CAMP ISSUES AT A GLANCE

  • 1. Whose job is most in jeopardy this spring?

    Seth Smith could see his at-bats completely crushed with the addition of Chris Young to what was already a full outfield. Of course, they said the same thing about Smith last year, and he wound up with the second-highest number of plate appearances (441) of his career.

  • 2. What unexpected nonroster player could make the 25-man roster out of spring training?

    It's a bit of a stretch, but Michael Choice isn't far from being ready to break into the Oakland outfield. But not only is the outfield jammed, he also needs more time after losing at-bats thanks to a broken thumb (now healed).

  • 3. Predicted batting order

    CF Coco Crisp

    DH Chris Young

    RF Josh Reddick

    LF Yoenis Cespedes

    1B Brandon Moss

    3B Josh Donaldson

    C John Jaso

    2B Scott Sizemore

    SS Hiroyuki Nakajima

    There's room for other names. Derek Norris could oust Jaso behind the plate, Jemile Weeks or Adam Rosales could sneak in at second base, and Jed Lowrie will push Nakajima at shortstop.

  • 4. Predicted rotation

    LHP Brett Anderson

    RHP Jarrod Parker

    LHP Tommy Milone

    RHP A.J. Griffin

    RHP Dan Straily

    Although this group figures to get the call during the first week of the season, someone will have to make room for Bartolo Colon when his suspension ends. Griffin and Straily will be feeling the pressure to stay in the rotation.


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  • 5. Which player probably will begin the season on the disabled list?

    At this point there are no obvious candidates. The spring begins with the A's basically healthy.

  • 6. Best offseason move

    In trading Chris Carter to the Astros to get Jed Lowrie, the A's opened the door for Brandon Moss to play first base every day. Given his production last year, the more Moss at-bats, the better.

  • 7. Offseason head-scratcher

    The A's are seeking a five-year extension at the Coliseum. They need a place to stay, but five years? Maybe they've given up waiting for commissioner Bud Selig to act on the club's desire to move to San Jose or to retire and leave the decision to someone else.

    -- JOHN HICKEY