How about us looking at the positives of rest of this season and 2009
There really isn’t much sense in blaming anyone like Geren or Beane or Nico’s goat for this year’s downturn. Let’s look at what we have and what options we have for next year.
C- Suzuki - He is the starting Catcher for the duration. I do think that Powell, if he stays healthy will be the backup for 2009 and beyond.
1B – Barton - He needs to get back to his old hitting style and forget about the pressure. Not sure how long before Doolittle or Everidge can come up but I would put my money on Doolittle winning out of the three for long term solution at 1B. Doolittle provides one half of the Power 1B that people have been wanting.
2B – Ellis – Possibly his last year with the team but you never know. I would probably put 2009 as a competition between our infield prospects below.
SS – Crosby - Probably here through 2009 if BB doesn’t decide to extend him (Just kidding), But I bet there is a competition for SS too.
3B - Hannahan - Depends on what BB really thinks of Baisley. We have a couple different long term possibilities here with Carter playing 3rd now. Carter, if he can handle 3B long term would be the Power for this corner IF position.
Who do you think will m ake it from the above list in 2009? I like Cardenas (probably later than 2009) and Patterson.
OF - Cargon CF, Sweeney RF are our main outfielders now and for the future. I do believe these two will grow to be well above average fielders and hitters but I don’t have any stats to prove my futuristic point. Just a hunch. I felt this same way when Ricky Henderson came up.. but who knows. Hopefully Buck can get his head and body on straight and healthy and start playing like he can. I really think that Cunningham is the future CF with Cargon moving to RF and Sweeney to LF. That would be one hell of an outfield. And finially we get some potential Power out there.
Duke - looks like he will be traded in the offseason but he would be a mainstay if he doesn’t get dealt.
Gallagher – is going to have the opportunity to excel and I think he may be able to handle that.
Greg Smith - he could stay long term also as he has the skills to improve.
Gio - I think Gio will definately be ready for Sept 2008 and to stay up in 2009.
Mazzaro - He is up in Sac now I heard and has been getting better and better. He may be ready sometime next year.
Street – He could get dealt but would be a good setup pitcher for us in the future.
Brown – Once he gets completely healthy again he is going to be a good Middle relief guy for us.
Ziegler – HE STAYS - Could do some closing.. or at least be a top of the line setup pitcher.
Blevins – Another who could stay around as a middle relief pitcher.
Casilla – Depends on which guy shows up but I like his style and hopefully he gets more and more comfortable with middle relief pitching… and if he can settle down a little he could be a top notch closer.
Devine – Everyone loves this guy. Thank you Kotsay! He could be long term anywhere in the relief corps, including closer of the future.
Ok, now that I have said my piece, let's forget about blame and look at the bright for our A’s. Of course BB could actually trade for a top SS or 3B but I have to go with what we already have.