This is our third week of reviewing the Oakland A's 2012 roster by position. This week's position is second base.
The A's entered 2011 with the understanding that it would be Mark Ellis' final season with Oakland. This was a difficult decision, given his loyalty to the organization and status as the longest-tenured player currently on the roster.
Ellis was injured midway through the season and former first round draft pick Jemile Weeks was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento. As they say, the rest is history.
Ellis was traded to the Colorado Rockies to free up the position for Weeks, and he responded by becoming one of the most dynamic hitters on the team this season.
The A's have a couple of utility infielders who are capable backups behind Weeks.
Let's take a look at the position and what, if anything, the A's need to do before the beginning of the 2012 season.