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Early Impressions

The season is barely underway and already some problems have come up.  The bullpen is a little suspect and left field could be a big problem.

However I have been very impressed with starting rotation I think that we made the right moves and the rotation should be good.  I think that the infield is good and the outfield in center and right has been good.  I think that Kotchman will be fine this season and while he may not hit 30 homeruns or steal any bases he does play good defense and should hit around .280 with 15 homeruns for the year. 

If we need to make changes anywhere I think that our middle relief could be it.  Their control has been suspect this year and I think Moylan needs some time at AAA to get things figured out again.  Another place that could require a change is left field.  Anderson has been very disapointing this year.  He has not hit at all so far this season and is terrible on defense.  Left field is a big problem because I don't think that we have any internal options to fill the void should we get rid of Anderson.  Diaz is a good platoon player and Brandon Jones might be able to come up and be an okay player but in reality he is nothing more than a fourth outfielder on most teams.  He doesn't hit for a good average and he doesn't hit for power.  Trade options aren't that good either.  Holliday is probably going to become available whenever the A's fall out of contention but he is a free agent at the end of the year and would take a lot of good prospects to get and we probably wouldn't be able to sign him at the end of the year.  I have heard Aaron Rowands name brought up, and while I like him as a player he is not an option.  He is owed $44 million through 2012 and we can't pay him that and we don't need him that long.

None of our minor leaguers are ready to come up yet.  Heyward is at least 2 years away from being ready and Johnson might never become anything more than a power hitter who strikes out to much.

Overall though I think that this team should be able to compete all year.  If we do make any trades it will involve some of our extra pitching that could net us a good bullpen arm.

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