2nd Sizemore, Green, Rosales -- Weeks traded or minors3rd Nakajima, Sizemore, Rosales, Green, Cespedes, Donaldson...SS Bartlett, Nakajima, Rosales, GreenOF Cespedes, Crisp, Reddick, Young, Smith, GreenDH Carter, Young, Smith, Reddick, Moss, Cespedes... If Carter goes off big - like I have feeling he might - Cespedes must find and infield spot to liven up the lineup (Cespedes is a good infielder - once a top shortstop in Cuba.. He should handle 1st or 3rd OK... Not saying the best option at 3rd)
14 offensive players... No Carter on Defense at all... And Donaldson can only play 3rd when the ball is not going to be hit there and there are no runners on base!!!!
5 SP...6 RP...
11 Pitchers is the tough one... The A's will have to play the DFA and Option game well here
Green would have to have his bags packed at all times...
How are Carter's options looking .... Carter really has to hit to stay up..
Smith is the player on the bubble in the OF... He is a good player - But the other 4 OFers are clearly above him now... Ya never know though.... If Carter hits big.... PT for Smith drys up... Unless, Cespedes plays somewhere in the infield at times...
The DFA rule is just not abused enough (a nice fat envelope to keep the player happy while on it).... HAHAHAHAHA
Look, I know this is not the conventional wisdom of the tight poopoo hole MLB types ... Why not???... It might be fun and might work well too...
I really think, MLB teams should keep more non regular catcher players involved in catching duties... The idea carrying 2 or even 3 catchers (1 or 2 with nego bats normally and other field position limitations ) is appalling... It is the one place, I would sacrifice some pitching effectiveness and D for the sake of greater overall team depth and flexibility...
Wonder what the Sabermetrics are on this????
Bench-crisp, kottaras, green
Not bad, but I believe the A's management sees Norris as their opening day catcher. We won with Norris and Kottaris as our catchers. Hopefully Norris will improve behind the plate and his hitting.
I agree that the 2B job is Sizemore'stion to lose, but I think his main competion comes from Green. I think Weeks has to improve hist hitting, fielding, and his attitude. That sort of puts him at a great disadvantage.
The outfield is certainly a strong suit. I believe we will start the season with Crisp in CF. I could be wrong, but ST will settle who starts there.
Our Starters will be Anderson, Parker, Milone, Colon, and Griffin unless Strailey has a phenomenal ST. Relievers should be Blackley - long relief - Neshek or Scribner, Blevins, Norberto, Doolittle, Cook, and Balfour.
"He will also be an excellent backup for Norris and whoever is the other one as a catcher will be..."
The last time Daric Barton played catcher was for ONE game in 2005 at Single-A Stockton. That's EIGHT years ago! How exactly does that make him "an excellent backup catcher" for the 2013 A's? That is an absolutely ridiculous assertion.
"Do not under estimate Barton now that he is fully healthy"
Interestingly, Barton's allegedly bad shoulder didn't stop him from putting up a very "healthy" .844 OPS in 70 games at AAA last year. It appears quite obvious to me that Barton's problem is not his "health" - his problem is his inability to hit Major League Pitching.
I like this extra catcher thingy... Have Barton work on it at AAA.... He is a good fielder with a good arm... Why not??... Good catch there I had forgotten that about Barton...
My only objection was and is - the "ARM" Norris showed us in the playoffs... Was he hurt??? Or is it really that weak all the time.... Those youth baseball like throws to 2nd were beyond ugly to behold..
Simple - No MLB catcher can throw like that!!!!
You must remember often catcher is a place BB players don't want to get stuck at... It is a brutal job during the game and in practice... "Bullpen Catcher" is the worst label a player can where in higher levels of BB... Players avoid it like the plague... It is hard hot work in the summer...
If it was the difference in staying or not making MLB... Betcha, Rosales (or someone like him) could be made a decent backup catcher over not so long of a period...
Believe me, the mysteries of catching are being overstated... It is like being a member of a club... A Lot of the talk is just ring bumping malarkey..
The A's need to do things differently given their $$$$ issues.... And we are only talking backup here... It might be fun one game out of 6 or so to see...
The International Botherhood Catchers would go crazy about this....
This thread has just gotten silly now. Barton su cks.
Ok, between this thread and another, I just can't take it anymore. Barton is a well paid bucket.
You can set it up next to the plate and watch as it either draws a walk or strikes out looking.
You can lean it up next to 1st base and throw balls at it.
In a pinch it can act as backup catcher.
........... Sorry correction, bucket is a switch hitter, and Barton may be more like a slightly larger barrel while manning 1st base.