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To Compete or Not To Compete: When To Call Up The Power

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You'll all be thrilled to year this news.

Posted by LongLiveLangerhans:

The A's signed pitcher Brett Anderson to a four-year contract extension, the team announced (via Twitter). The deal runs from 2010-2013 and includes club options for 2014 and 2015. The deal buys out Anderson's last two pre-arbitration seasons and his first two arbitration years. The options cover Anderson's final arb year and his first year of free agency.

Yes, I realize that we have only played 11 games so far during the 2010 campaign, and the first-place A's are off to a fine start. However; this was the main concern during the off-season, so I don't think it's too early to start talking about what to do about the extreme lack of offensive power. The two major questions of the off-season seemed to be: Will this team have any power? and When do Carter and Taylor get to come up and hit?

Let's be honest; this team doesn't have much power; and certainly not from traditional power positions, like the corner outfield and designated hitter. Eric Chavez and Jake Fox are making it work for the moment at DH (and I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but I'm not advocating jettison either one quite yet), but will they be enough? Many are assuming that Jack Cust is waiting in the wings, but honestly, what about Chris Carter and/or Michael Taylor?

In the first week of the Rivercats' season, Taylor is tearing the cover off the ball. In seven games, he is slugging .607 (OPS .940). Taylor is not on the 40-man, but that is a problem easily solved by DFAing Eric Patterson making any number of roster moves to get him in the outfield and into the lineup. Carter is on the 40-man and could be brought up anytime. Because of how well Barton is playing, both on offense and defense (he is, by far, our best player), I would certainly keep him at first base, but that doesn't rule out Carter taking a DH role.

From this early look at the season, I'm thrilled (but not shocked) at the incredible pitching from all five of our starters, worried about the offense (again, nothing new), but I actually am surprised at how mortal the rest of the AL West appears. I had assumed that the A's as an organization were really playing for 2011, but is it possible that maybe, just maybe, they could make a run at 2010?

Of course, here are the money questions:

1) Is it financially feasible for the A's as an organization to bring up Carter and/or Taylor early?
2) Are they ready to play big-league ball? Both of them had very underwhelming Spring Trainings.
3) Do the A's really want to go for it this year? With the weakened division and the A's stellar pitching, they are about two bats away from having a shot at winning the AL West this season, and they may already have these bats waiting in the wings.

What do you think? Let's hear it.

Current Series

Athletics lead the series 1-0

Thu 04/15 WP: Ben Sheets (1 - 0)
LP: David Hernandez (0 - 2)
6 - 2 win

Baltimore Orioles
@ Oakland Athletics

Friday, Apr 16, 2010, 7:05 PM PDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Kevin Millwood vs Dallas Braden

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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