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.