Projecting the 25-man roster

We’re nearly a week out from Opening Day, and the A’s roster is starting to take form. Bob Melvin announced Sunday morning that outfielder Craig Gentry and righty reliever Ryan Cook will begin the season on the disabled list, as expected, allowing us to further speculate who will be on the club come Opening Day. Furthermore, with Arnold Leon being reassigned Sunday — no announcement has been made, but his locker was cleared — and Drew Pomeranz and Josh Lindblom likely starting the season at Triple-A to be stretched out and provide starting depth, a once-crowded bullpen appears to be in place. Nothing is set, but based on what we know to this point, here is my 25-man roster prediction:

Catchers (2): Derek Norris, John Jaso

Infielders (7): Brandon Moss, Daric Barton, Eric Sogard, Alberto Callaspo, Nick Punto, Jed Lowrie, Josh Donaldson

Outfielders (4): Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Sam Fuld

Starters (5): Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Dan Straily, Tommy Milone

Relievers (7): RHPs Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson, Dan Otero, Evan Scribner; LHPs Sean Doolittle, Fernando Abad, Joe Savery

Stephen Vogt obviously deserves a roster spot, but he has been fighting for a job that was never available in the first place. Keep in mind, t’s never been about Vogt vs. Jaso. Jaso was a lock from Day 1. But the A’s desire to keep Barton on board doesn’t allow them to carry three catchers.


To me, Vogt is a better player than Fuld, Callaspo, and I suspect, Jaso.

I also keep thinking that Michael Taylor would be better in the OF and Cespedes in AAA to start…he is so struggling.

Not sold on Scribner.

Please explain the Barton thing…after that playoff disaster I thought we’d finally be done with him. Why keep a punch and judy left hander in a power spot in the lineup?

Sam Fuld over Michael Taylor is a mistake.

Why would you pick Punto over Elmore? A month into the season and Pinto will be under the Mendoza line. Vogt is a clutch hitter, more so than jaso. What do the stats show?

Jaso is a mistake, and Barton is a bigger mistake, guy has cleared waivers and he will again. Not to mention his poor play in game 1 ALDS last year proved the spot light was too bright for the “never-was” barton. Contrast that by the play of Vogt who drove the winning run……Can’t believe that Barton keeps getting these chances, must have something on Beane…lol. Vogt deserves a spot over both of those players.

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