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New Athletic: Jason Pridie and a Grady Sizemore Update

November 16, 2011


The A’s completed a minor deal last night signing Jason Pridie formerly of the New York Mets. Pridie had been outrighted by the Mets last week and elected free-agency. The 28-year-old outfielder is signed to a minor-league contract with an invite to Spring Training, though given the dire straits the A’s outfield finds themselves in it’d seem at this point he is all but assured of at least a backup position – especially given his versatility and ability to play all three outfield positions. In 2011, his first extended look in the pros (he had previously played in a combined 11 games between 2008 and 2009 for the Twins) he played in 101 games in Flushing, and in 236 plate appearances managed four home runs while walking 10.2% of the time, striking out 27.1% of the time and posting  a subpar .231/.309/.370 slash line. On the 2011 campaign he put up a wOBA of .304 and 92 wRC+ adding to being worth 0.8 WAR. Though my guess is it will be adjusted (though the way Citi Field plays is not altogether different from the Coliseum), Bill James projects Pridie to put together a .248/.296/.366 line in 2012, not something to write home to mom about.

One outfielder that the A’s will not have in 2012 is Grady Sizemore. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle that is at least partly attributed to Susan Slusser states,

“The A’s have no interest in pursing free-agent outfielder Grady Sizemore, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told The Chronicle on Monday.”

That is news I applaud, as his signing seemed both counterproductive and expensive which is a dangerous combination. The same article also said that the A’s are unlikely to pursue Yoenis Cespedes, Brett Anderson has begun a throwing regimen and the A’s will feature a Gio Gonzalez bobblehead in 2012 which means they simply will be unable to trade him (don’t you wish it were that simple?).

6 Comments leave one →
  1. dKim permalink
    November 16, 2011 4:03 pm

    If they are going to have a Gio bobble head day, I may as well buy a Gio jersey… I can warrant the cost of buying a knock off Gio jersey if he’ll be here for at least a year. hahahaahha

  2. dKim permalink
    November 17, 2011 10:39 am

    So it looks as if we are going to be running Sweeney, Taylor and Pridie/Mitchell/Miller in the outfield next season. Does that mean OFFICIALLY Carter has a cement glove and/or gets lost when looking up? I really doubt that he’ll be able to move Allen from first unless his arm falls off. And if Barton’s suckage last year really was due to this injury, he’ll be in the mix for first. Is Carter going to be the DH next season or can he learn how to play ANY position?

    • November 17, 2011 12:04 pm

      I don’t see how one can justify leaving Carter in the field anywhere. He looked beyond bad, it isn’t talking about “does he have passable defense?” he isn’t even in the realm of passable. That said, what more can he prove in Triple-A? I think we need to make him the full-time DH in 2012 and if he flops, then so be it. I think Allen is a good bet to become a left-fielder, he is athletic as you can see on the basepaths, and I think would be a much better shift to the outfield than any of the other possibilities. I think there still is value in Daric Barton and hopefully he can pull it all together this year, but his leash shouldn’t be too long.

      • dkim permalink
        November 17, 2011 4:19 pm

        so who is in your starting outfield on opening day? Allen (LF), Sweeney (CF), & Taylor (RF)?

      • November 17, 2011 4:30 pm

        Assuming no other moves (and I think there will be another move but…) I’d say that sounds about right.

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