This is a must for the long haul..
If fatso Panda in SF and the cupcake monster Cabrera in tiggerland can play 3rd, why not give the Cespedes a shot at 3rd... If it worked, the possibilities opened up for the A's lineup are mind boggling... It's not like we have anything approaching quality defence over there now in Donaldson... Could it be any worse???...
Again, he was a Short in his early days in Cuban baseball... Heard some positive stuff about how good he looked taking grounders in pre game warm ups too last season.. The lad has a rocket launcher for an arm...
Hate to use him at first fulltime as long a Moss is hitting well..
I hate leaving 2 of our better hitters on the bench all the time because of a logjam of talent out there... A solid hitting Carter at DH is another wrench in the gears for getting more at bats for our 5 good OFers
Cespedes at 3rd would go miles in improving our options for using the whole team... It wouldn't have to be everyday... It would be fun too..
I think, it is worth a look in ST... Yeah, it might not work out.... BUT WHAT IF IT DID!?!?!?
You'll come up with any scheme to get Donaldson off third base :-) Not sure I can recall any poster with such an unrelenting campaign for any purpose.
I have a feeling there is no inclination whatsoever in the F.O. or on the coaching staff to convert Cespedes to any sort of infield position. For openers, you would be wasting all that speed and the highly accurate deep throws.
Maybe Beane is shopping Smith for a third baseman. That would break up the outfield logjam and put Donaldson on the bench where you want him.
Beane: For all the negative I have had to say about Donaldson... I have always pencil him onto any roster I can dream up... He has proven he belongs on the team - without any other names being added to the mix...
Plus, he really is a decent backup catcher option...
Beane: Young, Reddick and Crisp... even Smith are not chopped liver in the OF...
2 of these guys will sit with Cespedes out there...
I don't think "not using the whole team" is a problem. I don't recall anyone on the team last year complaining about playing time. Seems like it was made pretty clear to all 5 OF's as well as our two 1B-men that platoons and rotations would be the law of the land in Oakland, and it resulted in fewer injuries and many victories.
Anyway, moving Cespedes to the infield would dramatically increase his risk of injury. He's a power hitter, and he plays a power position. The reason Panda and Miggy play 3B is they don't have the running speed Cespedes obviously possesses. Donaldson will improve his D on a more consistent basis because they actually do have some guys who could send him to the bench if he doesn't (Sizemore, Green, Parrino, Rosales, Moore plus this Double-A kid they just got from the Mets). Besides he made some SPECTACULAR plays last year that nearly put Chavez in his prime to shame.
"Not sure I can recall any poster with such an unrelenting campaign for any purpose."
Remember curtner? That guy hated Suzuki. Didn't think he should be catching in Little League. Even when Kurt was clearly the A's MVP in '08 and '09.
" If Barton could find his stroke, he WOULD become the BEST 1st baseman, or one of the top 5 best 1st basemen out there."
Seriously....did I miss an A's season? Was I in a car accident or something? Did Barton have a great year that I missed? Barton had one decent year out of 6. He has been atrocious.....
And Gomes is on the Red Sox.
And I totally agree with you on Donaldson.
Poo: If we get stuck with Donaldson at 3rd all year... And he does a good job.... I will be the first to say, I was wrong... I will root for him to do good too... When all is said and done I bleed Green and Gold... ((Oakland raised!!! I could hear Charlie O's fireworks from my house in the old days when I wasn't at the games... Use to hit about 3 dozen a year minimum until I left the area for the 73 season... That's when there was no one there... A couple of thousand some nights))
Sorry, I just did not like what I saw after he came up..
I been thinking, if the reason he got moved from behind the plate, was his throwing accuracy... Some guys just can't hit the broad side of a barn... Always thought it was Suzuki blocking him... Now that I have seen him throw, I've rethought that..
Ang: So why not play around with Cespedes now while we can???... I want the best lineup this year we can put out there... This year is our window IMO
You are right about anyone who plays well and his contract is up is gone ...
Donaldson has an extreme pre/post all star split.
.153 before and .290 afterwards. Lets all hope post All-Star Donaldson shows up. That being the most recent version of him, I'm hopefull. Maybe he figured something out.
You'll come up with any scheme to get Donaldson off third base :-) Not sure I can recall any poster with such an unrelenting campaign for any purpose."
You're forgetting Curtner and his unrelenting campaign against Suzuki. :-)
Don't forget about 90% of the posters on this board (myself definitely included) who have been vigorously campaigning to have Barton dumped for the past 2+ years!
And then there was the anti-Geren crowd!
"You're forgetting Curtner and his unrelenting campaign against Suzuki. :-)"
LOL! So true. It's yet to be determined if Donaldson suffers the same fate.
anti-Geren crowd? i don't think it was a crowd, more than it was an absolute, 100% anti-Geren movement!
the only people that wanted to see Geren stay were non-A's fans.