Monday, March 25, 2013
One fewer A in battle for second
By Doug Mittler
The second base battle in Oakland is a little less crowded.
The A's sent down Jemile Weeks to minor league camp Sunday, reports John Hickey of InsideBayArea.com.
That leaves the primary competitors as Scott Sizemore, Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and the newly-acquired Jed Lowrie.
Part of the reason Weeks didn't make the club is because he still has an option remaining, whereas Rosales and Sogard do not.
Beyond those four mentioned above, there was speculation recently that Hiroyuki Nakajima, the 30-year-old Nippon Professional Baseball veteran who signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal to be the starting shortstop, could actually see some time at second, too.
Nakajima is hitting poorly in Cactus League play and has also made multiple errors at short, reports Hickey. Thus, the possibility of his playing second base has emerged, which would increase the options of manager Bob Melvin, writes Scott Olster of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Sogard continues to crush the ball and may force his way onto the roster, writes Hickey.
Sizemore was expected to be the A's starting third baseman last year but suffered a season-ending injury in spring training. He entered Thursday with a .167 average this spring.
After hitting .303 as a rookie in 2011, Weeks entered 2012 as one of Oakland's building blocks but struggled so mightily (.221 average) that he was sent to the minors.