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Clearance, Clarence



Of Buck, Koooooz & Utility Grit

There was much ado about Buck recently, and while most of you have likely read this, for those that haven't this clears things up a bit in our minds, if not on the field:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/athletics/detail?&entry_id=56727

Thanks SuSlu, as usual.  And good to hear both BB at least professing love and Buck professing he understands he needs to perform and HAS had his chances.

We're all excited about having some resolution at 3B.  I'm looking forward to Kooooz filling the air with our love, many times this season.  But, could some of the serious stats folks around here get into his numbers from the last three years for me and explain why he seems to be on a steady decline?!  That OPS is going the wrong way for a player his age.  Is this something that's not as rare as we would think?  Are we overlooking this due to our lack of power, his power and our desperation for a 3B, any 3B?

http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=450260

Finally, while we all know to varying degrees how much "grit" is often overblown, I've watched a lot of video of Adam Rosales lately and have to say the man is straight up bothersome.  He runs around the bases fast on HRs (which his size portends won't be all that rare,) runs to 1st on BBs, and is constantly hustling in everything he does.  Not to mention he has a really strong arm, plays solid D (originally a ss so who knows) all over and is the kind of guy you like on your team and other teams don't like playing against.  

http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?roster_year=2009&player_id=489267&c_id=oak

Between Rosales and Sogard there could be a hidden (minor trade) gem unearthed.

Getting closer.  Go A's!!

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