Oakland A's 2012 Outlook by Position: Third Base

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Oakland A's 2012 Outlook by Position: Third Base
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The A's have spent the last two offseasons attempting to address the third base position in Oakland.

The first attempt, trading for Kevin Kouzmanoff before the 2010 season, brought mixed results. Although he was not a disaster for the A's, he failed to live up to the expectations the front office and coaching staff had for him.

Last offseason was spent attempting to woo Adrian Beltre to Oakland for a consecutive offseason, only to be shot down, for a second straight offseason.

Edwin Encarnacion was briefly a member of the A's, being claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays before he was non-tendered and chose to re-sign with the Blue Jays.

The failed attempts to bring in an adequate replacement left Oakland little choice but to start the season with Kouzmanoff at the hot corner. 

A complete ineptitude with both his bat and glove lead to his demotion to Sacramento. Andy LaRoche filled in temporarily before the A's went outside their organization and acquired Scott Sizemore from the Detroit Tigers.

Sizemore was a pleasant surprise, as he learned the position on the fly, but will the A's choose to stick with him as the primary third baseman in 2012?

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