Ranking the Best Possible Infield Combos for the Oakland Athletics in 2013

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Ranking the Best Possible Infield Combos for the Oakland Athletics in 2013
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Nakajima and Weeks turn a double play. Should we get used to this?

With 10 infielders on the 40-man roster, the Oakland Athletics certainly have options around the horn. But which combination is the best?

First base seems clear: Brandon Moss starts, and Daric Barton will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster.

Second base is a wide-open competition predominately between Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore. Though Jed Lowrie could very well earn the spot, too. Furthermore, Lowrie, a natural shortstop, could bump Hiroyuki Nakajima to second base.

At this point, Nakajima is slated to be the everyday shortstop.

Then there's third base.

Josh Donaldson has a hold on the position dating back to the end of the 2012 season. He has little competition, though it's worth noting Lowrie can play all four infield positions and Sizemore played third in 2011.

Spring training is going to be interesting.

With so many players capable of starting, there are more than 20 combinations for these four spots. Of them, here are the best.

Note: This list will be presented in descending order, beginning with the best possible option. Each subsequent option is the next best alternative. Players listed are in the order of first base, second base, shortstop and third base.

Credit baseball-reference.com and oaklandathletics.mlb.com for all statistics.

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