According to Rotoworld (who may or may not have gotten it from someone else), the A’s have optioned Chris Carter, Michael Taylor and Neil Wagner to Triple-A Sacramento. This following on the heels of the news that Daric Barton will not be traveling with the team to Japan, seems to pave the way for Brandon Allen to start the season as the A’s first baseman.
I would have loved to see Carter make the team out of spring as the DH, but as the A’s outfield situation is particularly crowded, you would have to imagine that Seth Smith/ Jonny Gomes will get the first crack at some at-bats at that position. Carter also did not really impress this spring, putting up a triple slash line of .217/.321/.304 with no home runs and one RBI. I see this demotion as either meaning that Smith/Gomes will be the two-headed monster DH, leaving a spot open for Yoenis Cespedes to start the season in the outfield (though I think he may be better served by playing a few games in AAA), or, Kila Ka’aihue will get a chance at DH. Either way I have to imagine Carter will be up at some point. You just hope his confidence hasn’t been shattered beyond repair.
Taylor really would have had to do incredibly well to make this team as an outfielder, even though he appeared as a near shoo-in before the A’s flurry of moves pushed him back down to Sacramento. Taylor hit just .200/.292/.200 with no extra base hits. Again, he very well may get called up by the A’s during the course of the season and he will hope to deliver on his former top prospect status.
Neil Wagner is a promising, flame-throwing reliever who had been hit around for the most part this spring, but knowing how bullpens tend to operate, with injuries and fluctuating performance, he will get some innings.
In other news, the A’s crushed the Diamondbacks 11-2, with Kurt Suzuki launching a two-run homer off of former A’s pitcher Trevor Cahill. Their Cactus League record is now 14-4-1. I am also considering starting an A’s related blog separate from the beloved Horses, freeing this blog to be more musically oriented (though I’ve neglected that bit recently). Either way I’m going to be writing about the A’s all season, so if that kind of thing is your jam, well, I can dish out the jams.