Monday, January 28, 2013
Young's role in Oakland
By Doug Mittler
Center field is the only position Chris Young has played in six full major league seasons in Arizona, a role that will change now that he is with the Oakland Athletics.
Young will rotate around three outfield spots in Oakland, and that should include a notable number at-bats in center, manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com's Jane Lee at Sunday’s FanFest.
Assuming every one is healthy, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick will start Opening Day in left and right field, with Coco Crisp as the primary center fielder. But Melvin will build in rest days for the injury prone Crisp and Cespedes, opening at-bats for Young. Crisp and Cespedes will get some at-bats at DH, as will Seth Smith.
Melvin, in effect, has five outfielders for three spots, not including the DH role, so someone could be disappointed with reduced playing time. But these things have a way of working themselves out. After all, it's still January.