Buzz: A's Russell coming soon
March, 11, 2014
By Jim Bowden | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Morry GashAddison Russell, one of the game's best prospects, will be in Oakland sooner than you think.PHOENIX -- When bouncing around the Cactus League you pick up a lot of good gossip.
It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, and after talking to managers and coaches, players, and team executives and general managers here’s some of the buzz I’ve collected while visiting three AL spring training camps: The Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.
Tomorrow we’ll touch on two NL West camps: The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
• The A's are not going to let Super Two status stand in the way of promoting shortstop Addison Russell. Whenever he's ready, they'll do it. Though it won’t be Opening Day, don't be surprised if he's promoted shortly after if he tears up Double-A. He is really standing out in spring training and as manager Bob Melvin told me, instead of looking like a 20-year-old kid, he got the poise of a 25-year-old veteran.
• Billy Beane made a lot of lopsided trades in his favor this offseason, but the one that scouts are talking about the most is the one that sent Jerry Blevins to the Washington Nationals for outfielder Billy Burns.