Five spring training questions facing A's
A's pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Friday, Feb. 14. It was a busy offseason in Oakland, but their division rivals made major improvements as well. There are bound to be some surprises over the A’s six-week stay in the desert, but here are five major questions yet to be answered.
The A's have a glut of starters with no clear-cut rotation: Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone, Dan Straily, Josh Lindblom and Drew Pomeranz. How does the starting rotation take shape without Bartolo Colon?
Back to bash brothers
The A's won the AL West with underachieving years from their corner outfielders. Are Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick ready to rebound?
Pieces to play with
The A's could carry as many as six infielders, and that leaves some sorting out to do. With Josh Donaldson, Jed Lowrie, Eric Sogard, Alberto Callaspo, Nick Punto, Brandon Moss, Nate Freiman in the mix, how will the crowded infield work itself out?
Josh Donaldson's 2013 coming out party -- .301, 24 HRs, 93 RBI -- landed him fourth in the AL MVP voting. What does the A's third baseman have in store for a second act?
Shortening the game
The A's dominant bullpen, which includes Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero, was augmented this offseason with newcomers Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson and Eric O’Flaherty. How will the bullpen roles shake out?