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Si Cespedes and Barton’s Increasingly Bad Odds

March 5, 2012

Yoenis Cespedes officially became a member of the A’s yesterday. I got to see when he first walked into the Oakland clubhouse and that was a pretty neat moment. To make room on the 40-man roster as expected injured third-baseman Scott Sizemore was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Cespedes took batting practice with the club and is expected to make his spring debut in about a week’s time. Given that sort of timeframe and just how long it took to get the visa and get him in camp, I’d now expect that barring some sort of incredible breakout in Spring Training, he starts the year either in Stockton or Sacramento where A’s brass can keep a close eye on his development. Former A’s pitcher and Vermont Lake Monsters pitching coach, Ariel Prieto is being called up to mentor his fellow countryman and could be added to the MLB coaching roster in some capacity. If he does indeed start in MiLB Cespedes will not be down in MiLB for long.

In other roster news, I have been speculating for a while that I thought Daric Barton would start in Sacramento mostly because the A’s don’t like to give up on out-of-options players and have two that could compete with Barton for playing time in Brandon Allen and Kila Ka’aihue. Barton today, got a second cortisone shot in his injured shoulder and will be out of commission for another three days. Susan Slusser in the A’s Drumbeat also noted that,

“he cannot throw for more than a week, at the earliest, potentially longer given his recovery from right shoulder surgery.”

He has yet to play this spring and I doubt the A’s are looking at someone like Barton to fill the DH role with his defense being such a huge part of his worth that I think Allen has to be viewed as the opening day first baseman favorite at this point.

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