The Oakland A's would like nothing more than to see Eric Chavez make a miraculous recovery from yet another season-ending surgery.
However, like Chavez, the A's are being 100 percent realistic about the Gold Glover's chances at making a significant return in 2010.
Chavez, who is in the last year of that six-year, $66 million contract he signed in 2004, is at least making some strides towards a healthy return.
Currently in three starts for the A's, Chavez is hitting .500 (4-8) with two homers. He hit his two homers in his last start against the White Sox. He is also currently making progress in his transition from third-base to first-base.
Despite some footwork problems, Chavez is looking very solid so far at first. He should have no problem making the transition, considering he's a six-time Gold Glove winner.
His productive start should be good news for the A's and their fans.
Another player attempting a comeback is A's SP, Ben Sheets. Sheets who signed a one-year, $10 million contract, hasn't looked exceptionally well in his two starts this spring.
In his last start, Sheets allowed five earned runs, which raised his spring ERA to 12.46.
Despite the discouraging numbers, Sheets says that he feels good. The fact that his arm is feeling good after two spring starts should be good enough for A's fans. I myself, feel that Sheets will be ready come Opening Day.
If both players can return to the field in 2010, the A's chances at capturing a division crown becomes much better.