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MLB Oakland Athletics 2011: Breaking Down the A's Roster by Position
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With not a lot of competition for roster positions existing thanks to the added roster depth during the offseason, let's take a look at who's filling each spot on the A's roster right now. As things change during the spring, we'll update and reevaluate as necessary.

During the offseason, the A's said goodbye to Justin Duchscherer, Eric Chavez, Travis Buck, Jack Cust, Ben Sheets, Gabe Gross, Rajai Davis, Henry Rodriguez and Vin Mazzaro.

In return, the A's welcomed Hideki Matsui, David DeJesus, Josh Willingham, Rich Harden, Brandon McCarthy, Trystan Magnusun, and Daniel Farquhar.

The most publicized roster battle is for the fifth starter position, however the backup catcher position and utility infielder role are also up for grabs early on. Adam Rosales will likely remain the utility infielder, but he is currently injured and not expected to return to the team until early May, opening a spot on the opening day roster.

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