Sitting at 35-25, the 2013 Oakland A's have moved past the one-third point of the baseball season as a playoff team. Much of the team from 2012 has returned, but there have been key additions acquired during the offseason.
Even more surprisingly, the team has been led by a returning player in Josh Donaldson that was not expected to be more than a serviceable player at third base.
All Donaldson has done is perform at an All-Star level. Other than Coco Crisp, the core of the holdovers from the 2012 team have not played at their levels thus far. Yet, the team sits just 1.5 games behind the first-place Texas Rangers and is primed to overtake the Rangers with a soft schedule in the next 10 days.
So what about the new additions? General Manager Billy Beane added seven players. Of those, six have played with the team thus far. Expectations were varied for all seven, and for a couple, they have definitely changed since the season began.
Here is my take on those players in terms of production, in alphabetical order.