MLB 2013 Preview: Oakland A’s

The A’s should be right there in the mix again in 2013, but it isn’t going to be any easier. Photo: Rejoice: Catcher Derek Norris lifting pitcher Grant Balfour: AP/Ben Margot

LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2013 — The Oakland A’s are the defending American League West Champions. With a 94-68 record, they beat out the Texas Rangers for the AL West pennant by just one game.

The A’s should be right there in the mix again in 2013, but it isn’t going to be any easier. In fact, the competition in the AL West should be the best pennant race in all of baseball this season with three teams potentially battling throughout the summer and into the fall.

Yoenis Cespedes swinging for the fence AP/Ben Margot

As usual, the Athletics lost a few important pieces, but in the process they got a lot in return. One surprising move was the Jed Lowrie trade, where they actually traded away prospects to get the established player.

Projected payroll: $55,025,000

Notable Players Out: 1B Chris Carter, SS Stephen Drew, 2B Cliff Pennington, C George Kottaras, RHP Brandon McCarthy, 3B Brandon Inge

Notable Players In: 3B Jed Lowrie, C John Jaso, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima, RHP Ryan Cook, OF Chris Young

Prospect Watch: OF Michael Choice and RHP Sony Gray

Highlight Hitter: LF Yoenis Cespedes (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .273/.338/.452 23 HR/90 R/84 RBI)

Highlight Pitcher: LHP Brett Anderson (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 5-5, 4.00 ERA, 6.16 K/9, 83.3 IP)

Projected Lineup: C John Jaso, 1B Brandon Moss, 2B Scott Sizemore, 3B Jed Lowrie, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima, LF Yoenis Cespedes, CF Coco Crisp, RF Josh Reddick, DH Seth Smith/Chris Young

Projected Rotation: LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Jarrod Parker, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP A.J. Griffin, RHP Daniel Straily

Projected Closer: RHP Ryan Cook

Manager: Bob Melvin

Projected 2013 Finish in AL West: 1. TBA  2. Oakland A’s  3. Texas Rangers  4. Seattle Mariners  5. Houston Astros

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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