Football season is over, the NBA is going Linsane and hockey is doing its thing. Meanwhile, baseball is ready waiting in the on-deck circle.
Pitchers, catchers and position players have arrived to their respective camps in Arizona and Florida by now. Spring training is always an exciting time of the year, a symbol of blossoming new growth where anything and anybody can get a fresh start to their baseball careers.
No team exudes the essence of springtime more than the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that has almost completely re-harvested its roster over the past few months. Out with last year’s crop of All-Star pitchers Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey. In with fresh seeds like Jarrod Parker, Brad Peacock, Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes.
As the A’s cultivate their young, budding roster, there are many questions regarding the 2012 season. Which players will bear fruit? Which ones will wilt? Which produce will be re-sold?
Let’s take a look at the Athletics roster as they approach spring training. Here we’ll analyze the team’s bullpen.