Five players on A's 25-man roster bubble
Who will they cut?
The A’s don’t have a ton of mystery regarding their 25-man roster , but there are a few tough calls to make as spring training draws to a close...
1B/OF Mark Canha
It’s crazy, right? How could Canha, after an impressive 70-RBI rookie season, not have a guaranteed roster spot? Well, the A’s loaded up on outfield depth when they added Khris Davis and Chris Coghlan, both coming on board in February. It will be tricky to find at-bats for Canha, but he helps his cause with his versatility. He can play first base, both corner outfield spots, third base in a pinch, and the A’s are even breaking him in at center field. The guess here is he sticks.
LHP Felix Doubront
All signs point to Doubront being a part of the 12-man pitching staff in some form. Initially it seemed his best fit was as a long reliever. But with Jesse Hahn’s struggles, Doubront could slide in as the No. 5 starter. It’s certainly his ambition to start, and manager Bob Melvin has been impressed with Doubront’s curve ball this spring.
RHP Ryan Dull
Dull is forcing the A’s hand with his excellent spring. The reliever has yet to allow a run through eight appearances. He’s struck out 12, walked just two and has limited opponents to an .091 batting average. It will be tough to keep him off the roster. His fate is tied to Doubront – if Doubront winds up in the rotation, it opens up a spot for Dull in the seven-man bullpen.
RHP Jesse Hahn
UPDATE (Tuesday, March 29 at 12:15pm) -- The A's optioned Jesse Hahn to Triple-A Nashville ....... The only question with Hahn appeared to be the health of his throwing arm. He’s been full strength, but the right-hander has an 11.15 ERA and he’s surrendered 26 hits in just 15 1/3 innings over five starts. He has one exhibition start remaining against the Giants to state his case for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. Perhaps Hahn needs more time than anticipated to knock off rust after missing most of the final three months of 2015 with a forearm injury.
IF Eric Sogard
Sogard is one of just two Athletics to be with the team since 2010 (Coco Crisp is the other). He is a defensive whiz at second and he also handles shortstop and third base quite capably. Working against him is the fact that he has minor league options remaining. If the A’s feel comfortable using Jed Lowrie at shortstop when Marcus Semien needs a day off, and it appears they do, it would mean Sogard begins the season with Triple-A Nashville.