So What Are the A's Looking For in Spring Training?

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As we go into a Spring that is somewhat unusual for the A's; barring injuries, the 25-man roster is pretty close to set, what are the A's (and AN) looking for out of Spring Training? Is it a tune-up? Can you pencil in the lineups already? Any guesses on the complete 25-man? Disagree with mine? What do you want to see out of the Spring? Do you have any questions that you want answered before Opening Day?

Want to get excited about baseball? Try this article from last week about your 2014 Oakland Athletics.

Yet, as pitchers and catchers prepare to report to spring training in Phoenix next week, Lew Wolff, the Athletics’ owner, said he could not be more excited. His team has won the last two American League West titles in the dumpy old Coliseum, and his general manager, Billy Beane, has engineered another sneaky-smart off-season.

Or this one, from yesterday:

Greater expectations will follow these 2014 Athletics as they march into Spring Training as two-time defending American League West champions.No longer is Oakland an afterthought, it seems, after stealing the division crown from heavyweights Texas and Los Angeles in back-to-back years. Yet the A's still might not be the favorites.

Or this hella cool chart from Grant Brisbee:

It's both annoying and unavoidable to talk about windows when discussing baseball teams. What's this team's window? Can they contend now? Should they wait a couple years until the minor-league cavalry arrives? Should they make seemingly silly moves now because all of their good players are over 30? What's their window? Gimme a window. What's the window? Window window window window.

So unless something very, very weird happens, your starting pitching rotation is as follows:
Jarrod Parker
Sonny Gray
A.J. Griffin
Scott Kazmir
Dan Straily

Your bullpen will likely be:
Jim Johnson (hi, new closer!)
Sean Doolittle
Luke Gregerson
Ryan Cook
Dan Otero
Jesse Chavez
Fernando Abad (placeholder until the return of Eric O'Flaherty in June)

Your outfield on most days is:
Coco Crisp
Josh Reddick
Yoenis Cespedes

Your infield is:
Josh Donaldson
Jed Lowrie
Eric Sogard/Alberto Callaspo
Brandon Moss

Doing the catching (so they say):
John Jaso
Derek Norris

Rounding out the roster:
Nick Punto
Craig Gentry

That's 24; 12 pitchers, and 12 position players. The 25th man will likely belong to Nate Freiman, Stephen Vogt, or Daric Barton. I have always assumed that the A's would carry 3 catchers, but if Jaso is really back and healthy enough to catch, I think that roster spot has to go elsewhere. Which leaves the first base battle, which I think Freiman will win.

That's my 25-man roster, and I think the Spring would be a great success if everything goes exactly according to plan. Also, let's give Addison Russell some playing time. I'm okay without an exciting Spring. Let's save it for the regular season. Thoughts? Differing rosters? Let's hear it!

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