Oakland Athletics 2012 Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation

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Oakland Athletics 2012 Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation
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You smell that? Aaaah, the fresh scent of pine tar and eye black.

It’s that time of year again: Pitchers, catchers and position players have arrived to their respective camps. Yes, spring training is always an exciting time of the year. It’s a period that symbolizes the blossoming of 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: Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey are all shipped away.

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 enter spring training. Here we’ll analyze the team’s starting pitchers who are currently on the A’s roster.

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