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With Dallas Braden set to hit free agency, the A's don't have to make a decision with the lefty. They need to part ways with the injury plagued starter.
Brett Anderson is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and his status could be up in the air for 2012.
Tyson Ross is still a young star in the making and will challenge for a spot in the A's starting rotation.
Both Brandon McCarthy and Guillermo Moscoso have pitched well following the injuries the A's suffered in 2011. McCarthy is 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA and Moscoso is 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA.
Of coarse the A's still have both Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez at the top of the rotation, but there still needs to be some type of change in the A's rotation.
If Anderson is healthy enough to return and the team re-signs Rich Harden, then the A's should try to trade one of their stud pitchers for hitting. The A's ranked outside the top 20 in most offensive categories, while ranking inside the top 10 for most pitching categories.