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Swisher brings versatility, pop and leadership to a team.
The lineup got it done in the regular season, winning 94 games and the AL West crown. But in the postseason, there was a major lack of hitting.
In 2013, the A's will need something.
It doesn't need to be a major change, though, just a small addition here and there.
Currently, there are four men (not counting DH Seth Smith) for three outfield spots. With Josh Donaldson, Scott Sizemore and Jemile Weeks competing for third and second, those positions are locked up as well.
So, what do the A's need?
Well, they could use a catcher—a veteran who can split time almost evenly with Derek Norris (Russell Martin anyone?). If they don't re-sign Stephen Drew, Oakland needs a shortstop too. And lastly, the A's will need a first baseman of the future.
Brandon Moss might not be it. At his age, Chris Carter could be the guy, but he's been pretty underwhelming outside of 2012.
In either case, first base is an area that can improved—especially after Moss hit .133 in the postseason.
Furthermore, if the A's are looking to free agency for the guy who will take them over the hump, 2013 won't be the year they're overwhelmed with talent. The 2013 free-agent pool is weak. It might be one of the worst in a few years.
Outside of Josh Hamilton, B.J. Upton and Shane Victorino (who will command money the A's don't have), there aren't many players who are in their mid- to late-30s already with declining talent.