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Oakland Athletics 2009 Preview

Tim StoutContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

Oakland is coming off its worst season in ten years, but Billy Beane has made some offseason moves that has many people thinking the A's could slip back into the playoffs this season, especially with the Angels looking like they have taken a step back.

Here I will take a look at the A's projected opening day roster and take a shot at what their batting order and pitching rotation could look like in '09.


Projected 2009 Record: 86-76

Key offseason losses: Huston Street (RP), Carlos Gonzalez (OF), Alan Embree (RP), Greg Smith (SP)

Key offseason additions: Matt Holliday (OF), Jason Giambi (1B/DH), Russ Springer (RP), Michael Wuertz (RP)

Projected Batting Order:
1. Ryan Sweeney CF
2. Mark Ellis  2B
3. Jason Giambi  DH
4. Matt Holliday  LF
5. Eric Chavez  3B
6. Jack Cust  1B
7. Travis Buck  RF
8. Bobby Crosby  SS
9. Kurt Suzuki  C

Projected Bench:
Rob Bowen  C
Daric Barton  1B
Jack Hannahan  3B
Gregorio Petit  SS/2B
Rajai Davis  OF

Projected Starting Rotation:
1. Justin Duchscherer
2. Dana Eveland
3. Gio Gonzalez
4. Dallas Braden
5. Sean Gallagher

Projected Bullpen:
Brad Ziegler
Joey Devine
Santiago Casilla
Russ Springer
Michael Wuertz
Jerry Blevins

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