Oakland A’s, 2009 Offseason
C – Kurt Suzuki / Landon Powell
Suzuki is above average all around.
Powell shows good pop.
.270/340/420 (760 ops)
1b – Daric Barton
Has had a great last month.
I expect it will carry over to next season this time.
270/380/435 (815 ops)
2b – Ellis / Cardenas / Patterson / Kennedy
Transition to Cardenas if Ellis gets hurt next year.
Or use Eric Patterson/Kennedy if Cardenas needs more time.
I’m confident that Patterson has more than enough bat.
Plenty of options here, and Weeks is coming too.
Prediction for Ellis
Ellis is due.
290/340/470 (810 ops)
Prediction for Cardenas
290/320/400 (720 ops)
SS – Pennington
Will probably walk more than he strikes out.
Can steal a base or twenty.
Could put up a .350 to .400 OBP.
And he deserves a long look, considering how many at bats
Orlando Cabrera and Bobby Crosby ate last few years.
Kennedy of course can give pennington a day off every once in a while.
280/365/400 (765 ops)
3b – Wallace
I’m ready for Wallace.
Kennedy can fit here too.
Prediction for Wallace:
280/335/430 (765 ops)
LF – Hairston
I would hope that Hairston has a solid first half, so he could be gambled away for prospects.
He’s had a rough transition to Oakland, but this is a guy that nearly cracked 20 home runs in San Diego.
He’s in his peak years right now.
Could fetch a decent amount if he doesn’t go on a Holliday.
260/320/480 (800 ops)
CF – Sweeney
The big question is if Sweeney’s last couple of month’s are a sign of things to come.
In august: 293/356/500 (856 ops)
September: 373/432/494 (926 ops)
Obviously, there isn’t much chance that he’s become a 370+ hitter.
But if he can slug near 500 his excellent defense makes him valuable.
I’ll be optimistic and say:
310/390/500 (890 ops)
Easily my biggest “out on a limb”.
But sweeney is still young, could improve suddenly.
RF – Buck/Cunningham
Both of these guys deserve time.
There is no way I’m ready to give up on Buck – a guy who had an 850 ops as a 23 year old rookie.
Cunningham hasn’t ever done poorly when given 100 at bats, something he’s yet to get in Oakland.
Provided health, I think Buck is due to revert to his rookie stats levels.
280/370/480 (860 ops)
290/360/500 (860 ops)
If Carter is ready, lets trade Cust rather than let him rot.
Though I’m afraid he may not get much interest.
I’m optimistic that Carter could smack 25 dingers his rookie year.
Whether that is next year or the following year.
270/320/450 (770 ops)
230/370/430 (800 ops)
Several optimistic predictions there.
But the A’s are due.
And its really the following year I expect to compete.
By compete I mean to run away with the division.
Next season – I don’t see any reason to upgrade anywhere.
What about the rotation?
Anderson – already good.
Cahill – already decent, and I expect he’ll eventually be great.
Gio Gonzalez – could be a high end pitcher, and he’s shown it in flashes.
I’d keep letting him take his lumps.
Dallas Braden – has shown he’s effective.
5th spot could be between Mazzaro, Clayton Mortensen, Tomko, or Outman (when he gets back)
Or they could choose to bring back the Duke.
I don’t see a need to waste money on the rotation, otherwise.
Between Wuertz, Ziegler, Bailey, Breslow, Gray and Kilby, the pen looks ok.
And we should expect Joey Devine back at some point.
What about Rajai Davis?
I doubt he’ll get better.
I’d be open to trading him while his value is high.