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From second to third, back to second for Sizemore?
The biggest storyline from A's camp this year is second base.
Normally, a competition for a starting position is among two guys. Sometimes there can be a third guy involved, but even then, he's more of a wild card or long shot.
This season, though, Oakland has four reasonable options. That's not including a fallback and a long-shot option, making six total.
Here's a look at each:
Weeks took over at second late in the 2011 season. He hit .303 and stole 22 bases, appearing to be the long-term answer for the position.
Then he hit .221 in 2012. Not only did he lose his starting role, Weeks was sent to the minors.
He'll certainly want to earn second base back, but he'll only be able to if he returns to the form he flashed his rookie year.
First, Sizemore is only a career .239 hitter. Second, he's returning from an entire year lost to injury. Third, he's transitioning back to second base, after switching from there to third base in the middle of the 2011 season.
The advantage Sizemore has is that, while Weeks is coming off a disappointing year, Sizemore's last production was actually some of the best he's had in his career. At the end of 2011, he hit .249 with Oakland.
So far, Rosales has been a career backup. Unless something crazy happens, he should remain the backup. Though, his opposition isn't necessarily super difficult to outdo.
Rosales would have to do something amazing and rely on everyone else failing to get the job.
Green has done very well in the minor leagues and it's time for him to get his shot at the big-league level.
Drafted as a shortstop, he's made the switch to the outfield before transitioning once more to second base. A .302 hitter in the minors, it would seem as if the A's are trying desperately to find a spot for him in the lineup.
Second is his best chance to earn a position this year.
Before becoming an everyday shortstop, Lowrie was an All-American second baseman at Stanford (h/t: John Hickey of MercuryNews.com). If the other options truly don't work out while Lowrie tears spring camp up, the A's may have no choice but to find him a spot.
And second is the only place still wide open.
In a recent article by Susan Slusser, the San Francisco Chronicle writer makes an almost eerie connection between Yoenis Cespedes and Nakajima.
Slusser notes that Cespedes arrived to camp last season slated to be the starting center fielder, but moved to left for Coco Crisp. This year it's Lowrie who desires to remain at shortstop with Nakajima arriving to take over the role.
May we see Nakajima move to second to open short up for Lowrie?
It wouldn't be absurd, especially since we've seen it before.