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Inge was a catalyst for the 2012 team
The first player on this abbreviated list is last year's third-base catalyst, Brandon Inge. Coming in, Inge was thought to be a guy who could basically be a serviceable upgrade to the gruel that was early season Josh Donaldson and Luke Hughes (remember him?). This, of course, was made necessary after the season ending knee injury to projected starter Scott Sizemore on the first day of spring training.
But instead, Inge proved himself to be a great leader, solid (if streaky) power bat and absolutely fantastic at third base. Inge was so good at the hot corner, he merited a Gold Glove nomination despite playing fewer than 90 games total in 2012.
A season-ending shoulder injury prevented Inge from contribution late in the season and ironically may have sealed his fate in Oakland. That's because Donaldson came on strong (hitting over .290 in the second half of the season) and with Sizemore projected to return, there may not be a place for Inge to play on this roster.
Granted, I would love Inge in a utility position over the likes of Eric Sogard and "Skolnick" (aka Adam Rosales). But the reality is, Inge will be 36 in May. His season was solid enough that he could get consideration elsewhere, so hopefully he is able to latch on somewhere else if not with the A's.