Madison Jones wrote:The fire sale in Oakland caught my attention as well. Not so much as in who and how many players got shipped off, more about the ones who were not. Billy Beane is a very sharp man, and while I don’t know exactly what his current plan is, it can be fun to speculate a bit. My guess is that we’ll see Eric Chavez, Huston Street, and possibly even Rich Harden moved before the trading deadline this season. Those three guys are not enough to hold the A’s in contention, but they could land Oakland with some nice compensation via trades to contenders at the deadline. To add a fantasy spin to this, a player worth watching in Oakland is Bobby Crosby. Yes I’m aware of his injury history and I’m aware the lineup isn’t as potent, but someone’s got to score runs and drive runs in. I think Crosby will be a large piece of that. Let’s not forget that he did hit 22 home runs as a rookie, and did manage to steal 10 bases last season. If he can get his average into the .270 range like he did in his second year, a line of .270 with 20 home runs and 15 steals from your shortstop isn’t too shabby at all. And you can’t beat the price, I’m seeing him go undrafted in most leagues. He’s a gamble of course and I’m not saying to bank on him, but he’s got a better chance of putting up a more valuable line than some of the other players I’m seeing go in the final rounds of a lot of drafts.
I don't think Eric Chavez will be on the field enough in 2008 to generate big trade interest. It's only spring training and already he's out with back problems. He might be an Esteban Loaiza style salary dump, but then who wants to pay $26+ mil for someone who can't stay fit?
Huston Street might be gone in the blink of an eye, but I think a closer vacancy would have to open on another team first. I can't see Uncle Billy screwing over Dombrowski or Shapiro (two teams with dodgy closers).
The thing with Crosby this year (if he can stay fit), is that apparently Oakland has loosened it's stance on SB slightly. So that could be worth 10 SB to him this year. A full healthy year to him could mean a 20/25 year.
thebaseballcube.com wrote:Disabled List:
Apr 6,2005 - 15 Day Disabled list - (stress fracture in his ribs ) ... May 30,2005 - Activated ... Aug 31,2005 - 15 Day Disabled list - (fractured left ankle) ... Sep 19,2005 - Activated ... Aug 4,2006 - 15 Day Disabled list - (lower back strain) ... Aug 18,2006 - Activated ... Aug 25,2006 - 15 Day Disabled list - (lower back strain) ... etc etc
Bobby Crosby-SS - Athletics Mar. 3 2008 - 3:44 pm et
Bobby Crosby suffered upper back spasms while taking grounders on Monday and is day-to-day.
Crosby homered on Saturday and Sunday, but he reminded everyone today why he's only a fallback option at shortstop in AL-only leagues.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
I wish Oakland didn't have so many players made of glass.