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2013 Oakland Athletics Team Preview

The San Francisco Giants may have taken home the World Series title, but they weren’t the only team in the Bay Area to grab our collective attention last year.  The Oakland A’s, of Catfish Hunter Bash Brothers Moneyball regular baseball fame, had a great year and, in combination with a Texas collapse, rallied to actually win the AL West in 2012.

Let’s take a closer look at the A’s.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Acquired John Jaso in 3 way from Seattle.  Jaso is good young player and will be a sneaky great addition for the A’s
  • Acquired IF Jed Lowrie from the Houston after he made a temporary home their.  Lowrie made like $20/hour, so he was way too much for the Astros.
  • Signed Hiroyuki Nakajima from half across the world in Japan.  They hope he is better than Kaz Matsui.

I think the Jaso and Lowrie trades were great deals for the A’s but, in typical fashion, they weren’t flashy this offseason.  If Brad Pitt knows anything, it’s how to acquire players below market value.  Side note:  we discussed one of Jaso’s most important features here when the trade was made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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Yoenis Cespedes helps A’s to Japan triumph over Mariners

We survived Tebowmania and Linsanity, now it’s time to help think of a catchy phrase that will captivate the sports world that follows every at-bat of the (presumably) young Cuban sensation of the Oakland A’s.

Yoenis Cespedes hit his first career big league home run off a hanging breaking ball, and Bartolo Colon threw 8 strong innings to earn a 4-1 over the Seattle Mariners in the Tokyo Dome.

These two AL West teams split the Tokyo series and now will return home to American soil to play their remaining 160 games. Josh Reddick homered immediately after Cespedes, and Justin Smoak accounted for the lone Mariners run with a bomb of his own.

The good news is that now we can all settle in, because the next games played that count will be the real deal variety of openers and we’ll have a lot to focus on in just a short while.