This is how the team will shake out, starting on Monday night:
As shown, Sizemore and Sogard both make the team, along with Nate Freiman. With that, Hiroyuki Nakajima will start on the DL, and Andy Parrino, Luke Montz, Mike Ekstrom, Hideki Okajima, and Pedro Figueroa are all headed to Sacramento. Furthermore, as Susan Slusser tweeted, Figueroa will be stretched out to start in Sacramento.
So that's how the A's will start their battle to retain their AL West crown. This is easily the deepest team in the division. Jaso, Young, and Smith are all starters on most teams, yet hold platoon roles on the 2013 A's. Sizemore and Sogard at 2B will form a solid L/R platoon. If one of them doesn't perform to expectations, Jemile Weeks is waiting in Sacramento, as is Parrino, both of whom had excellent springs.
For once, however, the starting depth may be the biggest weakness. Dan Straily will eventually return to Sacramento once Colon's suspension is up and he returns to the rotation. After Straily, however, the A's have traded away much of the depth they had accumulated through trade. Andrew Werner is available Figueroa is being stretched out (who knows how that will go), and Sonny Gray may end up being an option at some point. After that, the cupboard is thin with Brad Peacock having been traded, and Travis Blackley having been released.
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