When the A's traded away Dan Haren and Connor Robertson for Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Carter, and Aaron Cunningham. I can say I was shocked when it happened. So far this year Eveland and Smith have done a decent job, but Gonzalez was down in Triple A for a while and has played in 52 game since being called up.
What I've seen so far from him is that he's got an amazing arm and he's already got 4 assists and the throws have been strikes each time. One of them I didn't even think he had a chance of throwing the runner out at home, but he placed the ball perfectly to Kurt Suzuki. He's made some excellent running catches whether it was crashing into a wall in Arizona or diving to rob a player of extra bases he's done well at it too. He's got range and speed something we desperately needed in the outfield ever since the departure and injury problems happened to Mark Kotsay.
Carlos Gonzalez is young only 23 and the A's should do everything in their power to keep him in Oakland for a long long time. He's got the ability to win mulitple gold gloves in the outfield and he should be the main stay in center field for Oakland. He's shown that he can hit for extra bases seeing how he's got 18 doubles in 196 at bats in the big leagues, once he matures as a hitter and stops going after the off speed pitches that are balls he will then be able to hit for more power and I see him being around a 20-25 homer guy with 40 doubles, and driving in around 90 runs if the A's can get any sort of offense going in the next couple of years.
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