You read that correctly, a 26-man roster. 

The new rule implemented by MLB will add an additional roster spot from Opening Day until Aug. 31. This creates more position battles as spring training goes on.

With that said, and knowing I can't predict the future, here are some projections for the A's 26-man squad:

Catchers

Sean Murphy and Austin Allen

For now, Sean Murphy looks to be the starter behind the dish for the A's with Austin Allen behind him.

The position is an important one for manager Bob Melvin. Murphy put up strong numbers in Triple-A before he got his big-league promotion where, in 60 plate appearances, he slashed 245/.333/.566 with four home runs and eight RBI.  

Allen, a left-handed bat acquired in the Jurickson Profar trade, could make an impact on the squad. He made his big-league debut with the Padres last season, but his numbers from his time in Triple-A were more impressive. The PCL gave him a boost, of course, but he boasted a .330/.379/.663 line with 21 home runs with El Paso. 

Melvin also told NBC Sports California at the end of January that Jonah Heim will have eyes on him as well.

Infielders

Matt Olson, Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman

We'll touch on second base in a moment, but for now, the rest of the infield looks solid. Very solid.

Both corners are more than taken care of with two Gold Glovers holding down the fort.

 

Chapman, also a two-time Platinum Glove Award winner, earned his first All-Star selection last season after putting up 36 home runs and a 125 wRC+.

Olson, who played in just 127 games last season, also hit 36 long balls.

The two have strong chemistry together, as evidenced by when they combine for amazing plays.

Shortstop Marcus Semien was third place in AL MVP voting after putting up a stellar season. He played in all 162 games and led the league with 747 plate appearances. He slashed .285/.369/.522 with 33 home runs and 92 RBI.

Second Base

Franklin Barreto, Jorge Mateo and Tony Kemp

This needed its own section because, at the moment, there isn't an every-day second baseman. 

Franklin Barreto might be the guy to get the job done, but there could be a possibility he platoons with a lefty bat. He's the main guy the team is looking at for the position.

The team does have options, however, and plenty of them.

Tony Kemp, acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs, bats left and he joins a group including Sheldon Neuse, Jorge Mateo and young Vimael Machin. 

Outfielders

Mark Canha, Ramón Laureano, Stephen Piscotty, Robbie Grossman and Chad Pinder

The outfield is pretty set as well -- a theme blanketing across the A's heading into 2020.

Mark Canha, recently was named to MLB.com's underrated team -- a title that perfectly suits him. And not only because he's on the A's.

Last season, he quietly slashed .273/.396./517 with 26 home runs in 126 games -- and played four positions. 

Ramón Laureano, well: 

He'll keep runners on their toes, and from advancing.

Chad Pinder can, and will, play anywhere. The utility player occupied every position except pitcher and catcher last season, even putting himself in to be a DH every now and again. His versatility has proven to be important to the team.

Stephen Piscotty was left off the playoff roster last season, but looks to make his return to full-form come Opening Day.

Robbie Grossman will also be part of the outfield and can be put in left field whenever needed as well. 

Designated hitter

Khris Davis

Davis is due for a comeback after facing an injury that appeared to linger throughout the 2019 season.

Perhaps another .247 season is in order?

Starting pitchers

Mike Fiers, Jesús Luzardo, A.J. Puk, Frankie Montas, Sean Manaea and Chris Bassitt

The starting rotation on paper, at first, might have looked as if it were bare after losing some veteran names in the offseason. However, in all actuality, the team hasn't been this confident in the rotation in a while. 

 

Top lefty prospects Jesús Luzardo and A.J. Puk will give a full season to the A's barring injury, and the team will also get Sean Manaea back, who missed a chunk of the 2019 season with a shoulder injury. 

Luzardo will continue to make his presence known after teasing us with a 1.50 ERA and 33 strikeouts in just 12 innings last year.

Chris Bassitt could be the sixth man if that's the direction Oakland wants to go, but he could also come out of the bullpen if need be. 

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Relief pitchers

Liam Hendriks, Lou Trivino, Yusmeiro Petit, Jake Diekman, Joakim Soria and T.J. McFarland

Speaking of the bullpen ...

Beefing it up was another big mission of the team heading into the offseason.

They brought back lefty Jake Diekman on a two-year deal and acquired T.J. McFarland from the Arizona Diamondbacks in November. 

Yusmeiro Petit had an under-the-radar 2.71 ERA last season with 71 strikeouts and a 0.807 WHIP over 83 innings.

If Liam Hendriks is even a fraction of his 2019 All-Star self, who posted a 1.80 ERA with 0.965 WHIP over 85 innings, he'll add another monstrous season to his career.