Unlike previous years, the Oakland Athletics head into Spring Training with relatively few questions. The starting lineup is all but set, the first four in the rotation is all but certain and their potentially beastly bullpen could do little to improve.
For a full A's spring training preview check out Brandon McClintock's excellent one here.
If the roster shapes up as expected, the A's will carry 12 pitchers and 13 hitters. With four outfielders already roster locks, only the backup catcher, utility infielder and fifth outfielder are up for grabs. Six bullpen spots are taken, as are four starters spots, leaving the fifth starter and seventh relief pitcher available. There is a chance the A's would carry only eleven pitchers, but that seems less likely.
Let's have a look at just who might be filling those last five spots.