We've already got two great basestealers at the top of the order...perhaps the A's should go balls-out and grab a third :D
Could make for an interesting experiment...see what happens when your top of the order is:
LF- Juan Pierre (27 SB in 158 games; 68 in 160 games in 2010)
2B- Jemile Weeks (22 SB in 97 games)
CF- Coco Crisp (49 SB in 136 games)
It's a unique dynamic, too, because both Weeks and Crisp have some pop (and Crisp hit well with RISP last year). Also, Pierre led the league in sacrifices last year...so you could have 9-hole Pennington on, Pierre bunts him over, and Weeks/Crisp knock him in. And give the pitcher/defense fits with yet another basestealer being on.
With tutelage from Rickey, Crisp's SBs exploded, so Pierre could do the same thing.
We're not competing, anyways, so it's an offensive gamble and an experiment worth trying out, I think. Could work out awesome; and if it doesn't, just ship Pierre off to someone for cash or cut him.
Are there examples of any teams in the modern era that really stacked basestealing? What do the stats say about SBs these days? (It seems like WAR underrates them...and 'the A's' and 'underrated' go together like 'Brad Pitt' and 'Jonah Hill' ;D)