Projecting Oakland Athletics' 5-Man Rotation for 2014

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Projecting Oakland Athletics' 5-Man Rotation for 2014
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Sonny Gray pitched very effectively in 2013, earning a starting role this season.

The calendar has turned and as we head toward spring training, it's time to look ahead to who will be part of the Oakland A's starting rotation.

2013 ended with a rotation of Bartolo Colon, Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray, A.J. Griffin and Dan Straily. Brett Anderson spent the majority of his time on the disabled list and did a stint in the bullpen. Tommy Milone—an effective starter in 2012—was relegated to Triple-A at one point and pitched out of the bullpen a few times, too.

Colon signed with the New York Mets. Anderson was traded to the Colorado Rockies.

In their place, the A's signed Scott Kazmir and acquired a few arms who could fight for a spot in the rotation. Outside of Kazmir, the rest will be hard-pressed to earn the final spot.

As of this writing, the Oakland Athletics website lists the following order: Parker, Griffin, Kazmir, Straily and Gray. Although you may notice this note on the depth chart: "Projected by and not subject to the approval of the Oakland Athletics."

ESPN projects the rotation to be Parker, Gray, Kazmir, Straily then Griffin.

There you have it. MLB and ESPN's guesses. Now here is mine, on behalf of Bleacher Report. The list is in ascending order from one to five.

 All statistics are courtesy of unless otherwise noted.

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