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Update from PHX: March 27/Recap: Rockies @ A’s Game 30

March 27, 2013
  • Last game this spring at Phoenix Municipal Stadium and the A’s dispatched the Rox 6-5.
  • Adam Rosales‘ expected return could be in two-to-four weeks. I wonder now if they might actually be able to waive him and send him to the minors if the out-of-options player obliges given that rosters will have solidified come mid-to-late April. Another Athletic could be destined for the DL as Hiroyuki Nakajima‘s hamstring doesn’t look so hot. He is not expected to play in the series with the Giants and Bob Melvin says “could be” as to whether the injury forces him on the DL.
  • Forbes released their annual list of franchise values based upon a whole lot of guesswork (lest we forget baseball teams are not publicly traded commodities and their books are closed tighter than the export controls of North Korea. The A’s come in as the 28th most valuable franchise, only Kansas City and Tampa Bay (shocker and shocker) come in lower (I guess I wouldn’t have been particularly surprised with a Pittsburgh either – they were 27th) worth an amazing $468 million. Their 46% increase in value from a year ago today ranked first in baseball, their operating income of $27.5M ranked fifth while their revenue commensurate with their overall value lagged at 28th.
  • Speaking of value, the A’s draft appraoch is not particularly valuable as per Baseball America’s Jim Callis. The A’s ranked dead last on this list which ranks “organizations based on the talent passing through their systems since the end of the 2009 season. In addition to prospects who graduated to the majors or were used in trades, also included in a team’s ranking are players lost via waivers or the Rule 5 draft. A club gets credit only for players who spent time in its system (so no Jesus Montero for the Mariners). Anyone who was traded by one team and reached the big leagues with another counts for both (such as Anthony Rizzo with the Red Sox, Padres and Cubs).” The A’s thusly get burned with Yoenis Cespedes, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone among others being huge contributors but never dipping a toe in the fine burghs of Sacramento or Midland.
  • Opening Day against Felix Hernandez and the M’s is sold out. That leaves 80 other games with a plethora of seats available.
  • Lineup against the Rockies: Coco Crisp CF, Jed Lowrie SS, Josh Reddick RF, Cespedes DH, Brandon Moss 1B, Chris Young LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Derek Norris C, Scott Sizemore 2B. Parker started this one and looked shaky (four and a third innings, of four earned run, six hit (three home runs allowed – two to Dexter Fowler and one to Chris Nelson) baseball with a walk and K) followed by Hideki Okajima, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Mike Ekstrom. The offensive star was none other than Jeremy Barfield, who I have followed on Twitter, whose dad I watched play, but who has never really done anything reportable on the ballfield for this blog’s sake. Barfield had a home run off of Jhoulys Chacin as part of his 2-for-3 day.
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