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Athletics links: Fanfest hangover edition

After an offseason going from one transaction to the next, the writers on the Oakland Athletics beat came together at Fanfest to flood us with new interviews and new information.

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Some 15,000 people attended Fanfest, which the A's declared a sellout after selling 20,000 the previous year. However, that 2014 Fanfest, also plagued by rain, was further plagued by tremendous traffic flow problems, so selling fewer tickets meant for a generally more positive experience for all. Proceeds from the event, which cost $10 to attend, went to the A's Community Fund.

Thompson: A's fans wear loyalty proudly - San Jose Mercury News

A's fans still showed up in droves. And were excited. Despite the pouring rain mucking up the setting. Despite the decrepit facilities. Despite several of their favorite players being traded away in the offseason.

Billy Beane faces Fanfest

Revamped A's expect to contend in AL West |

"I can promise you," Beane said at FanFest on Sunday, "I don't wake up in the morning and go, how can I make everyone mad today?"

Many new faces but same high expectations at A’s FanFest - San Francisco Chronicle

Beane might not be done. The A’s continue to monitor some high-profile Cuban infielders, particularly second baseman Hector Olivera, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.

Bob Melvin is excited for the challenge ahead

Bob Melvin on 2015 A’s: ‘Expectations don’t change’ | The Rickey Henderson of Blogs

You have to think Bob Melvin takes some sort of joy out of all the roster turnover this past offseason. Here’s a man who loves to throw out a different lineup every night and platoon at every juncture possible. Now he gets to assemble a team in spring training, one that’s full of fresh faces and interchangeable parts.

Melvin suggests A's may shift gears in search of offense | CSN Bay Area

After an offseason that produced so much roster turnover, Melvin will use spring training to try to figure out how to best utilize everyone on the diamond. "It’s my job to acclimate to the group we have here," he said. "We’re not gonna jam a square peg in a round hole."

Starting rotation competition and pitching injury updates

Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz head competition for A's rotation spots - San Jose Mercury News

Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz, who both had their moments with the A's in 2014, will get first crack when pitchers and catchers gather in Mesa, Arizona. But newcomers Sean Nolin, Chris Bassitt, Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman are the future -- and maybe the present.

A's FanFest notes: Timelines for Parker & Griffin, etc. | CSN Bay Area

The A’s are cautiously optimistic they will get injured starting pitchers A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker back sometime in June.

Doolittle making progress with shoulder rehab |

"Everything so far has gone really smoothly," Doolittle said. "We're optimistic, but we haven't set a timetable because, based on what the doctors and trainers have said, every issue is kind of different. With PRP, it's all about how your body reacts to it."

Chris Bassitt might run over to Oracle Arena once in awhile

Klay Thompson gains fan in A's pitcher Chris Bassitt | CSN Bay Area

Bassitt, a right-hander acquired from the White Sox in the Jeff Samardzija trade, happens to be quite the Klay Thompson fanatic. By extension, he’s also become a huge Golden State Warriors fan. It all stems from Bassitt’s friendship with Trayce Thompson, Klay’s younger brother and an outfielder in the White Sox’s farm system. Bassitt and Trayce Thompson were teammates at the Single-A and Double-A levels over the past two seasons.

Billy Butler is raring to go

Billy 'Country Breakfast’ Butler wants A’s days to be all gravy - SFGate

Butler was one of the more popular players in Kansas City. He gained his "Country Breakfast" nickname in a 2009 Twitter contest held by bored fans waiting through a rain delay. It caught on — "breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I kind of like it," Butler said — and fans made up "Country Breakfast" shirts and sent them to him.

After whirlwind winter, Butler excited to join A's | CSN Bay Area

Billy Butler is a man of his word. Upon signing with the A’s in November, he was determined to pry jersey No. 16 away from Josh Reddick, saying Reddick would get a nice gift in return. Sure enough, Reddick was soon the owner of a new Xbox One system.

Ike Davis wants to overcome whatever has held him back

New A's first baseman Ike Davis hopes to bounce back - San Jose Mercury News

"Valley fever is a nightmare," said Davis, who turns 28 in March. "You have no energy, no nothing. It was definitely a weird one. It's supposed to go away on its own, but when I had an X-ray last year, it showed I still had it. I'm hoping that's over and done with."

Eric Chavez could be the new Shooty Babbitt/Scott Hatteberg

Chavez could become part of A’s broadcast team - SFGate

The six-time Gold Glove winner, who retired last season and now is working as a special assistant in the Yankees front office, is being considered as the fill in for Ray Fosse for 20 games on A’s telecasts this season. The deal has not been announced but is close to being finalized.