We are fortunate to have a problem figuring out whos in our rotation next year. We have prospects and we have "vets".
The most obvious guy has to be Brett Anderson as he is showing how dominant he can be and should be the ace next year. Dallas Braden has also shown that he should be the number 2 guy, and an assest in any rotation. Cahill should be 3rd as i can't see him pitching in any other role, he wont go to AAA and the bullpen doesnt look like a fit for him. So thats 3 spots down and 4 pitchers remaining for the final 2 spots. Vin Mazzaro got off to a brilliant start, but looks like he couldve used more time in Sacramento. Josh Outman surprised most of us with great stuff, but fell under the a's curse and underwent TJ surgery, he wont be ready until at least the All-Star break, but deserves mentioning for when he comes back.
Gio Gonzalez is also considered a prospect, but has no idea how to control his pitches. When he does however, he looks to be a very good pitcher. Finally, the very tricky Justin Duchscherer. Had a great year last year, but has yet to pitch this campaign. The a's probably would like him back in the 'pen, but Duke loves starting, and seeing as how this is a contract year, i doubt the A's try to test his patience.
But that brings up another problem, we should resign him, but how much is Billy Beane prepared to pay? None of us really know, which makes it hard. I see Mazzaro and Duke getting the spots, with gio being the long reliever and duke getting traded to make room for outman. From what i know, there aren't really good prospects in AAA, but if someone really blew people away in spring training(e.g. Bailey), we have even more of a problem. It will be interesting to see what Geren and Beane decide to do, considering next year is supposed to be our last "rebuilding year".