Its the first diary for me, so be gentle...
Reading the articles today about Chavez and his shoulder today got me thinking. The A's organization has known about this for a long time. What if some of their recent moves were made with this in mind?
Suppose Chavvy's shoulder only lasts a few more years, and then he can't make those throws any more. You'd have to think Beane has thought about this. Then, we use our first pick in the draft this year on a shortstop, even though we already have a good one locked up for several years. I've seen several posts suggesting that the A's would move Pennington to second eventually, but what if they were to move him to third?
Think about it for a sec - Chavez moves to second (or even first, although we're pretty set there) and no longer has to make those long throws across the diamond. Our infield ends up with Pennington (or another 3B), Crosby, Chavez and Johnson/Barton. There's some serious, serious power there and a pretty sweet defense as well.