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Oakland's very own Swiss Army knife, Jed Lowrie
Let me qualify that headline a bit: Health will not be as much of an issue in 2013 if everyone is not hurt at the same time.
My general feeling is that no team in the American League West is as deep as the A's.
Does that guarantee success?
No, not at all.
Games are won and lost on the field.
But what depth does do is enable players of equal or nearly equal ability a chance to step in and maintain some semblance of a status quo.
Last year, the A's struggled out of the gate because the team could not hit and there were positions that were black holes for the first couple of months.
Luke Hughes at third base anyone?
Coming out of spring, there won't likely be chasms at closer, third base and shortstop because of Oakland's depth.
Players like Jed Lowrie and Chris Young have All-Star ability and would start on more than their fair share of clubs. In Oakland, they fit needs and, along with John Jaso, give the A's a trio of above-average backups.
In the bullpen, Grant Balfour's progress from knee surgery has been great to the point of him likely being ready for the April 1st opener. But unlike this point last year, the option to turn to Ryan Cook or Sean Doolittle is a massive upgrade from a washed-up Brian Fuentes.
On the whole, the A's have shown their template for how their success will be achieved in 2013: The team with the best 25 players will win.
Not the elite superstars like Los Angeles has with Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols.
Not the Texas Rangers with their playoff experience and power arms.
And not the Seattle Mariners, who lurk as a potentially unheralded sleeper much like the A's were in 2012.
No, the most balanced team from top to bottom in the American League West are the Oakland A's.
And that is the not-so-hidden secret of their success.